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I have recently bought and installed some Hawk HP+ pads in muy 2000 Civic (specs in signature). May I first say that you should really do the proper bed-in procedure. It really helps make your initial experience better.

When I first did a hard-ish stop in them, I locked up my brakes. lolz I had shit tires at the time though. With my new Kuhmo KH16, they'll lock up if you suddenly stab the brakes, just like my old ProStop ceramics and Cooper CS4 combo. So it's familiar to me now, but holy crap can these brakes handle their shit! It took me a while to get use to the amount of brake modulation I have and where they really grab. But once you get used to it, they're really good brakes, just a bit squeally. I have done some research, and I found a possible solution on a 350Z forum. If you take an OEM shim and use that on the pad, it can help quiet them down. I haven't tried it, but it's a possible solution for you guys; save you some searching on the interbutz.

Currently, I'm running Valvoline synthetic DOT 3/4 brake fluid, standard brake lines, ProStop hi-carbon discs (recently resurfaced) and the Hawk pads. First impression: HOLY CRAP THESE ARE WAY OUT OF MY LEAUGE!! They can brake HARD if you need it. These are an autocross/track pad, so I know some people like to use them only when they go to track, and that's fine. For day to day driving, they will squeal because they're not hot enough and they make a lot of brake dust. If you're the kind of person that gets super annoyed by that, then maybe only use these for track. But if you track a lot, then you can live with these and brake dust shouldn't concern you; it's completely normal for that to happen.

For the money, I say get them if you're going to track your car and want a ROCK SOLID brake pad that won't fail you from 100mph-30mph constantly. If you chose to switch to them only for the track day, then that's up to you. BUT!!! Make sure the rest of your brake system can handle it too! You don't want to crack your rotors or boil your fluid.

Overall, I like these pads and I can't wait to try them at Buttonwillow this weekend. Since I only care about function, I don't mind the brake dust or squeal, but some people might mind it. If this bothers you, try the HPS pads since I've heard they don't squeal or make dust too much.
 

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Hawk make some wicked good pads. I was running Hawk HPS on my 3MPS I think you guys over there call it the Mazdaspeed3. I chose them over the + because of reduced dust and quieter, but they are almost as good as the +.

They have enormous amounts of modulation and take a beating quite well with almost no fade. Bone cold they were average at best but only a one or two light brakes from 40km/h-0km/h was enough to warm them enough to be a great street pad.
 

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I use those on the race CRX, great pads. Break dust like a mofo though and yes, they do take a few stops to get up to temp.

I'd suggest switching from the valvoline junk to something different, in my experiences the valvoline synthetic causes a very mushy pedal.
 

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At least you are in warm CA. In the winter they can be a bit sketchy, with a definite split second of no breaks while they heat up. Just enough to exercise your sphincter.
I ran HP+ with brembo rotors and 215/XXR15 hankooks ventus r-s2. After getting use to them i could modulate them enough to leave tire tracks on the pavement, with out locking them up.
Great break pads.
 

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HP+'s are great stopping pads, but be ready to replace your rotors. And you'll be cleaning your wheels often, and they will corrode the wheels.

All in all, I still loved them.
 

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HP+'s are great stopping pads, but be ready to replace your rotors. And you'll be cleaning your wheels often, and they will corrode the wheels.

All in all, I still loved them.
Forgot about that. Yeah replaced the Brembro rotors twice for every set of pads. (IIRC the rotors where cheaper than the pads so not a big deal?) I had black rims didn't care about the dust, just don't touch the rims.
 

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I guess my next investment is some Brembo blanks.
 

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For DD they were not bad but I hated them when it rain. They would fade like crazy once I did a few stops from 140mph.

If you like the hp+ next time take a look at KVR carbon pads, almost no dust, quite, no fade, also the iniale bite is less but more linear!
 

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I did use that grease on the back of them and they still squeak.
All mine have too, it's just normal. I personally don't mind it, but the cars near me always notice!

HP+'s are great stopping pads, but be ready to replace your rotors. And you'll be cleaning your wheels often, and they will corrode the wheels.
Yup! I made the mistake of not cleaning my wheels for a few races in a row, I'll never get them looking clean again :(

I guess my next investment is some Brembo blanks.
Centrix rotors are cheap and work well too. Rock Auto has em.
 

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auto zone or similer rotors...they carry a lifetime warranty...I plan to buy HP+ for this season. but from everyone I have talked to here that runs ginger man which is a fast track and they say cheap lifetime rotors work just as food and you can keep swapping them out for free
 

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I actually painted the teardrops on my wheels, so the brake dust gets on the paint and not the metal. :)
 

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Speaking of hawk products, I'm in need of brakes and came across this:
What do you guys think about this package deal? Is that a good price?
Hawk HPS Performance Street Brake Pads Quiet Slot Rotors Kit HKF308350 Acura HON | eBay

I'm looking to find a "cheap as possible" setup but still good enough to see track/canyon monthly and was thinking of getting that (for say $150) ^ then matching up my rears with some centric cryogenic ones ($60) with hawk hps rear pads on ebay for ($50). These prices are from tire rack for an integra.
 

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HP+'s are great stopping pads, but be ready to replace your rotors. And you'll be cleaning your wheels often, and they will corrode the wheels.

All in all, I still loved them.
I have to clean my wheels twice a week, they have good feel and bite for what little I exercise them but the brake dust is excessive imho
 

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Has anyone tried that wheel protecting clear coat that Dupli Color makes? I've just tried it and it's really too early to tell.

Also, how do the Autozone Duralast Gold brake rotors hold up on track days? I'm thinking about getting a pair before I go to my next track day, and they have a 3 year warranty on them. They're supposed to be hi-carbon ones that can dissipate heat better than normal rotors.
 

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I have been running the HP+ for some time. Love them, swear by them. Only downsides are the noise, the fact that they rape your rotors pretty aggressively, and they dust a lot.
 
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