Pad Swap: Hawk HPS vs. Hawk LTS

In an earlier post, I discussed how I installed a set of DBA 4x4 Survival Series T3 Rotors and some Hawk LTS rear pads and HPSfront pads (the LTS front pads weren't in stock at the time). I was happy with the increase in brake torque over the stock brakes, but I still felt as though I could get a little more stopping power if I installed LTS pads on the...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+ Might Be the New King of the Hill

We had the opportunity to take the test BMWs on the track this week to test some of the brake pad offerings from Hawk. There were a few options that offered braking bite and quietness for different applications. But more on that later, because the unintended star of the day may have been the tires that were used for the test. For a stop-and-go performance...  Read More

DBA 4x4 Survival Series T3 Brake Rotors and Hawk Pads on Jeep Wrangler

In the past, we've discussed the brakes on a Jeep, but it was a basic Centric rotor with Hawk LTS pads on all four corners. For my own Jeep, I wanted to try out a little higher rated rotor and find out what all the hype about DBA was. DBA stands for Disc Brakes Australia, and they are known for producing high quality performance rotors for many...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season

Great tires. I am going to replace them with the same ones at 60,000 miles. I am a tire and brake fanatic and I probably could get another 5-10,000 on these but I do not like riding skinny tires and skinny brakes. They are close to the wear bars and it is time to change them. I have never had to replace the front disc pads and I have almost 100,000 miles on...  Read More

Introducing the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has been a top performer in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category for wet and dry traction and handling. However, it fell a bit short on the winter side of the all-season equation. With Continental's new ExtremeContact DWS06 now competing with the Pilot Sport A/S 3 in wet and dry, Michelin needed to re-tune their offering...  Read More

Hawk LTS Pads and Centric Rotors are a Great Combination!

Looking for a new set of brakes? If you're looking to replace with OEM quality parts or upgrade your vehicle's brakes, Hawk and Centric are a great combination for most vehicles. I recently helped a friend install a set of Hawk LTS brake pads and Centric Plain 120 Series rotors on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport with a suspension lift and 35x12.50R17...  Read More

Brake Rotor Differences

With so many different types of brake rotors on the market today, it can be tough to make a decision on what to buy for your vehicle. Below you will find a breakdown of different types to assist you in finding which type is right for your application. Plain, Solid or Vented Rotors Two options worth considering are the Centric Plain 120 Series and Brembo...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Replaced the OEM Continetal Procontacts with these. I live in FL where an Allseason tire makes no sense. The handling, braking, and everything is so much better then even the best allseason tire. On a few corners where the car would whine and dance about doing 35-40mph in dry conditions, can now be taken at 50-55mph with no noise or fuss. Very confidence...  Read More

Hawk High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads: The Update to an Icon

For many years, the Hawk HPS pad has been one of our best sellers. Known for its low dust levels, quiet operation and increased bite compared to most factory pads, the HPS deserves its praises. Much like we commonly see in the tire industry, even great products like the HPS must be revised from time to time to make sure they're still competitive in a fast...  Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less...  Read More

Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More

Introducing Hawk's High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads

Looking for high performance brake pads for your high performance vehicle? Look no further, Hawk offers their new High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads that will stop you in your tracks!This pad is an improvement over the HPS, especially for heavier and more powerful cars. If your car weighs over 2,800 lbs. and has over 180HP, you should consider these...  Read More

Is the Best Brake Pad the Hawk High Performance Street 5.0?

Hawk is a top supplier of high performance and heavy-duty brake pads. We've had outstanding experiences and customer feedback on their products since we began selling them over ten years ago.   The Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads offer great braking performance with low noise and low dust, making it a great choice for most enthusiasts' street cars. If you're...  Read More

Low Dust Brake Pad Options

Does your vehicle have squeaking brakes or pads that produce too much dust? You may want to consider a move to a ceramic pad. Ceramic pads leave a lighter trail of dust than traditional pads with a higher metallic content and are typically very quiet. While ceramic pads do not have the necessary heat range to be used effectively in a track environment, they...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I bought these off a recommendation from fellow BMWCCA members as well as the other Tire Rack reviews. Let me start off by saying that these made it a completely different car! I'd had the Bridgestone RE050A Pole Positions on my stock 19 wheels, and combining those with my Hawk Blue brake pads at the track, I was constantly outbraking my tires. Now that I've...  Read More

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to...  Read More

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I use these tires to drive to/from the track and on the track while I am there. I had been very pleased with the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11's that I previously had, and had heard that the Pilot Super Sports (PSS) were supposed to be even better, so I purchased a set when my RE-11's wore out. While the PSS's are a decent track tire, they do not have near the...  Read More

What Makes Your Track Car Stop?

Race season is near and you've bought a fresh set of competition tires, lightweight wheels and sport suspension, but what about your braking system? Hawk Performance offers a wide selection of performance friction material for your autocross or road race car. Take a look at the following options from Hawk and see if one is right for your vehicle.  HP Plus...  Read More

What's the Best Brake Pad?

For most commuters, brake pads are items they can go through quickly and are often replaced only due to failure. In these cases, most people are prone to making quick decisions and don't take the time to consider the options available. To help find the best brake pad for your style of driving, review the differences in performance categories. Premium Assuming...  Read More