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Old 03-02-2008, 02:14 AM   #1
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Brake Dust Sucks!!!!

I've got an 87 e30 with those classic "bottle cap" wheels and it takes 4 ever to clean off the brake dust. I sit on the ground and spend about 10 minutes on each wheel and by the time i'm done my hands are black. Is there some easier way?
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:47 AM   #2
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The only way is to do it more often. About every 2 weeks may cut the time in half. "Dust covers" are not a good thing because the brakes won't cool as well.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:03 AM   #3
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I hate brake dust as well
but slightly off topic I'm really, REALLY content with my brake discs from brembo.
I haven't driven the car in about 3-4 months and yet they're barely rusty, in spite of the really wet weather we've had the whole time
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:50 AM   #4
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You might try some wheel wax it should help to make it easier to clean them up after you wax them.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:13 AM   #5
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ok i'll look into tht
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:17 AM   #6
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there are brake pads that throw off less dust. try some of the mintex pads. they still stop decently and you wont have to clean your rims as often
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:50 PM   #7
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and you might want to resize your signature
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:10 PM   #8
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If you dont track your vert then your brakes wont overheat from normal road driving. I have them on my e21 and they work great.
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:17 PM   #9
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I have been plagued by massive amounts of brake dust. I think my aluminum wheels are actually permanently pitted from brake dust and it pisses me off. Here is how i wash my wheels every week: I carry around a spray bottle of insanely powerful cleaning chemical like concentrated Simple Green and a short stiff-bristled wheel brush. Every time i run across a running water source (a hose) i soak the wheels, spray the cleaner on a wheel, and scrub the piss out of it with my brush. It takes me about 10 min in all to complete all 4 wheels. It is the times that i don't get around to doing this which pisses me off, because brake dust will pit aluminum if left there for a long time

About Mintex brake pads:
I finally got around to installing a set on all 4 wheels, because Mintex pads are advertised as producing "virtually no brake dust". I have not had the pads on long enough to affirm this, but i definitely do notice a decrease in braking power. My brakes are much more soft now and i have to push the brake pedal harder than before to stop. This is not a bad thing, i just have to get used to the different braking feel of my car. Other than this, i am happy with Mintex so far!!
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:26 PM   #10
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^be careful that you don't get the chemical stuff on the brake disks...that can cause accidents
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:22 PM   #11
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ARDEX makes a great non-acid wheel cleaner that i use. its green, forget the name if someone wants to know ill check but anyway, if u have a pressure washer u just spray the stuff on, leave it for a minute, then spray away. NO SCRUBBING (even on my M doublespokes which can be annoying to clean)
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:28 PM   #12
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put some EBC green stuff brake pads on there and it will significantly reduce the amount of dust.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:44 AM   #13
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Try BMW wheel gel that is sold at the dealerships. First time using will be a pain then for about every 4 washes you can spray off about 80 percent of the dust to make them easier to clean.
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question: What can i do about the little black specks that have gathered on my aluminum M double-spoke wheels that won't come off with the wheel scrubber and Simple Green? is there a solution?
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About Mintex brake pads:
I finally got around to installing a set on all 4 wheels, because Mintex pads are advertised as producing "virtually no brake dust". I have not had the pads on long enough to affirm this, but i definitely do notice a decrease in braking power. My brakes are much more soft now and i have to push the brake pedal harder than before to stop. This is not a bad thing, i just have to get used to the different braking feel of my car. Other than this, i am happy with Mintex so far!!
If you just put the pads on you need to get them bedded in and get a coating of the compound on the rotors before you will see your best brake performance, so it might get better after you get some miles on them.
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