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Old 12-22-2005, 09:05 AM   #1
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Default Hawk HPS Street brake pads???

Anybody try them, hear anything good or bad about them?

How do they compare to the oem's?

And are they noisy?
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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I run them and really like the better initial bite and lower dust than OE pads
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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I have them on my WRX. They are a nice street pad. Not suitable for the track.


I found them to be a lot dustier then OEM WRX pads.


No noise or anything like that.
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:52 AM   #4
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I have them on my STi. Great pad and much more reasonable price than stock. Also much less dust.
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:07 AM   #5
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they work really good as street pads. no noise and a bit more dust than stock wrx pads. I paid 125 shipped f/r from crvmotorsports.com
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Old 12-22-2005, 12:08 PM   #6
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Hawk have always made really good reliable performance pads for years. I had HPS and HP Plus on my ex-Civic and they performed well.
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Old 12-22-2005, 12:26 PM   #7
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I've had them on my '04 WRX, no problems at all. Make sure you follow the bed-in process even if you're not changing out rotors.

Edit:

Forgot to say, dusting was the same or slightly better than OEM. Right after install I had a problem with some noise, turns out I managed to forget the grease on one of the pads. After that I had 0 problems with noise. Fade resist was great on the street and light autox. Wouldn't use them for heavy track work though.

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Old 12-22-2005, 01:02 PM   #8
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They give good grip when warm and only slightly less grip on the first stop on a very cold morning (approx 20 F). They haven't made any more noise than stock and seem to have low dust. They seem like a good performance street pad.
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Old 12-22-2005, 02:17 PM   #9
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Still probably one of the finest "High Performance Street" pads ever produced.
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Old 12-22-2005, 02:41 PM   #10
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These are awesome pads, have them on my wrx as well as on my civic si when I had it.


Also, I did take my wrx to buttonwillow raceway and did some pretty heavy braking with these pads w/ stock rotors, lines, and they held up pretty well...Some fading but other than that they performed pretty well..!
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:26 PM   #11
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I'm on my third set already and love them. Especially the price.

Thanks everybody!!!
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Old 08-11-2006, 07:58 PM   #12
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I've been using Hawk HPS for the last 2 months.
So far I like them!
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:55 PM   #13
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I think the are the best Hi Performance Street pad out there! When I upgraded from stock pads to Axis Altimates, I loved the better performance but hated the crazy brake dust. When I switched to HPS's instantly noticed even better braking and much, much less dust. I think even less dust then stock pads.
In all, I highly recommed them for street.

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Old 08-13-2006, 11:38 PM   #14
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How long does a set of HPS street pads last for you? How many miles/months?
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:42 AM   #15
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Used mine for three track days so far and 0 problems.

A little noisey for street driving, but I didn't buy them for that.

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Old 08-14-2006, 01:39 AM   #16
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Used mine for three track days so far and 0 problems.

A little noisey for street driving, but I didn't buy them for that.

Matt
You sure you're not talking about the HP+...

which is the street/track/autocross compound one step above the HPS?
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:53 AM   #17
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I can only compare them to FerodoDS2500, and Hawk HP+

-I think performance is better then stock, but a LOT worse then HP+ or the 2500's

-Brakedust is excessive (1 week of driving these makes the wheels look dirtier then a month of driving with the + or Ds2500's on.

-Wouldnt recommend then to anyone who tracks his car, or even to anyone doing spirited canyonruns, as they fade a lot, and dont give any indication of doing so.
(The other 2 pads would have slightly decreased performance at the track, before fading, these are fine 1 moment, and totally gone the next)

The car these are on is a European GC8, with about 270 hp , at the crank, weighing about 1200 kg's so performance on a 150 kg heavier car would be even worse.
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:00 AM   #18
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I'm actually starting to get some minor squealing on my car. It isn't bad but I just wanted to throw that out there. YMMV.
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:05 PM   #19
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Quote:
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How long does a set of HPS street pads last for you? How many miles/months?
They last about 20K-30K miles or so for me, depending how hard I drive... And I do not drive easy.

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Old 08-14-2006, 09:18 PM   #20
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^^^Good to see you back around here Alex!

I've got over 20k on my Hawk HPS' and there is still some life in them. They were great all along but the fronts started dusting badly lately so I just ordered another set. Perfect enthusiast street pads IMHO.
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Old 08-14-2006, 11:23 PM   #21
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Probably the benchmark for performance street pads that others are (or should be) judged against.
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Old 08-15-2006, 04:40 AM   #22
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Quote:
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I've been using Hawk HPS for the last 2 months.
So far I like them!
same here - on the car since May - greatly improved feel over stock, noiseless, and a bit more dust than the stock pads but it seems easier to remove...
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Old 08-15-2006, 05:31 AM   #23
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I'm actually starting to get some minor squealing on my car. It isn't bad but I just wanted to throw that out there. YMMV.
So am I. It wasn't there intially.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:26 AM   #24
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I'm with Dutch Scooby lover on this one!

They kinda suck compared to the Carbotech Bobcats I used before these. Way more dust than stock and way more dust than Bobcats (slotted rotors). That dust is murder to get off if you let it sit for very long.

As far as noise goes, these are the loudest pads I have owned. This weekend for an event; I swapped in my Carbotech XP10's (full track pad) and they were quieter than the HPS's by far.

As far as breaking goes I have no complaints, but weighed against other factors I'll go with the Bobcats from now on (did I mention they were cheaper too).
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:41 PM   #25
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You sure you're not talking about the HP+...

which is the street/track/autocross compound one step above the HPS?

No talking about the HPS Hawk pads

I also did stainless coated Goodridge lines and ATE brake fluid
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