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Old 03-12-2015, 09:18 AM
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Best PADS for better stopping

So have a new 2015 JK - added bigger wheels and tires and feel it stopping just a tad slower with some brake fads
Heard that ECB Yellow pads are the best- what say you guys ?

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I run EBC's on my sports car and will definitely go EBC on the Jeep when it's time. I'm going to try their new EBC Extra Duty pads.


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So would that be the Yellow ones ? I see they have so many colors ? Very confusing
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Hawk makes some really nice quality pads for the JK, depending on how much stopping power you need, they have the HPS, HP Street 5.0, and LTS Super Duty pads for the front axle of the JK. For the rear though, there aren't as many options, but the front does most of the braking anyway.
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So would that be the Yellow ones ? I see they have so many colors ? Very confusing
No, these are a new formulation. They are called "Extra Duty".

The Yellowstuff is their racing pad and while stopping power is great, they like to warm up a little before working their best.

When I put in my year, etc. this is what came up at 4wp.

EBC Brakes Part ED91777 - Truck/Jeep And SUV Extra Duty Brake Pads - 4 Wheel Parts


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Hawk makes some really nice quality pads for the JK, depending on how much stopping power you need, they have the HPS, HP Street 5.0, and LTS Super Duty pads for the front axle of the JK. For the rear though, there aren't as many options, but the front does most of the braking anyway.
I have used Hawk HPS and could see putting those on as well. They certainly would be more economical.
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I would recommend Black Magic brake pads. They really made a difference on my LJ.


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I've used the Hawk LTS pads on my trucks for years. They are a significant improvement over stock. Just be prepared for brake dust. LOTS of brake dust.
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I put Hawk LTS on the front first, and was only mildly impressed (JK Rubicon with 35's). Went with LTS on the back a week later, and was very happy with what I thought would only be a minor improvement due to the fact that typically the rear pads don't do much braking. This isn't true on the JK and with many other modern cars, as the brake proportioning is different from the old days. This proportioning to the rear is also shown with JK's wearing out the rear pads at the same time or even before the front pads for many folks.
They feel much, much better than stock but dust quite a bit and the dust is very metallic (red iron dust is messy).
My do-over would be to try Centric Fleet performance which is supposedly the same compound as Stoptech (made by centric) street performance pads that I have used in my M3 and GTI. They made a very nice difference in coefficient of friction and feel, with little dust impact.
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I put Hawk LTS on the front first, and was only mildly impressed (JK Rubicon with 35's). Went with LTS on the back a week later, and was very happy with what I thought would only be a minor improvement due to the fact that typically the rear pads don't do much braking. This isn't true on the JK and with many other modern cars, as the brake proportioning is different from the old days. This proportioning to the rear is also shown with JK's wearing out the rear pads at the same time or even before the front pads for many folks.
They feel much, much better than stock but dust quite a bit and the dust is very metallic (red iron dust is messy).
My do-over would be to try Centric Fleet performance which is supposedly the same compound as Stoptech (made by centric) street performance pads that I have used in my M3 and GTI. They made a very nice difference in coefficient of friction and feel, with little dust impact.
I had no idea that the rears were that impactful on the JK! Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely do all 4 of mine when the time comes then!
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I had no idea that the rears were that impactful on the JK! Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely do all 4 of mine when the time comes then!
Your rear pads will wear way quicker than the fronts so I doubt you'll have to do them all at the same time. Hawks get my vote.
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I had no idea that the rears were that impactful on the JK! Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely do all 4 of mine when the time comes then!
I was surprised for sure. I replaced the stock pads that still looked brand new at about 1k miles, and doing both axles makes for a nice improvement for an hour spent wrenching and a couple hundred bucks. The Hawk LTS aren't bad, but the downsides to me are the reddish colored dust, they are pretty rough on the rotors, and they really like a little more than ambient heat (i.e. one or two good hard stops) to get enough heat to work their best. They seem to have the typical hawk downsides of the ferric compound and I'd be interested in a high friction pad with a ceramic or kevlar base that are easier on rotors and don't have the reddish dust.
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Yeah, the brake dust from the Hawk pads is atrocious. Otherwise, with a good set of cryo treated rotors, they are a good improvement over stock.

Whatever anyone does. Stay away from slotted/drilled rotors. They're ok for a street car, but get a rock chip stuck in a slot/drill hole.

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