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Old 01-11-2009, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake dust on rims!!

Just got an 08 328i. I am noticing that brake dust blackens the rims very fast. Within a week the rims are filthy. I have never seen so much brake dust collect so quick.

Questions is....is there a "spray on, rinse off" type wheel cleaner that I can do once a week so it doesn't build up so much between washes?

I know that every auto parts store has 20 something different wheel cleaner brands, I was just wondering if you bimmer guys recomend any particular brand that works well.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I always use Wonder Wheels every 2 weeks or so, it also depends alot on what quality brake pads you have fitted, I have ones called green stuff, they are quite good and the dust is not to bad.
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Armor all wheel cleaner seems to work fine for me. It's a spray and rinse type.
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The brake pads are the factory pads. They must use a material that wears fast because the dust collects very fast.

The 2006 Acura TL we just traded in didn't get dirty nearly as fast. You could go 3-4 weeks before it looked bad. I guess BMW just uses a softer material.
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Probably. Here in south Florida, I downshift and brake as little and lightly as possible. Brake heat gets a head start here!
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I always use Wonder Wheels every 2 weeks or so, it also depends alot on what quality brake pads you have fitted, I have ones called green stuff, they are quite good and the dust is not to bad.
Marti, those are good pads. What do you pay for them roughly over there? I know they are damn expensive here.
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Akebono Ceramic Pads...No Dust!!!!!

We sell a ceramic brake pad from Akebono that eliminates all of that dust. You will never have dust again, ever. Right now I don't have the 2008 328i, but have them for a lot of other BMW's. We also have several kits that do the entire car which include the Akebono Pads and either Brembo or Zimmerman rotors, and sensors for around $300. You can find them at our site:

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I'll post another message if we get them for the 2008 328i.

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I'm using Carbon Metallics on all 4 corners. Brake dust is greatly reduced on the front. The factory rear pads were never much of a dust problem. Once the pads warm up the braking is very good.

Get yourself a round kitchen/cleaning brush used to clean bottles, toilets, etc. They're soft enough not to scratch the finish and get into the smaller openings between the spokes, around the lug nuts, etc. Alot of wheel cleaners are a mild acidic solution which work well with the above brush. In a pinch Simple Green works well, too.
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We sell a ceramic brake pad from Akebono that eliminates all of that dust. You will never have dust again, ever. Right now I don't have the 2008 328i, but have them for a lot of other BMW's. We also have several kits that do the entire car which include the Akebono Pads and either Brembo or Zimmerman rotors, and sensors for around $300. You can find them at our site:

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I'll post another message if we get them for the 2008 328i.

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+1 for going with ceramic brake pads from Akebono, that is what stopping my e36....not 1 complaint & super clean!

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The Akebono Ceramic Pads are very good, I think that will be your best bet other then cleaning every week.
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