In Reply to: Brake Dust, brake pads and "Clean Wheels" posted by JFE on December 23, 1999 at 15:21:40:
I don't recommend clean wheels. I work in the automotive aftermarket, and they're more trouble then they're worth. Clean Wheels cause abnormal heating of the brakes thus causing them to expel more brake dust than normal. I hate using BMW OE pads, but everyone I know has the best luck with them. I know they're messy, but you must choose to make a trade off between quiet brakes or clean wheels. I haven't seen a happy medium yet.
: Can anyone suggest a quality brake pad that doesn't erode brake dust as fast as a sand dune?
: Any opinions on "Clean Wheels", the plastic/aluminum plate you can insert between the wheel and brake assembly to limit visible dust? As I'm not racing, I'm not concerned with slightly lower cooling to the brakes.
: I'm driving the full stretch of I-5 down the center of California tomorrow. First long roadtrip in the car. Got my self a V-1 radar detector for Christmas!
: Happy holidays,
: John, '95 540 6-speed
: Throwing star rims (dusty)