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      03-09-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Are these caliper covers ricey?

While researching how/whether to paint my calipers black (thanks for the write-up in the DIY section, BTW), I came across these powder coated aluminium covers. They are made by this company and appear to be of good quality (need to be at $100 per pair), but do you think they will look ricey on an e90?



Or should I just paint them?

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They may cause your brakes to overheat
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Hadn't thought of that, good point.
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Paint them if you must, but I'd rather save the time and money for a BBK.
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... and appear to be of good quality (need to be at $100 per pair), but do you think they will look ricey on an e90?
WTF do you mean by ricey?
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I would just get some good caliper paint and do it yourself, although the car is going to be off the ground for a 24 hour period (you will probably want to put 2 or 3 coatings on it for longer durability). Don't forget to cover your fender just in case the paint blows on it.
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i painted my calipers... porsche red.
look nice and very easy.
besides, i don't like the look of caliper covers.
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what a nice way to trap all the heat. even though it might not be a serious factor.

I didn't know calipers needed heatshield. I thought only intakes did.
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Well, if you're really worried that much about heat the paint will insulate them too, not as much as the cover though. If you do decide to paint them make sure you get paint that will handle higher temperatures. Another bit of advice, take off the calipers, mask, clean, prime and paint them. Don't just take a rattle can and some masking tape and start spraying.
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They may cause your brakes to overheat
My thought precisely!
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to be honest, they do look good for show purpose.

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those caliper covers are ugly. paint your calipers if you want them to have color.
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WTF do you mean by ricey?
The term "ricey" refers to modifications commonly made to Japanese cars that look ridiculous and do not provide appreciable gains in performance. Examples include stickers, huge wings (spoilers), fart can type exhausts, fluorescent paint, some body kits (not all), etc.
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so are mods to BMW's called wienerschnitzely.....?
or perhaps Hasselhoffy....?
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so are mods to BMW's called wienerschnitzely.....?
or perhaps Hasselhoffy....?
I like the Hasselhoffy.
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Cheap crappy provide-no-performance-gain-do-nothing mods to german cars should be called kraut. But I like Hasselhoffy too ... I'm stuck on a feeling ... greatest video evah.
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so are mods to BMW's called wienerschnitzely.....?
or perhaps Hasselhoffy....?
It doesn't matter what kind of car you are putting them on. It could be an American car, German car, Italian car, or Japanese car. It is all called "ricey". The origin is just from Japanese cars.
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What type of paint is used to paint them?
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