So, you’ve mounted a set of large diameter wheels and low profile tires. Those new rims and skins sure look great don’t they…except for the rusty brake calipers that are now on full display. Unfortunately, many large, thin spoke rims have a lot of open area that can reveal ugly mechanical parts that were best left hidden. So what can you do? You have 3 options: install new performance brake calipers, paint your existing calipers, or install caliper covers.
- MGP® Custom Caliper Covers$110.00 - $179.00
- MGP® Custom Colors Caliper Covers with MGP Engraving$110.00 - $179.00
- MGP® Caliper Covers with MGP Engraving$110.00 - $179.00
- MGP® Caliper Covers with Engravings$130.00 - $199.00
- MGP® Gloss Black Caliper Covers with Engravings$130.00 - $199.00
- MGP® Gloss Red Caliper Covers with Engravings$130.00 - $199.00
- MGP® Matte Black Caliper Covers with Engravings$130.00 - $199.00
- MGP® Gloss Black Caliper Covers with MGP Engraving$110.00 - $179.00
- MGP® Gloss Red Caliper Covers with MGP Engraving$110.00 - $179.00
- MGP® Matte Black Caliper Covers with MGP Engraving$110.00 - $179.00
- ACC® Stainless Steel Brake Caliper Covers$89.20 - $187.83
The first option is the most expensive, and frankly overkill if all you want is something that looks better. We’d love to sell you a set of performance calipers and we carry the best with names like Brembo, Baer, and Wilwood. But with these calipers, what you’re paying for is their ability to make the car stop better. The fact that they also look great is just a byproduct of good design. So let’s take a look at the next alternative, painting.
When done properly, painting calipers is very time consuming. First they have to be completely clean or the paint is not going to stick. And even if you do everything right, there is still a good chance that the paint will peel in the future. But the big knock against painting is that it can’t do anything about the shape of the calipers. The design of some calipers is just not that great looking, and putting them in color won’t change that.
Which brings us to the best option: caliper covers. Although paint is cheaper, when you factor in what your time is worth, caliper covers are the least expensive alternative. The covers we offer are laser cut from stainless steel or from 6061-T6 aluminum, which is then given a powder coated finish. The aluminum covers are available in multiple colors and with custom logos. With caliper covers you get a durable product with a finish that will never peel, in a shape that will look great on any brake caliper.
Caliper covers are easy to install, won’t interfere with brake operation, and are easy to remove when brake service is necessary. They also reduce brake dust, so those nice custom wheels will stay cleaner. And although you may not think attaching covers will make calipers cooler, they will actually reduce caliper temperatures by 30°-50°F. The covers act as a heat sink, drawing heat out of the calipers, which prolongs the life of brake system components.
While you’re installing caliper covers, why not install a set of wheel bands? These protective bands attach to the perimeter of the wheels to protect them from curb damage. They come in colors that complement caliper covers, giving your wheels a custom effect like no other. A plastic track attaches to the wheel, with a tough replaceable plastic insert that will take the brunt of a scrape instead of your rim, saving you replacement or refurbishing costs.
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- Caliper CoversHow To Install Caliper CoversIf you've fitted a set of aftermarket wheels on your car or truck, you've probably noticed how they show off everything behind them in a way your OEM ones simply couldn't. Your factory brake calipers are now suddenly visible to the world, and odds are they do not live up to the high standards of crisp visual appeal your new wheels and tires have set. Or you may have a nice set of factory wheels which expose the brake hardware, and it's a look that you feel could stand some improvement.
- Caliper CoversCaliper Covers vs. Caliper PaintOne consequence of the trend toward larger diameter wheels is that previously hidden mechanical components are now clearly visible. We are referring, of course, to your brake calipers. These dirty, dusty, and rusty parts used to function in obscurity, but with plus-size thin-spoke wheels, they're now on display for all to see. If you happen to drive a late model performance car with a nice set of multi-piston Brembos, this is not an issue. Nor is it a concern if you have the coin for an upgrade to a performance brake kit. But what about the regular Joe who just blew his wad on wheels and tires; what can he do?
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