Re: Brake Dust / New Pads
I also replaced the pads in all four corners with Hawk Ceramics. The positives is that they no longer produce break dust in significant amounts. I'd say it cut my dust production by 95-99%. The negatives are increased stopping distances and they squeal like a stuck pig when its cold and you first start driving. To comment on these two negatives. Firstly, while the brakes don't stop nearly as well as the stock pads, they do somewhat smooth out the ride quite a bit. Sometimes when people drive my car they are frustrated by how "grabby" the stock pads can feel. With the Hawks you wont have to worry about that anymore at all. They are very very smooth. Secondly, as to the squealing, that goes away after 2 or 3 break applications. Its usually gone by the time i leave my driveway to work in the morning.
Bottom line: would i buy these pads again? I don't know. I think they are a good pad but i am interested to see what other compounds would feel like. So next time I might try something else just for curiosity's sake.
Hope this helps