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I have a 2008 Challenger SRT8 with about 17,500 miles and the brakes are pulsating now which leads me to believe the rotors are warped.

FYI, I put Hawk Ceramic Pads on at about 4,000 miles to reduce the brake dust.

Has anyone else had this problem at all with the Brembo brakes?

Thanks, Rob
 

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I heard from one of my jeep srt friends that the ceramic Pads eat up rotors. But I didn't believe him. Maybe some here can chime in because I am also considering hawks
 

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I took advantage of the SRT8 driving event that we all paid for included in the price of our SRT8's ($500) up at Road America last year. We drove the SRT8 Challenger, SRT8 300C, SRT8 Charger's and the SRT8 Jeep's. We drove them VERY hard and at Road America we hit speeds of 125mph on the straights and then hard braking into the turns. Each ride was 3 laps and then a driver change and another 3 laps etc. One thing I noticed were how great the brakes held up and only 1 of the 12 cars had even the slightest hint of warped rotors. Testimate to the quality of the brakes on the SRT8 cars considering their weight. One tip I learned while at the SRT8 Experience was to get me out of the habit of using the parking brake all the time. Also if I have been driving really hard or had any car at the drag strip to NOT stop soon afterwards and sit with the brakes on. Rather put it in park so the pads aren't sitting on one spot of the rotor and can cool properly. Just wanted to share those tips with everyone as they could prevent rotor problems.
 

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21588 miles on my 2009 SRT8. No brake pulsing. Intersting that you have pulsing after you changed pads. I have a Corvette, changed the pads to Hawk pads. I feel pulsing until the pads are warmed up after moderate braking. Then the pulsing goes away.
 

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In many cases, what people think are "warped rotors" is actually uneven pad transfer caused by scenarios similar to what dvstr8 mentioned or improper bed-in, etc.
 

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I bought a 08 SRT8 that had been sitting for over a year and a half and the OEM brake pads are glazed over and need to be changed. I was considering Hawk or Brembo pads to replace mine but looking for some info on here. I might not get the Hawk pads after reading up on them a little. Are the Brembo pads that come stock on the SRT8 ceramic pads?
 

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I bought a 08 SRT8 that had been sitting for over a year and a half and the OEM brake pads are glazed over and need to be changed. I was considering Hawk or Brembo pads to replace mine but looking for some info on here. I might not get the Hawk pads after reading up on them a little. Are the Brembo pads that come stock on the SRT8 ceramic pads?
The OEM SRT brake pads are a carbon/ceramic composite. They make a lot of black brake dust but provide maximum stopping power.
 

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Thanks, good to know. I guess they are similar to the Hawk HPS pads which are a ferro-carbon material.

I really do not mind the brake dust at all but my OEM squeak under all light braking conditions. From 35mph-0mph a constatnt squeal. Does anyone know the least expensive place to order the Mopar OEM pads?
The cheapest I have seen the front set is for $300+ and $200+ for the rear set.
 

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I swapped out rotors and pads because at 20K the rotors needed to be cut and pads were gone. I had the squeal at any speed with the Hawk Ferro Carbons and ended up swapped to the Wagner Semi Metallics. I have the Hawk Pads on my 69 Camaro with no issues. I spoke with the Guys at Wellman Products who make the Hawk pads and they said sometimes they squeal and do not stop although it is rare but does happen. I'd swap out the pads and rebed the new ones...
 

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We drove them VERY hard and at Road America we hit speeds of 125mph on the straights and then hard braking into the turns. Each ride was 3 laps and then a driver change and another 3 laps etc. One thing I noticed were how great the brakes held up and only 1 of the 12 cars had even the slightest hint of warped rotors. Testimate to the quality of the brakes on the SRT8 cars considering their weight.
At the SRT track event they made it a point that after a run and you pull back in to switch out drivers is to make sure you get your foot off the brake asap to prevent warping.

I have been driving my Hawk ceramics relatively hard with no issues. (warping or squeal) It is rare that I am on the brakes hard enough for abs to kick in so your results may differ.
 

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I went through Hawk HPS and now have StopTech brake pads. Currently 45,000mi and I've noticed the brakes starting to pulse.

Both Hawk and Stoptechs were good brakes with low dust and hardly any brake noise.
 
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