When your car or truck was designed, the brake pad friction compound was formulated for an “average” driver operating the vehicle under “normal” driving conditions. If you’re a performance enthusiast you’re certainly not average, and if you’ve hot-rodded your car or beefed up your truck you may have found that those brake pads don’t cut it for the way you use your vehicle. If you’re in need of more stopping power, check out the brake pad selection on this page.

Featured Products

  • PowerStop® Z23 Evolution Sport Performance Brake Pads
    (10 reviews)
    # sp7122
    Z23 Evolution Sport Performance Carbon Fiber Infused Ceramic Brake Pads by PowerStop®. Brake Pad Clips Included. Power Stop’s Evolution carbon-ceramic pad formula uses OE positive mold technology to ensure a uniform friction...
    $35.15 - $110.00
  • EBC® Redstuff Ceramic Low Dust Brake Pads
    (55 reviews)
    # sp908
    Redstuff Ceramic Low Dust Brake Pads by EBC®. This set of replacement ceramic brake pads offers OEM quality fit and operation with the superior stopping power, longer life, reduced brake fade, and lower dust buildup that ceramic...
    $47.53 - $180.42
  • Akebono® Performance™ Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pads
    (1 reviews)
    # sp7149
    Performance™ Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pads by Akebono®. These pads are specifically designed for drivers who push a vehicle to its limit and expect exceptional performance. Installed on a high-performance car, light truck,...
    $42.72 - $95.45
  • Hawk® High Performance Street Brake Pads
    (24 reviews)
    # sp1118
    High Performance Street Brake Pads by Hawk®. These are replacement brake pads designed for an aggressive level of street driving with more repetitive, heavy braking. While these pads are made from Ferro-Carbon that was developed...
    $56.34 - $270.41
  • Brembo® Sport Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp1332
    Sport Brake Pads by Brembo®. These are bolt-on replacement brake pads sized to match original equipment and provide superior braking on the street or track. Matches the low dust, fade resistance, and long life of a ceramic brake...
    $118.50 - $418.50
  • EBC® Greenstuff 2000 Series Sport Brake Pads
    (11 reviews)
    # sp984
    Greenstuff 2000 Series Sport Brake Pads by EBC®. This set of replacement brake pads is engineered for optimum performance on lighter, less powerful vehicles that do not typically travel at triple-digit speeds. Get the fit and...
    $36.65 - $172.73
  • EBC® Bluestuff NDX Formula Racing Brake Pads
    (4 reviews)
    # sp911
    Bluestuff NDX Formula Racing Brake Pads by EBC®. This is a set of replacement brake pads that is designed for heavy-duty racetrack driving where high-performance multi-piston calipers are used. Pads feature two grooves for cooling,...
    $65.03 - $259.52
  • Hawk® High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7458
    High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads by Hawk®. These revolutionary brake pads provide advanced stopping power for your vehicle without triggering your ABS. They are formulated to produce extremely low levels of dust in normal...
    $63.95 - $100,000.00
  • PowerStop® Z26 Extreme Street Performance Brake Pads
    (5 reviews)
    # sp4168
    Z26 Extreme Street Performance Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads by PowerStop®. Brake Pad Clips Included. These Pads are for drivers drive high-performance cars on the street. If you demand shorter stopping distances under any conditions:...
    $45.12 - $171.86
  • Baer® Sport Ceramic Decela Pads
    (1 reviews)
    # sp2844
    Sport Ceramic Decela Pads by Baer®. Decela Pads are replacement ceramic brake pads that offer superior heat disbursement, longer life, quieter operation, and lower dust levels than OEM pads do. Sized and shaped to fine tolerances...
    $55.49 - $190.49
  • PowerStop® Track Day Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp9972
    Track Day Carbon Fiber Metallic Compound Brake Pads by PowerStop®. The ideal pads for the track day enthusiasts who take their vehicle to the track on the weekend and require better braking performance.
    $83.29 - $159.25
  • Wilwood® Smart Pad Performance Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7536
    Smart Pad Performance Brake Pads by Wilwood®. Get performance friction with these brake pads made from the Smart Pad compound for consistent braking throughout a wide operating temperature range. With these pads you are sure to...
    $44.94 - $135.97
  • Hawk® High Performance Street Race Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7459
    High Performance Street Race Brake Pads by Hawk®. When choosing brake pads for your high-performance street car, consider these high-performance pads by Hawk. Hawk brake pads give you the ability to be a winner on the track and...
    $71.32 - $100,000.00
  • EBC® Greenstuff 6000 Series Truck and SUV Brake Pads
    (5 reviews)
    # sp909
    Greenstuff 6000 Series Truck and SUV Brake Pads by EBC®. This set of replacement disc brake pads is engineered with organic compounds in place of metallic ones to give 4x4s better performance in areas where brake components get...
    $42.74 - $169.79
  • Hawk® Motorsports Performance Brake Pads
    (3 reviews)
    # sp7460
    Motorsports Performance Brake Pads by Hawk®. These brake pads are ideal for racers and street drivers looking for highly-engineered friction products. Hawk Motorsports Performance compound brake pads will provide tremendous...
    $46.76 - $428.64
  • PowerStop® Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Ceramic Brake Pads
    (4 reviews)
    # sp1276
    Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads by PowerStop®. Brake Pad Clips Included. If you drive your truck like a truck, by hauling loads or towing, then you need the extra stopping power of Power Stop’s Z36 Truck and...
    $54.69 - $121.31
  • Hawk® Super Duty Truck Brake Pads
    (2 reviews)
    # sp1123
    Super Duty Truck Brake Pads by Hawk®. These replacement brake pads are sold in front and rear sets. While these pads are made from Ferro-Carbon originally developed for racetrack applications, their formulation has been modified to...
    $71.82 - $166.60
  • Chrome Brakes® Ceramix Brake Pads
    (9 reviews)
    # sp2325
    Ceramix Brake Pads by Chrome Brakes®. These replacement brake pads are designed for aggressive street driving, and feature a composite blend of ceramic and metallic materials to achieve the lower dust and longer life of a ceramic...
    $62.52 - $200.00
  • Wilwood® ProMatrix Street Performance Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7542
    ProMatrix Street Performance Brake Pads by Wilwood®. These brake pads provide true speed fanatics with the benefits of Wilwood advanced race technology. They are made with a specially developed ProMatrix compound that delivers...
    $43.50 - $223.07
  • EBC® Yellowstuff Brake Pads
    (11 reviews)
    # sp7500
    Yellowstuff Brake Pads by EBC®. These are racing-grade replacement brake pads designed to offer an optimum combination of performance on both the street and the racetrack. Aramid fiber compound provides a high level of grip when...
    $47.58 - $202.13
  • StopTech® Street Performance Brake Pads
    (3 reviews)
    # sp8795
    Street Performance Brake Pads by StopTech®. StopTech Street Performance brake Pads are engineered to meet the demands of high performance driving while maintaining the refinement and comfort expected in everyday driving conditions....
    $46.71 - $217.70
  • Wilwood® PolyMatrix Street Performance Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7543
    PolyMatrix Street Performance Brake Pads by Wilwood®. These high-performance pads are a great choice for a braking performance upgrade. Made from specially developed PolyMatrix compound, these street performance brake pads...
    $82.43 - $199.95
  • EBC® Ultimax OE Replacement Brake Pads
    (11 reviews)
    # sp904
    Ultimax OE Replacement Brake Pads by EBC®. Get the fit and lasting quality of original equipment without paying 100% markup that dealers charge for OEM parts. EBC replacement brake pads are blended with fewer metallic compounds to...
    $26.13 - $111.97
  • ACDelco® Specialty™ Semi-Metallic Disc Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10225
    Specialty™ Semi-Metallic Disc Brake Pads by ACDelco®. When your vehicle does more than take you to and from work – when it IS your work – you need the superior stopping power of ACDelco Performance Brake Rotors and...
    $44.67 - $61.61
  • Hawk® Performance Ceramic Brake Pads
    (7 reviews)
    # sp1121
    Performance Ceramic Brake Pads by Hawk®. These brake pads are designed to maximize all the benefits of ceramic construction to create pads that provide a high level of smooth braking power at high speeds and temperatures while...
    $65.53 - $287.94
  • EBC® Orangestuff Full Race Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7492
    Orangestuff Full Race Brake Pads by EBC®. This is a set of EBC’s highest grip brake pads designed for the fastest and longest levels of racetrack driving where racing-grade multi-piston calipers are used. Pads feature two grooves...
    $92.23 - $259.52
  • Hawk® OES Brake Pads
    (5 reviews)
    # sp1120
    OES Brake Pads by Hawk®. Original Equipment Service disc brake pads are the most driver-friendly ceramic pads in the market today. Our products combine quiet performance with improved stopping power for your vehicle.
    $35.86 - $78.88
  • EBC® Greenstuff 7000 Series SUV Supreme Compound Brake Pads
    (1 reviews)
    # sp910
    Greenstuff 7000 Series SUV Supreme Compound Brake Pads by EBC®. When you want the longest possible brake life and lowest dust levels for your 4x4, EBC has taken the Greenstuff 6000 organic series brake pads and concentrated the...
    $71.77 - $200.79
  • Hawk® Light Truck and SUV Brake Pads
    (3 reviews)
    # sp1119
    Light Truck and SUV Brake Pads by Hawk®. These replacement brake pads upgrade the stopping power of your pickup or SUV. While these pads are made from Ferro-Carbon developed for racetrack applications, their formulation has been...
    $66.35 - $167.82
  • EBC® Extra Duty Brake Pads
    (0 reviews)
    # sp7491
    Extra Duty Brake Pads by EBC®. If you want better stopping power and even longer life with Zero noise, then the new EBC Extra Duty Light truck, Jeep and SUV brake pads are the best solution.
    $63.60 - $229.46


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Original equipment brake pads are generally fine for cruising, commuting, and running errands around town, but not up to the demands of spirited performance driving on twisty roads, or towing and hauling heavy loads. This type of use generates a lot of heat created by the friction needed to slow and stop a vehicle at speed or a heavily laden vehicle, and this can cause OE pads to overheat and fade, with subsequent longer stopping distances.

Our performance brake pads were formulated to meet the needs of driving enthusiasts and hard-working truck owners. We offer a wide variety of friction compounds created by the industry’s foremost brake pad manufacturers, so you can get the pads that best suit your application and budget. These proprietary formulations include ceramics, low metallics, semi-metallics, and compounds that may also include ingredients like aramid fibers, carbon fiber and Kevlar. Each pad set has been developed to deliver a particular blend of attributes.

We offer performance brake pads that are also low dusting, so you can enjoy the gleam from your custom wheels longer between washing. Some performance pads can provide good bite at high temperatures, but at the expense of accelerated rotor wear. We have pads that are gentle on rotors, yet provide excellent stopping power. Performance pads that work well at high temperatures may not provide much friction when the pads are cold. With our selection you can find pads that work well over a wide temperature range.

In addition to the above, most of our performance brake pads are chamfered to aid in bedding and to prevent noise and slotted to allow for expansion. Many pads are scorched or have surface coatings to ensure quick and effective pad break-in. New hardware like shims, clips and springs are critical to proper pad fitment and function, and noise-free operation. Many of our performance brake pads come with these important components, but we also have an extensive hardware selection, so you can complete the job and get the best performance possible from your purchase.

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  • Performance Parts
    If you've ever visited an automotive dealership service department, you may have been told that your vehicle needs a brake fluid flush. Or you might have received a coupon mailer offering this service for a discounted price. Maybe you thought it was an attempt on the part of the dealer to separate you from your money for something you don't really need. After all, you have made the effort to learn more about your brakes, and you understand that occasionally, the brake pads and rotors will wear out and need replacing. However, you've never heard of a "brake fluid flush".
  • Performance Parts
    Disc brakes have been the most common setup on modern vehicles for decades, with just about 100% of today's vehicles using them in the front, and many cars and trucks also equipping the rear with disc brakes. The brake pads are the wear items which will need attention sooner or later; there will be wide variations in brake pad life depending on the vehicle, driver, driving style, etc., but rough estimates are that front pads will need attention every 15,000-30,000 miles, with rear disc pads lasting 50,000-100,000 miles.
  • Performance Parts
    The brake pads which were installed on your car or truck when it was new are "fine" - fine for the average Joe who is driving an unmodified vehicle. But YOU, the auto enthusiast, you know better. You have made various drivetrain mods, or have converted your truck into a towing rig. You've added bigger wheels and tires and now want brakes which won't leave such a mess on the shiny rims. You recognize that you need to improve the "stop" to accompany the "go". The first, and easiest, item to move up to is a set of performance brake pads.
  • Performance Parts
    Whether you're looking to replace worn brake pads and rotors or delving into more detailed brake repairs or upgrades that involve new calipers, proportioning valves, master cylinders, vacuum boosters, and more, you will come across a lot of different terminology when it comes to brake components. Depending on your knowledge and experience, a lot of these terms may be elementary. However, because many of them use similar words but represent completely different things, we've created this glossary to help you understand exactly what you need, and what you don't.
  • Performance Parts
    In this article, we’ll introduce you to the specific tools designed to be used when replacing brake components and servicing your brake system. Having the right tools BEFORE you start working on your vehicle makes these types of jobs quick, easy, and doable for the home mechanic. It also prevents having to put things back together before the job is finished because a tool needs to be purchased. Owning the right tools and doing the job yourself will save you hundreds of dollars by sparing you a visit to the repair shop – and much more over the course of a lifetime of brake work.
  • Performance Parts
    Disc brake rotors (aka 'rotors') are the actual discs that brake pads clamp onto, creating friction that slows a vehicle. Disc brake rotors bolt on over the axle hub and contain holes that allow wheel mounting bolts to pass through and rotate with the wheels. Since there are many rotor styles and designs specially created for every budget and need, we’ve listed the advantages of each disc brake rotor so that you can make the right choice and get the best for your vehicle. All rotors, except ceramic brake rotors and two-piece rotors with aluminum centers, are typically one piece and crafted from iron for maximum heat absorption.
  • Performance Parts
    Squealing noise upon brake application is actually caused by a high-frequency vibration of metal rotors, drums, or brake pad backing plates. Excess corrosion that forms over time on non-contact, outer perimeter areas of rotors and drums is a prime cause because rust is looser and less dense in nature – therefore, more likely to create resonation.
  • Performance Parts
    If you've had to replace brake pads or rotors on modern vehicles, you know how expensive the parts and labor can be. Because extending your brake pad life puts real money back into your pocket, we offer some tips for those who are interested in doing just that. While it's a general rule that brake pads designed with aggressive grip levels and performance driving will result in faster wear, the following suggestions will help you extend your brake life significantly no matter what type of brakes you have on your vehicle.

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