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Old 06-13-2004, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bavauto sells disc brake shields called Kleen Wheels which are supposed to keep brake dust off the wheels. Do they really work and is there any downside to using them?
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may look funky once you install them, and who knows how they may reduce the ammount of airflow to the discs to cool them off.
you may want to try switching to brake pads that dont produce as much brake dust as the OEM BMW pads produce enormous ammounts of dust compaired to other brands.

I'm about to use and post a review w/ pictures of both front and back wheels with before and after pics of a product that's also on bavauto called WheelWax. You essentially wax your wheels with this stuff and brake dust dosn't collect on the wheels as bad and when it does, apparently you can just wipe it off with a paper towel.
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may look funky once you install them, and who knows how they may reduce the ammount of airflow to the discs to cool them off.
you may want to try switching to brake pads that dont produce as much brake dust as the OEM BMW pads produce enormous ammounts of dust compaired to other brands.

I'm about to use and post a review w/ pictures of both front and back wheels with before and after pics of a product that's also on bavauto called WheelWax. You essentially wax your wheels with this stuff and brake dust dosn't collect on the wheels as bad and when it does, apparently you can just wipe it off with a paper towel.
that sounds to me like a better option than kleen wheels. i just think those covers take away the delightful sight of your disc and rotors behind your expensive alloys.
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kleen wheels may keep the dust off of your rims but is has to go somewhere so you'll have to plan on removing your rims regularly to get the pounds of dust that will accumulate on the backside of the kleen wheels.
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I hated kleen wheels. I would go with these people's suggestion and go get cleaner brake pads that don't give off too much residue. Even getting slotted or cross drilled rotors would help quite a bit. Kleen wheels do keep the dust out from the outer layer of the wheel, but the buildup on the inside is nasty.
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they dont work... bottom line
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Slotted and or crossdrilled rotors will only produce MORE dust than a standard ol' rotor since they grind off layers of the pad.
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What replacement brake pads has anyone used that create less brake dust or maybe a lighter color brake dust?


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