In Reply to: Brake Dust, brake pads and "Clean Wheels" posted by JFE on December 23, 1999 at 15:21:40:
: 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)
John, My $.02
As for the brake pads, I'm with you. OEM are too dusty. They have ruined the finish on our 740i. The OEM's were horrible on the '92 325ia we had. I put REPCO/PDR Deluxe on the '92 before were traded it, and found brake pedal pressure harder but the trade off for the dust was worth it. I tried to put the same on the '95 740i & couldn't find anything but OEM for the back. Repco didn't carry the fronts & I ended up buying a set for the front from Advance Auto of all places. I don't under stand why Advance can get the pads & no one else carries them for this model. Geee You wouldn't believe the difference in the front to back, as far as the dust is concerned. No dust on the fronts, lots on the back, and they don't work that hard. I agree that you do loose some braking with the non OEM's (PDR's & Advance's brand)
As for the dust shields (Clean Wheels)...I just bought a used '92 535i a month or so ago and didn't notice that the previous owner had put a set on the front wheels. I know that there has been a lot of negative comments about the dust shields, and to be honest< I would not have bought any. But, I can tell you that the front wheels look pretty good (clean) at the end of the week when I wash it compared to the back wheels. I can not see any negative effect as to braking, but I don't race at the track or on the road for that matter. I'm an older fart. I have (3) Bimmers now and the OEM's are excellent pads but very dirty. Hope this helps.