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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd

Vehicle Miles: 125,000

Location: Bentonville, AR

Driving Style: Average

Miles of
product use: 95,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

December 29, 2011

We drive our 2002 Tahoe in the Ozark Mountains on a daily basis. We live at nearly 2,500 feet of elevation, and within the first mile of our drive, we have to traverse more than 500-feet down to the "main road." From there, things get worse - winding switchbacks, stop-and-go driving, hilly terrain - you name it, and we deal with it.

So imagine my surprise (and pure pleasure) when I managed to get more than 95,000 miles of life from my Hawk HPS pads and Frozen Rotors. Truth be told, the front rotors showed less than 35% wear, and the front pads showed less than 25% wear. The rear rotors showed less than 35% wear, but the rear pads were nearing the end of their service life. But that s after 95,000 hard miles!! I dare you to find another brake set-up that could last 95,000 miles under these conditions: 4,800-lb vehicle, mountainous terrain, stop-and-go-driving...

I replaced the stock pads, rotors, and fluid at 25,000 miles in November of 2003. Around Thanksgiving of 2011, the rear brakes started squeaking it bit while stopping, so we promptly placed an order for Centric Cryogenically-treated rotors and another set of Hawk HPS pads. When I replaced the old Frozen Rotors (cryo-treated) and Hawk HPS pads, I was literally FLOORED by how fantastic they looked after 95,000 miles...

Do yourself a favor - invest in the Hawk HPS pads and some cryogenically-treated rotors. I guarantee you ll never have to worry about your brakes ever again. I d also recommend a brake fluid flush just to keep things fresh. We used Wilwood DOT4 fluid both times and have never had any complaints.

Brake dust was minimal, noise was non-existent, performance was stellar, and life was unreal. A total WIN. Thanks, TireRack!
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2

2004 Infiniti G35X Sedan

Vehicle Miles: 96,000

Location: North Brunswick, NJ

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 94,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

December 22, 2011

I had the HPS installed when the car was new in 2004 and the reason I did it was I learned from g35driver forum that quite a few people were having brake problem. Later in 2005 Infiniti provided 3-year, 36K warranty on the brakes due many problems. As for the Hawk HPS, they are the best brake pads I ever had. I have 96K miles now and need to replace the front pad!!! And the amazing part is that I still have the stock rotors!!! So the pads are really gentle on the rotors to say the least. The car for some reason already chewed up two sets of rear pads in 96K miles. I will be installing new front rotors and HPS pads in a few days. Great, great pads.
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2007 Chevrolet HHR LT

Vehicle Miles: 68,000

Location: ROSEVILLE, MI

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 3,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

December 21, 2011

These brake pads have exceeded everything that I expected of them for street use. This is my first set of these HPS pads although I have used the Blue racing pads on other vehicles before. I bought them based on the reputation of the brand and they work really well without any noise or dust and I have not found any hint of fading.
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.2

2008 Scion xD

Vehicle Miles: 59,000

Location: Colonia, NJ

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 17,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Power Slot Plus Rotors

December 11, 2011

The brakes were good until the very end. Stopping power is great, they do dust a lot depending on how your hard foot is on the pedal, initial bed in is straight and to the point (highly recommend you follow instructions) the one grudge I have is the actual pad life. I have about 4-5 mm of pad left and its only been a year, plus their very noisy. You definitely have to clean and lube the shims every so often. They claim long rotor life but my Powerslots look like they've been through hell. They have saved me from accidents multiple times and the ABS has never kicked in during very hard braking. Overall very good pad just very noisy even in the earlier pad life. I'm gonna try the STOPTECH street pads next time and see how those work
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan6-Speed Transmission

Vehicle Miles: 90,000

Location: POTOMAC FALLS, VA

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 2,500

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors

November 16, 2011

The HPS pads are every bit as solid as the StopTech s these replaced, but MUCH less dust. Break in procedure was followed. Quiet and smooth pedal feel.
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8

2003 Nissan 350Z Touring

Vehicle Miles: 60,000

Location: Huntsville, AL

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 1,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors

November 11, 2011

I replaced my stock rotors and OEM pads with the Hawk HPS pads and Centric vented blanks in preparation for driving the Dragon this October. I couldn t be happier. Dust is nearly nonexistent, and while the pads do groan a bit, it s just when easing forward, and not nearly as bad as the OEM squeal. I drove the Dragon four times on this setup, and didn t feel them fade once - they actually got better as they heated up a bit.

When cold, the pads don t have the initial bite of the OEM ones, but this actually is better for a daily driver, as it makes the braking curve smoother and more communicative. In other words, they re not going to throw you through the windshield until you heat them up, and that s when you need better braking anyway. The Centric blanks are smooth and seem quite reliable. They will rust like every other blank, though, so don t expect otherwise.

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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.4

2007 BMW 335i Sedan Sport PackageWith OE Metal Valve Stems

Vehicle Miles: 26,000

Location: Rochester, NY

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 800

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

October 08, 2011

These are probably OK for street use, with less dusting (under street conditions) than the OEM Textars. However, the initial bite (after bedding-in and a few hundred miles break-in) is decidedly inferior to the stock pads. Worse, as soon as you stress them they fall apart. I destroyed a new set of these pads (front and rear) in about 3 hours on the track at Watkins Glen. They covered the car in dust, faded miserably, (on a car with brake-fade compensation) and were much less durable than the stock pads under the same conditions. They failed to provide both the claimed performance improvement, and durability. Overall, a big disappointment.



On the upside, Tire Rack s service was, as usual, impeccable.



If you re looking for a pad with less dust than stock (under street conditions) and are willing to sacrifice performance, you may like these pads. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

1992 Volkswagen Jetta GLi

Vehicle Miles: 155,000

Location: ELKTON, MD

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 4,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Stock

September 28, 2011

I am very pleased with the Centric rotors, a great price for a very solid product. I really like the brake feel and stopping power of the Hawk pads - but have found over two separate sets that the pads do not fit my car. When compared to pads from other companies the friction material is glued to the metal backing in a way that is offset to the outside of the pad and so the pad material overlaps the edge of the brake disc. It s unfortunately since I ve had great luck with Hawk products in the past. I will continue to purchase them for my other vehicles - but have found another manufacturer for this car.

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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7

2004 Acura TSX

Vehicle Miles: 70,000

Location: Spokane Valley , WA

Driving Style: Average

Miles of
product use: 4,000

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Hawk Quiet Slot Rotors

September 22, 2011

There is a little brake noise, but overall it is great product!
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Hawk HPS Street brake pads Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Doors Touring

Vehicle Miles: 68,000

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Driving Style: Spirited

Miles of
product use: 100

Pads: Hawk HPS Street brake pads

Lines: Stock

Calipers: Stock

Rotors: Centric Cryo-Stop Rotor

August 26, 2011

I recently had Hawk HPS pads installed with Centric Cryo-stop rotors. This combined with Michelin Pilot Sport Plus tires make for very strong braking, with one caveat. The Hawk HPS pads require being hot before braking is strong. Applying the brake pedal moderately hard the first couple of times is disconcerting compared to the stock brakes. No particular complaints, yet. I am wondering about situations requiring emergency braking if the brakes are not yet hot. Also, living in Minnesota, I wonder if the brakes will ever heat up in the winter? That said, the brakes are different from stock. Not necessarily better or worse.



I m curious why other people are having squealing problems. My brakes aren t squealing at all. Are the brakes not "set" in the rotors (there are instructions on the Hawk HPS box). Perhaps the installer is no good or made a mistake?
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