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Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads - Rear Pair (94-04 GT, V6)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Street/Strip Use.
  • Great Braking.
  • Ferro-Carbon Compound.
  • Quiet Activation.
  • Sold as a Pair for Rear.
  • Fits 94-04 Mustang V6 & GT.

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install 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.

Superior Stopping Power. Whether you're replacing worn-out stock pads or looking for an inexpensive way to improve your SN95 or New Edge Mustang's stopping power, Hawk HPS pads are an affordable alternative to a complete brake upgrade. The Hawk HPS pads have a 20-40% better braking and higher resistance to fade than other replacement pads on the market for the stopping power you need, when you need it.

Street/Strip Use. Hawk HPS pads are a great balance of streetability and track performance. They're at their best once they're a little warm, but provide good stopping power even cold so you can drive them on your dual use street and strip 'Stang and still enjoy their performance advantages.

Reduced Brake Fade. If you like to take your Pony to the track or strip, you know that brake fade is your enemy. Hawk HPS pads are designed to resist fade more than other pads, ensuring consistent braking even when things get hot.

Less Noise & Dust. Hawk uses a unique Ferro-Carbon formula for increased stopping power, low brake dust, and less noise than dedicated race pads.

Application. This set of Hawk HPS pads is sold as pair for the rear only. They are designed to fit 1994 to 2004 Mustang V6 and GT. Set includes driver-side and passenger-side brake pads.

Brake Comparison



HP Plus
Best Use: Street/Strip Best Use: Daily Driver Best Use: Autocross/Track
Stopping Power: Great Stopping Power: Good Stopping Power: Excellent
Material: Ferro-Carbon Material: Ceramic Material: Ferro-Carbon
Noise: Quiet Noise: Very Quiet Noise: Increased Noise
Dust: Low Dust Dust: Ultra Low Dust Dust: Increased Dust

Technical Notes. Does not fit Bullitt, Mach 1, or Cobra.

Fitment: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

MPN# HB183F.660

CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

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Overall Rating 4.9

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

  • Fit 5 5
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.888889 4.9
  • Stopping Power 4.888889 4.9

  • 5/5

    December 24, 2017

    hawk pads are good

    hawk pads are good for the $ only complaint is brake dust is more noticable from a regular pad. but they help the car stop good.


    Year: 1995 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (4)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 29, 2017

    Really good item

    Easy to install n awesome performance drive my car every day notice the difference right away


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (4)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 08, 2016


    Stopping power has never been better, no annoying squeaks looks phenomenal when matched to the Hawk Rotors. Great buy


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (4)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    January 11, 2016

    Great Brakes!

    When fully rebuilding my 1998 GT Convertible I started with a solid foundation which included better stopping power. If I can go faster I want to stop faster. These brake pads provided an immediate 30 improvement and now my mechanic stocks them because everyone wants the same results. Easy on my rotors and one of the biggest bangs for the buck regarding improved performance.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Santa Clara, CA

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 27, 2013

    2001 mustang

    I really recommend this product. It's a bit noisy when I'm stopping around 15mph but amazing stopping power. I can most definitely feel the difference. Easy to install, just takes a while.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 California

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 05, 2013

    Great pads

    Upgraded to these for lapping days. They have great stopping power but do give off a lot of brake dust. Not a big deal on the track but I do now swap back to regular pads when I'm just using the car on the street. For the price they are a great pad until you get more aggressive on the track, the next step will be to step up to the HP plus. Hawk makes a great product and American Muscle has amazing service.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 28, 2012

    Good Pads

    These are some good pads, stops on a dime, never over heats. They squeel just a lil but in the end they are good pads.


    Year: 1994 Submodel: V6 Raleigh, NC

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 30, 2012

    Excellent Braking, Heavy Dusting

    These Hawk pads provide excellent braking power stop after stop and they never seem to fade, although I'm sure they do fade past a certain temperature it's not a temperature you'll ever reach on the street or at the end of a drag strip. These pads preform seamlessly with consistent pedal feel and braking power from cold to hot unlike other pads I've used that preform well either hot or cold but not both. My only complaint about these pads is the heavy dusting that Hawk describes as "low", they might be low dusting for a race brake pad but these are street/strip pads and certainly aren't low dusting by street standards. My wheels start to show dust after about 100 miles, but these rear pads don't dust nearly as heavily as my front Hawk HPS pads which show dust after only 20 miles but that's just the nature of the car.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: V6 Wayne, PA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 23, 2011

    Great product, stops on a dime!

    I installed these pads with the PowerSlot Rotors, and my car now stops on a dime. The clips on either end of the pad can be a pain when you go to reinstall the calipers, so after you depress the caliper piston, make sure the rotor is sitting flush on the hub and push the pads all the way in so they are pressed against the rotor (you may have to hold the rotor in place with your knee or something). Other than that, install was a breeze.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6 West Chester, PA

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  • 5/5

    July 19, 2011

    Good Stuff

    I purchased these in conjunction with PowerSlot Rotors. These pads are very well designed and fit perfectly, however, I thought they performed very similarly to the stock pads. I really didn't notice any difference in brake performance. I noticed significantly more grab when the pads/rotors were hot (IE slowing down on the freeway), but normal city driving remained basically unchanged. The install was very straight forward. I would recommend these to anyone looking to replace their brake pads.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    November 06, 2010

    Hawk Pads

    Hawk pads are always a good investment. They can handle the heat with good stopping power.


    Helpful (5)

  • 4/5

    October 03, 2010

    HPS pads

    They work great but they like to squeal!


    Helpful (9)

  • 5/5

    July 14, 2010


    added them to the back with the hawk cermics in the front, good stopping power


    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    May 04, 2010

    Hawk HPS

    installed on a 98 v6. Great stopping power. highly recommended. i would buy them again.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    August 24, 2009

    super pads

    Awesome bite. You really want to feel the difference, replace rear and front.

    Ivan Z.

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    July 17, 2009

    Hawk HPS Brake Pads

    No dust, No screaming and perfect fit all good.

    Claude Ruest

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    July 23, 2008

    brake pads work great

    I installed these brake pads on my 95 Gt. They helped increased my braking performance. Would buy them again.

    Paul D.

    Year: 1995 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 22, 2008


    I just bought a set and got them installed and man do they rock! Absolutely wonderful!

    Coleman Burrell

    Helpful (5)

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