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Performance dudes, I ran akebono pads last year with stock rotors. I'm looking at Hawk Plus for this year and would like to get them on soon (first track day in a few weeks). I hear for/against from other forum members but not sure who uses them in performance situations. Any wisdom much appreciated on the Hawks or another brand. Thanks!

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HP+ pads are on the dusty/noisy side for daily duty. If this is a dual purpose vehicle that also serves as your daily driver then I would recommend the EBC Yellow pads. Similar performance characteristics to the HP+ just more streetable with less noise/dust.
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HP+ pads are on the dusty/noisy side for daily duty. If this is a dual purpose vehicle that also serves as your daily driver then I would recommend the EBC Yellow pads. Similar performance characteristics to the HP+ just more streetable with less noise/dust.
Thanks Adam! Ever used akebonos? I'm curious to know if the EBC's (or Hawks) provide more braking... i.e. is it worth the extra cost?!

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Thanks Adam! Ever used akebonos? I'm curious to know if the EBC's (or Hawks) provide more braking... i.e. is it worth the extra cost?!
I haven't specifically used the Akebono Premium Ceramic pads that you are currently using, but to answer your question, yes both the HP+ and EBC Yellow pads would better for track use or performance driving situations. The Akebono's are really just a nice replacement pad for the OEM ceramic pads and they focus on being quiet and producing very little dust more than on outright performance or heat handling capabilities. The friction material used on both the Hawks and EBC's mentioned above are significantly more aggressive than on the Akebono's. You'll probably see better braking even during just regular driving on the street and you'll definitely experience better braking on the track. The nice thing particularly about the EBC Yellow pads is the huge heat range they can operate in. They feel strong when it's 32 degrees outside going to work and they feel really strong once you get some heat into them.

The biggest issue is probably safety with the Akebono pads you have now. They were never designed for track work so it's very possible you might experience brake fade and lose braking all together at a track day. The other pads probably have around twice the heat handling capability and can get much much hotter before they start to fade.

Here's a link to EBC's website and some info on their yellowstuff pads. Keep in mind that if you do get them they will squeal until they are properly broken in.

http://ebcbrakes.com/product/yellows...nd-track-pads/
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Great feedback, thanks! I was really happy going from the oem pads to the akebonos but you're right, towards the end of a stint they definitely would start to fade. I just ordered some EBS's from THM!

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Excellent, drop in later and tell us how you like them once you get them broken in. Couple other things I'm sure you're already aware of, but I'd also recommend either having your old rotors cut on a lathe or getting new ones. You don't want to match new pads to old, uncut rotors. Also invest in some DOT-4 brake fluid if you haven't already and use it. You should be all set, have fun at Putnam
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Excellent, drop in later and tell us how you like them once you get them broken in. Couple other things I'm sure you're already aware of, but I'd also recommend either having your old rotors cut on a lathe or getting new ones. You don't want to match new pads to old, uncut rotors. Also invest in some DOT-4 brake fluid if you haven't already and use it. You should be all set, have fun at Putnam
Already running DOT 4 and was gonna try to get by without turning the rotors, but you're right - that's stupid!

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