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Old 01-16-2003, 11:14 AM
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Thomaspin Thomaspin is offline
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I've heard that chromo on and off for 20 years.

I get 15,000-20,000 miles on the front pads and 30,000 on the rears. Only the fronts have the dust shields as they make most of the dust. The ones I have include vents which, purportedly, route the brake dust out on the inside of the wheel. The shields are actually keyed - you must put the left on the left, etc.

My driving is 75% freeway, 25% city. For many years I resisted putting these in having heard the same thing.

Given that it takes me 30 minutes to change the front pads and another hour to change the discs (@<$40 the pair OEM!) every third pad change, I will swap the allegedly faster wear rate for less cleaning chores any day. Have you ever tried cleaning Bundt or 15 hole W126 front wheels after a while when the brake dust becomes rock hard?

If you race or drive hard, I cannot advise you as I have no data.

Since I changed to the 8 hole wheels (with dust shields) they get dirty slower than the rears (no shields). Just check how many MBs (and BMWs) are driving around with black front wheels....

Last edited by Thomaspin; 01-16-2003 at 11:26 AM.
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