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Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads; Front Pair (87-93 5.0L)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I’m Justin with, and today I have with me 3 different brake pad options, all from Hawk Performance. We’re looking at the ceramic, the HPS, and the HP+, for both front and rear that will offer a broad range of performance that will suit everything from a bone stock daily driver, to an all out race course monster. Any one of these pads will far outperform your stock pads in just about every way, more braking performance, less fade and dust. However it’s very important you select the right pad for your application, so with that in mind, let’s break these 3 options down a little further. First up is the ceramic option from Hawk. These are going to be an ideal OE replacement and be perfectly suited for any daily driver, they’re going to bite strong without needing to be hot, be very quiet, and offer very minimal dust. This is all thanks to that ceramic compounds, which offers a nice balance between performance and everyday streetability. The next pad, the Hawk HPS will be right in the middle between the ceramics and the HP+ and will be for a daily driver or a weekend warrior, whose car does see a little track time and are just looking for a little bit more bite, and less fade. These pads utilize a therocarbon compound which does benefit from a little heat in order to perform their best but still offer great performance when cold. It is worth pointing out that these pads can be a little noisy when cold, and will definitely put off a little bit more dust than the ceramics, but all around, the HPS are a solid performer. Finally, we have the HP+. These are going to be for someone who subjects their Mustang to road courses and auto crossing where repetitive fade and high heat can kill lesser pads. Can you use these pads on the street? Yes, however, these pads feature a high temperature specific compound with a very high friction coefficient, which means these pads need to be hot and stay hot in order to perform at their best, like on a road course or an auto cross track. Once hot, these HP+ pads will bite hard, and offer great performance with very little fade, these pads tend to be very noisy and put off a good amount of dust, however since they’re geared more towards a race car versus a show car, most folks should be fine with that. Installing these pads from Hawk or any brake pads at that matter is a pretty simple task if you’ve never tackled brakes before. Due to the aggressive compounds of these pads, Hawk included a grease, to be used in conjunction with the included shim located on the back of the pad just to keep the noise level down. It’s very important that you use the grease on the back of the pad and not on the front of the pad, just so you don’t mess up your new brakes. Overall, getting the fronts and rears installed should only take you about 2 hours from start to finish. When it comes down to it, brake pads and tires are 2 of the biggest factors when it comes to helping your car stop faster. So try upgrading your Mustang to a quality pad like one of these Hawk options, and discover the difference in your braking performance.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Specs & Installation


      • Ideal Street Brake Pad.
      • Good Braking.
      • Performance Ceramic Compound.
      • Extremely Quiet.
      • Sold as a Pair for Front.
      • Fits 87-93 Mustang 5.0.


      Great Stopping Power. Hawk Performance Ceramic brake pads are the ideal affordable upgrade to your 5.0's brake system. Using a ceramic compound like that used on many high-end sports cars, these pads brake much better than your Mustang's stock pads, plus they feel and sound better too. Make your 'Stang feel like a real sportscar with a set of Hawk Ceramic pads.

      Daily Driver Friendly. Hawk Performance Ceramic pads bite strongly but smoothly right out of your driveway without being warmed up, making this a great choice for your daily driver.

      Minimal Dust & Noise. The Hawk Ceramic pads use a compound that allows your brakes to work almost silently and dust far less than stock pads or even other high performance pads. They're a great choice for drivers who want to be able to show n'go with a minimum of prep time.

      Application. This set of Hawk HPS pads is sold as pair for the front only. It is designed to fit 1987 to 1993 5.0-powered V8 Mustangs. Set includes driver-side and passenger-side brake pads.

      Brake Comparison



      HP Plus
      Best Use:Street/StripBest Use:Daily DriverBest Use:Autocross/Track
      Stopping Power:GreatStopping Power:GoodStopping Power:Excellent
      Noise:QuietNoise:Very QuietNoise:Increased Noise
      Dust:Low DustDust:Ultra Low DustDust:Increased Dust

      Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Details

      MPN# HB263Z.650

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (11)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 11 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • January 30, 2018

        5 1993 LX - Daniel Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good Product!

        They seem like good brake pads. Installation was straight forward and they fit perfectly. I have not really had a chance to test them out yet (since it is winter in NY), but I am looking forward to increased stopping power and reduced break dust when I put my Fox Body back on the road in the spring!

        Helpful (6)
      • February 01, 2016

        4 1990 Other - Ernie Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy replacemnet

        Bought these ,and only took a week to get to my door. Pretty easy to install just jack up the car unscrew two bolts pull the caliper ,and slide the pads out. As for performance you can definitely feel the difference especially if you´re replacing pads. Better bite at first don´t squeak like race pads ,and dust isn´t too bad either. Over all if you´re looking for a nice replacement pad with some more stopping power I recommend these.

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      • May 31, 2014

        3 1993 Other - repo197813 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Brake Dust

        I purchased these pads for my 93 lx and I must say i was not happy with the amount of brake dust. I changed from my old Advanced Auto pads to the Hawk pads at first they stopped great and I was pleased. However every week to two weeks I've had to clean my rims......ugh no kidding, sucks.

        Helpful (6)
      • July 01, 2013

        5 1987 GT - scooter569 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great product

        No dust and stop great . I am looking to put a package together for my play toy now .

        Helpful (8)
      • July 01, 2013

        5 1988 GT - Jeffer65 Installation Time: Shop Install

        Great for street use

        I'm running these pads on a stock 1988 convertible, my weekend summer toy. These pad are very quiet and do a good job of stopping the car. I can't really comment on brake dust since I have not had them very long. Using these with stock rotors. Highly recommended.

        Helpful (7)
      • March 22, 2013

        5 1990 GT - azavala Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        great stop for your buck

        Great stoping power for your buck and easy to install. I highly recommend them.

        Helpful (7)
      • November 08, 2012

        5 1993 GT - Rob93 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great pads

        Simple install and a great way to upgrade your brakes. Pads have awesome bite and stopping power.

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      • August 25, 2012

        4 1988 GT - FrankieBones Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        they come with stickers...i love stickers

        I really haven't had a chance to put the pads to the test, but so far, they stop well and are very smooth..I'm anxious to see if they are low dust like advertised.

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      • July 28, 2012

        4 1989 Other - MacDaddy Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great Product

        Were a little hard to get on for some reason, but they preform very well. No noise at all. I would recommend a pair of slotted rotors to go with these.

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      • July 10, 2012

        5 1993 GT - DaveK Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great upgrade over stock

        For the price of this pair you can't beat the reduced fade and decreased stopping distance they give you. I paired them up with the Powerslot rotors and it made a huge difference over stock.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

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      What's in the Box

      • (2) Pairs of Brake Pads

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • GT - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
      • LX - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93

      Fits 5.0L V8 Mustang Only

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