Bought a 1992 as my first standard transmission and because I know Taurus is a decent trustworthy model. In pretty good condition

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Hi, my name's Joe and essentially my mechanic mentioned the sho one time when I took in my 03 Taurus se in and I was like, cool. A few years later I saw one for sale and bought it for the uniqueness and history of it. Now joining the forum to ask questions of my own rather than searching for an answer that MIGHT be available
 

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Welcome to the forum. Post some pics when you can. I have a love for the 92. It's the best of both generations in my opinion. I recently had a red 92 that I daily drove for a year.

-Chad
 

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Here she is. I'm having some trouble finding out if it's a police package or not, I took it to Firestone for a brake and rotor job and they said the brake pads they got for it were too small and needed bigger ones. Is there anyway to distinguish whether or not it is a police package or if some type of custom work was done on it
 

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to my knowledge, the SHO did not come as a police package, the regular taurus did have a police package option

the 92/93 SHO's came with smaller brakes than the later 94/95 SHO's, but they were adequate for everyday driving. Do you know the history of the car you bought, its possible the previous owner may have already upgraded the brakes to the later 94/95 design or even further upgrades. My guess is the shop may have ordered the standard 92 brake pads and noticed your car may have been already upgraded. Take a look at the Shosource page for the Stage 1 brake kit. It uses the 94/95 spindles, but with the 96 to 99 brake pad and rotors. You can take a picture of the front and rear brakes (tires removed) and post them here.

 
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Agree above with the brakes. The 94-95 cars had different brake calipers/pads and many of us who upgraded to larger aftermarket brake packages swapped the later year knuckles on. The common brake upgrades used the 94-95 cars as a template for the design so we changed to accomodate.

I will say I remember seeing a few PA state police using GenI SHOs way back. I don't know the details of the vehicles and if there were police specific items, but I remember being pulled over and ticketed by one in the mountains around 1990 or 91.
 
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I'll definitely do that then and probably measure parts with a vernier. Should I just have to take off one wheel or would I have to take off one front and one rear wheel
 

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Quick way to tell if your car still has stock brakes or if they have been upgraded.

The stock 92 brakes will have pads that snap into the caliper and the caliper bolts directly to the knuckle.

The upgraded brakes have a caliper bracket that bolts to the knuckle and the pads are placed into the bracket. Then the caliper slides over the pads and is bolted to the bracket.

If your front brakes have a caliper that mounts to a bracket then your brakes have been upgraded and you will need later year pads and rotors.

-Chad
 

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Before I take it off, just being a bit lazy today, would these pics help
 

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Previous post is rear passenger. This one is front passenger
 

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Ok, and are the SHO brakes different than the "regular" Taurus brakes (i.e. ge gl and whatnot)
 

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Ok, and are the SHO brakes different than the "regular" Taurus brakes (i.e. ge gl and whatnot)
Yes, there is a difference in brake pads. There are two different types of calipers. Those with phenolic pistons and those with steel pistons. The inner brake pad snaps into the piston and the inner diameter of the piston varies based on phenolic or steel. The SHO will have steel pistons. If I had to guess, it sounds like Firestone ordered pads for the phenolic piston and not the steel piston. All other aspects of the pads are the same.

-Chad
 

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Thank y'all very much for that I'll call tomorrow and verify with them. I kept saying SHO but I noticed they kept not mentioning that part. Now my next q would be where are the O2 sensor locations for this model and how many. I searched extensively on Google and this forum, I beleive, but I still could not find an answer
 

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Also I can't find the fuses for these buttons. Already tried using them but did not work
 

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