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Old 07-01-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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Hawk HPS brake pads?

Has anybody used or is using Hawk HPS brake pads? Just curious on the brand and it's quality.
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Yes, and they are great.

I had them on my old 9-3, and have them on my miata.

Perfect pad for an aggressively driven daily.
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Buddy has them on his 350Z, loves em. I have a set for the front in a box waiting to be installed today.
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Perfect for the street.
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Another +1 from me. Running them on the front of my 900. Going to put them on all 4 corners of my 9-5 soon.
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I've been running them on my 9-3 for over two years. Great for street/autocross. Work well cold and hot, low dust, easy on the rotors. Best all purpose pad I've found yet.
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Thanks for the feedback guys Grabbed some Hawk HPS rear pads for a good deal. Just wanted to hear some feedback from my fellow saabers.
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I think I am running HPS right now. Seem great to me. +1.
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Thanks for the feedback guys Grabbed some Hawk HPS rear pads for a good deal. Just wanted to hear some feedback from my fellow saabers.
Thought about running these myself so i guess this made up my mind...care to share where you found them?!
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Tire Rack sells both front and rear fitment, that's where I bought mine anyway.
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100% unimpressed. installed on an '02 9-3 with new brembo oe replacement rotors. followed break-in procedure to a tee. stopping is ok at best. dust level and noise were pretty good, but if i'd do it again, i'd save a couple bucks, get pbr ceramics and probably have a better pad. they also seemed to really wear hard on the rotors. after about 15k, the rotors looked like a frank zappa 33rpm lp.
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I was really pleased with them in a 92' 900. They do need some heat before they have good initial bite, but after that they stop nice and have good feel. Id say they are a perfect pad for street/ autocross/ light track day use. Car is daily driven ~120 miles, plus multiple hillclimbs and after a over a year pads and rotors are still good.

I have also recently started using the HP plus pads, that I also really like. These also need some heat before they are in their prime. They are more aggressive though, so the noise and dust would be bad for a daily driver. But as far as braking goes, they are a step up from the HPS.
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Using them on my GTO and the 9-7X. Great so far.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:43 AM   #15
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Thought about running these myself so i guess this made up my mind...care to share where you found them?!
I grabbed them at auto parts warehouse. Usually grab all my cheaper parts from here, but I saw they had a deal on Hawk HPS pads. It's definitely one of those distributors that's connected to multiple sites, but warehouse has free shipping Most of the other ones don't.

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100% unimpressed. installed on an '02 9-3 with new brembo oe replacement rotors. followed break-in procedure to a tee. stopping is ok at best. dust level and noise were pretty good, but if i'd do it again, i'd save a couple bucks, get pbr ceramics and probably have a better pad. they also seemed to really wear hard on the rotors. after about 15k, the rotors looked like a frank zappa 33rpm lp.

Something doesn't sound right here. I have two years of hard street/autocross and some track use on mine. My slotted GS Brembos look great with these pads and the stopping ability FAR exceeds any ceramic pad I've used.

Are you sure you didn't get the Hawk HP+? That's the more aggressive track pad that needs a lot of heat to work and is wicked hard on rotors in my experience.
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Are you sure you didn't get the Hawk HP+? That's the more aggressive track pad that needs a lot of heat to work and is wicked hard on rotors in my experience.


I would think not, as from my experience they make some noise, and lots of dust.
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Just got mine in today, probably put them on tomorrow. Definitely will give some feedback once I've broke them in a little.
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I would think not, as from my experience they make some noise, and lots of dust.
True, but the mere fact that it wore his rotors so fast and had mediocre stopping power seems odd.

I have close to 20K of mixed, hard use on mine and the rotors are mirror smooth. My inner pads are wearing faster than my outer pads though and have developed a tiny bit of pad rattle on bumps. These silly calipers tend to do that to all pads I've tried, so no biggie.

I also bleed my brakes twice a year with ATE SB and have Goodridge SS lines, plus Viggen size rotors up front, all of which make big improvements in braking. But, the single biggest factor I noticed was going to the HPS pads.
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True, but the mere fact that it wore his rotors so fast and had mediocre stopping power seems odd.

I have close to 20K of mixed, hard use on mine and the rotors are mirror smooth. My inner pads are wearing faster than my outer pads though and have developed a tiny bit of pad rattle on bumps. These silly calipers tend to do that to all pads I've tried, so no biggie.
Yeah, something has to be wrong there, as I have similar use with the same results. Now that I think about it though, dust and noise generally start after the HP+ are heated. And with normal street use, might not really happen. I bet your right.....
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