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#1 (permalink) Old 05-10-2005, 04:44 PM
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I have a set of Hawk HPS pads that I haven't installed yet. I've heard from other people who have them that they are noisy and create a lot of dust. But I read on tire rack and other sites that they are quiet and low dust. So what's the real deal?

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I have them..I would rate them as a good pad. You can go a week between car washes and the wheels don't get too bad. Mine also do not make a peep. Make sure you use anti squeel stuff and you'll be golden

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Please explain the anti-squeel stuff.
Do I apply it directly on the pad surface?

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I have them, had them for quite a while now.

Less dust than OEM pads, but they still do dust.
Last longer than OEM, at least as far as I can tell. (I've had them since fall)
They brake really well.

They will squeal (think: bus or garbage truck) once they get real nice and warm unless you put plenty of antisqueal paste on them and Let that shit DRY! BEFORE you break in the pads and get everything really hot and boil\cook the paste like I did.

These need to be warm. They do not like to brake very well when the rotors are at or below 30F. A drive down the street at 25 mph and about 2-3 stops from that speed warms them up enough to where they really bite like normal, so keep that in mine after you install them. (maybe dragging the brakes while backing out of the driveway is enough to warm them) Remember, these are preformance pads, an intermediary from racing pads. Racing pads practically *do not work* at all until they get at least 250F(varys from pad to pad) so this is just how they work.

These arn't the most linear pads, there is a very small margine of pressure where they do "medium, regular braking" They either brake like a motherfuck or just kinda drag along. They arn't bad really, I like them, aside from the obnoxious noise they make since I didn't use the antisqueal paste right.


Apply the antisqueal shit to the BACK of the pad that DOES NOT contact the rotor. The side that's got that rubbery pad on the back that contacts the caliper. The pad probably helps, but hell, it's practically worthless in my case


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