We’ve been getting a lot of questions about Hawk HPS Street Pads lately so we decided to post a review on these gems. Whether you are considering Hawk HPS pads as an upgrade when buying a disc brake conversion kit or you are simply looking for better performance on your current system, we think Hawk is a good play, and here’s why...
We just received a question from a customer asking about the proper bedding procedure for his new Rallye Series front disc brake conversion kit. Regardless of which kit you select, it is a good idea to bed or burnish the brakes to transfer an even layer of friction material to the rotors. Taking this step will ensure smoother, quieter braking and enhanced stopping power. If you bring the new pads and rotors up to temp too quickly and/or botch the cool down period, you may experience glazing on the pads and poor performance. Proper bedding ensures a uniform coating of pad material is applied to the rotors. So, how do we properly bed in new pads and rotors?
Whether you are replacing worn pads or considering upgraded performance brake pads for your new disc brake conversion kit, finding the perfect fit for your classic car boils down to how you drive. Hitting the brakes creates friction (and heat) which stops your car—but for optimum performance, we need to keep heat levels within an optimum specified range for best performance. Today’s brake pad manufacturers offer a number of different options tailored to match the heat levels generated by your brakes and driving patterns.
Brake pads and brake fluid are two important yet often overlooked components of every braking system. Neither of these items has the same wow factor as a fancy rotor upgrade, but just like rotors, brake pads are wear parts that need proper attention so you can get the most out of your classic ride’s brake system. We can make the same case for your brake fluid too. Brake fluid is not a wear part in the traditional sense of the word, but over time, brake fluid goes bad.
S. Kelli Kolf’s “ Stop It: Information You Need to Know About Automotive Braking Systems”, which appears in September’s issue of Hot Rod and Restoration is an excellent go-to source for diagnosing common brake problems and making effective upgrades. Whether you are a garage rat with years of brake repair and upgrade experience or you are working up the courage to take a first shot at your classic’s brakes, you should check out this article. In case you are looking for a sneak preview, we’ll use this post to cover some of the most important information found in the article below.