Re: EB2 Brakes
Yeah, the "claw" thingy is the spring retainer for the inside pad.
It slots into the piston. Just make sure the fingers fit into the piston properly.
Same arrangement used from XA to AU1.
As ebxr8240 advised, use DBA slotted rotors and Ultimate pads on front. I use Ultimates and standard rotors on the back.
Make sure the discs are machined when fitting new pads (unless the DBA's are new).
The DBA slotted/Ultimates combo delivers good hard peddle, no fade and great stopping power. :)
Next best thing is twin piston calipers.
BTW,, Got a AU III XR8 with the twin piston calipers and IMO the DBA/Ult combo is just as good.
I have used all sorts of pads and found the above far superior.
I had an AU1 XR6 VCT and the brakes faded very badly. The std Ford pad for these is actually the Bendix Ultimate. After fitting DBA slotteds up front - no more fade and the braking improved 100%.
Have since fitted the combo to our EDXR6 as well as XB GT, XB coupe, EF GLi, XF ute, etc (all family members) and all have been very, very happy.
The XR family ---->
Muzza: a XR8 AU seriesIII...bog standard :)
TBH: (the better half) drives an ED XR6 wagon (Mock Dev 4 160rwkw, JMM extractors, 4 electric windows, Ghia door panels in XR trim, rear head & arm rests in XR trim, Momo s/wheel with Cruise, EL thermos, EBGT wheels, etc) things to come soon = EECV upgrade.