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      06-10-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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BBK Maintenance: Best Practices

It seems like the E90 M3 crowd has a lot of experience with BBKs. So, I thought I would start this thread on the best practices for maintaining a BBK.

Like many of you, I have purchased a BBK (Stop Tech ST-60 front, ST-40 rear, in black) for moderate track usage and want to maintain them as much as possible. What are the Best Practices / Dos and Don'ts for maintaining BBKs year round? For those who drive their cars with BBKs in northern climates (with occasional salty roads), what do you recommend in terms of frequency and manner of cleaning? Even in warm weather climates, how do you monitor and maintain your calipers to preserve appearance and functionality?

Thank you in advance for your advice...
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Don't put your hand brake on after a track session for your rotors are still very hot.
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Don't put your hand brake on after a track session for your rotors are still very hot.
Yes - learned that one years ago. I'm really looking for information specific to maintaining the calipers.
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I've run the BBK (AP) thru 2 Montreal winters...no issues. Look great
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I've run the BBK (AP) thru 2 Montreal winters...no issues. Look great
Did you do anything special to keep them looking good and working properly? I've heard only use soap and water; no wheel cleaners.
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Did you do anything special to keep them looking good and working properly? I've heard only use soap and water; no wheel cleaners.
nothing. just some brake cleaner whenever bleeding the brakes to remove that. otherwise nothing other than car washes
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dont use p21s wheel cleaner on stoptechs. at least on mine, they totally ate the color coating not sure if they changed how they apply color to the calipers but better safe than sorry!
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I used to use the regular off-the-shelf wheel cleaners and after a short amount of time plus the South West hard water, those cleaners such as Formula1 and Maguire's that have acidic agents in them, completely destroyed my paint on the APracing BBK I have. It didn't really stain the coating, it pretty much etched it and looked like hard water stains. I tried everything to clean them. Had to get the calipers and hats repainted. Then later repainted the front calipers myself due to brake fluid damage. Now they look nice. I use Sonax wheel cleaner only with no issues.

Keep them clean OP, and also once in a while you might need to run some hard racing pads and do some cold hard braking and that will clean off any brake pad transferred material stuck on the rotor face which can produce some vibrations. Other than that, they should be pretty maintenance free for the most part.
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Thanks for all the recommendations. Just got the Stop Techs installed today. I will continue to check in on this thread for any further advice...
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Do not use anything but soap and water to clean your calipers/rotor hats!!!!! The stopTech rotor hats will stain much easier then the brembo hats.
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It seems like the E90 M3 crowd has a lot of experience with BBKs. So, I thought I would start this thread on the best practices for maintaining a BBK.

Like many of you, I have purchased a BBK (Stop Tech ST-60 front, ST-40 rear, in black) for moderate track usage and want to maintain them as much as possible. What are the Best Practices / Dos and Don'ts for maintaining BBKs year round? For those who drive their cars with BBKs in northern climates (with occasional salty roads), what do you recommend in terms of frequency and manner of cleaning? Even in warm weather climates, how do you monitor and maintain your calipers to preserve appearance and functionality?

Thank you in advance for your advice...
Proper warm up and cool down during track events.

Flush or change the brake fluid often to preserve internal seals and o-rings.

Use polymer or wax on the calipers after each track event will preserve the finish.
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Proper warm up and cool down during track events.

Flush or change the brake fluid often to preserve internal seals and o-rings.

Use polymer or wax on the calipers after each track event will preserve the finish.
Regarding wax on the calipers after each track event, are you talking about regular car wax (ie., Mothers, Meguiars)? I presume you wait until the calipers are fully cooled. Do you apply it any differently than you would normally when waxing your car? Thanks in advance...
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Regarding wax on the calipers after each track event, are you talking about regular car wax (ie., Mothers, Meguiars)? I presume you wait until the calipers are fully cooled. Do you apply it any differently than you would normally when waxing your car? Thanks in advance...
Yes, allow the calipers to fully cool before you wash them, then apply wax...I like Rejex over wax. Google it.

The application of wax or polymer is no different than any other painted surface.
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