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How nessecary are they? I don't plan on driving in the rain if I can avoid it.

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They will keep your rotors and pads free-er from dust, road grime and water so they are nice and clean when required. ..and they'll last longer as a result too.
They may cause your pads to run slightly warmer, but personally I see this as a good thing as pads need to maintain temperature to work better anyway, -especially if you're using high performance pads with lots of metal in them.. Hi-perf pads are crap when they're cold.

Most of the cooling air is pulled from the hub through to the parimeter of the rotor anyway, so I see any additional cooling from their removal as insignifcant.

I think the OEs would have left them off if they weren't any advantage.
 

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I pulled mine off while I was trying to eliminate noise from the front end (turned out to be the Speed Tech control arms grinding a deep groove in my OEM rotors). I have not had any problems since the removal of the shields.

So far.

Paul :beers:
 

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They also help protect the bearing seal and spindle on these cars. I'm going to try a rubber boot for this with a brake project I have if i ever get it finished.
 
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