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Old 09-05-2012, 07:05 PM   #61
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Bought some Brembo plastic brake covers for my 2002 325i, they look great, but I've noticed that there seems to be a lot more brake dust, almost caked on, than before I put them on.
Has anybody else used these and noticed this?

You would think that putting a cover on there would divert the dust AWAY from the wheel, more so than having just the bare brake in there.

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the covers likely hold the dust in. but it seems odd it would be that much. are you sure this happened after the covers or perhaps you just notice it more since you're looking at the covers more? or that the covers are red and you notice it more?

i've seen your pictures in the thread and honestly can't say they look all that bad. they're not real and have the possibility of hindering the stock brakes would be my concern. otherwise sport them and enjoy
i've seen so much worse here on the forum and anyone who is extra lowered/stance is ten times worse for function so tell them to get a clue before bashing you.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:55 PM   #62
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False.

A caliper cover directly affects brake temp. They essentially insulate the calipers, a part of the car that certainly doesn't need additional heat.

Cheap plastic covers can melt easily under the right conditions, resulting in bad news. It's as simple as that.


The main thing is that they restrict airflow to the calipers and pads. This builds up heat, and the more heat in the pads, the quicker they wear and the more dust they throw off.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:58 PM   #63
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Myself, I'm not a big fan of caliper covers but if you like them don't worry about what other's have to say. As Alex posted, check on them to make sure they are not interfering with normal brake operations and then enjoy them As for the dust, you will have to wash your wheels more often but then I'm doing that with my 6-pot Brembos on my ZHP to keep my wheels clean. Just have fun
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:34 PM   #65
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Myself, I'm not a big fan of caliper covers but if you like them don't worry about what other's have to say. As Alex posted, check on them to make sure they are not interfering with normal brake operations and then enjoy them As for the dust, you will have to wash your wheels more often but then I'm doing that with my 6-pot Brembos on my ZHP to keep my wheels clean. Just have fun
I'll trade you my 330 brakes, they don't put off that much dust
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:17 PM   #67
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OP, this is like stuffing your bra;
they may look good at a quick glance,
but you quickly realize the difference when you squeese 'em!
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:21 PM   #68
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OP, this is like stuffing your bra;
they may look good at a quick glance,
but you quickly realize the difference when you squeese 'em!


Quote of the year for all faux visual performance mods
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:00 PM   #70
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****... wrong thread lol^^^
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No no, right thread.

You are instructing OP on how a proper BMW is, through example.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:11 PM   #73
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No no, right thread.

You are instructing OP on how a proper BMW is, through example.
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No no, right thread.

You are instructing OP on how a proper BMW is, through example.
hahaha thanks. next up:
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some other HP upgrades either nos or wait for a nicely priced AA SC sale
finally.... massage the body and paint it

Just to give the OP another example of what NOT to do:
non functional hood scoop
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****... wrong thread lol^^^
B0000000000leeesheeeeeeeeeeeeeeet you wanna show off
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:32 PM   #76
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B0000000000leeesheeeeeeeeeeeeeeet you wanna show off
hahaha no.
just check out the tread "steptronic owners unite"
it asks to post your auto/mods/and pics.
just not gonna retype this whole sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet over again lol
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What's wrong with autos -.-
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What's wrong with autos -.-
absolutely nothing, but manuals have their advantanges.
hows that AA SC feel straped to the engine?
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absolutely nothing, but manuals have their advantanges.
hows that AA SC feel straped to the engine?
Awesome when I fixed these minor issues I have...
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