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Well, I never heard this officially but a friend claims that steel wheels with hubcaps will warp ones brakes with anykind of spirited driving... I know personally I use 15" steel wheels at least 4 months a year (although winter months, overheating is unlikely) and I used these wheels full time for a few years without any brake problems besides normal wear under teenage driving! Is there any grounds what so ever of this claim? Like to hear your guys opinions.
What car manufacturer would sell a car with this option if it is inherintly bad for brakes?! I told him he was full of it, but I can see good heat disapation properties in open wheels...
He has two reasons, the steal holds the heat where the aluminum lets it go and hubcaps plus the design of the typical steal rim has poor ventallation. It makes some sense, but not brake warping... he said he read it in a magazine somewhere, likely SCC or something...
 

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Re: Hubcaps wreck brakes? (11110000)

Very interesting about the 240's brakes, vented rotors with the hubcaps only. But, yeah I didn't think it would make to much difference in the grand scheme of things though. Mine always seemed adaquate. Thanks for the informative responses guys, I'll be sure to share this information. Oh I was pushing for him to get some steel wheels to save the aluminum wheels in are very salty winter streets and so the tangent against steel wheels started... http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif
I think it was mostly a reason not to spend a few hundred bucks on winter wheels, cheep bastard! lol http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif It amazes me when someone will drop a few grand on new wheels and not dish out a little extra for protecting the investment! But what do I care really, just trying to help...
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Re: Hubcaps wreck brakes? (kowalski)

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I just saw this post. I couldn't help but want to ask if the guy who told you that fastened his lug nuts on with just a wrench and didn't use a torque wrench. If the lug nuts are not on at the same torque, that may cause warping of the rotors. The torques don't have to be too different from nut to nut. Just a thought.
That's the main reason I've heard for brake warping, forgot to mention that!! He has no steel wheel experience, this is what he said he read in a tuner magazine, likely an ad for aftermarket wheels vs. an article!! Either that or poor research done on the part of the journalist, I'd like to read this for myself. In anycase, he's dead against them, I guess he'll let his new aluminum wheels with all-seasons corrode in this winter! What a waste... http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif
 
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