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Old 02-26-2004, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to the forum and I'm tired of wipping off my rims after crusing about 3 blocks. What can I do about the accumulation of brake dust on my wheels.
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haha.. dont drive.. or refrain from using the brake too much
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haha.. dont drive.. or refrain from using the brake too much
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I get the same problem. I am actually looking into some dustless brake pads...
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Short of changing pads it really is using your brakes less..

Don't brake at the last second. Use the tranny to slow the car down some. Take it easy basically. Driving fast and like you're on a race track will dust your rims up good.
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Welcome to the site!

There is a product out there called KleenWheels. Basically it is a plate that fits between your discs and your rims. They are supposed to help divert brake dust away from your rims and under the car. My buddy with a 350Z warns of potential brake fade and rotor warping due to lack of adequate heat dissapation (sic?). This is my legal disclaimer.

I don't have any first hand experience with them, but some of my buddies tell me they have had success with them.

There is also a wheel wax that is supposed to make cleaning the dust off of your rims easier. THis is not so much preventive, but more a cure.

It will make life easier on you too if you get simple rims w/o too many grooves. Short of that, get a nice set of sponges and soft brushes to clean all of those crannies.

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I definitely feel the same way about having to clean my rims all the time ghead ....I didn't know it was because of the break pads....Let me know if you find a produtct that works. ....until then we either clean our rims constantly or drive with gray rims :wink
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Old 02-26-2004, 06:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Agreed. Finding it annoying to do it so often, but at least mine are relatively easy
rims to clean. I find a nice carnuba wax makes cleaning easier also.
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Personally I love break dust. It gives boring silver wheels a nice aggressive bronzen look. Besides I drive my car very hard and i dont have the time to clean out these damn basketweaves. (actually theres a layer of break dust that has been baked on and I have to chip it off)
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I am glad the new 2004 325i sports package rims are only 5 spoke instead of 7. This will make cleaning them a hell of a lot easier.
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castrol makes a cleaning product that really kicks. castrol super clean-i think its in a purple bottle. i use it on my wheels and barely have to brush them when i clean my car. not sure if its a good idea to use it on chrome though. make sure to rinse it off before it dries.


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