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Excessive brake Carbon on front wheels

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by DunhamAll, May 26, 2012.

  1. May 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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    DunhamAll

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    I have a 2012, my wheels looked almost gray after 600 miles. What's the deal here? Anyone else having excessive brake carbon buildup on their wheels?

    600 miles, mostly city driving.
     
  2. May 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    mcdowell

    mcdowell My name is Mudd

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    I didnt really notice break dust until i had 6 thousand miles. Then i started to see more of it.
     
  3. May 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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    Im in the same boat. Just over 600 miles and have had to detail the front wheels twice now.
     
  4. May 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM
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    Slam your brakes much? With mostly city driving I'm sure you do. How you use the brakes is the biggest factor into how much they dust.
     
  5. May 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM
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    wouldn't shock me to hear that OEM pads are just, okay at best. If it bothers you throw in some high end pads and see what happens.
     
  6. May 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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    +1

    New brakes will dust pretty heavily until they bed in. City driving speeds the process, but will always dust heavily compared to highway/country driving.

    Keep on top of it... clean those wheels weekly and they'll look good for a long time. Brake dust is metallic and will cause microscratches and destroy your wheels.

    I disagree.
    I've always had great luck with OEM pads... much better than those from the local auto parts stores.
    I tried EBC on my motorcycle and encountered a number of issues:
    #1 - They list the same part for the rear and right front, OEM listed different parts. The OEM rear pad was twice the thickness of the front (backplates are the same so they "fit" the caliper).
    #2 - The EBC pads locked up WAY too easily, riding in wet weather was scary
    #3 - They lasted half as long as OEM

    Cost was the same, I went back to OEM.
     
  7. May 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    I agree here! OEM Pads and Shoes have always lasted longer and worked better in my experience.

    I know that better pads and shoes do exist, but you will pay handsome price for them.
     
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