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Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads; Front Pair (94-98 GT, V6)

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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 94-98 Mustang V6 & GT.


      Great Stopping Power. Shorten your SN95's stopping distance dramatically with a set of Hawk Performance Ceramic pads. 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. Plus, these pads use a unique linear friction profile which allows your ABS braking system to work more effectively.

      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 Performance Ceramic pads is sold as pair for the Mustang's front brakes only. They are designed for the 1994 to 1998 Mustang V6 or GT only. Will not fit the SVT Cobra. 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: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Details

      Hawk Performance HB182Z.660

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (9)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 9 customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      • October 10, 2019

        5 1994 GT - Mike94 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        great stopping power, very quite. low brake dust.

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      • July 16, 2016

        5 1995 GT - Mason


        I built my mustang for drifting so these brakes were well needed great brake pads!

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      • July 01, 2013

        4 1995 GT - Dmcj Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Not bad . but not very good. If you want good stopping power go with the hps

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      • March 14, 2013

        4 1994 V6 - Bettie Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100


        Very good pads and no squeel or chatter installed with new drilled and slotted rotors.

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      • July 27, 2012

        5 1996 GT - ChrisN5 Installation Time: Shop Install

        Hawk Performance Brake pads

        These Pads are unbelievable. I notice a big difference as I brake. It's diffenately worth getting the hawk performance rotor as well. The reason why I needed a mechanic to do this for me was because my brake calipers were old and worn out that I didnt have certain tools to remove them out and they were really tough as well. But also anytime you purchase new pads and rotors, check the conditions of your calipers.

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      • February 09, 2012

        5 1998 V6 - 98BlackStang Installation Time: Afternoon

        Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

        I bought these pads for the front and back along with Powerslot rotors. I could definitely notice breaking performance improved. Breaks have been silent as well.

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      • January 28, 2012

        4 1998 V6 - Manny1998 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Hawk Performance Brake Pads

        I have had these pads for a little over a month now and have put at least 1000 miles on them w/ hard stops both on the streets and on the freeway. The fit was perfect in the stock V6 calipers of my 1998 mustang and the installation was easy with basic hand tools. They are aesthetically pleasing since the back panel is painted in glossy black. In the time that I have had them, they have not squeaked what so ever. I do have to admit that stopping power did not increase when I switched from the stock pads to these. My mustang cannot stop any faster than is used to. They are marketed as an upgrade, but really they are more like a replacement. That said, I still think these are great pads, albeit a little expensive. I did notice that the hotter they get, the better they stop. If you get these pads, make sure to break them in with several hard stops from 60 mph in a safe environment before using them on the street. Additionally, drive very defensively during your first week. Try to keep a good bit of distance between you and the car in front of you. I almost wrecked my Mustang on the freeway during rush hour because my pads weren't full broken in yet. Its very scary when you are pressing the brake as hard as you can and the car isn't stopping fast enough!

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      • April 11, 2010

        5 - Jose' Rogers

        Hawk Performance Brakes Front

        Hardly any dust, no sound, stop on a dime. fast shipping . thanks american muscle.

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      • December 28, 2009

        5 - Derek

        No Dust-No Fuss

        These pads are great. My wheels are always clean, and they stop on a dime.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Pairs of Brake Pads

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • GT - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98
      • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98

      Fits Front Only

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