Performance Brake Pads

When most cars and trucks are designed, the brake pad friction compound is formulated for the “average” driver operating the vehicle under “normal” driving conditions. But if you’re a performance enthusiast you’re certainly not average, and if you’ve hot-rodded your car for aggressive street driving or the race track, or beefed up your truck for towing, hauling or 4-wheeling, 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 vast selection of brake pads on this page.

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      # sp9972
      Track Day Carbon Fiber Metallic Compound Brake Pads by Power Stop®. Drivers who participate in “Track-Days” or “High Performance Driving Events (HPDE)” rely on their brakes and know the value of having the right brake pads. The...
      $78.78 - $187.05
    • (66 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...
      $60.57 - $251.94
    • (7 reviews)
      # sp19833
      Sport Performance Brake Pads by StopTech®. StopTech Sport Performance brake Pads are engineered to meet the demands of high performance driving while maintaining the refinement and comfort expected in everyday driving conditions....
      $42.75 - $207.05
    • (3 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 pad...
      $118.50 - $563.64
    • (2 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 street...
      $65.87 - $299.35
    • (3 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, SUV, or...
      $50.31 - $112.08
    • (7 reviews)
      # sp1276
      Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads by Power Stop®. 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 Tow brake pads. Go ahead...
      $37.65 - $112.33
    • (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 stopping...
      $48.17 - $618.10
    • (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,...
      $79.04 - $332.27
    • (10 reviews)
      # sp4168
      Z26 Extreme Street Performance Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads by Power Stop®. Brake Pad Clips Included. These Pads are for drivers drive high-performance cars on the street. If you demand shorter stopping distances under any...
      $43.46 - $159.14
    • (2 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....
      $28.45 - $134.43
    • (15 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 pads...
      $60.92 - $308.71
    • (27 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 for...
      $49.69 - $278.53
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp124381
      Street Select Brake Pads by StopTech®. StopTech is proud to announce the release of its Street Select friction program. Street Select coverage includes over 1000 late model, import and domestic skus. Using a single part number family,...
      $20.43 - $76.90
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp145856
      OEX™ Ceramic Disc Brake Pads by Wagner®. Meet Wagner® OEx - the next generation in Wagner Brake technology. Wagner OEx brake pads provide patent-pending, customized braking designs for pickups, SUVs and CUVs that consistently deliver...
      Slot design results in increased stopping powerProprietary friction formulations and platform-specific shapes deliver longer pad life and less dust
      $49.37 - $60.87
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp97255
      Track Day Spec Advanced Brake Pads by Power Stop®. Drivers who participate in “Track-Days” or “High Performance Driving Events (HPDE)” rely on their brakes and know the value of having the right brake pads. The Power Stop R&D...
      $86.72 - $115.34
    • (35 reviews)
      # sp7122
      Z23 Evolution Sport Performance Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads by Power Stop®. Power Stop’s Evolution carbon-ceramic pad formula uses OE positive mold technology to ensure a uniform friction density throughout the pad. This helps...
      $30.10 - $101.86
    • (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.
      $81.44 - $293.78
    • (13 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 lasting...
      $44.40 - $221.15
    • (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 covered...
      $54.73 - $217.38
    • (2 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 formula...
      $90.71 - $257.09
    • (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 for...
      $115.92 - $360.34
    • (17 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...
      $28.40 - $157.98
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp123954
      Ultimax OEM Replacement Handbrake Pads by EBC Brakes®. 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...
      $51.12 - $87.80
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp115855
      Tactical Police Duty Brake Pads by StopTech®. Tactical Police Duty Brake Pads by StopTech feature industry-leading Mu500 Chemically Enhanced Friction Performance and Silent On Arrival™ noise abatement technology. These AMECA-approved...
      $55.95 - $93.95
    • (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 drive...
      $73.45 - $341.26
    • (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...
      $68.34 - $186.51
    • (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.
      $39.99 - $88.88
    • (9 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 producing...
      $63.37 - $296.58
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp1123
      SuperDuty 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...
      $73.97 - $173.81




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

    We offer performance brake pads formulated to meet the needs of driving enthusiasts; racers; hard-working truck owners; law enforcement and emergency personnel; and fleet operators. They’re available in 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. 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, so whether you want better stopping power for an everyday driver, do occasional track days, go off-roading in a 4x4, or need a mix of stopping power and durability for a commercial truck, we have the pads.

    With our performance brake pads you get the stopping power you want without the tradeoffs that are unfortunately common with some performance brake pads – excessive wear, noise, and eternally dirty looking wheels. On our digital shelves you’ll find 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. And while some performance pads work well at high temperatures, they 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 prevent noise, and slotted to remove debris and allow for expansion to prevent cracks. 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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    Premium Ceramic Front Disc Brake Pads
    My husband recently installed these on my car with ceramic rotors. Very quiet brakes now. No noise at all.
    APosted by Anita Masciari (Hubbardston, MA) / May 23, 20182008 Honda CR-V
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