Originally Posted by Rocket254
Well, it's that time.
I've been shopping around for aftermarket rotors and pads for my 08 GT.
Centric rotors work just fine, up to and including intermediate-level open-tracking. Holes and slots won't stop you any faster once you've pushed your pads into "green fade", although slots will tend to reduce the amount of scoring in street-only driving. Holes are just places for cracks to start if you tend to use your brakes hard.
Pads - Hawk's HPS aren't bad as street-only pads go, but a little further up the food chain you'll find pads that bite much better. They'll dust more and aren't always quiet, but they'll stop you like nothing you've likely ever experienced before, in terms of stopping power vs pedal pressure. FWIW, up toward the upper end of streetability, Carbotech XP8's are clearly gentler on rotors than Hawk's HP+.
It's hard to put a price tag on the incident you avoid by choosing functional performance over all other considerations.