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Old 10-31-2011, 12:16 PM
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Removal of Pizza Pans Behind Brake Rotors?

Has anyone removed the "Pizza Pan" shields behind the brake rotors on their 550i M Sports wiht 19" wheels? These really detract from the appearance of the wheel and impair the ability to clean the barrels of the wheels.

Are these dust shields?

Would removal of the Pizza Pans void the BMW brake warranty?

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Old 10-31-2011, 01:39 PM
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I assume they're there for a very good reason, like blocking road debris, since nearly every car has these things albeit smaller. I don't think removing these things is a good idea. Pebble + brake pad + Rotor = nasty noise and scoring of rotor.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:38 PM
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I assume they're there for a very good reason, like blocking road debris, since nearly every car has these things albeit smaller. I don't think removing these things is a good idea. Pebble + brake pad + Rotor = nasty noise and scoring of rotor.
They are certainly there for a reason. However, if you look at high performance sports cars, you will usually not see these devices. My Wife's C350 Sport has them, my Viper does not have Pizza Pans and my previous Z06 Corevettes did not have have them. I cannot remember if my E60 550i Sport had them because the wheels were impossible to reach through anyway!

I will not likely remove them, but I do not like them and they make it difficult to clean the wheels!
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How do they make it more difficult to clean the wheels?
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:27 PM
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The Pizza Pans widen the rotor area to narrow the gap between the wheel and rotor, making it more difficult to either reach through with a towel, mitt or wheel brush. I know as I have cleaned the car twice now!
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you need an arsenal of brushes to clean these wheels. I find this one the best to clean the backside:



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Those "pizza pans" are generally installed for several reasons - o keep crap from the rotors/calipers and to control cooling.

If the design is for cooling, then you may be left with overheating brakes.

And yes, removing them may cause you warranty woes.
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Those "pizza pans" are generally installed for several reasons - o keep crap from the rotors/calipers and to control cooling.

If the design is for cooling, then you may be left with overheating brakes.

And yes, removing them may cause you warranty woes.
Again, many top performance cars do not have the Pizza Pans. And the Magnuson-Moss Federal Act would govern the warranty issue if there was a dispute (i.e., did the modification cause the part/system failure).

The Pizza Pans are a bad, ugly feature, but I will live with them for now... .
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you need an arsenal of brushes to clean these wheels. I find this one the best to clean the backside:



I have the exact brush on your far right and the pizza pans even block that in some spots.

Btw, I had 3 Vettes before the current Viper! (I recognized the Vette wheel in your photo).

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And the Magnuson-Moss Federal Act would govern the warranty issue if there was a dispute .
I love when people say this.
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