Choosing the Right Brake Pads

Monday, June 27, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
With all the talk about horsepower, torque, 0-60 times and top speed, what often gets overlooked is the performance of a vehicle's braking system. Let's face it, how important is 600 bhp and a 0-60 in 2.9 seconds if your car takes a country mile to stop? This may be obvious to some, but ask yourself when was the last time you saw a commercial for a car or truck bragging about engine performance without ever mentioning the brakes?
 
Brake pads, referred to in the industry as friction material, are the least expensive component of the braking system, yet they offer the most impact on performance. Like tires, not all brake pads provide the same performance characteristics and it's important to know which products best fit the vehicle and the driver's needs.

Ceramic pads are designed for very low dust and noise, but compromise on braking force. Ceramic pads are O.E. on most domestic and Japanese coupes and sedans.  

Semi-metallic pads provide maximum braking force or bite but are louder and leave heavier dust on a car's wheels. These pads are commonly O.E. for performance European vehicles and the most aggressive semi-metallic pads are used in specialty applications such as cars used in racing events.

Composite friction material offers a balance between braking force and low dust/noise. Think of these pads as a happy medium over ceramic and semi-metallic.

Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads
Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads
Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Pads
Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Pads
Satisfied GranSport 6 Pads
Satisfied GranSport 6
Pads

Shop by vehicle to find the brake components that work best for your vehicle.

Full Line of Brake Pads Available from Hawk

Monday, June 13, 2011 by Marshall Wisler

Every day I receive calls from motorsport enthusiasts keen to get back out on the track this summer season. Although wheels, tires, horsepower and suspension components are very important (and often times more fun), it is important to remember what is stopping your vehicle.

Paying close attention to your brakes will not only improve your lap times but more importantly keep you out of the grass. 

Using the one of the most sophisticated manufacturing processes available, Hawk Performance produces some of the finest brake pads on the market. In addition to their very popular line of Performance Ceramic and HPS Street Pads, Hawk carries several different ranges of race pads for every race and skill level. Considering ceramic brake pads for your vehicle? Read "Why Ceramic Brake Pads" to learn important characteristics about ceramic pads and how they can improve your vehicle's stopping power.

Hawk Products

Shop by vehicle to see which brake components are best for your vehicle.

Stop right there! Get new brake pads for your vehicle.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Grinding, squealing, long stopping distances? It could be time for new brake pads. Tire Rack can help with a wide array of pads and rotors for most vehicles.

Akebono ProACT Ceramic PadsCeramics give the lowest noise and dust, but won't increase stopping power. The Akebono Pro Act Ceramic Pads are a great option in the ceramic line-up.  Available for many applications and attractively priced.

Hawk HPS Street brake padsSemi-metallics will shorten the stopping distances and increase the initial bite. There are varying degrees of stopping power available. You can get a nice increase in capability without a dramatic change in noise or dust with the Hawk HPS. If you really want to step up the power with no regard for dust levels, the HPS from Hawk really delivers the goods. They are close to a track pad, but don't need the warm up of a true track pad, so you can use them on the street.

Tire Rack also carries track applications that you can't reasonably use on the street, but will let you late-brake into the corners and really shed off the speed while at the track.

View available brake pad options for your vehicle.

Replacement Brake Pads for Acuras

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Tire Rack offers aftermarket replacement brakes for many vehicles including Acuras. You can improve stopping power, dusting and noise with great pads from Akebono, Satisfied and Hawk Performance.

For low dust and noise options:

A great direct replacement. Akebono Ceramic Technology (ACT) helps reduce noise, harshness and vibration.








Satisfied Pro Ceramic VS Pads
Using a special ceramic material creates a quiet and smooth braking experience.








Hawk Performance Ceramic
Pads

Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads
A low dusting ceramic formula with higher friction for quicker stops.






Options for better stopping power
:

Akebono Street Performance Pads

Akebono Street Performance Pads
High quality and long-lasting while providing stopping power. If you push your vehicle to the limit or like having the safety net of extra stopping power, then these pads are for you.







Satisfied GranSport 6 Pads

Satisfied GranSport 6 Pads
Using Race Grid Technology, these pads provide superior stopping, while maintaining low noise.







Hawk Performance HPS Street Brake Pads

Hawk Performance Street brake pads
Made in the U.S.A. This premium braking pad provides fast stops, quick initial bite and low dust and noise levels.

Stop Easier with Hawk Disc Brake Pads

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Not stopping as well as you would like? Hawk Performance Brakes has a brake pad to help improve your braking performance. Hawk makes disc brake pads for sedans, SUVs, light trucks and sports cars. Let's take a look and see which of the Hawk brakes may work best for you.
  • HPS Street Brake Pads
    • Designed for high speed driving or repetitive heavy braking, providing advanced braking characteristics to enhance the driving experience.
    • A Performance Street brake pad
  • HP Plus Race Brake Pads
    • Designed for autocross and track days providing racecar-like stopping power.
    • Will show more dust, noise and wear to achieve this additional stopping power.
    • An Autocross/Track brake pad.
  • Performance Ceramic Brake Pads
    • Designed for ultra-low dust and noise while providing high friction levels
    • A Premium brake pad.
  • LTS Truck/SUV Brake Pads
    • Designed to provide superior stopping power for full-sized light trucks, SUVs and vans while generating low noise and dust
    • A Performance Street brake pad
  • HP Super Duty Brake Pads
    • Designed for severe duty applications frequently towing max capacity loads, providing maximum stopping power and high heat dissipation.
Hawk HPS Brake PadsHawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads
Hawk brake pads are available for some race applications as well. Check to see which track pads work well on your vehicle.

Also read: All About Performance Brake Pad Categories


Hawk Brake Pads for Your Honda Civic

Thursday, January 6, 2011 by Ed Singleton
Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake PadsHawk Performance offers several performance levels of brake pads for Honda Civics. If you are a casual driver and do not push your car to its limits then you should take a strong look at the Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pad.

This pad will offer improved stopping power over the factory brake pads and since they are ceramic they will not produce any dark brake dust.

Acura Brake Pads at Tire Rack Stop Smoothly

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Meet your stopping needs with brakes and brake rotors available for your Acura. Don't worry about picking the wrong products. We check every order before we ship it out and offer lots of user reviews on the brake system products we sell. And our search results by vehicle will only generate a list of products that are specifically a fit for your vehicle.

Use our brake performance rating system too, to help you pick brakes that meet your needs. Ratings are provided in three categories: stopping power, low dust and noise. The more red dots you see the better stopping power, lower noise level and lower dust. Original Equipment (O.E.) replacement brake pads all the way up to all-out track pads are available.

Some of the most popular Acura brake pads available are:
Akebono ProACT Ceramic PadsHawk HPS Street Brake PadsHawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

Check now to see which brakes will work best for your Acura.

Gimme a Brake, Hawk!

Friday, August 13, 2010 by Grant Edwards
Tire Rack offers many different automotive products, including brake pads.

Hawk HT-10 Track Pads


 Hawk HT-10 Track Only Pads



Hawk HPS Street/Sport Pads

Hawk HPS Street Pads




Hawk LTS Street/Sport Pads


Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads



Whether you're looking for Hawk HT-10 Track Only Pads for your Porsche 911, or Hawk HPS Street Pads for your Chevy Impala, or a pair of Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads for your Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab, we have something for you! Hawk HPS Street/Sport Pads have been a popular vehicle application because their designed for overall performance improvements specifically for sport vehicles and sedans by increasing stopping power and offering noise and dust reductions. Find your brakes today!

Hawk Brake Pads: The Best for Your SUV

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 by Clint Crabtree
What brake pads would be the best for my SUV?

Hawk HP SuperDuty brake padsIf the application permits, I always suggest the Hawk HP SuperDuty Brake Pads or the Hawk LTS Brake Pads. With a vehicle this size, you want extra stopping power. The Hawk HP SuperDuty Brake Pads are designed to give you excellent stopping power especially when you are towing a heavy payload.

Hawk LTS Truck/SUV PadsThe Hawk LTS Brake Pads are designed to give you excellent stopping power along with low noise and low dust. These vehicles are heavy and require brake pads that will perform in extreme conditions. The Hawk pads will handle your braking needs.



Find the Hawk pads that are right for your vehicle here.

                               

Hawk Brake Pads for Your Performance Car

Friday, July 2, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Are your brakes a little tired? Looking for high performance pads for your sports car? Try the brake pads that I always use: Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads.

Hawk Performance is the Original Equipment recommended performance brake pad upgrade for Chevrolet Corvettes and is an accessory performance brake pad supplier for Mazda, Nissan and Hyundai. They also provide brake pads for NASCAR, SCCA and NHRA.

Let’s take a look at a couple solutions for the driving enthusiast.

Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads (Premium)

Hawk Performance HPS Street Brake Pads (Performance Street)

I have used both of these brake pads on my cars. The ceramic pads have improved stopping power, create low dust and are very quiet. This pad is very easy to live with. The HPS pad will offer improved stopping power over the ceramic, but will have a little more dust. I also noticed that both of these pad compounds had longer life than my stock pads; that was a nice surprise.

Pontiac Brake Pads and Rotors

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Hawk Performance BrakesLast weekend’s project was to replace the brakes on my Pontiac. The O.E. brake rotors and pads had served us well but it was time for something a little better. Over the winters, the rotors had rusted and didn't look as good with the new Elbrus wheels on the car.

The nice thing about brake systems (brake pad and brake rotor combination) at Tire Rack is that there is usually more than one option for your vehicle. For example, for my 2000 Pontiac there are nine different choices of front and rear brakes and seven different brake rotors available. That may seem overwhelming, but actually it is pretty easy to make a selection. Decide ahead of time what is important to you: low noise, stopping power, or low dust. Then select a performance category and use the red bubble brake pad grading scale nnext to the brake pads to pick the best pad. Whether they end up being ceramic disc brake pads or composite disc brake pads, pick the custom brake set-up that works best for your needs and driving style.

My goal for the brake system on the Pontiac was to achieve good, predictable stopping power with minimal noise and lower levels of dust. I selected the ATE PremiumOne Rotors with Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads front and rear. They look and stop much better with the new wheels!
AE ROtorHawk Performance Cermaic Brake Pads

You have to watch out for more than just the other drivers on the track.

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Damon Witters
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires. Check.

Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Brake Pads. Check.

Forged Racing Wheels. Check.

A day booked at the track. Ahhhhhhhh. Bliss. The smell of hot brakes, tires and engines. Old, bald men going through their midlife crises and standing around their new Porsches and BMWs comparing the size of their tires and scratching their bellies at the price they paid for the wheels that will no DOUBT take valuable seconds off their lap times. Seconds that will make them KING of the water cooler on Monday morning. As they are removed from the trailer and installed one by one, how many of them are inspected for cracks? You'd be surprised.

"These wheels are FORGED, and they won't break!" I hear it more than you'd think. Thing is, what most people don't realize is that while lightweight and strong, any wheel , even forged wheels, can crack due to stress or impact. There may not be an obvious bend in the wheel. Where there is a crack, there is a break waiting to happen.

While it's fun to tease (out of jealousy, really), it is important to remember that regardless of what you are racing on, it's imperative that you periodically check your wheels for cracks.

Modern performance cars with high output engines, huge brakes and well tuned susspensions put as much force and stress on wheels as many dedicated race cars. Race teams go through great trouble to inspect wheels for signs of trouble. You should inspect yours, too. The intense extended heat and stress caused on the entire vehicle requires that drivers take extra time and care to ensure there is no hidden damage to any vehicle component.

We have a great tech article that track drivers find useful.

Being king of a Monday morning water cooler means you have to be able to get to it first.

"It's a Jeep Thing" Brake Time

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by Todd Galbreath
As with any modification, there are always going to be changes in the performance of the vehicle.

While the Dick Cepek wheels and BFGoodrich tires look and perform great, the braking system on the Jeep is now a little slow to stop the extra rotating mass.

A simple upgrade on the front brake pads should be enough to bring it back to the stock or better stopping distance. Jeep recommends and equips the Wrangler with ceramic brake pads from the factory so we will stay with ceramic pads and go with either the Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads that offer the best stopping power in our lineup or the Akebono ProACT Ceramic Brake Pads and ATE PremiumOne Brake Pads that have a little less dust for the front.  

                                                                                 

Centric Rotors: Quality at a good value

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by Clint Crabtree
I recently replaCentric Premium Rotorced the brake rotors and pads on my everyday driver. The car has 100,000 miles on it so I was looking for a good value. After doing my research on Tire Rack website, I decided on the Centric Premium rotors.

I am very glad I made the choice. It is a definite upgrade from the previous brake package. And with the addition of Hawk brake pads, the braking transition is very smooth and quiet. It gives me confidence in all driving conditions

Ceramic Disc brake Pads: What our customers are saying.

Thursday, May 27, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Ceramic disc brake pads tend to lessen excess brake noise and dust, which is a common side effect of semi-metallic brake pads. In addition, ceramic pads handle high brake temperatures with less heat fade while promoting a speedy recovery after harsh stopping. Ceramic disc brake pads certainly are among the best of the best brake components out there, which is why Tire Rack stocks a number of options from reputable brands like Akebono, Hawk and Satisfied. We could go on and on about how much we like them, but we'll let our happy customers speak for themselves:

Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads
"Installed these about 3 weeks ago. Absolutely no dust, and stopping power seems to be the same as the OEM dust-makers. No noise. Changing the pads was a snap, everything fit." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet Trailblazer, LA


Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads
"I was a little hesitant about purchasing a brake pad that promised less dust yet was quieter than OE. I'm hard on brakes and have extremely high expectations. These ceramic Hawk pads combined with the PowerSlot rotors have great responsiveness, stopping power, but have great control especially for such a heavy vehicle. 100% better than OE." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Ford Expedition, CA

Satisfied Pro Ceramic VS Pads
"These pads do just what they say. No noise, dust is very minimum, and the pads perform very good stopping from 160 mph to 0. The 300c SRT8 425 HP has no mercy on tires or break pads. Bottom line these pads are great. Thanks to Tire Rack for the great price." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chrysler 300C, AR


Shop Tire Rack's inventory
of brake components by vehicle to see if these fit yours.

Hawkish on Brakes

Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow
Are you looking for better stopping power, lower noise and dust, less pad and rotor wear? Then you need to get "Hawkish" about your brakes.

Hawk Performance brake pads have been successful in motorsports for almost 20 years. SCCA, NASA, CART and NASCAR are just a few of the many professional and amateur racing organizations worldwide whose participants use Hawk pads. This success helps Hawk Performance enjoy the benefits of the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” philosophy. Hawk is one of few brake pad manufacturers that can deliver on the promise, “Race Proven – Street Legal.

Hawk Performance’s brake pads provide maximum stopping power without excess dust, noise and rotor overheating or uniformity issues. Superior stopping power coupled with low dust and noise is why I recommend Hawk Performance by name. 

If you want a great performance pad with more initial "bite" for street or occasional autocross use, but don't want to take a bite out of your rotors, look no further.


Hawk HPS Street PadsThe High Performance Street / HPS compound offers a higher coefficient of friction over stock brake pads and can provide you 20-40% more stopping power and higher resistance to brake fade than standard replacement pads. Less fade means you’ll have a highly durable brake pad with less brake dust.


HPS Street Features:

  • Increased stopping power
  • High friction/torque hot or cold
  • Gentle on rotors
  • Extended pad life
  • Low dust
  • Virtually noise-free
Do you consider yourself a spirited driver with a performance car that gives you great pleasure to drive? You want to get the most out of your brakes but you don't want to spend all of your time cleaning those nice wheels? I have one word for you, "Ceramic."

Performance Ceramic is engineered to reduce brake NVH (Noise, Vibration and Hawk Performance Ceramic PadsHarshness), creating a quieter performing brake pad. The ceramic brake pad formula has a linear friction profile that allows your ABS brake system to work more effectively. With Performance Ceramic you can expect reduced brake pad wear, lower dust output levels and a rotor-friendly brake pad, with better than O.E. stopping power.

Performance Ceramic Features:   
  • Increased stopping power
  • Increased rotor life
  • Extended pad life
  • Ultra-low dust
  • Extremely quiet
  • Stable friction output
If you autocross your car regularly or want an effective pad without high temp requirements for the occasional track day, then take a look at the HP Plus Race pads.

Hawk HP Plus brake padHP Plus utilizes a unique Ferro-Carbon, high-tech friction material that was developed and manufactured for sport driving in autocross, and “track day” applications. The pad formulation offers lower wear rates and higher torque values. Extremely high coefficient of friction makes HP Plus the perfect upgrade over stock for high performance cars used in autocross competition and applications that require or experience repetitive heavy braking.                                                    


HP Plus Features:

  • Extremely high friction output
  • Fade resistant
  • Perfect for autocross & club racing events


It's time to get Hawkish about your brakes with the "Hawk Advantage"

  • Quick warm-up with strong, balanced initial bite
  • 20-40% more stopping power over stock pads
  • Rotor friendly - will not shorten rotor life
  • Outlast stock brake pads
  • Superior fade resistance
  • Low dust properties
  • Whisper quiet performance

Looking for a lighter and more durable race battery?

Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Mac McNabb


Let us assume you have already changed to the perfect Michelin tire. The Brakes have already been updated to HAWK pads. What's next?

Braille Batteries are some of the most durable, versatile and light batteries on the market for your racer or weekend warrior! Have a New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and looking to save some weight somewhere? Braille could be your first step! You could shave 20+ lbs just by dong a simple battery change!

So you need to mount your battery on its side in your BMW M Roadster but are concerned about acid leakage? Braille would be the perfect solution! For autocross, road racing, drag racing or just the weekend warrior weight savings is always a concern and your ally in performance. Look through the web site and see which size battery would be perfect for your RACING and weight shaving needs! Be sure to confirm the cranking amps and see just how much weight you can save.

Stopping Your Oversize A/T Tires or M/T Tires

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Austin Martin

Need better brakes for your oversize All Terrain Tires or Mud Tires that you can't slow down fast enough? Give Hawk Performance brake pads a try. I have a Toyota 4Runner with 33X12.50X17 All Terrain Tires on it. Stopping the vehicle on 33" tires with the stock brakes was a challenge at times. Hawk Performance HPS pads offer 20-40% more stopping power over the Original Equipment pads.


 I installed the Hawk HPS street brake pads on my 4Runner and what a big difference it made. With the Hawk HPS pads the braking feels like I have the Original Equipment size tires back on the SUV.

Key Features and Benefits of Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads:

  • High friction/torque hot or cold
  • Gentle on rotors
  • Very quiet, low nois
  • Improved braking over OE pads
  • Extended pad life 
 
 

 

If you have bigger tires, truck or SUV I would try the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV pads.

Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads:

Improved braking over standard replacement pads
Smooth engagement
Extremely fade resistant
Low noise output
Low dust output
Extended pad life
Increased rotor life

   



     If you just can't stop, try the Hawk HP SuperDuty brake pads. The Hawk SuperDuty brake pads will give you the best stopping power but you will notice more noise and dust from these pads.

Key Features and Benefits of Hawk Performance SuperDuty Brake Pads:


  • Stable friction output
  • Extremely fade resistant
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life
  • Much improved braking over OE pads

Hawk LTS brake pads are a great choice for your truck or SUV brake pads.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Gary Stanley
Need new brake pads for your SUV? 

I recommend the Hawk LTS brake pads. The compound utilizes Hawks Ferro-Carbon material that has proven so effective with the Hawk HPS pads




The LTS compound is formulated specifically for Light Truck and SUV applications and is intended for owners seeking:

  • increased stopping power
  • increased fade resistance
  • minimal dust
  • low noise

I have installed these on my own vehicle as well as a few of my neighbors' and friends'. All have been very happy with the results. Those with PLUS size wheel packages are good candidates for this pad. 

Towing with a heavy duty applciation? The Hawk SuperDuty compound should still be the way to go if you are using your truck in severe duty applications with heavy loads or heavy repetitive brake situations such as commercial use.

These and other great brake products are available at Tire Rack

 

Brake Squeak!

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Are you having issues with your brakes squeaking? Is it time for a replacement or are they fairly new?

Let's start with the possibility that they need to be replaced. Often the manufacturer of your brake pad will add metal clips that cause squealing or squeaking to occur when the pads are worn. If this seems to be the case, time for new brakes. Here is a quick part list of what you will need:
Hawk
PADS.  You need to select a pad that works well for how you drive.

Semi Metallic:   more aggressive and more stopping power, but more noise and dust.
                        Examples:  Hawk HPS Street Sport, ATE Original Premium One
                                          Satisfied GranSport GS6
Ceramic:          less dust and noise, but not as aggressive bite and stopping power.
                        Examples:  Akebono Pro ACT, ATE Premium One, Hawk Performance Ceramic

ROTORS.   More than likely you will need rotors. It is recommended that you do not turn your rotors, but replace with new ones. A rotor's effectiveness is based on dispersing heat, and taking any metal away will diminish its ability to do such.

Solid:               Normal driving to autocross racing (parking lot with cones/markers)
                        Centric, Cryo-Stop, Brembo
Slotted:           Extremely aggressive driving to road racing. (large, repeated speed changes)
                       ATE, Power Slot, Power Slot Cryo, Brembo, DBAPower Slot

FLUID.  If it has been 50+ thousand miles or you drive your vehicle hard, you may consider flushing your fluid. If you fluid looks like coffee or tea at the caliper end, time to flush.

So if you are the type of person that decides to change the brakes on your BMW 335i and are looking for an added edge, this is a project you can do! Remember when you upgraded to the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire? Choosing the right brakes will make the same difference for stopping as the difference the right tire makes for cornering!