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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:03 PM
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I am SICK of brake dust!!!

Every Saturday I spend $6.99 at Advance Auto for Aluminum Wheel Cleaner and $8 at the local car wash. 80% of my time is spent spraying off my wheels. I am SO SICK of brake dust. Look at the amount of dust I get from Saturday to today. I didn't even DRIVE my car yesterday!!!!

There has got to be a lower dust pad that performs the way I like. I can't afford this anymore!!!

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:12 PM
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Holy crap, Smolckie !
Do you wash your wheels every day ? You`re burning through a lot of wheel cleaner ! I`ve found that those cheapie disposable foam paint brushes work great on 135s, they fit perfectly between the spokes, and allow you to bang out a wheel pretty quickly....
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:14 PM
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IN before obligatory "Read the Wiki" post from Fast Bob :lol:

seriously though, I'm paying attention to this thread, as I will be due for new pads in the coming months, and would like less dust then OEM. I don't drive it hard, so I definitely don't need anything rediculously high performance, plus I like the OEM feel...
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Holy crap, Smolckie !
Do you wash your wheels every day ? You`re burning through a lot of wheel cleaner
I use 3/4 of a bottle per washing (once a week). When you let it accumulate for 1 week, it takes that much to get them clean.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:28 PM
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IN before obligatory "Read the Wiki" post from Fast Bob :lol:

seriously though, I'm paying attention to this thread, as I will be due for new pads in the coming months, and would like less dust then OEM. I don't drive it hard, so I definitely don't need anything rediculously high performance, plus I like the OEM feel...
Brake pads are always a compromise....in most cases, reduced dust equals reduced feel with less grip on cold stops. What you like about the OEM pads is exctly what makes them generate so much dust. I`ve never heard of any pads that cover all the bases equally well....
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:34 PM
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I use PBR brake pads and have absolutely no dust. BUT I do notice they do not bite as hard as the OEM pads what so ever. But when there wet.... there like track pads I kid you not lol.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:24 PM
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Just get black rims and you won't really notice as much...
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Get those brake covers from Bavauto that prevent breke dust

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Old 10-08-2012, 05:54 PM
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Pretty sure you don't need to be spending money on "wheel cleaner". Just some dish washing soap (I use Dawn) and some elbow grease. Comes right off and only pennies to do.
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Pretty sure you don't need to be spending money on "wheel cleaner". Just some dish washing soap (I use Dawn) and some elbow grease. Comes right off and only pennies to do.
That will come back and bite you in the long run....
The surfactants in dish detergent are not good for the clear coat on alloy wheels.
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Every tried that wheel wax? Tom Williams sells it, but I'm sure you can get it online for cheaper.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:23 PM
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Every tried that wheel wax? Tom Williams sells it, but I'm sure you can get it online for cheaper.

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"Rejex" is one fairly popular brand of wheel-specific wax. When my E39 was brand-new, I spent a whole day putting about 5 coats of Carnuba wax on my wheels. I guess it made a little difference for a while, but it`s not something I`d care to do on a regular basis....
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I find that just using car wash detergent works just as well for cleaning wheels...
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Akebono Euro pads have zero dust and great stopping power. Use coupon code COLUMBUS10 for 10% off and free shipping at FCPEURO.com. Cheapest price for these brakes.
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I find that just using car wash detergent works just as well for cleaning wheels...
I agree. But see, unless you own a car with the wonderful looking and ridiculously hard to clean style 135 wheels, you can't understand the hassle. I find if I do it weekly, I can get them almost spotless by hosing them down with Eagle One Aluminum wheel cleaner, let sit, hit em one more time around, then use the high pressure rinse to get them clean. I HATE scrubbing them by hand, takes FOREVER!

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Akebono Euro pads have zero dust and great stopping power. Use coupon code COLUMBUS10 for 10% off and free shipping at FCPEURO.com. Cheapest price for these brakes.
Never been impressed by Akebono, tried them before. Maybe it's just me. I use my brakes HARD a lot.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:23 PM
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my rims are just as bad as yours. I feel like its always covered in brake dust. Thinking about painting the rims black so its less noticeable.
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I'm in the same boat, except I have to do something about it soon, as my brake sensor has tripped. I'm considering the kit from Turner with Zimmerman rotors, PBR XBG pads, sensors and Ate Super Blue brake fluid, all for $317. Of course shipping will add another $60, but its still a good deal. Supposedly, these pads are an improvement over stock, but with much less dust. Smolk, for your car it'd be $419 + shipping. If I do get this kit, I'll let you know how it feels ASAP.

BTW, my dealer quoted me $1200, and Strictly quoted 1000. No friggin way.

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I use PBR brake pads and have absolutely no dust. BUT I do notice they do not bite as hard as the OEM pads what so ever. But when there wet.... there like track pads I kid you not lol.
Mal, which PBR pad are you using? And when you talk about bite, are you talking "rolling up to the stoplight first thing in the morning" bite, or "flogging it down Angeles Crest Highway and stomping the brakes to the edge of lock-up" bite?.
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How many times do I have to recommend the Porterfield R4S pads- low dust, high thermal resistance, same OEM bite. Worth the OEM dollars
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When chrome rims were in style, I used to keep a small (12"x12") towel in my trunk and I would use it to wipe my rims down once a day. It literally took 30 seconds and if you stay on top of it, it's wipes of easily.
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Holy crap, Smolckie !
Do you wash your wheels every day ? You`re burning through a lot of wheel cleaner ! I`ve found that those cheapie disposable foam paint brushes work great on 135s, they fit perfectly between the spokes, and allow you to bang out a wheel pretty quickly....
Bang out a wheel pretty quickly....my ass. I use like 5 different brushes to clean my wheels, including the foam one for in between those spokes. Nothing is pretty quick about those rims...
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How many times do I have to recommend the Porterfield R4S pads- low dust, high thermal resistance, same OEM bite. Worth the OEM dollars
So, where's the best place to buy them from?
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Bang out a wheel pretty quickly....my ass. I use like 5 different brushes to clean my wheels, including the foam one for in between those spokes. Nothing is pretty quick about those rims...
I tend to agree with you on this one. It takes me a good 30-45 minutes to clean my wheels. I've tried the brushes and they end up shredding within 1 wheel. Maybe I am doing it wrong?

I love the look of the wheels, but dang are they a pain.
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I agree. But see, unless you own a car with the wonderful looking and ridiculously hard to clean style 135 wheels, you can't understand the hassle. I find if I do it weekly, I can get them almost spotless by hosing them down with Eagle One Aluminum wheel cleaner, let sit, hit em one more time around, then use the high pressure rinse to get them clean. I HATE scrubbing them by hand, takes FOREVER!


Never been impressed by Akebono, tried them before. Maybe it's just me. I use my brakes HARD a lot.
Smolck,

Car wash soap, and this brush, work for me, and I am just as OCD about my wheels as you. It takes me about 2 minutes per wheel, and the brush is VERY soft, and will not damage the finish.

http://www.amazon.com/MOTHERS-155700...=mothers+brush
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