Apparently that should read. "They're SUPPOSED TO BE REMOVED and discarded upon eventual brake inspection/reapir." !!!Mr.DJ said:Yes, they are okay to remove. They're there only to retain the brake drum/disc brake rotor in place while the vehicle is moving down the assembly line. They're eventually removed and discarded upon eventual brake inspection/repair. :wink1:
As others have mentioned, they are a crude rotor retaining device. BMW and many others use an allen screw to retain the rotor to the hub. But many other cars have no retaining mechanism at all. It's not like the rotor is going to go anywhere, once the wheel is bolted on tightly.E55 KEV said:Some aftermarket rims do not fit flush against the rotor mounting pad due to stud clips. Is it ok to remove them? What are they for? Thanks.
That's because the factory rims (and some aftermarket rims) have a recessed area around the bolt holes that is big enough for the clip to fit inside. If your aftermarket wheel does not have this recess, the wheel will be prevented from laying flat against the hub and you will experience high speed shimmy problems.djjasond said:I had them on both my Cadillac Escalade and my 300c. At both an America's Tire in CA and a Les Scwab in ID, they referred to them as "speed clips" and told me that they had to remove them for safety reasons with aftermarket rims. Both places made a really big deal about this. I am under the impression that it is very common to remove them when putting on aftermarket rims.
I doubt that this is the problem with OEM rims. The OEM rims have recesses around the wheel stud hole to accommodate the wheel stud clip.E55 KEV said:I have a little brake vibrations, rubbing and slight wheel shimmy during moderate to hard braking? I removed the front stud clips but still using the OEM rims????? I wonder what is causing it?
Have you tried bedding the brakes? It's probably uneven pad deposits on the rotors: http://www.zeckhausen.com/bedding_in_brakes.htmE55 KEV said:I have a little brake vibrations, rubbing and slight wheel shimmy during moderate to hard braking? I removed the front stud clips but still using the OEM rims????? I wonder what is causing it?