Choosing the right brake pad


Choosing the correct brake pad starts with an honest assessment of the driver's typical driving conditions.  For example, if the vehicle is driven 80 percent in highway and 20 percent sporty and zero percent on the track, then an Alcon "street" pad will likely offer the best combination of stopping performance, low dust and low noise. The biggest issue we see is more frequently is people choosing temperature ranges that are too high rather than too low, and hence the pad isn't working optimally.


When we have time - we will use rotor and caliper temp indicators to figure out what range they need to operate, THEN select a pad. Its about a $100 investment the first time, but worth it if it saves you buying one set of pads that doesn't work.  You can find those items in our "Temperature Control" section

If the vehicle is frequently used for track days but also as a daily driver, it might be better served by the a mid-range racing pad - provided that an even transfer layer of pad material on the rotor is maintained by periodically re-bedding in the pads.


pad selection chart


Performance Friction Brake Pad Compounds


90 compound

This compound has been a favorite of race driving schools because of its modulation characteristics. Used exclusively at race schools such as Bob Bondurant, Derek Daly, and Jim Russell because of is forgiving nature.  90 Compounds is very easy on the discs, yet has higher cold bite than 83 compound along with less torque rise for improved modulation.  90 Compound has been replaced by 97 in most applications, but is still available in a limited number of applications.


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Hawk Brake Pad Compounds



Extremely high torque with aggressive controllable initial bite. Superior release and torque control characteristics. Brake pads designed for cars with high deceleration rates with or without down force.

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