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Source for red brake calipers on a Roadster?

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by John W. Ratcliff, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. John W. Ratcliff

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    I searched the various brake threads on this forum, but I couldn't find an answer to this question.

    The Roadster is pretty sexy looking to begin with but the one thing I think would really make my car pop is some red brake calipers to accent my Fusion Red Roadster Sport.

    Can anyone recommend a good source for that part?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. MLAUTO

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    The front calipers are different from the Lotus, so you are stuck with either powder coating or painting yours.
     
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    What's the difference between the front calipers on the Lotus Elise/Exige made by AP Racing vs the Tesla Roadster AP Racing ones?
     
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    The Tesla calipers have a 6mm longer standoff where it bolts to the spindle to accommodate the 12mm larger rotors.
     
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    Good to know, was curious if they increased the length at the spindle area or at the caliper itself. Thanks so much for the details.
     
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  7. John W. Ratcliff

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    Thanks, I appreciate the link!
     
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    Just one thing to consider if you do paint them red, how much of a pain it will be to clean them of all the brake dust and grime through all the wheel spokes. I like mine the stock color of black since brake dust and dirt blends in well.

    Lastly, the under-par brake setup that came with the Roadster is nothing to be flashing around and accent, I can see if you threw in some big brakes, but the the stock calipers barely get by doing their job....
     
  9. frequencydip

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    Do not use the DIY kit to paint your calipers. It will not last and look good over time. Take the car to a high end body and paint shop to have the calipers professionally painted. They will use a high quality paint that will prevent discoloration and sticking of break dust. If your in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend Nine11design.com
     
  10. John W. Ratcliff

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    Thanks for the advice. Yes, I plan to have it professionally done. Will post pics when it's finished.
     
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    Hello

    I'd love to see the pictures of the car with red brakes. :) Did you have the paint already done by now ??

    Kind regards
     
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    If you're going to get your calipers painted, have them powder coated for true durability.
     
  13. MLAUTO

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    But then you have to disassemble and rebuild them. Paint is so much cheaper.
     
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    Just a note, and it's *only* a MINI Cooper but I used proper brake caliper paint and matched the rear caliper bodies to the standard red ones up front and the paint held up fine. Granted rear brakes are basically along for the ride in the MINI but it was high temp paint.. biggest annoyance there was cleaning off all the grime etc before painting...
     

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