Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-03-2007, 07:09 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: NY
Posts: 14
Question Brake Pad Dust Storm (Newbie)?

I've clocked about 1700 miles on my new Box and from day one it's been spewing brake pad dust all over my spiffy S-wheels and the sides of the vehicle as well.

Does this every abate or is this standard operating procedure? Do the ceramic pads run any cleaner?

Dusty on LI

__________________
`07 Arctic Silver/Black Boxster, 18" S Wheels, Sport Seats & Steering Wheel, Auto Climate, Bi-Xenons, Sound Pack+
tre_oh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2007, 07:42 PM   #2
bmussatti
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Tre_oh, sorry...but get used to it!

PCCB is an approx. $9,000 option, so that can afford you a lot of cleaning supplies.

I suggest a good quality wheel cleaner, and then apply 2-3 good coats of Rejex wax. This will help the future brake dust wash off more easily. But remember, every time you use the wheel cleaner, you are removing (most of or all) your wax coating.

One of the main reasons I selected the Porsche Carrera Classics 19" wheels was because I thought they would de the easier wheels to clean because they are more open and assessable for my larger sized hands.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2007, 07:44 PM   #3
Porsche Purist
 
Paul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,063
Garage
Nope it's a Porsche feature!!

I always change my pads as soon as possible. I like Mintex red box pads for street use.
__________________
1998 Boxster with 7.8 DME, 2005 3.6 liter/325 hp, Variocam Plus, 996 Instrument panel
2001 Boxster bought new. Installed used motor at 89k.
1987 924S . 2002 996TT. PST2
Owned and repaired Porsches since 1974. Have driven them all the way the Dr intended...
Paul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2007, 04:22 PM   #4
Registered User
 
deliriousga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: USA!!
Posts: 1,159
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul
I like Mintex red box pads for street use.
Ditto on the Red Box.
__________________
1987 928S4 Silver Metallic (980)/Navy (TP) 5-Speed
2000 Boxster Speed Yellow/Black 5-Speed
1966 Wife White/Brown Top
1986 Daughter White/Brown Top (Sold!)
1992 Daughter White/Blonde Top
deliriousga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 1,460
It's my understanding that ceramic pads will dust just as much, but due to the fact that it's lighter in color, it's harder to notice it accumulating.
__________________
.
1997 Honda Accord | V6
2004 BMW 330i | ZHP | SOLD
2000 Porsche Boxster | SOLD | http://www.986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9114

http://www.kryzak.com/storage/986sig12.jpg

http://kryzak.tumblr.com
Jeph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2007, 09:02 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 3,308
Hi,

+2 on the Mintex Reds, good pads. Also like the Porterfield R4S pads for street use. Good pads, minimum dusting, spendy though. I run these on my Esprit with great results...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
MNBoxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2007, 09:38 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,033
Yeah, brake dust is abundant with the stock pads buts it's no big deal if you don't mind cleaning the wheels every week or two. I just apply some detailing spray to a soft rag and wipe then down every so often and it keeps them like new between washings.
__________________
'03 3.2L GuardsRed/Blk/Blk---6Spd
Options: Litronics, 18" Carrera lights, Bose sound, Painted to match roll bars.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m...Mautocross.jpg
Adam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 07:21 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Blaine, WA
Posts: 319
Quote:
Originally Posted by MNBoxster
Hi,

+2 on the Mintex Reds, good pads. Also like the Porterfield R4S pads for street use. Good pads, minimum dusting, spendy though. I run these on my Esprit with great results...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
Jim, do you have a link to an etailer who stocks either Mintex Reds or R4S's??
__________________
"The car you've dreamed of owning is the same one our designers and engineers dreamed of building."

Peter Schwarzenbauer


My car @ Car Domain

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nstalled01.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nstalled02.jpg
Arctic Silver '05 Silver Boxster
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 07:42 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Perfectlap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 8,696
you will often get allot of brake dust in the bedding stage of new brake pads. I guess it varies depending on the pad itself. 1700 miles is somewhat irrelevant becasue if these are mostly highway miles vs street its a little misleading.
I wouldn't go changing those pads just yet. I'm sure the Porsche dudes picked a good set after extensive testing and looking at the data logger.
I would suggest using the brakes alot MORE if you are mostly highway traveling.

As far as the dust. Its a pain but clean the wheels as often as you can year round.
The brake dust is bad for you paint both on the wheel face and on the fender and door. Use pressure from a hose to rinse out the wheel wells and maybe spray or scrub in there too. Try using a quality wheel cleaner like P21s on the barrell of the wheel with a wheel brush. Don't spend too much time coating the wheel because you'll have to strip the wheel bare to dislodge the brake dust which can "bake on" during the hot months sitting in the sun.
I personally use a strong polish after washing like Werkstatt Prime Strong or Klasse All in One. Then I use a teflon like spray called Fk 425 or FK 146. In between washes I use the 146 or 425 to keep the wheel and glass clean. First spray the wheel face and then wipe off.
Make sure your rotors are air temp before washing.
__________________
GT3 Recaro Seats - Boxster Red
GT3 Aero / Carrera 18" 5 spoke / Potenza RE-11
Fabspeed Headers & Noise Maker
BORN: March 2000 - FINLAND
IMS#1 REPLACED: April 2010 - NEW JERSEY -- LNE DUAL ROW
Perfectlap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 08:19 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 3,308
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Bob
Jim, do you have a link to an etailer who stocks either Mintex Reds or R4S's??
Hi,

Here you go: Porterfield R4S Pads - http://www.horsepowerfreaks.com/price/Porsche/Boxster/Porterfield/Brakes/Brake_Pads for the Mintex Red Box - http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/ksearch/PEL_Search.cgi?please_wait=N&forumid=&threadid=&FILTER_996M=ON&command=DWsearch&command=DWsearch&REFINE=Y&FORUM_REFER=&description=Mintex+Red+Box&FILTER_996M2=ON&description=Mintex+Red+Box&x=41&y=11&FILTER_996M=11&FILTER_996M2=11

One note, several people have complained about excessive squeal from the Mintex pads. I hadn't noticed it, but did on a friend's Boxster. Hope this helps...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
MNBoxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 12:57 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Blaine, WA
Posts: 319
Thanks, Jim!
__________________
"The car you've dreamed of owning is the same one our designers and engineers dreamed of building."

Peter Schwarzenbauer


My car @ Car Domain

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nstalled01.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nstalled02.jpg
Arctic Silver '05 Silver Boxster
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 01:48 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 701
oh man get used to it! I believe we have the same rims! They are a pain in the butt to keep clean......I too will be switching to carrera classics but maybe the replicas....
super66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 02:04 PM   #13
boggtown
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Ditto on the porterfields. I bought those for my BMW and they are pretty sweet. They still dust, just not as much. I think I bought mine from myroadster.net. Came with syntheitic brake anti squeel lube, sandpaper, brush, and brake disk cleaner free with the pads. They dont have the boxster on their site, just Z3's, slk's, miatas, and maybe something else. You can still buy the boxster brakes from them though.

Last edited by boggtown; 01-05-2007 at 02:10 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 07:16 PM   #14
Registered User
 
deliriousga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: USA!!
Posts: 1,159
Here's where I get the Mintex Red Box for $50/set http://www.importrp.com/home.php?cat=37 but they don't carry them for the '05+ yet.
__________________
1987 928S4 Silver Metallic (980)/Navy (TP) 5-Speed
2000 Boxster Speed Yellow/Black 5-Speed
1966 Wife White/Brown Top
1986 Daughter White/Brown Top (Sold!)
1992 Daughter White/Blonde Top
deliriousga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2007, 05:49 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Blaine, WA
Posts: 319
Quote:
Originally Posted by deliriousga
Here's where I get the Mintex Red Box for $50/set http://www.importrp.com/home.php?cat=37 but they don't carry them for the '05+ yet.
Thanks, John. Yes, I saw that, goldarnit! I know they aren't interchangeable, or am I wrong?? Man, that's like 1/3 of the price of others, too!

__________________
"The car you've dreamed of owning is the same one our designers and engineers dreamed of building."

Peter Schwarzenbauer


My car @ Car Domain

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nstalled01.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nstalled02.jpg
Arctic Silver '05 Silver Boxster
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page