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Old 09-24-2019, 07:55 AM
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I know we've all beaten this to death but it seems like Periodically perhaps its a good idea to check as maybe there's a new hack. Is wax still the best thing to keep brake dust/dirt off of your wheels between washes? If there is a spray on, Then I be looking certainly for one that's not gonna ruin my wheels or center wheel With its chemicals...
So are there any tried and true hacks or products you guys recommend?
I'll be happy with something I can hose off and between washes that at least gets most of the brake dust off...
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:19 AM
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I had an ArmorAll spray-on brake dust preventer that turned out to be dimethicone, so now I just use a little more PolyDiMethylSiloxane.

I'm using it everywhere. Most recently on my eyeglasses. Milady Wife and I just did a 400 mile bike ride in horrible weather and the dimethicone oil did a great job of making clearing my glasses and mirror easier.
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2013 E70 35xi LCI
I know we've all beaten this to death but it seems like Periodically perhaps its a good idea to check as maybe there's a new hack. Is wax still the best thing to keep brake dust/dirt off of your wheels between washes? If there is a spray on, Then I be looking certainly for one that's not gonna ruin my wheels or center wheel With its chemicals...
So are there any tried and true hacks or products you guys recommend?
I'll be happy with something I can hose off and between washes that at least gets most of the brake dust off...
TIA!

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use ceramic pads and the dust you have is 80% less or at least not visible .
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:41 AM
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EBC Green brake pads or Yellow pads.
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EBC Green brake pads or Yellow pads.


And how they help with dust? EBC Yellow Stuff were by far the most dusty pad I ever had. Not that I was concerned about it.
I currently have Green Stuff on Toyota, and wheel is completely black.


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I use brake dust as a reminder to wash my X5. Works pretty well. If I wait too long it looks like a botched plasti-dip wheel job.


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I use brake dust as a reminder to wash my X5. Works pretty well. If I wait too long it looks like a botched plasti-dip wheel job.


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looks like a botched plasti-dip wheel job.
I've thought the same thing!
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use ceramic pads and the dust you have is 80% less or at least not visible .
What about noise? Do you sacrifice one for the other? [ cleanliness versus noise...]

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What about noise? Do you sacrifice one for the other? [ cleanliness versus noise...]

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Noise? What noise?

Get Akebono pads.

Much less dust.
No noise.
The handful of panic stops Iíve had to make with them on the X5 and the 330cic and the 650i and the Mini Cooper S did not result in loss of life or injury or bent body work or insurance claim.



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Noise? What noise?

Get Akebono pads.

Much less dust.
No noise.
The handful of panic stops Iíve had to make with them on the X5 and the 330cic and the 650i and the Mini Cooper S did not result in loss of life or injury or bent body work or insurance claim.



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What about noise? Do you sacrifice one for the other? [ cleanliness versus noise...]

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they are much quieter as well, if you buy the ATE they are very similar at semimetallic however the first 5 minutes the car takes peobably 2-3 meters more to stop
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What about noise? Do you sacrifice one for the other? [ cleanliness versus noise...]

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You do not. But with Akebono you get very good replica of Camry brakes.


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Old 09-26-2019, 11:32 AM
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On my 2012 X5 35d, 50,000 miles ago I installed the following: Brembo rotors (front and rear) and brake sensors, from AutohouzeAZ and Hawk HPS pads from TireRack. The total was just over $500 for parts. Similar braking feel as an original BMW, much less dust. Original BMW set only lasted 40,000. I already got over 50,000 of hard miles and plenty of life left.
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On my 2012 X5 35d, 50,000 miles ago I installed the following: Brembo rotors (front and rear) and brake sensors, from AutohouzeAZ and Hawk HPS pads from TireRack. The total was just over $500 for parts. Similar braking feel as an original BMW, much less dust. Original BMW set only lasted 40,000. I already got over 50,000 of hard miles and plenty of life left.
Good to know! Thanks for sharing.

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Marketing drives comparison data for brake pads. For me, Iíd gladly have brake dust if it means stopping in less distance than the pad without brake dust. Zimmerman rotors and Textar pads all day.


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Marketing drives comparison data for brake pads. For me, Iíd gladly have brake dust if it means stopping in less distance than the pad without brake dust. Zimmerman rotors and Textar pads all day.


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On a scale of 1 to 10 for brake dust, where y'at?

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First week, not much dust. Two weeks, you notice. The initial bite of OE or OEM pads is great. I read that this is the biggest difference in the ceramic versus OEM. The ceramics donít ďfeelĒ like what they came with. Also. Super quiet in my opinion. Hard to do a 1-10 rating on dust. I wont put ceramics on my X5.


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First week, not much dust. Two weeks, you notice. The initial bite of OE or OEM pads is great. I read that this is the biggest difference in the ceramic versus OEM. The ceramics donít ďfeelĒ like what they came with. Also. Super quiet in my opinion. Hard to do a 1-10 rating on dust. I wont put ceramics on my X5.


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This is my thinking as well. Functionality first, then looks. Doesn't matter how clean my wheels are if my stopping distance increases and ends in a crash.

Someone else said it "the brake dust just reminds me it's time to wash"
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This is my thinking as well. Functionality first, then looks. Doesn't matter how clean my wheels are if my stopping distance increases and ends in a crash.



Someone else said it "the brake dust just reminds me it's time to wash"

I was the one to make the comment about washing when I see brake dust. I donít think the ceramic pads can ever match OEM pad performance. I would never trade performance of braking for brake dust.



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I was the one to make the comment about washing when I see brake dust. I donít think the ceramic pads can ever match OEM pad performance. I would never trade performance of braking for brake dust.



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Lots of false and misleading info here, I currently have brembo ceramic pads on my x5 feels just like it did with the stock pads.Less dust but still dusty. Ive ran many sets of akebonos on my x5, my 750,my 221 s550 and never a complaint.
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This is my thinking as well. Functionality first, then looks. Doesn't matter how clean my wheels are if my stopping distance increases and ends in a crash.
This is a bold statement without any factual data to back it up.

I have akebonos on my X5

I agree that it is a feel thing and the initial light pedal feel is different, but I seriously doubt my stopping distances have been compromised. Since this is my DD and I have 15 miles of highway rush hour traffic on my commute. I've had to make my share of panic stops. I at no time felt the car had been crippled in some way by having these pads on my car.

Also Akebonos are a GG friction rating which is higher than OE pads. I have noticed the difference when towing a 4000 lb trailer. When the heat is on I feel that they are better than OE pads.

It all really comes down to feel and how you like to use your brakes. Half of my track friends HATE Akebono pads and the other half are fine with them.

I can't stand the dust the OE/M pads put off and I can't be bothered to wash my car every weekend. So I'm more than happy with my pads.
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