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Avu3Wed Mar-05-08 11:12 AM
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"FMSI Codes for brake pads"


  

          

In case anyone ever needs this (I did today)

The FMSI number for the stock brake pads is

Front 598
Rear 599

The rear are the same as a SuperCoupe. Today was the first time I'd heard that, and I can't find any other reference to it anywhere. I know it is the same on all Marks/Tbirds/Cougars 93-97, so it stands to reason that the SC would be the same as the rest.

The front are the same as FORD: Taurus (01-04) LINCOLN : Continental (95-02), Mark 8 (93-98) MERCURY: Sable (01-04) FRONT

This site has some of the best FMSI cross reference info I've ever found.
http://www.performancefriction.com/pages/cross_ref_aftmkt.htm

Its handy because it says not only what the FMSI is, but also the vehicles it crosses to.

This information may be useful to you if you are sourcing performance aftermarket brake pads. The fronts, well, I wouldn't waste my time. The dynamics of the front hub/rotor/brake assembly are so prone to vibration and overheating/fade, if you want better brakes go Cobra. The rear, however, this pad has more surface area than the Cobra caliper, and it mounts correctly to the parking brake, so a nice rear upgrade is a good find. Couple that with FastEd's Cobra relocation brackets and cobra rear rotors and you've improved the rear braking force a bit.

Scott

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MillerMotorsports: 2008 Nasa 25 Hour E2 Champions, 2007 Nasa WERC E2 Champions

  

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JWed Apr-26-06 10:32 PM
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#1. "RE: FMSI Codes for brake pads"
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Scott....whats FMSI stand for :-\

  

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#2. "RE: FMSI Codes for brake pads"
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Oh, good point.

the FMSI number indicates the shape/size of the pad - basically outline and thickness. For a given shape/size/thickness you have a unique FMSI number, like the ones I gave above. The same FMSI number would cross car to car, so brake parts MFRs, particularly aftermarket pad makers, know if they make to a particular FMSI #, then their pad will fit any number of vehicles.

So if YOU Know the FMSI number of your pad, you could call up a brake parts manufacturer and tell them you want pad XXXX, and you wouldn't have to know its the same as whats on a XXXX. A quality shop ought to be able to look it up, but if you don't want to call and you knew your FMSI, you could use the lookup charts I linked above to figure out what other cars it came on and then shop online parts catalogs for whatever car is similar and order, content knowing they're going to fit.

Of if you're geeky you can just know what your FMSI# is and feel smug about yourself.

FMSI actually stands for Friction Materials Standards Institute.

Scott

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MillerMotorsports: 2008 Nasa 25 Hour E2 Champions, 2007 Nasa WERC E2 Champions

  

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