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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

I'm doing my front axle u-joints and i kinda forgot to put the splash shield on. Is it a big deal? Seems like it would just hold dirt in and be pretty usless.

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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

I've often wondered the same thing, and heard a couple of opinions. On the one hand, without the weight, you can accelerate faster But I think the most significant argument is that the manufacturer wouldn't spend the extra $0.50 to put them on if they weren't needed. That adds up to millions of dollars a year.

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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

I've got drums all around on the CJ, so I don't use them! *grin*

However, they do help keep the bigger rocks and garbage out of the brakes. I'd put them on. Just my .02.

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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

I've run 4 wheel discs with and without the shields. I leave them off. I've found that they get bent into the rotors, rocks get caught in them, and clay can build up inside them also. I've had no adverse effects from not running them and I've been running them for about 5 or 6 years now. The vehicle in question was my daily driver for about 2 of those years. I'm still on the original pads I put in when converting (organic). Nickmil.

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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

They are actually called dust shields. I'm not sure whether they are supposed to keep the brake dust off of the fender wells or to keep dust off of the rotors. I expect it's the former. I have had rear discs for years with no shields. I recently replaced the front axle joints and didn't put the shields back, now I get more than usual brake noise. Maybe it's related, maybe it's not.


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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

I'm glad you posed this question. The Dodge outers going onto my Jeep came from the junkyard with rusted useless shields. The dealer just told me $32.60 each, and he can maybe get them by the end of the week. I think I'll try it without for a while.

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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

Scrap them, they're not needed and just hold rocks in place. I've been running without them for years as well.

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Re: Brake Splash Shield, Do i need it?

I left it off on one side the the other side still has it on, i'm thinking it will make it easier to use the screw driver trick to pry the hub off with a screw driver if i need to do a trail fix.

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