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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2003, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Dust Shields, yea or nay?

I searched on this, and found the Zuk's discussing, but since a Bronco is a different beast, what say you all, keep the front brake dust shields/splash guards, or dispense with this stupid waste?

Pros to keeping:
shield keeps water from splashing into rotor area, soaking pads and making braking less effective.

less chance of rocks/debris flying up in there getting caught.


more difficult to clean out mud, gunk from inside the wheel/rotor area.

traps more of this stuff in there.

creates added heat buildup.



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Re: Brake Dust Shields, yea or nay?

i still have one sheild left on my beast. the other one got rusty and started making noise when u tapped it..
i pulled that one off... and yea when i leave a trail i find my truck pulls to the side that still has the sheild on it while braking for a minute or two... is that a problem? nope i think ill remove the other one someday.
for now its ok though. and yea tonnes of stuff gets stuck behind those sheilds.. i dont like em. i get my truck so damn muddy and then i wash it about 4 or 5 times a week... so break dust doesnt even have a chance to build up anywhere.

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Re: Brake Dust Shields, yea or nay?

they are really good at trapping small rocks and creating god-awful squealing sounds.... to the TRASH CAN they should go [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: Brake Dust Shields, yea or nay?

i ditched them on mine, but you have that ABS sensor, so i might leave it to keep junk away from it.
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Re: Brake Dust Shields, yea or nay?

Well, seeing as you are the Clean Freak [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img], i wouldnt worry about it, but if there is extra grease laying around on your balljoints/steering, it could make its way onto the rotor (instead of the shield), which would certainly not help your brakes any!
With that said, i still have mine on, but think about removing them all the time. I hate getting rocks trapped back there! [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

I have to agree with Burned, i wouldnt want that ABS sensor you got up there exposed to the rocks and mud on the trail.
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