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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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      Review & Installation 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.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • 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

      Description

      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

      HPSCeramicHP Plus
      Best Use:Street/StripBest Use:Daily DriverBest Use:Autocross/Track
      Stopping Power:GreatStopping Power:GoodStopping Power:Excellent
      Material:Ferro-CarbonMaterial:CeramicMaterial:Ferro-Carbon
      Noise:QuietNoise:Very QuietNoise:Increased Noise
      Dust:Low DustDust:Ultra Low DustDust: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

      4.9

      Customer Reviews (30)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.9 out of 5 overall rating from 30 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      Installation Cost: $100-$250





      • December 23, 2019

        5 2012 Boss 302 - EJohnson Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Brake pads

        They work fantastic. I can definitely tell there is an improvement in the brake performance. Will definitely purchase them again.

        Helpful (0)
      • May 21, 2019

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

        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!

        Helpful (0)
      • April 27, 2018

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

        Good brake pads

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

        Helpful (5)
      • April 01, 2018

        5 2011 GT - jpuck Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        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!

        Helpful (7)
      • February 05, 2018

        5 2011 GT500 - maques Installation Time: Afternoon

        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.

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      • January 26, 2018

        5 2013 GT - PatrickP

        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.

        Helpful (5)
      • January 17, 2018

        5 2013 GT - edw794

        Hawk performance ceramic pads

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

        Helpful (6)
      • July 13, 2017

        5 2012 GT500 - Mike Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        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.

        Helpful (7)
      • June 25, 2017

        5 2011 GT500 - TheFranchise Installation Time: Afternoon

        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!

        Helpful (6)
      • July 15, 2016

        5 2014 GT - tubulareric

        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.

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      Questions & Answers (4 answers)

      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.

      Helpful (0)

      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.

      Helpful (0)

      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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      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

      • Boss 302 - 12, 13
      • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14
      • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12

      Fits 2011-2014 GT Mustangs with the Brembo Brake Package Only

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