Join Date: Oct 2007
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Ceramic pads are for those who care about little dusting and don't care so much about braking distance. For me personally, I'd like to stop better so I got Hawk HPS instead, they dust like crazy, but I don't care. They are brakes, I want to stop. If you care about the cleanliness of your wheels, then get ceramic pads.
If you really want to stop faster, get grippier tires. What limits the stopping distance on any modern car with ABS is the loss of tire adhesion to the road - then the brakes lock up the wheels.
Hawk HPS pads are fine pads but will not stop you any faster than Akebonos or anything else. If anything, you could make an argument that "performance" pads will take LONGER to stop a daily driver because performance pads are optimized for hot friction - i.e., fade resistance - which means cold friction suffers. Brake fade is not a problem for any sane daily driver, so the ceramics are fine.
Pads are likely to feel different, and that is a matter of preference. I have driven Akebono ProActs for years and am very pleased. Some say their initial bite, especially when cold, is less than what they would like. I could not get the ProActs in time on my last change so I put EBC RedStuff on my 07 fronts. They definitely have a bigger initial bite, but they also seem to need more pressure to hold the car at a stop light. Go figure.
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