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Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads - Front Pair (87-93 5.0L)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Street/Strip Use.
  • Great Braking.
  • Ferro-Carbon Compound.
  • Quiet Activation.
  • Sold as a Pair for Front.
  • Fits 87-93 Mustang 5.0.

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 5.0'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 front only. It is designed to fit 1987 to 1993 5.0-powered V8 Mustangs. 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: Details

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        Overall Rating 4.9

        out of 5 stars

        Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

        • Fit 4.909091 4.9
        • Bang For Your Buck 4.818182 4.8
        • Stopping Power 4.818182 4.8

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 15, 2017

          Great pads

          Easy installation.Nice fit.Great braking.No dust on wheels.


          Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (5)

        • 4/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 05, 2017

          Good Brakes

          Seem to be quality pads, I have not driven the car since install so i cant speak on the performance.


          Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          August 12, 2016

          HPS brakes

          Necessary for anyone still running stock, it will improve stopping power and is worth the price.


          Year: 1993 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 03, 2016

          very good product

          brake pads came quick, and installed with no problems, well made product. stopping seems to be better with std oem rotors especially when they get alittle hotter vs std pads


          Year: 1993 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          September 19, 2014

          No brake dust

          Perfect replacement and good stopping power. Theres minimal dust. perfect product


          Year: 1989 Submodel: GT NJ

          Helpful (7)

        • 4/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          April 23, 2014

          Hawk HPS pads

          Great brake pads, provide better stopping power than just your typical ceramic pads. Easy installation, all the necessary hardware provided. Only complaint is they do create a fair amount of brake dust, nothing major just is difficult cleaning my stock 90 GT wheels every few days (can't leave it looking crummy).


          Year: 1990 Submodel: GT Kings Mountain, NC, USA

          Helpful (6)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          August 02, 2013

          Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads - Front Pair

          Great front pads, and excellent stopping power. Together these pads and a set of Power Slot Rotors, really make stopping on a dime easy!


          Year: 1990 Submodel: Other Elverson, PA

          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 04, 2013


          As someone who autocrosses a 1985 Mustang GT, I'm usually limited by options. Recently I upgraded to the much better 1987-1993 V8 Mustang Spindles, Rotors, and Calipers. Having driven a few newer mustangs I know how much better these brakes are much better. However, I was at first disappointed when I installed these pads, I followed the procedure for set in and that helped. However after my first autocross, I finally got the pads to set in, and the brakes are spectacular. I have experienced no fade from these with the better brakes and I couldn't be happier for the limited amount of money I invested in the brakes. I will be upgrading all of my cars to the hawk pads even just for street applications.


          Year: 1985 Submodel: GT Tecumseh, MI

          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          February 15, 2013

          GREAT PADS



          Year: 1990 Submodel: Cobra NEWJERSEY

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 29, 2012

          Stopping power

          Installed the hawk pads on my 93 Lx , new rotors also, pedal feel is superb and stops on a dime. Very quiet and low dust. I will always buy hawk pads for all my vehicles and all my mustang parts will be purchased from American Muscle.


          Year: 1993 Submodel: Other Ohio

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        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          February 05, 2012

          Works great

          Much better than what I had before. After changing to these brake pads my stopping distance decreased and no steering wheel shake.


          Year: 1988 Submodel: GT Laurel, MD

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        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          November 28, 2011

          Hawk Brakepads

          Great product, easy install, everything fit perfectly. Work great warm or not.


          Year: 1993 Submodel: GT Mason, OH

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        • 5/5

          May 27, 2011

          Hawk Pads

          These pads are a great improvement. I auto-x and the brakes do pretty good cold and once they warm up its much quicker. Street its similar to OE and at the track a noticeable difference and much more responsive brake pad. Installs the same as your OE pad. I recommend these over full track pads on street cars due to the fact they still work well on the street if they aren't warmed up.


          Year: 1993 Submodel: Other

          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          September 27, 2010


          Always great quality products from A.M. For a semi-stock 5.0, the break pads are great, you will feel a difference even if not major.


          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          October 13, 2009

          Good Buy!

          These are definitely a good brake upgrade for the money! I paired them with some slotted rotors and they work wonderfully. Can't wait until next year for some Autocross events!

          Sean Miller

          Helpful (7)

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