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How To Install Rotors Focus ST

Installing new rotors is a fairly quick and easy DIY job.

Tools Needed:
Lug nut tool, 19mm socket
7mm allen
13mm socket or wrench
c-clamp or caliper tool

Rear Specific Tools:
Screw in piston caliper tool

Procedure:
1. Remove the wheel.
2. On the front of the caliper there is a clip, that needs to be popped off.
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Clip Removed:
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3. Once this clip is removed there are 2 bolts on the back side of the caliper. They are covered in a black plastic clip. Pop the cap off and undo the two bolts, using a 7mm allen key.

REAR NOTE: I had to undo the rear sway bar and disconnect it from the end links to provide clearance to get the allen key in.

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4. This step is only if you are doing the back brakes, Undo the handbrake cable.

5. Then lift the caliper off and rest it somewhere. Don’t let the caliper hang by the hose.

6. Next you need to remove the brake pads and the mounting bracket. This is held on by two 13mm bolts.
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7. Once this is off you are free to remove the rotor. If it is stuck use a mallet to knock it loose.

8. Then clean the back of the new rotor with brake cleaner and place it on the axle.

9. Perform the steps in reverse to put the caliper back together.

10. You may have to use a c-clamp to push the caliper piston back out to provide clearance over the pads. NOTE FOR THE BACK: The rear piston is a screw in, so you’ll need a special tool.

11. Before putting the wheel back on clean the front of the rotor.

How to install stainless steel brake lines Focus ST

Installing the stainless steel brake lines is much easier than I thought it would be going into it. This job can be done with or without a lift, though it would be quicker on a lift. Procedure is almost identical between front and back.
I went with the Steeda lines as they are DOT certified unlike some other brands. Stoptech also make a great set.
Procedure:
1. Remove wheel.
2. Remove the clip that holds the line to the frame mount. The best way to remove this is with a screwdriver from the back side, pushing forward.
3. Unscrew the nut connecting the lines, using an 11mm wrench. Then separate the lines and cap the end. If a lot of fluid come out before you cap the end, make sure to check the reservoir so it doesn’t drop below min.
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NOTE: Photo is on the installation of the new lines, thus the clip is still on.
4. Next pull the line end out of the mount that holds it to the frame, and the rubber U clamp halfway down the line.
5. How you should have only one connection left, down on the caliper. Undo this bolt with a 14mm and pull the line out.
6. To install the new stainless line, perform the steps in reserve.

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