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**Updated with Track Video - 10/30**

Hey All -

Over the past 3 months, we have worked closely with Hawk Performance and Nitto to put together the Ultimate Brake Pad Guide for Mustang owners.

There’s no doubt that there are different brake pads for different applications. And with so many choices out there, we set out to educate on which pad may be the best choice for enthusiasts.

We utilized our Steeda Q350 EcoBoost equipped with GT Performance Package brakes to test Hawk’s Street lineup on Nitto NT555 G2s (HPS-5.0, Performance Ceramic, and HP-Plus) and Track lineup on NT01s (DTC-30, DTC-60, DTC-70).

There will be a two-part video series that includes a product review, proper bedding procedure, 60-0 MPH testing, and data analysis for each line of pads – with the Track video featuring Taylor from Hawk Performance.

Additionally, we’re putting together a full-length article on our site to compile all this data and analysis in text-form – so, there are multiple ways to consume this content.

A huge thanks to the awesome teams at Hawk Performance, Nitto Tire, and The FIRM for lending a hand in putting this project together!

Full Article: https://www.steeda.com/ultimate-mustang-brake-pad-guide

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Very cool, I was looking to replace my stock pads/rotors in the near future. More information is always good.
 

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And also will love to see this test with other brands like Gloc and Carbotech so we can compare all possible options.
 

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The HP+ was definitely given an optimistic rating for rotor wear . . . by half a scale segment if not more.

I'm also a bit surprised that from among the "street pads" they only tested the HPS 5.0 on the track.


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The HP+ was definitely given an optimistic rating for rotor wear . . . by half a scale segment if not more.

I'm also a bit surprised that from among the "street pads" they only tested the HPS 5.0 on the track.

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Your saying the HP+ Wears much more correct?
 
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to be fair did you make the same test with the OEM DS2500 pads ? As otherwise we don't have a reference point ?
The same test with OE pads yielded similar results to the HPS-5.0. The purpose of this project was to differentiate Hawk Performance's brake pad lineup, not test how they compared to OE. Hope this helps!


And also will love to see this test with other brands like Gloc and Carbotech so we can compare all possible options.
We are most definitely open to testing other pads! If there are any other tests you'd like to see going forward, we'll be happy to see what we can muster up.


The HP+ was definitely given an optimistic rating for rotor wear . . . by half a scale segment if not more.

I'm also a bit surprised that from among the "street pads" they only tested the HPS 5.0 on the track.


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I know Hawk has changed up their pad compound for the HP-Plus a few times over the years. As we didn't test the HP-Plus long term, I'm not sure how their most recent pad compound would've faired in terms of rotor wear.

As you'll see in the upcoming track video, the only reason we took any street pad out on track was to showcase brake fade. Being the entry-level pad from Hawk, the HPS-5.0 made the most sense for that test.


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I like the way you think!
 

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The same test with OE pads yielded similar results to the HPS-5.0. The purpose of this project was to differentiate Hawk Performance's brake pad lineup, not test how they compared to OE. Hope this helps!
We are most definitely open to testing other pads! If there are any other tests you'd like to see going forward, we'll be happy to see what we can muster up.
It was Eye opening to say the least very good test I enjoyed it and there is a clear difference between OEM/ HPS-5.0 and the DTC-70 pads. Which made me more eager to buy a set of track day pads for the car.
 

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We are most definitely open to testing other pads! If there are any other tests you'd like to see going forward, we'll be happy to see what we can muster up.

As you'll see in the upcoming track video...
Very interested in seeing both.
 

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It was Eye opening to say the least very good test I enjoyed it and there is a clear difference between OEM/ HPS-5.0 and the DTC-70 pads. Which made me more eager to buy a set of track day pads for the car.
You may well get 'spoiled' by the improved 'bite'. Brake modulation is still easy enough, as long as you only need to move at the ankle and don't have to lift your entire right foot off the floor to get to the brake pedal.


Norm
 

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