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Old 04-01-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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thoughts on caliper covers?

hey just want to get your guys opinions on caliper covers...i dont have time to get them painted so i figured this would be the way i need to go.
are they going to protect the calipers from rust and damage? or are they going to cause more damage than good?

any thoughts are awesome
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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IMO, most look tacky...4 jack stands, couple of floor jacks, and a few hours and you can do em yourself

Or, do a core exchange!
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:12 AM   #3
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I had them, michael js is probably right to some extend. I upgraded to the SS brembo brakes for better performance and to get rid of the covers.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:15 AM   #4
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:32 AM   #5
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yeah but is there a way to do them without taking them off and not messing anything else up?
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:33 AM   #6
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ahahaha nice cap'n bob
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:35 AM   #7
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yeah but is there a way to do them without taking them off and not messing anything else up?
I did not take them off to paint them. For a complete job, i probably would, but I didn't see the point:
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Caliper covers = facepalm.

Aluminum doesn't rust. Especially coated aluminum.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:00 PM   #9
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I did not take them off to paint them. For a complete job, i probably would, but I didn't see the point:

so i am assuming you just painted the front?
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:14 PM   #10
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I've seen them on a really nice Challenger and it just ruined the car! Please don't use them! I upgraded to the SS to get the upgraded brakes and they look really nice. I have painted them on a different car before. Jack it up and remove the wheel. Get lots of newspaper and some masking tape. Cover everything and paint away. I used some high temp engine enamel. They actually turned out really well. Gotta be careful though, they get pretty hot.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:20 PM   #11
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Caliper covers are rice-tastic
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:22 PM   #12
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yeah im not going to waste my time on the caliper covers anymore! hahaha you guys changed my mind. ive been browsing the forums and i think im going to go with the G2 orange paint kit for only like $36. i like it cuz it is brush paint and not the spray paint. spray would be waaaaay to messy anyways.

thanks everyone!

when i get it done ill be sure to post pics for anyone who is interested
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:24 PM   #13
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You can actually get high temp paint made just for calipers now. Saw some at O'Reileys or Autozone.
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so i am assuming you just painted the front?
Yes, the front & the sides. Good choice! That's the same paint I used

You could also have them custom mix to match the IOM...

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Old 04-01-2010, 12:31 PM   #15
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You can actually get high temp paint made just for calipers now. Saw some at O'Reileys or Autozone.

yeah i saw some duplicolor kits too but im looking for some orange thats why im probably getting the G2 kit. i havent found anyone else who has orange...i mean red would look 'ok' since the stripes do have some red in.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:26 PM   #16
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You just paint what is there? What does a cover look like anyway.

I wasn't sure, pictures must mostly show aftermarket or SS brakes or something.

The caliper on a 1lt looks small..so wasn't sure, the RS wheels look like they'd cover it up for the most part.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:45 PM   #17
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they're a joke... the brake dust is going to go somewhere! and most likely it will just spin out of the brakes like they already do and land on your wheels!

caliper covers are about as useless as a throttle body spacer
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:52 PM   #19
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You just paint what is there? What does a cover look like anyway.

I wasn't sure, pictures must mostly show aftermarket or SS brakes or something.

The caliper on a 1lt looks small..so wasn't sure, the RS wheels look like they'd cover it up for the most part.
yeah you paint the actual caliper.

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The ones that I have seen were pretty cheap looking. Painting yours would be a better way to go.

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Old 04-02-2010, 01:53 PM   #21
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There is a guy that bought them locally. One fell off on the highway and did some damage, I kinda laughed at him for buying them in the first place.
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From an installer standpoint, we don't recommend them AT ALL. Even the Non-SS brake calipers look better to us painted than the covers do. Like everyone has said, painted calipers look like you took the time to do it right, the covers LOOK just like covers, cheap imitation and completely non-functional in every way.

I would say if you don't have the SS brakes, buy a set of 4 calipers from the dealer (cheaper than you think) and then get our supporting SS upgrade for $879 for slotted and cross drilled rotors, Goodridge SS lines, Metal Matrix pads, and AP Racing brake fluid.

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Or, give fesler a call for one of their SS take-off sets. That's what i did. Very very reasonable $$ wise.
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Old 04-10-2010, 01:24 PM   #25
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hey for you guys who painted the calipers i have a question...got my paint kit today, it says wait 2 hours after applying the paint to put the wheel back on AND then wait another 24 hours before driving the car.

what did you guys do?
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