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Zchild
01-07-2006, 06:55 PM
[thumb] Hey gearheads and bimmer dreamers how do, this year... I have a question concerning caliper covers that I recently purchased at Bavarian Auto Sport. It seems that the covers need to be attached with an adhesive making them impossible to remove it I need to replace the pads and or rotors. I was at a shop contemplating the installation trying to figure out how in the world I'm going to get these off if I put them on... I would like to build a bracket that clips to the caliper cover to the caliper that could be tightened securely and removed when repair work needs to be accomplished. I'm wondering has anyone else encountered this problem, secondly has anyone any knowledge of where I might go to find someone who could build such a device as I have described. Securing the covers in the way the manufacturer indicates is sheer stupidity in my opinion because it removes my ability to do any brake work without ripping off the covers and figuring out how to re-attach them periodically. Thanks in advance for any and all input, Happy Motoring.
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bren
01-07-2006, 08:34 PM
If you MUST dress them up, why not just get some caliper paint?

mlytle
01-08-2006, 03:38 PM
If you MUST dress them up, why not just get some caliper paint?

werd.

caliper covers? ugh.

1996 328ti
01-08-2006, 04:22 PM
Why paint your calipers when you can cover them? Painting calipers is a slow and messy process. (And the results don¹t always look like the pictures on the box.) These patented, powder-coated aluminum covers go on faster and make your calipers look as nice as your wheels! Combine with our performance rotors and stainless steel brake lines to get that "big brake kit" look. Set of four. Mounting kit included. $234.95

For that kind of money I would powder coat them.

OwnedbyDuncan
01-08-2006, 05:50 PM
Wouldn't these wondereful covers also prevent the calipers from dissipating heat and lower the point at which you boil your brake fluid?
Its all Porsche's fault if they hadn't have come out with their colored calipers people wouldn't be covering or painting them. They did the same thing with their drilled rotors.

Dave Apker

mlytle
01-08-2006, 06:43 PM
and add unsprung weight...

put these in the same category with those "clean wheels" things....

SharkD
01-09-2006, 02:15 AM
Don't forget to buy some X-Dots (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/x-dots-x-drill-retrofit-kit.htm), Stainless Cross-Drilled Lines (http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1) and a PFD (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/performance-fish-device.htm) (on-track action shots (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/PFD/)) to go with your caliper covers. :D










(In other words, send the covers back to BavAuto for a refund... ...and remove your Membership # from your sig, since someone could use it to modify all your member info with BMWCCA.)

mlytle
01-09-2006, 02:48 PM
Don't forget to buy some X-Dots (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/x-dots-x-drill-retrofit-kit.htm), Stainless Cross-Drilled Lines (http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1) and a PFD (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/performance-fish-device.htm) (on-track action shots (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/PFD/)) to go with your caliper covers. :D

(In other words, send the covers back to BavAuto for a refund... ...and remove your Membership # from your sig, since someone could use it to modify all your member info with BMWCCA.)

ah crap, now i gotta clean all the coffee off my screen.....those mods are CLASSIC!!!

John in VA
01-09-2006, 06:49 PM
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1996 328ti
01-09-2006, 07:04 PM
Come on. The guy asked a legit question. ;)

Zchild
01-09-2006, 08:18 PM
Well fella's I guess I don't fit your basic BMW box... I'm into a certain clean look and style for my bimmer. Don't get me wrong I'm not into spinners, strange abominations and out right deranged mods. I just don't want the first thing seen through my beautiful triple-chrome hub-centric BMW wheels to be the rusted, faded and dull calipers. No, I have not and probably will never track this particular car, I'm going to buy a car for the track. Based solely upon the heat issues that the covers could cause I have decided to paint the calipers rather than cover them... Based on some information from a couple of other websites, they brought to my attention the possiblity of heat transfer problems, brake fluid heat up problems and wear problems with the brake system. Thanks for your jokes and half serious inputs. I appreciate the interest in my inquire. Peace out...

1996 328ti
01-09-2006, 08:24 PM
If you don't mind removing the calipers, i would strongly recommend powder coat over paint. Powder coat looks awesome!

mlytle
01-09-2006, 09:49 PM
Well fella's I guess I don't fit your basic BMW box... I'm into a certain clean look and style for my bimmer. Don't get me wrong I'm not into spinners, strange abominations and out right deranged mods. I just don't want the first thing seen through my beautiful triple-chrome hub-centric BMW wheels to be the rusted, faded and dull calipers. No, I have not and probably will never track this particular car, I'm going to buy a car for the track. Based solely upon the heat issues that the covers could cause I have decided to paint the calipers rather than cover them... Based on some information from a couple of other websites, they brought to my attention the possiblity of heat transfer problems, brake fluid heat up problems and wear problems with the brake system. Thanks for your jokes and half serious inputs. I appreciate the interest in my inquire. Peace out...

that same heat problem information was in this thread in post #5......

some would put triple chromed wheels in the deranged mod category.....:D

SharkD
01-09-2006, 10:15 PM
Zach,

Sorry if I caused any offense -- I guess I got a little carried away with the 'performance-look gizmos that can potentially cause damage' theme.

The point that I should have made more clear is that you could get the same 'look' for a lot less money & get a lot more functionality out of it by painting/powder coating your calipers.

While you're at it, not knowing what model/series you're driving, upgrading to a bigger bolt-on caliper set might be worthwhile, too.

Lastly, please please please remove your membership number from your sig.

Dirichlet
01-10-2006, 04:56 PM
Don't forget to buy some X-Dots (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/x-dots-x-drill-retrofit-kit.htm), Stainless Cross-Drilled Lines (http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1) and a PFD (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/performance-fish-device.htm) (on-track action shots (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/PFD/)) to go with your caliper covers.

That's some of the funniest stuff I've seen in a while - thx for the laugh

SharkD
01-10-2006, 07:38 PM
Three years later, I still laugh uncontrollably at the PFD (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/performance-fish-device.htm).

Dirichlet
01-11-2006, 09:00 AM
Three years later, I still laugh uncontrollably at the PFD (http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/CATALOG/performance-fish-device.htm).

I love how they "slashed" the price from $5000 to $4999
:-D

bren
01-11-2006, 11:28 AM
Don't get me wrong I'm not into spinners, strange abominations and out right deranged mods.
http://forums.carmudgeons.com/images/smilies/confused1.gif http://forums.carmudgeons.com/images/smilies/icon9.gif
http://www.nccbmwcca.org/gallery/data/538/medium/BMW1.jpg
http://forums.carmudgeons.com/images/smilies/angel.bmp

SharkD
01-11-2006, 12:06 PM
A slammed E46 323 sedan with two "spoilers"? :icon_weir Okay...

Zach, just a bit of advice that's been given to you before (by Marshall), hold off on buying more mods for a few weeks and spend that money, instead, on an NCC HPDE (or better yet, the Highway Safety/Drivers' School in April -- it's the single-most effective school of the year, especially for pushing handling limits + you get double the skidpad time :icon_joy: ).

BTW, do either of those "spoilers" do anything other than increase parasitic drag (esp. the one above the window that's bound to create wake turbulence)?

John in VA
01-11-2006, 01:11 PM
While I haven't see BMW's offerings for 2006, it is odd that they don't "finish" the calipers as nearly every other manufacturer does, even cars much less expensive.
Powdercoating the calipers would probably require rebuilding d/t the heat required to cure the paint. Foliatec and others have a glossy paint system for calipers, but I am happy with the VHT Brake & Caliper Paint in a spraycan from Olympus Import Parts - don't forget your 'CCA discount!
SP-731 REAL RED
SP-732 BRIGHT BLUE
SP-733 REAL ORANGE
SP-734 GLOSS BLACK
SP-735 CAST ALUMINUM
SP-738 BRIGHT YELLOW
SP-739 SATIN BLACK