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Old 06-03-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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ZL1 brake pads WARNING keep an eye out >>>

I was over at my friends shop today he showed me his brake pads this is what they looked like after 1500 break in miles this included a 800+ mile road trip from Orlando to Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend doing speends no more than 80 miles an hour and no heavy breaking you can see chunks of the edges of the pads are missing.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info, I will take a better look at mine. I am at 975 miles into the break-in and trying to keep it under the 80mph/4000RPM max. But I am noticing quite a lot of brake dust. Just a simple 25 mile cruise without any hard braking at all is leaving quite the noticeable amount of dust in the wheels. Is anybody else seeing this on their ZL1's?
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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Yes, mine look like they are covered in soot. I guess the high performance pads dust more.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:37 PM   #4
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The bad part is that chunks are breaking off on 2 of the 4 pads
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:57 PM   #5
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Is anyone doing that Brake Burnish procedure the owners manual says you should do? I would like to know before I get my car, do I seriously need to do that procedure? Hell, my drive home alone will be 250miles on the freeway, no time to burnish the brakes on the freeway.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #6
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One person reported doing the procedure, but I can't see it unless you're going to track the car. I've never seen chunks of brake pad come off.

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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One person reported doing the procedure, but I can't see it unless you're going to track the car. I've never seen chunks of rake pad come off.
Yea odd as it was a trip from Orlando to Daytona and back to get new wheels installed and then from Orlando to Atlanta and back for the Fbody Gathering for memorial day weekend easy 1500 mile break in period no abuse.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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Just a couple miles of driving after washing the car, I have brake dust on the wheels and on the rear bumper. My car is yellow, so it is easy to see. But just do a "dust test" with your finger and you will see it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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I see a lot of dust on mine as well. Just normal driving around town etc. I thought you weren't supposed to break in the pads until after the 1500 mile break in?
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:01 PM   #10
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Just a couple miles of driving after washing the car, I have brake dust on the wheels and on the rear bumper. My car is yellow, so it is easy to see. But just do a "dust test" with your finger and you will see it.
gm_joe - I'm seeing the dust too - Are you too thinking of changing pads to something that does not dust as bad? - Your right, sure shows on the Yellow after just a few miles of easy driving
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:28 PM   #11
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high performance means dust. You cannot avoid this if you want the performance. Like do you expect 30mpg AND 580 hp? Of course not.

And those chucks (itty bitty corner actually) out of the pad is nothing to be alarmed about either. That stuff happens on my race car pads too. As a matter of fact sometimes worst. It is perfectly normal.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:51 PM   #12
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They should have a ceramic brake pad option when ordering the car.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #13
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They should have a ceramic brake pad option when ordering the car.
Sure, and they should have a 13 inch rotor and 17 inch wheel option too. We asked them to give us a track ready car. They did!

I'll live with the dust. It is much like my Carbotech pads when I set up my Z06 for track days. Just knew I would be cleaning up after. Not to mention all the rubber marks from marbles, etc.
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:57 PM   #14
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The stock ZL1 brake pads are designed for maximum brake performance. The break in procedure for the pads will extend pad life if done properly. However, these pads will not last as long a normal pads and will create more dust.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #15
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My #1478 shipping is going slow. I have a separate response oaout brake dust. I also have a Red Challenger SRT8 and an auto tech friend said to disengage the ESP program. There is a button on the dash to push. This reduced my brake dust 80%. The cars with high horsepower have a tendency to constantly engage the traction control. I drive like an old lady also and still was getting extreme dust. Wheels were totally black after 100 miles. I cannot recommend due to safety issues but thought I would post info.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:38 PM   #16
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I did the brake burnishing at about 500 miles. 1 - 40 to 20, 1 - 60 to 20 and 1 - 80 to 10 back to back. And then drove home and let the brakes sit all night. The brake dust was tremendous the next day when I checked the wheels. I have not really noticed any difference in the braking but I have not had to really brake very hard since.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:47 PM   #17
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I did the brake burnishing at about 500 miles. 1 - 40 to 20, 1 - 60 to 20 and 1 - 80 to 10 back to back. And then drove home and let the brakes sit all night. The brake dust was tremendous the next day when I checked the wheels. I have not really noticed any difference in the braking but I have not had to really brake very hard since.
I Haven't Done The Brake Burnishing Yet - Was Told If I wanted To Really See Dust - Do The 8-to 20 to 10 With The Emergency Brake On
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Burnishing and bedding are two differant things.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #19
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Burnishing and bedding are two differant things.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #21
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Burnishing and bedding are two differant things.
"OK" I Ran Her Up To 80 And Slammed On The Brakes. That Really Heated Her Up. Then I crawled In Her Back Seat An Spent The Night As I Could Not Stand To Let Her Out Of My Sight. Did I Do It Right?
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:01 PM   #22
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maybe it was 1 of the speed runs that had been texted around
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #23
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you guys be at the shop this saturday? id love to get mine up on the lift and see your friends one more time before it goes west
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #24
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you guys be at the shop this saturday? id love to get mine up on the lift and see your friends one more time before it goes west
Not this weekend Phil is working then heading to TX for a date with Hennessey the follwing weekend.

Hey did you get your spoiler and truck lid taken care of? If so any news on your old spoiler?
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Burnishing is what you want to do to carbon ceramic brakes like I had on the ZR1. You brake 60 to 0 fifty times in a row to actually change the make up of the rotor with the heat. Bedding the brakes on the camaro is moderate braking 60 to 20 mph maybe 10 times in a row(at a minimun) just to transfer some pad material to the rotor, then drive without braking until they cool. Tire Rack has an exellant write up on their website on how to do the entire procedure..
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