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Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads; Rear Pair (05-14 All)

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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, Q&A, Specs & Installation


    • Street/Strip Use.
    • Great Braking.
    • Ferro-Carbon Compound.
    • Quiet Activation.
    • Sold as a Pair for Rear.
    • Fits 2005-2014 V6, GT, Bullitt, Boss 302 & Shelby GT500.


    Superior Stopping Power. Whether you're replacing worn-out stock pads or looking for an inexpensive way to improve your S197'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. It is designed to fit 2005-2012 Mustangs including the V6, GT, Bullitt, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500 models. 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


    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


    Customer Reviews (34)

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    Ratings Summary

    4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 34 customers

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    • October 24, 2018

      5 2014 GT500 - Larrysmustang2010 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Rear pads...

      They fit like the original. Just wish they came with the stainless guides..

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    • June 19, 2018

      5 2014 GT - DeanW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      They work well

      I bought new pads for the front and back of my 14 just because I have a lot of road trips planned this summer. They fronts were hardly worn at all but surprisingly the backs were down about 50. Everything feels great and the car stops well.

      Helpful (7)
    • July 06, 2017

      5 2008 GT500 - KyleH

      HPS brakes

      I had bout these for my 2008 gt500 it was in much need of some new brakes it a great product too the bite on the bakes is very nice and really gives the car the stoping power I was looking for I was also very impressed with shipping times with basic shipping it only took about a day and a half to get to me

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    • June 30, 2017

      5 2007 GT500 - MarcG Installation Time: Afternoon

      What a difference

      Didn't think I needed brakes but I changed pads anyway, what a great improvement over stock pads

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    • June 18, 2017

      5 2008 GT500 - speednstyle13

      Great bite

      Really happy with these pads with new stoptech rotors on my 2008 GT500, I had them installed front and rear.

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    • May 19, 2017

      5 2006 GT - VistaBlueGT Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $100-$250

      I Only Use Hawk Performance Pads

      I own 5 Fords and I only use Hawk Performance Pads for all because these pads are the best compromise for street/track use and offer better performance than OEM - although I have noticed more brake dust than OEM pads. But that's the price you pay for the additional braking performance. Some reviewers have mentioned these pads coming apart during track use - I have never experienced that problem. I keep buying these because they're that good. This is the first time I've had to replace my rear pads on my 2006 Kenne Bell Supercharged Mustang GT; the OEM pads only lasted 36,350 miles including 2 track day events.

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    • April 13, 2017

      5 2014 GT - cwarren522

      Rear brakes

      I love the brakes pads they really go with the stoptech slotted and cross drilled rotors. The only complaint is the dust is really bad,and this is the rear brakes. So you no what the front ones are doing.

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    • February 15, 2017

      5 2014 V6 - AK

      Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads

      I got these in combination with the front brakes and I wouldn't be happier with them. They barely have any dust and it stops better than when my factory brakes were brand new. Highly recommended!

      Helpful (24)
    • July 05, 2016

      5 2012 GT500 - RIPLS3

      Worth it!

      Very good stopping power, very good quality, Way less dust than the oem pads.

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    • October 29, 2015

      5 2008 GT - Intensifi Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Love Hawk HPS pads

      Great stuff! No complaints. The design and packaging of Hawk HPS pads is top notch. They explicitly tell you what to do for prep and burnishing. The inclusion of brake grease is highly appreciated. Highly recommended. Be aware you have to rotate and press in on the rear piston to get it to retract. The "cube" tool available in auto parts stores to rotate the piston does not fit. You'll need the ford specific tool.

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    Questions & Answers (1 answers)

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    Will these fit 2014 GT with Brembo Package? Will these brake pads fit 2014 GT with Brembo Package? I believe the rears are the same as regular GT but just want to make sure. Thanks.

    • Yes, they will fit. The rear brakes are not affected by the front Brembo Brakes and are all the same size. Hope this helps!

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