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Old 11-24-2005, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm gunna have to be replacing my brake pads soon and was just trying to get a head start on my best options for an upgrade from OEM. Not looking for a full brake upgrade, most likely just pads and rotors. A Ford buddy of mine says you can't beat "Hawk" pads, but i haven't seen anyone mention them on any forums. I keep seeing Pagid....better choice??

Also, a quick, easy and fairly cheap upgrade is to replace my brake lines to stainless steel line. Is it worth the money or more for exteme brake upgrades??

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Axxis ultimates are best. Yes ss brake lines are worth the money.

www.Turnermotorsport.com has a brake kit that gives you everything you need.
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hawk pads are suppose to be great, im actually gonna be putting them on 4 corners next season, i have to upgrade to make up for the extra 50hp my car has over the old 325engine. ive heard great things about them.

yes brake lines are a great upgrade they will help you stop with a better feel and more consistant stop.

well the thing about a bigbrake kit or any other type of "extreme braking system" is they are extremely expensive and may not be worth it to you if your not really gonna be doing any "extreme" perfomance modifying. (i.e- turbocharger, supercharger, engine swap etc) if your gonna be sticking to the basic bolt on mods, you may not need to spend that extra 1000 or two on a Big brake kit.
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I've had both axxis ultimates (currently dealing with them now) and hawk HPS's.
Get the hawk HPS's. You will like them. They may squeak a lot if you don't use enough anti-squeal glue on the back of the pads where they contact the caliper. (And let the glue dry at least 12 hours before you bed in the brakes or heat up the brakes in any way, otherwise it significantly looses it's effectiveness.)

If you have the money for extra brake accessories like SS lines or brass caliper bushings, go for it. Either way, if you do anything other than just change pads, go ahead and do a full brake fluid flush. Super blue racing fluid works great. (It's not limited to racing, so don't get the wrong idea. It's just high preformance fluid called racing fluid.)


When it comes to spending money on a car, you can never spend enough money on devices to help it stop and other saftey equipment. Sure, mashing the gas and going really fast is loads of fun, but it wont be any fun at all if you can't stop the car!
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I installed Hawk HPS pads and Brembo OEM replacement rotors. Stopping is improved, alot less brake dust and no squeeking for me. I am very happy with this upgrade.
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