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Old 02-01-2006, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone else amazed at all the brake dust the huge rotors and calipers spew out on these C6Zs? I took mine out last Saturday for about a 70-mile cruise and when I got home, not only were the wheels covered, but halfway up the doors were covered! It looked like a C6R after about 3 laps! The car only has a total of 159 miles on it so far so I'm hoping the dust will reduce overtime as the brakes wear in.
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should have seen mine after a 900mile road trip up the coast. My velocity yellow had turned blacke from the waist down. Then it rained! There was liquid brake dust running out of every vent and door jam, looked like a womens mascara after she had been crying.
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Anyone else amazed at all the brake dust the huge rotors and calipers spew out on these C6Zs? I took mine out last Saturday for about a 70-mile cruise and when I got home, not only were the wheels covered, but halfway up the doors were covered! It looked like a C6R after about 3 laps! The car only has a total of 159 miles on it so far so I'm hoping the dust will reduce overtime as the brakes wear in.
Yes, and it's annoying, but I'm coping. Waiting for ceramic padlets to come out...
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Old 02-01-2006, 02:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Absolutely Rediculous, there should be a small compressor with jets at each wheel that blow off the dust as your drive.

Or just a better compound to begin with.
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Old 02-01-2006, 02:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm hoping after I bed them it will get better.
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Well, at least it show the brakes are biting well. Makes you wonder how long the pads and rotors will last if they putting out that much material. Are any of you using wheel wax or something similair to combat the issue?
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Same as the C5Z - dusty, but effective.
Wheel wax helps it wash off a little easier, but changing pads is really about the only permanent solution. Of course you will sacrifice some braking performance by going to a ceramic pad, and ceramics are not recommended for track use.
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Yes, and it's annoying, but I'm coping. Waiting for ceramic padlets to come out...
Just changed mine this week,hope it cut's down on the dust

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Have any of you guys ever owned a BMW, MB, Porsche, or Audi? The C6/Z06 pads are nothing compared to those.

They feel it's very important to stop fast, and so do I.
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I haven't noticed any brake dust yet... :D
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Replace the pads with Carbotech pads when they come out (may already be out)--stop better, stay cleaner, and the dust is not corrosive. Ceramics are nice, but do lose some bite and stopping power.

I still will never understand why, at least as an option, you could not get a set of Brembo brakes similar to what comes on a Viper. Heck, if Chevy were worried about cost, I'd rather lose the production expense of the dry sump and pay for the brakes than the other way around. A car with any track pretensions should have great brakes--doubly so after Chevy heard the complaints made about the C5 Z brakes at the track....
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The Carbotechs are out, and those who have installed them say the dust is much worse...........the point being, brakes that stop best, shed lots of dust. Ceramic pads don't stop as quickly, so choose bling or stopping faster. What does Brembos have to do with anything?

It's about as predictable as the sun rising and setting everyday.
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The Carbotechs are out, and those who have installed them say the dust is much worse...........the point being, brakes that stop best, shed lots of dust. Ceramic pads don't stop as quickly, so choose bling or stopping faster. What does Brembos have to do with anything?

It's about as predictable as the sun rising and setting everyday.
I'm not a brake expert, but it just stands to reason that a larger total brake pad surface area means more brakepad / rotor contact and more brake dust generation. It also means more friction and better stopping power. Other pads may produce less dust, but may have performance issues, noise, or excessive wear. At least the stock pads are quiet and effective, at least for street applications.:D
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I'm sorry guys, but we are driving a 200 mph car and we are bitching about brake dust? What the?? Do you want it to stop you or??:bang:
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Have any of you guys ever owned a BMW, MB, Porsche, or Audi? The C6/Z06 pads are nothing compared to those.

They feel it's very important to stop fast, and so do I.
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I'm sorry guys, but we are driving a 200 mph car and we are bitching about brake dust? What the?? Do you want it to stop you or??:bang:
Exactly! You're both right!

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