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Old 09-30-2006, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default Dirty BBS Wheels!!!

I have NEVER owned a car that has produced as much brake dust as my 04 STi. Does anybody know how I can keep my BBS wheels clean for more than 3 days without having to wash them? Can anybody recommend a cleaner for the wheels that works (though Ive tried about everything) or should I invest in a new set of Brake pads??? Help me keep my wheels clean!!!! Please
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:21 PM   #2
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Don't drive it J/K, I went with the EBC green stuff and it dusts alot less and takes longer to accumulate, plus I've got white wheels.
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:26 PM   #3
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I've hear that waxing the wheels makes them easer to clean.

I gave up 3 years ago...
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:21 PM   #4
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So, can I blame 100% of the problem on the stock brake pads? Could it be the finish on the BBS wheels, or do Brembos just produce a lot of dust?
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:42 PM   #5
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OEM STi pads. i'm using the oems on the 4pots and they bleed dust.
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:56 PM   #6
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FWIW, it doesn't matter which pads you have on, OEM or aftermarket, they get dirty as hell within a week or two. I take 'em off twice a year, pressure wash them clean, put 'em back on...and don't look at them for the 6 months in between. And the only reason I bother is I have to swap them off and on for snow tires, otherwise I'd just let em go.

But, I gotta tell you, a pressure washer makes very quick work of this.
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:57 PM   #7
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I gave up the 3rd week, on the second car wash

I've heard the EBC green are very good on dust and they stop better than the OE pads.

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I've hear that waxing the wheels makes them easer to clean.

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Old 09-30-2006, 09:44 PM   #8
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I was in the same boat, then I discovered how to clean them effectively and completely and easily... wanna know how?
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Old 10-01-2006, 08:46 AM   #9
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:22 AM   #10
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Sorry to generate hype, I just wanted to test if the thread was dead and I didn't have the name of the product in front of me.

Home Depot - ZEP brand Driveway, concrete, and Masonry cleaner concentrate - comes in a gallon.
Dilute 50/50 with water.
Clean the wheel with soap and water. The tough stuff will stay on.
Get a brush. I grabbed a baby bottle brush. Costs about $2 at Shaws
Spray on, leave for a few minutes, respray and gently scrub.
I am a lazy bum and this product/proceedure will get all the caked on dust off.
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:20 AM   #11
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^^^ How safe is it for the powder coat? It sound too heavy duty for wheel finishes. I would recomend researching a low dust break pad. Don't do alot of heavy braking. Waxing the wheel often will also help.
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:19 AM   #12
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Seems ok in the year I've been doing it. - Remember - I've only done it twice in a year, not every time. It doesn't need it every time - that the crucial part.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:56 AM   #13
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Moving to Tire & Wheel (but probably should be in Interior/Exterior/Care)
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:01 AM   #14
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Wax your rims, it helps greatly.

Oh, and you think those stockers put out alot of dust? Try Hawk HP+.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:09 AM   #15
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I've tried all kinds of aftermarket pads and they all dust. Brake dust won't go away. Paint your wheels black or powder coat them flat black and you won't notice they are dusty and won't need to clean them.
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:42 AM   #16
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^^^ agreed low maintainance
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