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MGP Caliper Covers (through Evannex or not)

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ev-now, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. ev-now

    ev-now Member

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    Again looking for long-term experience from anyone who sprung for them - I see a lot of people who said they bought them, but not much in mid- or long-term experience with them.
     
  2. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

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    Pass on the covers ... get your calipers painted or powder coated. :cool:
     
  3. ev-now

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    Just weighing the options. The covers are tempting as they are way less hassle - this is a daily driver, which will be hard to drive without brakes (at least when it's cold and cannot regen). Paint in situ is not appealing either ... I agree this would probably be a better solution.
     
  4. cookpwr

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    Bottom Line: Don't Buy the MPG Caliper Covers

    Why?:
    1) Primarily because you can PAINT all four with Tesla lettering for between $300-$450 (depending on location). At $249 for just the materials
    2) The claims of brake dust reduction are false. The claims of heat reduction are false. These covers are only for Looks
    3) From a "Looks" standpoint, these look much clunkier than painted. The required "Evannex" lettering is way cheaper looking than the official Tesla lettering that all painters have.
    4) You will spend either a min of 2 hrs of your own time or 2 hrs of your mechanics time to install these. I'll argue this is a minimum of $100 of your precious time or a minimum of $200 of the mechanics bill. At $450 Total (highest price in CA) painted...these Covers simply make no sense

    Only Downside to Painting from a Professional like California Wheels in Campbell, CA (or San Jose, CA) is they hold your car for 2 days to "do it right".

    As for Evannex FAQ's from their website that says this?
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    "What about painting my calipers?

    You can try painting your calipers, but be prepared for a lot of work. First, you'll need to get the whole car up on jack stands. Then you'll have to decide whether to paint them in place or disassemble them. Either way, everything will have to be completely clean or the paint won't stick. If you're painting the calipers in place, you'll need to use a brush, but there will be areas that will be hard to get to. Caliper Covers provide a more convenient and cleaner approach."
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    As already mentioned "a lot of work" in my opinion is 2+ hrs of your own time or a mechanics time. You'll need to get the car on Jack Stands regardless to install the COVERS or to PAINT otherwise...Jacking up/down individual wheels = significantly added time. The professional painters like California Wheels is WAY MORE CONVENIENT and CLEANER!

    Call Tommy at California Wheels in Campbell, CA (IF you are in the Bay Area). the price is $450 for all four wheels 1-408-341-1646. I've seen in places like Colorado or other states it's closer to $300 but that's the "CA Tax"! and quite frankly when compared to $250 + $100/$200 of labor...these COVERS MAKE NO SENSE. DO IT RIGHT. PAINT THEM. LOOKS WAY BETTER
     
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  5. masamitsu

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    i need to find a good place in the Denver area to do mine.
     
  6. timvracer

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    Just say NO to caliper covers
     
  7. Xhoser

    Xhoser New Member

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    Thanks Cookpwr for posting this. I have my appointment set up with California Wheels this Friday in Campbell to get mine painted.
     

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