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    Clean roters with??

    Im sure im beating a dead horse but what do you guy's use to clean your roter's with???thanks

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    Disc brake/rotor cleaner. Buy it cheap in any autostore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCMt.Biker View Post
    Im sure im beating a dead horse but what do you guy's use to clean your roter's with???thanks
    Soap and water then a water rinse.....then isopropyl alcohol.

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    Typically, I wipe them clean with my brake pads. What are you trying to clean off of them?
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    I just ment a routine cleaning of them,there's nothing on them right at the moment,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Typically, I wipe them clean with my brake pads. What are you trying to clean off of them?
    Take a clean rag and wipe off your rotors and you will realise it's way more **** on it than you thought. Do it with some disc brake cleaner after that and see how much more you can get off it.

    OP: Do the same with your pads. Clean them with disc cleaner and give them a round with some sanding paper as well. That + bleeding the brakes and lubing the pistons will make the brakes feel like new again.

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    I do a quick wipe with denatured alcohol

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    Quote Originally Posted by staikeinthahood View Post
    Take a clean rag and wipe off your rotors and you will realise it's way more **** on it than you thought. Do it with some disc brake cleaner after that and see how much more you can get off it.
    Sure, you can wipe "****" off of them, but it is absolutely unnecessary.

    I do not include cleaning the braking surface as routine maintenance on any vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, car, truck, etc...
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    Just replaced the pads on my bike. Hayes instructions say use isopropyl alcohol not brake cleaner.

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    If you are putting new pads on, then clean the discs. No need to wipe them down with anything for general maintenance.
    A dirty brake is a happy brake!!

    If the pads were properly bedded in, you won't gain any performance by cleaning the rotors.

    **edit**
    I am referring to regular riding, brake dust doesn't need to be wiped off. If you are riding in the swamp etc, or commuting in salty slushy snow all the time, then they may need to be cleaned for sure!

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    Last edited by Shark; 01-26-2012 at 02:18 PM. Reason: added info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    A dirty brake is a happy brake!!

    If the pads were properly bedded in, you won't gain any performance by cleaning the rotors.
    This is where you are wrong....a brake heavily fouled with mud, or salt, or even dust...often has quite a bit more DRAG than a clean brake...

    Remember lack of drag is also a measure of performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Soap and water then a water rinse.....then isopropyl alcohol.
    +1 for the isopropyl alcohol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    I do a quick wipe with denatured alcohol
    Same; using a clean rag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    This is where you are wrong....a brake heavily fouled with mud, or salt, or even dust...often has quite a bit more DRAG than a clean brake...

    Remember lack of drag is also a measure of performance.
    If they are that bad, then I agree a bit of water & scrubbing may be in order, but many folks have the misconception that they need to wipe the "brake dust" off the rotors with brake cleaner or alcohol after every ride. That is simply not true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    If they are that bad, then I agree a bit of water & scrubbing may be in order, but many folks have the misconception that they need to wipe the "brake dust" off the rotors with brake cleaner or alcohol after every ride. That is simply not true.
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