Here is my personal review of the brake pads I have used. I am only commenting on front pads because the rears last longer and I don't change them until it is necessary
Stock-- Good stopping power. Bad for dust. I have used them twice on track days. they hold up pretty well and don't dust as bad when driving around a course like a maniac. Would not buy again unless they can be found for $100. Dealer prices are ridiculous.
EBC Yellowstuff-- Good stopping power. Less dust than stock. Track day pad. Works best when warmed up. These pads disappeared in 65 miles on Road America. While I was driving home I hit metal and ruined the rotors. The pads work good but they are short lived. If I need to buy 2 sets for a track day, they are not the pads for me. I would not buy these again either but mostly due to their short life span. I also contacted EBC and they stated that I should only get around 2-3 sessions out of them but that was after my road course. They were right but if I went out on the track one more time I might have been in a wall or worse.
Bendix MKD 1149-- Very similiar to stock in every facet. Rumor has it that Bendix makes the pads for our Brembos at a price less than the dealers. I believe these pads cross reference to the LX vehicles in case you look them up and do see them for the Jeep. I would buy these again if I had to but there are better options around the price point which is $100 or below. They held up good at the track. Still had 1/2 left when I returned home.
Hawk HPS-- Worse than stock stopping power. Great for all the less dust guys. These have to be the worst pads I have had so far. It didn't matter if they were warm or cold, they just didn't stop very well. I would not buy these again either but that is due to the increased stopping distances. I know R1 concepts like recommending them but I don't.
StopTech-- Better than stock stopping power. Less dust than stock but not less than or equal to the Hawk HPS. These pads from the moment I went to bed them, I was shocked. I always bed my brakes in the same area and know where I usually had to stop to get to the stop sign. Time and time again I was stopping (not a complete stop) well before the sign. At the track it was the same deal. I could go deeper into the corners than I have ever been before. They held up well with 1/2 the pads left after the track. I would buy these again, in fact, I have bought a full set for my next change.
I hope this helps with some options for the guys wanting to make a change.
Also, none of my pads have ever squealed so I am not the one to ask about noise. I think that my driving style is a lot different than most on here so that would be the main reason. I also experimented with my last change by not using any anti squeal on any of the pads(front/rear) and the only time I get any noise is in reverse and stopping really slowly(5-0mph).
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Excellent review. However, I have different opinions... I can only comment on Hawk HPS and stock ones since I've only own and driven these two. All I can say is Hawk HPS pads are way better than the OEM it replaced on my 300C. Less dust and stopped better. I will be trying the StopTech next since the OP highly recommends them.
I am currently running the Hawk HPS front and rear and they are way worse than stock as far as stopping power. Lower dust but I care more about being able to stop. I've done some track days with the stock pads and they held up well until I got them too hot and transferred material to the rotors. I haven't been on the track with the hawk pads because I've taken the car on the back roads and after warming up the pads I've did some hard braking before some corners and felt a lot of fade and the pedal going to the floor. Luckily I was giving myself lots of margin so but if it was at the track I would have gone off course. If you are the slight bit of an aggressive driving I'd stay away from the Hawk HPS pads.
I 3rd that Hawk HPS pads do not provide good stopping power...there are better pads out there for stopping power and low dust.
I am back to the stock pads after trying out most others in my 100,000 miles.
I need some stopping power in the 1/4 mile with trap speeds 140-150 and the end of the shutoff coming VERY quick.
Yes the stock pads give a bunch of dust, but they also stop.
good review except I think to be lets say "fair" or more helpful you should disclose what pads you had on the rear ... they help stop the car too... and the fact that you did not change them that often may have contributed to your summary on performance.
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Did you ever try the Posi-Quiets up front / all around? I had those on my Charger and noticed about a 10% decrease in stopping power but a 90% decrease in dust. All in all not a bad trade off IMO. I’d be a little more cautious tossing them on the Jeep though with the extra ~500lbs. The 10% less stopping may be closer to 20% less.
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This is good info from you guys.
I sell a LOT of Hawk LTS pads to the Hemi Ram guys.
I've seen mostly all positive feedback on Hawk LTS.
They're sposta have more stopping power and less dust than HPS.
Anyone use EBC Redstuff?
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