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Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads - Front Pair (11-14 GT Brembo; 12-13 BOSS 302; 07-12 GT500)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Ideal Street Brake Pad
    • Good Braking
    • Performance Ceramic Compound
    • Extremely Quiet
    • Sold as a Pair for Front
    • Fits 2007-2012 Shelby GT500, 2012-2013 Boss 302 and 2011-2014 GT's Equipped with Brembo Brakes

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, 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.

    Great Stopping Power. Hawk Performance Ceramic brake pads are the ideal replacement pad for your Brembo Equipped Mustang OE 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 Mustang 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 Brake Pads are specifically designed to be used on the front of the 2007-2012 Shelby GT500, 2012-2013 Boss 302 and 2011-2014 GT Mustangs equipped with Brembo front calipers. Set includes driver-side and passenger-side brake pads.

    Brake Comparison


    HPS


    Ceramic


    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

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    MPN# HB453Z.585

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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    • (2) Pairs of Brake Pads
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        Questions & Answers (4)

        4 Top Rated Questions

        Does these pads need to be installed with the OEM metal shims on a 2007 GT500 with Brembo’s?

        • The Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads will not reuse the OEM shims.

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        Will these pads squeal on a wet/cold morning?

        • They should not make noises during the wet/cold weather.

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        Will these pad's work with 2010 Roush 540 RH? ROUSH 4 piston calipers?

        • We have not tested these with the Roush 4 Piston calipers to confirm fitment.

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        Will it work on the Baer Slotted and Cross Drilled Baer Decela Rotors for my 2007 Shelby GT 500

        • Yes, these pads are designed to fit with the stock diameter rotors for that model Mustang.

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          Customer Reviews (29) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.9

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          Installation Cost:$100-$250

          • Fit 4.888889 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.703704 4.7
          • Stopping Power 4.777778 4.8



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 21, 2019

            Great Stopping Power!

            Glad I went with these pads. Easy install and much cheaper than brembo pads. Felt an immediate difference compared to the stock especially since they had 30k miles on them!

            YahooGT

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 27, 2018

            Good brake pads

            Good pads, they fit perfectly with the rotors and are relatively quiet for being ceramic.

            JasonA

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 01, 2018

            Solid Buy!

            The stock Brembos can get a little squeaky from time to time and can be pretty embarrassing. I wanted to great stopping power without the annoying squeal so decided to try out the Hawk Ceramic Brake Pads. Great Choice!

            jpuck

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 05, 2018

            Great Pads

            These pads are great. There is no braking noises, and the ceramic material has greatly reduced the amount of brake dust on my wheels.

            maques

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT500

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            January 26, 2018

            Great Bite!

            Really like these pads over stock. They grab and don't let go. It gives me more confidence in the braking where the OEM's seemed to have less resistance. Brake dust is the same though, but not worse. I defiantly recommend.

            PatrickP

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            January 17, 2018

            Hawk performance ceramic pads

            A little more effort than stock brembo pads but works fine.

            edw794

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 13, 2017

            Brembo pad change is ridiculously easy to do.

            Same statement applies to the front Hawk pads as their rear pads: cost a bit more than other brands but the Four stars for the B for B. Other brands are less expensive, but the Hawk name and reputation is worth the extra 10 price. The Brembo version is easy to change (if you plan ahead with some type of plier-device to deal with compressing the pistons). Thin-bladed Carpenter's clamps work fine and their plastic-covered clamping pads protect the powdercoating on the Brembo caliper. You'll need two clamps as depicted on many of the YouTube demos.

            Mike

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT500

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 25, 2017

            So quiet

            Got a great bite and are super quiet. Only been on for a few months but there way better then the stock ones that came on my gt500!

            TheFranchise

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT500

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            July 15, 2016

            Superior Alternative

            Ford quoted me $600 (!!) for replacement Brembos, so I immediately went to American Muscle and found these. They were pretty straight forward to install, and after a week of driving I definitely think they are on par, if not better than the Brembos. Stopping power is excellent and reassuring, and the low brake dust of the ceramics is also definitely a plus. All in all, I think they outdo the Brembos, and for the price it is a great buy.

            tubulareric

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $500-$1000

            June 13, 2016

            Saved some money

            Dealer wanted $750 just for the front Brembo pads. Crazy! I have been braking really really hard and the stopping power is almost as good as stock (I did resurface the rotors). Next time I will try HPS and new rotors. Much less brake dust and they sound the same as stock.

            FreeRide

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            October 01, 2015

            very easy to install these, i took my time but maybe an hour job

            these seem to have same stopping power as the originals pads on my Boss, I have heard that going to ceramic pads I would have a softer pedal but not the case with these, break in was simple and they stop great, only reason I changed was the factory pads make to much dust, these seem to be a lot better so far. Ric B.

            BogusRacing

            Year: 2013 Submodel: Boss Liverpool, Texas

            Helpful (7)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 10, 2015

            Great upgrade

            Ordered these for my GT500 on Thursday and had them on my car by Monday afternoon. First thing I noticed was the squeal was gone. The initial bite was hard and was reassuring. Great for daily driving. The best part is the lack of dust. The stock brakes would cover my wheels in a day. Its been a week and so far so good.

            2blkstangs

            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Lake Worth Florida

            Helpful (7)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 14, 2014

            Easy install for Brembos

            Never did a brake pad job myself; took the car to a do-it-yourself shop as I own virtually no tools. Had the car lifted and the pads changed nice and quick, probably 30 minutes total for the front. Don't have to deal with the annoying Ford slotting brake piston in the back, much easier to do with Brembos. I've only had them on a day but I have already noticed they bite nice are hard. And best of all, my brakes isn't squeaking anymore.

            obxmc38

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Tacoma, WA, USA

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 26, 2014

            Quiet!

            The pads that came with my Vintage Venom Brembo upgrade squealed so badly my wife didn't even want to talk to me on the phone in the car, and everyone always knew when I arrived home because of the noise. It's totally gone with these ceramics, and I still have fantastic braking power. And the reduction in dust on my chrome Cobra R's is like night and day, literally.

            Codr

            Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Canton, GA

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 09, 2014

            Very Nice

            Great stopping power and quiet as could be , very pleased

            Burke985

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Louisiana, USA

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            October 14, 2013

            Surprisingly good

            I am very impressed with the increased stopping power. Took a little bit to get used to it. There is the tiniest little squeaky from time to time so I wouldn't call the completely silent but it is well worth it for the performance. I would highly recommend these pads.

            AuStang

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Austin, TX, USA

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 29, 2013

            Jury is still out

            So I have to say based on everything I read on these pads I was expecting a different feel. I didn't get it with the stock rotors. They stop fine and the pedal is smooth. People were saying it provides better bite but I'm not feeling it. Now with rotors I'm sure the combination will be great. The biggest win is the dust or should I say the lack of dust. I have driven over a week without cleaning the car and the wheels don't even have a haze of brake dust. Simply amazing. The lack of brake dust and the quiet operation make these an excellent buy even with stock pads.

            JT81

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Charleston, SC, USA

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 22, 2013

            great product

            love Hawk brake pads. Low dust and great stopping power

            sandy

            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Eagle, Upper Uwchlan, PA 19480, USA

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 17, 2013

            Easiest Brake Pad replacement I've done

            First off, YES, these fit on 12-14 Brembo equipped GTs. As always, American Muscle has blown me away with getting me anything I've ordered very quickly. I ordered these on Sunday evening and they were on the truck at my location on Tuesday. UPS delivered on Wednesday morning. Price is fantastic. My local Ford Dealer quoted me $250 just for the pads, so AMs price was right on the money! I couldn't ask for better pricing and service!! I'll be honest; I really should have looked at a video on how to get the pins out before starting work. This was my FIRST install on pads with Brembo Brakes. Once I figured out how to get the pins out, it literally took me less than 15 mins each side to get the old pads out and the new ones in. Compressing the pistons was easier than on any other car I've done brakes for. Overall performance of the brakes is really good. Just a little better than the stock Brembo pads. They've only been on for less than 20 miles so I can't comment on the "ultra-low dust" that Hawk advertised. So far, I'm VERY happy!!! Again, thank you American Muscle!!!

            Ditty

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Baltimore, MD, USA

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 13, 2013

            squeal gone

            I installed both the front and rear pads on my 2008 Shelby GT500. With 12,000+ miles on the car and the original factory pads, a squeal had developed during slow speed stops. Additionally, a short trip of 25 miles would produce brake dust on the front rims. However after replaceing the factory pads with the Hawk pads, I have no squeal at any speed, little to no brake dust and a much better brake feel. Since I had so few miles on the car, I did not have to turn the rotors and the install was easy and quick. I highly recommend these pads for street and track use.

            Snoker

            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Millstadt, IL, USA

            Helpful (7)

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