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Old 06-12-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Front Wheels have too much brake dust!

I bought my car about a month ago and I can't go a week without the front wheels looking filthy due to the brake dust. I want to change the pads so the wheels stay clean (easy?). Which front pads should I get for aggressive street driving? I am on a budget.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:52 PM   #2
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If you don't have brake dust, I would worry. Find a good wheel cleaner and keep the brake pads stock (OEM). I like to use stock pads and Brembo rotors.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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Re: Front Wheels have too much brake dust!

I thought ceramic pads give off less dust. Check them out. And yes I have the same problem as you. Annoying as hell.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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I've used ceramic pads and liked them. Akebonos, if I remember correctly.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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I like Akebonos, too. Hardly any dust and great stopping power.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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Akebonos are meh and sequel like hell.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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This is normal. You'll just have to deal with it.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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Welcome to the world of decent brakes.

You can get racing brakes but they'll be sqeaky as hell unless you keep them hot.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #9
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anything but OEM and you are good to go I'm using StopTech and used EBC reds both great for aggressive driving, I have the 330 upgrade
P.S. you don't have to live with wheel dust
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:41 PM   #10
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Front Wheels have too much brake dust!

We all have this problem (with OEM) - gotta keep cleaning that's all


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Old 06-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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I never thought I'd say it but I'm anxiously awaiting my OEM pads being worn out....40K and counting
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #12
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:59 PM   #13
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Better the pads. ... The more dust.

Clean your wheels good, then wax with this.

Read the instructions well it takes like 12-24 hours to cure, but is awesome... It's for boats I believe, but when used on wheels...brake dust just rinses right off.



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Old 06-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #14
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Front Wheels have too much brake dust!

Learn to love the dust...or clean your wheels more often lol


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Old 06-12-2013, 10:58 PM   #15
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If you want it to stay clean but don't care if it stops,........buy Ceramic brakes.

My choice, dust and a lot of stopping power.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #16
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Stock 330 brakes are impressively powerful with the OE pads. As others have said, OE spec pads produce dust...but they work, very well. Keep your wheels waxed and it'll rinse right off. I usually hit the front wheels with the hose a few times a week when i'm keeping the car clean. Just make sure you don't hose down a hot brake rotor.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:40 PM   #17
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Am I the only one here that doesn't mind the brake dust? If you wash your car once or twice a week and use a good cleaner, its not so bad.
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anything but OEM and you are good to go I'm using StopTech and used EBC reds both great for aggressive driving, I have the 330 upgrade
P.S. you don't have to live with wheel dust
I really like your wheels, are they 17's or 18's?
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Front Wheels have too much brake dust!

Hawk hps. Best bite to dust ratio. 95% improvement on dust over original
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Am I the only one here that doesn't mind the brake dust? If you wash your car once or twice a week and use a good cleaner, its not so bad.
You have time to wash your car twice per week?


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