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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.8

2006 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6

Vehicle Miles: 30,000

Location: Dublin, OH

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 1,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: ATE PremiumOne Slotted Rotor

July 27, 2009

Much improved over OE. I''m concerned about some fade experienced during the bedding-in procedure. Could have been related to excessive heat in the stock rubber lines....but overall very pleased with the HP+ pads and Ate rotors (slotted).
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.4

2007 Subaru Forester 2.5 Sports XT

Vehicle Miles: 10,500

Location: Ogdensburg, NY

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 10,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

July 01, 2009

Here is a real review by someone who tried more than 1 other set of pads. The good: The HP+ is a great inexpensive pad that offers lots of bite and instant response with more than enough performance at legal speeds and then some. The bad: These pads dust like no tomorrow so if shiny wheels are your thing they will drive you nuts. My gold wheels look bronze after literally 20 miles driving. Then there''s the squeal, I know I''ve bedding them in properly but it doesn''t matter. While they are quiet under heavy to moderate braking, if you brake lightly such as coming to a stoplight in traffic they will shriek like the devil and everyone will look at your car like it has a problem. Same thing pulling into the mall.



That said, if you don''t care about the dust or the noise and only drive on the street you''ll love these pads. I bought mine for Solo II / Track duty for lapping days. At Solo II events they are brilliant, lots of instant braking power and fade is never an issue. They blow away the OEM pads when directly swapped over to the same calipers, same brake fluid... Now running them on the track is a different story. In my opinion these are not track pads. I don''t care what anyone says, they are not. They are still good for lapping days and driving schools, both of which I''ve done but... when you start to push it'' they will reach their limit and I''ve faded them several times. Not to the point that I''ve got no brakes, but ok yeah they''re fading and the car isn''t slowing down anywhere near what I did on the last lap so I better kick it down a notch and let them cool off. They do come back once they cool down. On the street you''d probably kill yourself before you could fade them. I did 6 track days and 5 Solo II events with them and now they''re worn down.



Will I buy these again ? No. Why ? 1) I''m getting quicker at the track and need a better pad that will not fade (now running Porterfield R4 race pads) 2) I can''t stand the massive dusting and shriek they make when you stop.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.8

2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8

Vehicle Miles: 34,500

Location: Vancouver, BC

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 600

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

June 03, 2009

After 600 miles of city/highway and a drive through the mountains with the Hawk HP+ pads on the front I must say that I am very impressed! The bite on them is absolutely phenomenal with very little if any brake fade under hard braking conditions.



Yes they do dust a lot but nothing that a water hose doesn''t remove on a daily basis, and the squeeking noise has gone down considerably and only occurs now when braking gently.



All in all I am very pleased with the pads, they are hands down much better than the OEM pads for this car if you drive spirited as I do in the mountains.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4

2002 Chevrolet Corvette

Vehicle Miles: 30,000

Location: Cleveland, Oh

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 1,500

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

May 29, 2009

Use these pads for what they are for. For track days I have found no other pad that serves a dual purpose for both getting you to the event without scoring your rotors, and holding up very well during the event. Sure, OEM pads are the best for cold applications for street driving. Hawk Blues and other pure race compounds grap a bit more at the track (once they get heat in them). If you want a pad that works well on the street, and well at the track, and can live in this middle ground so you don''t have to swap out your pads for events...this is the pad for you...hands down. I will admit, I have to keep a bucket handy after just a few drives back and forth to work to clean up the wheels and keep things shining. VERY small price to pay for the convenience and performance these street/track pads offer.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2

1981 Pontiac Firebird

Vehicle Miles: 30,000

Location: SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 12,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Power Slot Cryo-Treated Rotor

May 20, 2009

Pads bite hard, initial braking action is great. They are noisier and shorter-lived than "ceramic" "police" pads I had before but they stop much better.

Rotors amaze me - less fade than Kragen grade parts, but the real difference is rotor life. I expect to change rotors with pads (heavy car, aggressive pads, San Francisco hills...) but these look great after using up a set of HP+ pads!
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8

1987 Porsche 944

Vehicle Miles: 152,000

Location: Warrington, PA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 200

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

May 19, 2009

After 6 20 minute sessions at Pocono North these pads are shot, over 50% used-up. The track conditions were wet. My wheels are filthy and ruined, the dust generated from these pads is astounding. Due to the rain the dust caked onto the wheels and seems to have bonded to the finish on the wheels. I will never buy these pads again!
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.2

2003 Dodge Neon SRT4

Vehicle Miles: 135,000

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 3,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Cryo-Stop Rotor

May 17, 2009

I have gone through two sets of HP+ pads for use during track days. While their initial bite and power is good, they have a low (for race brake pads) max operating temperature. I was typically only able to get 3-4 laps in before their performance fell off. If you continued too long, you would end up with pad material on your rotors.



I would recommend these pads for autocross, as they provide good cold bite and stopping power. However, I have since switched to the HT-10 pads as I only do track days with this car.



Other comments:



Noise: They do make quite a bit of noise when going very slow. However, this shouldn''t be a problem since a buyer would be looking for performance, not comfort.



Bite: Very good and managable initial bite. Very low risk of locking the brakes by accident with these pads.



Fade: I do not autocross, but I do not see how you could have any fade problems during your runs. On track, you may want to consider pads with a higher MOT.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Vehicle Miles: 40,000

Location: tulsa, ok

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 500

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Brembo Sport Slotted Rotor

May 10, 2009

I use these pads at the Hallett Racetrack which is very demanding on brakes. I have been tracking my cars for over 20 years and this is by far the best pad for street/track days I have used.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8

2006 Honda S2000

Vehicle Miles: 23,000

Location: Long Island, NY

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 2,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

May 06, 2009

I put these pads on at the recommendation of a fellow S2000 owner for high performance driving and I could not be more satisfied with the braking power. The HP Plus pads alone at the front are so much more decisive in stopping power over OE, that you just simply cannot believe it is just a simple change of pad that improved it so.



The only downside to the pads are the noise. It doesn''t bother me none, but it was a nuisanace to surrounding drivers when puttering around town. Then again...I really don''t care about anyone else but me.
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Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: .0

2006 Honda S2000

Vehicle Miles: 20,000

Location: null, null

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 10,000

Pads: Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors:

May 03, 2009

Beware this brake pad. As noted by the other driver here this is not a racing pad. 3-4 hot laps a Sebring and I was off in the run out space due to over heating failing brakes (bled the fluid, checked the line, nothing wrong there). This pad may be a slight upgrade from stock but should not be used on a racetrack if you have any idea what you''re doing. Get an actual racing pad and a set of rotors for it (Tire Rack sells plenty, take your pick). If you re looking for an upgraded street pad, these will do just fine (as long as you understand that they are going to be dusty).
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