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dust shield removal?

Hey everyone so here is whats up. I drive alot of gravel everyday and rocks and crap keep getting caught between the brake and the shield on the backside of the brake. And now since I put new rims on which are not hub centric it is even worse because there is less rim covering the shield. I get rocks in there at least once a day and most times keep driving or throw it in reverse quick they will come out but I have had on in there now for a couple days and it wont come out. So I am curious if it is alright to remove these shields? or is there going to be some worse side effects from doing so? Thanks in advance everyone
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If you get a big rock come up it can dent the rotor and i beleve it can get rocks stuck in the park break drum.

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Front or rear brake?

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its usually the front but this time was the rear I finally got it to let go but still curious if removal is possible but isn't the emergency brake mounted on the rear plate
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Yeah, that's why I was asking about the location.

Dust shields typically do three things: Direct airflow; Protect from water splash (opposite wheel); Protect from rocks and mud. Manufacturers at some times has eliminated dust shields on a vehicle platform, but then reinstall them in one or two years in production due to that not working out. You could give it a try on the front and see overall how things go. But your right, you would loose the parking brake on the rear axle.

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ya I will probably leave them on there just tought i would ask around but i will just try to find a better method of getting the rocks out instead
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are your rotters getting thin? As they wear out they make a bigger gap for rocks to get in between them and the sheild.

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