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Hey guys,

Anyone use hawk HP+ pads for autocross AND daily-driver use?

I understand they may create noise and produce alot of brake dust, the main thing I'm concerned with is their longevity with daily-driver use (and no, it's not for my mustang)...

Any input would be appreciated, especially associated pad brake-in instructions if they vary from Hawk's suggestions...
 

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I had them on the rear of my car. They do produce a lot of dust. The rear rims would be dirtier than the front! I thought they worked well both cold and warm
 

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I've heard that if brake-in procedures are followed, increased noise isn't much of a issue?...
 

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I have them on the front of my car.

TONS of dust
TONS of squeeling (really annoying)
on the plus, tons of bite.

I'm going to be replacing them with some less dusty less noisy pads though eventually, they're just too much for a street car in those respects.
 

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Agree with all the above, used them on the fronts for 5+ years. While I don't DAILY drive the car, i'll put about 10,000 miles a year on the car.

It's all relative to your level of annoyance. You're driving a Mustang....whats another weird noise to deal with? ;)
 

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If you plan on running HP+ on the street, you'll get great stopping power, as long as you're willing to:

a) Clean your wheels every other day
b) Squeal like a city bus every time you pull to a stop
c) Wear your rotors out 3x faster than normal.


...other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?...
 

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I only noticed squealing with light pedal pressure. More pressure, less/no noise. But I also had them in the rear. Up front may be a different issue.
 

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I only noticed squealing with light pedal pressure. More pressure, less/no noise. But I also had them in the rear. Up front may be a different issue.
Thats my experience with them on the fronts. If you ride them to a stop light, it sounds like a train pulling into the station. If you give them a quick stab it's a little more bearable.

Disclaimer to those with wive's/girlfriends that ride in their vehicle with HP+'s:

Be sure to tell them they're "race pads" and normal brakes shouldn't sound like that. Mine let her car go for some time with the brake pads on the backing plates. I only heard it as I was outside one day. When politely asked "WTF were you thinking?!?!?!" Her reasoning was, "Your car sounds like that and you don't do anything about it."

Awesome. :shakehead
 

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LOL, I had the Plus pads on the rear, and that was noisy enough for me. I can't imagine how much squealing there would be on the fronts.
 

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I had the + on the front of my Cobra and followed the break-in. Dust wasn't really an issue for me, but the squealing got old and I didn't use them again. Longevity seemed fine; I loved the stopping power on the street; didn't notice any cold pad issues. Don't know about rotor wear as I changed out to slotted soon afterward anyway.
 

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I have the HPS's on my Cobra, front and rear, stopping power is very good.. but you do get a little squeal as mentioned earlier. On the other hand I havent had much brake dust to speak of but I do wash the car at least once every 2 weeks (if not more)
 

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Thanks for the input guys!
Again, I'm not using them on my mustang, so dust and rotor wear aren't really factors thankfully.
 

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I have the HPS's on my Cobra, front and rear, stopping power is very good.. but you do get a little squeal as mentioned earlier. On the other hand I havent had much brake dust to speak of but I do wash the car at least once every 2 weeks (if not more)
The HPS is a far different pad than the HP+. I also have the HPS on my front Brembos now, and while there is a very little squeal, it's not as much as the HP+, and there is also very little dust.
 
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