Excellent OEM Upgrade
Reviewed By Wai A (Alpharetta, GA) Reviewed for a
—7/22/2008 2:50 AM
I am a car enthusiast. I don't like to pay for things that I can do myself like replacing brake pads. Sure, for the price of the Hawk ceramics, you can get a cheap brake job done by your local mechanic including labor and the pads. But don't be fooled, they use cheap pads. I rather put all my money in quality parts such as these Hawk ceramic pads.
Unfortunately, they only make these for my front brakes. I did put the Hawk HPS on my rear brakes. Overall, they provide a much better grip than my OEM pads. You can definitely feel the car stopping faster. On my OEM pads, especially going down hill, it feels like the car will never stop. But now when I hit the brakes, I am confident that I will stop. That's a great feeling for under $100.
These seem to come with metal shims already attached to the pads. So I was confused whether to keep using the OEM shims. A short search on the internet did not provide a decisive answer. So just to be cautious, I kept using the OEM shims anyways. They appear to be working fine. No noise. Great stopping power. Buy a pair for yourself. You will be glad that you did.