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Old 01-12-2019, 05:57 PM
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On my bought new '14 Z51, I kept the OEM brake pads right until the day I sold it (at 52K miles). To clean the wheels, I would use 1 microfiber towel per wheel and each one was a total black mess by the time I was done. (I wear latex gloves to clean the wheels but that's really not important).

As most of you know by now, I took delivery of my '19 GS at the beginning of November. I finally got around to changing out the OEM pads at 453 miles. After that was done, I cleaned the wheels (and haven't touched them since). Same as the Z51, it took 1 towel per wheel and each was a mess when I was done.

Today, cleaned the car top to bottom including wheels (thank you Griots Waterless Carwash!) with 1148 miles on the clock. It took ONE of the same microfiber towels to clean all 4 wheels and it is nowhere near as dirty as 1 was before the change. Oh yea and my rotors aren't bronze

So that's after what? almost 700 miles without the wheels being majorly FUBAR?

To say I'm a fan of the Powerstops is an understatement

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Did you notice any decrease in stopping power as compared to OEM pads?
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Did you notice any decrease in stopping power as compared to OEM pads?
Not really. Maybe a tad less but for street use, totally acceptable (and better than most)
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let us know when the rotors turn bronze.
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let us know when the rotors turn bronze.
or not....
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or not....
Here's what to look for:



Before PowerStop Install


After Powerstop Install
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Originally Posted by KenHorse View Post
On my bought new '14 Z51, I kept the OEM brake pads right until the day I sold it (at 52K miles). To clean the wheels, I would use 1 microfiber towel per wheel and each one was a total black mess by the time I was done. (I wear latex gloves to clean the wheels but that's really not important).

As most of you know by now, I took delivery of my '19 GS at the beginning of November. I finally got around to changing out the OEM pads at 453 miles. After that was done, I cleaned the wheels (and haven't touched them since). Same as the Z51, it took 1 towel per wheel and each was a mess when I was done.

Today, cleaned the car top to bottom including wheels (thank you Griots Waterless Carwash!) with 1148 miles on the clock. It took ONE of the same microfiber towels to clean all 4 wheels and it is nowhere near as dirty as 1 was before the change. Oh yea and my rotors aren't bronze

So that's after what? almost 700 miles without the wheels being majorly FUBAR?

To say I'm a fan of the Powerstops is an understatement
Glad to hear this, Ken. I am way behind you on mileage, currently sitting at 325, but at 500 I will be doing my own oil & filter change, installing PowerStop Z26 ceramic pads, ACS splash guards and doing a major clean on the wheels. I usually add a coat (or two) of Rejex on all surfaces of the wheels. Really helps cleaning the barrels.
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Here's what to look for:


Seen the pics before, know what to look for.

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Originally Posted by duckvett View Post
Glad to hear this, Ken. I am way behind you on mileage, currently sitting at 325, but at 500 I will be doing my own oil & filter change, installing PowerStop Z26 ceramic pads, ACS splash guards and doing a major clean on the wheels. I usually add a coat (or two) of Rejex on all surfaces of the wheels. Really helps cleaning the barrels.
The barrels on mine were no dirtier than the rest of the wheel (of course!). Rejex is great stuff, yup!

By the way, I know you took delivery a few weeks after me but stop being such a slacker!

(we're heading to Tillamook tomorrow with one of our clubs for lunch. Wanna join us?)

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Anyone know why the rotors turn bronze?
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Pad material...
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Originally Posted by MMD View Post


Here's what to look for:



Before PowerStop Install


After Powerstop Install
google those, search those or actual experience? Iím guessing either of the first 2....
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Look ma, no bronze! (taken today after cleaning but didn't need to touch the rotors)
Also..no Xpel yellowing!!



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Originally Posted by 2019GSTX View Post


google those, search those or actual experience? I’m guessing either of the first 2....
does it matter? tough to argue with facts. So are you implying every post that uses a link is irrelevant? ....meh

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Have had the PowerStops on my Z51 for 3 years now and absolutely no issues and no bronze rotors either...
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Not ready to change the pads on my '14, but I'll keep the Powerstops in mind when I do make a swap.
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Originally Posted by Vetteman Jack View Post
Not ready to change the pads on my '14, but I'll keep the Powerstops in mind when I do make a swap.
I wasn't really ready to change mine either since it only had about 3,000 miles on it at the time, but was tired of screwing with the dust. Car would be clean as hell, but rims dirty as **** due to dust. Got old real quick.
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I've used 1521's and Z26's before and both are excellent. No issues through multiple cars (camaros, vettes, etc). I have not seen a bronzed rotor and am pretty hard on them.

It's nice to have clean wheels!
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+1 for the Powerstops. I love not cleaning brake dust.

They definitely do not bite as hard as the factory pads though.
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+1 for the Powerstops. I love not cleaning brake dust.

They definitely do not bite as hard as the factory pads though.

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