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Old 06-10-2012, 03:00 PM   #35
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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?
WAY too much brake dust. Already called the dealership and asked about replacements.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #36
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I plan on re-placing mine with EBC Red pads. I've good luck with them on other cars in the past.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:59 PM   #37
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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
I will probably go to a "lower performance" brake pad when the time comes.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:38 PM   #38
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The factory brake pads on the ZL1 leave an exorbitant amount of brake dust that accumulates on the wheels, tires, and lower exterior surfaces of the fenders and quarter panels after very little use.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:00 AM   #39
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The factory brake pads on the ZL1 leave an exorbitant amount of brake dust that accumulates on the wheels, tires, and lower exterior surfaces of the fenders and quarter panels after very little use.
Agreed. My Dad polished his car for over 3 hours and it was spotless. We drove it around town, running errands, etc. for two days (less than 100 miles total) and after every trip there were little balls of brake dust all over the wheels. There was no hard braking or anything out of the ordinary, just cruising and enjoying the car. I've never seen brake dust turn into little balls before. At first we thought it was grease or some sort of road grime, but it was in fact the dust. We cleaned up the wheels after each trip because of all the dust and it would return like clockwork.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:38 AM   #40
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It's the only complaint that I have about the ZL1 so far is the brake dust on the wheels. I did happen to install Hawk Ceramic's last week on the fronts and the dust seems to be greatly reduced. I didn't get to drive it as much this week to really compare how it would look after a few days use.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:48 AM   #41
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It's the only complaint that I have about the ZL1 so far is the brake dust on the wheels. I did happen to install Hawk Ceramic's last week on the fronts and the dust seems to be greatly reduced. I didn't get to drive it as much this week to really compare how it would look after a few days use.
You will see almost Zero dust I have had mine on for 2 months it's soo much better
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:05 AM   #42
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I understand that I am going to have to live with the dust if I want the performance. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice one the best way to keep that dust from etching into the wheels. I have the polished wheels and after the first cleaning with soap and water I noticed that the dust was etching into the surface. Would it be best to wipe it off after each use with a damp rag, or do you need a mild wheel cleaner each time?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #43
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I experience the same thing with my SS, terrible amount of break dust, of course the front wheels are worse than the rear wheels. After a wash and drive there is visible break dust all over the rims. Seems to be quite common with all SS and now with the ZL1. The type of pads they are using for high performance breaking which do their job quite well are also quite dirty. Price to pay for having great stopping power. I have also heard great reviews about the Hawk Ceramics, will try them when I need new pads. Hope you are all enjoying your cars.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:48 AM   #44
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It's braking, I hope it's not "breaking".
Just kidding but seriously, if you want the performance, you have to deal with the dust. At least they are quiet. Most high performance pads are really noisy.

I assume the balls are because you put something on the wheels to protect them and the material is reacting with it and doing its job so it doesn't stick.

I take my wheels off occasionally and put a coat of Zaino on them.
I don't like the dust either, but I accept it.

The good news is the wheels are so big, I can get my hand and a wash cloth inside the wheels and clean them.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:00 AM   #45
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The the ZL1 has the worst brake dust of any car I've ever owned!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:56 AM   #46
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The the ZL1 has the worst brake dust of any car I've ever owned!
Yup, and stops a 4000+ lb car better over and over again better than any car you have ever driven
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #47
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Yup, and stops a 4000+ lb car better over and over again better than any car you have ever driven
LOL at the Kool aid drinkers.

2008 Pontiac G8 GT - 109 feet. Over 4000 lbs, no ceramic pads, no high end brembo's. Just regular pads.
http://www.insideline.com/pontiac/g8...iac-g8-gt.html


Camaro ZL1 - 109 feet. Over 4000 lbs, more expensive brembo package.
http://www.insideline.com/chevrolet/...ison-test.html
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:35 PM   #48
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LOL at the Kool aid drinkers.

2008 Pontiac G8 GT - 109 feet. Over 4000 lbs, no ceramic pads, no high end brembo's. Just regular pads.
http://www.insideline.com/pontiac/g8...iac-g8-gt.html


Camaro ZL1 - 109 feet. Over 4000 lbs, more expensive brembo package.
http://www.insideline.com/chevrolet/...ison-test.html

LOL at the article readers!
Tell me how it works after a 30 minute session at Watkins Glen going into the bus stop after going through the esses?

I can understand buying street pads, but I spent in excess of $500 every time I bought track pads for my cars. And they were NOISY!
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:51 PM   #49
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I switched to the Hawk Ceramic and am seeing almost no dust after a week of driving. This has cut my weekend wheel cleaning time by 75%. Also, no performance decline (although I don't track it).
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:52 PM   #50
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LOL at the article readers!
Tell me how it works after a 30 minute session at Watkins Glen going into the bus stop after going through the esses?

I can understand buying street pads, but I spent in excess of $500 every time I bought track pads for my cars. And they were NOISY!

LoL at not understanding that in real world applications the ZL1's "advanced brembo braking system"; with six piston rears and 4 piston fronts, as compared to the G8's very basic setup and a heavier car still wont stop you on the street any better in an emergency braking situation.

Also you claim I used a magazine, as some sort of backhanded diss to discredit me as if I was some bench mag racer. Look at my avatar and you'd note that I own a SS and a G8. Of which the G8 stops better.

You stated better than any other car in the world, I gave you proof otherwise.

I didn't even get into other cars that would no doubt do it better, even in track conditions.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:01 PM   #51
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I noticed a large amount of dust off these as well. However, since I love washing and detailing my cars, it just gives me an excuse to wash and zaino it more.
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