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Old 12-18-2011, 12:12 PM
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MGP Caliper Covers:

Anybody have any experience or opinions on MGP Caliper Covers:

http://www.calipercovers.net/

I was thinking about putting these on my F10 only to hide the hideous calipers and help contain the brake dust.

Unlike other cheap glue-on caliper covers, these seem to be high quality:
  • MGP Caliper Covers are laser cut from 6061-T6 aerospace aluminum.
  • Bridge union is TIG welded for strength.
  • Graphics applied using proprietary CNC high speed engraving techniques.
  • Hydraulically formed to fit OEM brake caliper configuration.
  • Patented stainless steel fastening system is secured with locking nut.
  • High quality powder coated finish for all-weather toughness and durability.

Pricing and options for a full set is as follows:
  • Standard Caliper Covers Black or Red with MGP Logo Engraved in Silver, or Satin with MGP Logo Engraved in Black = $200.00
  • Engraving in Red, White, Blue, or Yellow +$20.00
  • BMW Logo Engraved in lieu of MGP Logo +$70.00
  • Custom Graphics Engraving +$140.00
  • Factory Match Paint +$100.00

My 1st thoughts:
  • Red would look like a Brembo wannabe.
  • Factory Match Paint for my Alpine White car would not look good and would be too hard to keep clean.
  • ///M Logo for the Custom Graphics Engraving might be good on a true M Car, but not an M-Sport (even with the ///M Logo already on the rims).

Thus, I was thinking of going with just Black covers with the BMW Logo in Silver or White or Satin covers with the BMW Logo in Black.

What do you think?
  • The Caliper Covers are cheap looking.
  • Good, but not worth the money.
  • Do it, and if so, which color combo?
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:38 PM
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Are you at all concerned that the cover might interfere with the release of heat generated during braking?
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:46 PM
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This is a toupe. Better off with bald calipers if you don't have the fancy ones.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:05 PM
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I'd go for it. Add a vinyl bra for the front-end and get some clear plastic, to wrap the seats like at grandma's house, to complete the look.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:37 AM
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The idea is good. I too have an Alpine white with M Sport. I opened the link, first impressions are that they are a little high and the design wasn't all that. Keep looking; I am sure there has to be something else out there that may have a better fit and look. These looked a little bland and cheap to me. I am sure someone else here can suggest another company or option.

If I were to add them, I think I might try and match the color of the "M" symbal on the rim and do a blue or red color. If available, I might go as far as letting the "M" logo appear. I don't see a problem with that; I would never change the rear logo from my 535i. For one, anyone who knows a M car would easily distinguish that it wasn't a true M. However, since the M is legitimate for my package, I don't see changing or adding the logo in other places on the car. I don't see that as cheating. As a matter of fact, I am starting to look to see if some "M" logged cornering side lights exist. I was able to get the M floor mats and they look great in the car!

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:09 AM
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Funny...

I have a AW as well...i was thinking the blue on the roundel would be a nice accent on the calipers...red to me is a bit too loud...

What do you guys think? I'm probably going to paint them myself.....

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Old 12-19-2011, 04:13 AM
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Blue calipers with the M logo would be pretty awesome in my opinion.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:09 AM
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I too have thought about it for the same reasons. Current calipers are ugly. Just want to see if anybody had tried it yet. Little expensive if they don't work out. Holidays!! Anybody want to give it a try? Waiting. I would would go with red on white car and silver on my DGII color.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:16 AM
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I think you would be much better off painting the existing calipers with caliper paint than by using these covers. These covers are bulky and look very fake. Plus they may introduce heat dissipation issues.

Painted calipers if done well look great. You can even add a BMW decal if you want.

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/susp...-calipers.html
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You guys are amasing.
First you are going to change to BIG wheels, while they look good(?).
After that you are goin to change brake pieces, to make the now open room in the too big wheels look good.
After that, I do not know, did you plan to drive the car?

Wtf, these big wheels and brake extras are not better looking, have a negative influence on the driving capabilities and cost money.

A perfectly nice good driving car being "upgraded" and so done down the drain.

Keep your BMW German, even BMWNA should not interfere with the normal German specs of the car.
You are realy going over the top now and then and therewith diminishing the fine quality of the stock BMW 5 series.


Not to mention the folies and bras and fenders you propose to add to the car, unheard of on this side of the pond.....

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Old 12-19-2011, 05:12 PM
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If it was around $50, then I said do it. $200?!! waste of money.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:41 PM
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You guys are amasing.
First you are going to change to BIG wheels, while they look good(?).
After that you are goin to change brake pieces, to make the now open room in the too big wheels look good.
After that, I do not know, did you plan to drive the car?

Wtf, these big wheels and brake extras are not better looking, have a negative influence on the driving capabilities and cost money.

A perfectly nice good driving car being "upgraded" and so done down the drain.

Keep your BMW German, even BMWNA should not interfere with the normal German specs of the car.
You are really going over the top now and then and therewith diminishing the fine quality of the stock BMW 5 series.


Not to mention the folies and bras and fenders you propose to add to the car, unheard of on this side of the pond.....
Agree. What happened to authenticity?

I don't like fake breasts, and I don't like fake enhancements on my car either.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:40 AM
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Does anyone know whether these would have any effect on heat dissipation? I'd like to reduce the brake dust, but only if there are no negative effects.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:02 AM
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Does anyone know whether these would have any effect on heat dissipation? I'd like to reduce the brake dust, but only if there are no negative effects.
I never ended up getting them, but this is according to their FAQ:

Does the caliper cover trap in brake heat?

MGP Caliper Covers actually reduce caliper heat. The Caliper Cover only covers the front of the caliper allowing all heat to escape up through the top of the caliper.

http://www.calipercovers.com/_e/page/1005/FAQ.htm

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:28 AM
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Thanks Shawn!
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Just wanted to revisit this. I think I'm going to get these as well. Any thoughts on what configuration (color, wording, unique art) of these covers would look great on a 550i MSport would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Funny...

I have a AW as well...i was thinking the blue on the roundel would be a nice accent on the calipers...red to me is a bit too loud...

What do you guys think? I'm probably going to paint them myself.....

Aceman
DON'T DO IT. I speak from experience. I painted them blue and it just didn't look right. Even the OEM rear blue ones on the M5 just don't work on a $100K car. I ended up painting them black and that fits much better.

Here is a link I posted on the subject in July of last year;

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...748&highlight=



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What about black caliper covers with grey BMW lettering on them?
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Have you considered getting Akebono ceramic pads if dust is the main concern?
If you live in warm climate area then these will work great. I used have them before on my E60 and they were clean for weeks.
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I'm actually selling my BMW MGP RED Calipers Custom Made. Bought for $340+, selling for $260. PM me. They actually are amazing and they actually better for braking a little bit, and they look pretty good. I got tons of compliments.
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I want a more exciting look to the wheels and the reduced brake dust is a plus
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