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If you have removed your aero wheel covers, you may feel that your standard calipers looks a bit boring. Especially compared to the Model 3P. TALSEM brings that performance look to your model 3 with these BIG and bright brake caliper covers.
Note: For Model 3 Performance, it may use 19" brake caliper covers
If you are reading this, chances are that you already (or plan to) removed your aero wheel covers and realised that adding a pop of colour on your wheels would lift the overall look of your car. Especially with more and more Teslas in the street these days. Whenever we see a car with coloured calipers, we can’t help but notice it.
Our set of 4 caliper covers have been designed exclusively to fit your Tesla Model 3 and make your car stand out from the growing crowd of M3s. The set includes 2 front and 2 rear caliper covers. The powder coated paint on the aluminum body of the covers give them a nice a sturd factory feel. Built with performance in mind, our caliper covers also reduce brake dust, keeping your car cleaner and dissipate heat to maintain bake performance. Made to stay beautiful over time, their aluminum body makes them durable in tough environment and prevent them from rusting.
To go along with your calipers upgrade, check out our wheel cap kit and lug nuts covers to protect and enhance the aesthetic of your wheel.
If you have have been doing researches in order to find a way to upgrade your calipers, you might be aware now that several options lay before you. Before making your purchase with TALSEM, we want to make sure that you understand the different options that you have and you to be confident that this product is the right fit for you. When it comes to upgrading your calipers, you can either: Get a cover, paint them or powder coat them. Let's dive in!
Are caliper covers tacky? This is a very polarised debate within the Tesla owners community. In the heated discussions of the most popular Tesla forums like TOO and TMC, you will see that some people only swear by paint jobs while others are thrilled with their covers. And usually, people who hates covers didn’t even try them or even paint their calipers. People commenting on covers though, speak from experience.
It is a personal choice. To help you make your own opinion on the matter, let’s review together the options available out there.
What are the key benefits of the caliper covers?
What are the downsides that most people comment about?
These downsides are actually a bit of a misconception. Thanks to their lightweight aerospace aluminum bodies and design, our caliper covers help to dissipate the heat and therefore maintain great braking performance. If you want to learn more about this process, we have developed more on the subject in the heat dissipation section.
Another myth that we can often encounter in discussions around this topic is that adding covers on your caliper could be an issue for your warranty and braking performance. It wouldn't affect serviceability of the vehicle or affect the vehicle warranty unless it was not installed properly and created some damage. Your caliper covers won’t be an issue for the service center.
The fairy tale about covers felling off on high speed probably come from the fact that back in the days, some standard caliper covers solution were made to fit different types of vehicles. Our covers are designed for the Tesla Model 3 only, their snug fit will make them hold on tight to your calipers even at 120mph on the highway.
Another thought that some owners have shared with us before is that they somehow feel uncomfortable upgrading their calipers because it feels like they are trying to mimic the Model 3 Performance.
Are you uncomfortable and feel like you are copying the Model 3 Performance?
You might feel uncomfortable getting red caliper covers as it could convey the fact that you are pretending to own a M3P.
Reality is, red is a traditional color for calipers and there is a good reason for that. It fits nicely with a wide range of vehicles color from Black to White.
But if you are looking for something different we went out of our way to offer you 2 additional color options: Green and yellow.
What are the benefits of painted calipers?
What are the common downsides of this solution?
How to paint your calipers?
What you need to start? You will need paint, a paint brush, painter's tape (to cover the areas that you don't want to paint), and a floor jack.
Step 1: Elevate your car using your floor jack.
Step 2: Get rid of the wheels
Step 3: Clean your brakes
Step 4: Mask off the parts around the calipers that you don't want to paint using 3M tape.
Step 5: Add some chemical reactor with your paint
Step 6: Apply the first layer of paint. As you will need to apply several layers, make them light, to avoid the paint to become gummy. Repeat the process for all calipers.
Step 7: Let's it dry a few hours and apply the second layer.
Step 8: If you want to keep the Tesla branding on your calipers, you can apply a Tesla logo decal.
If you want to see the full process in action, we recommend you to watch this great video made by CH Wraps.
To summarize, the process will be as labour intensive as the painted solution but it will add a layer of complexity since you will need to remove the calipers from the wheel.
Here is our take. If you are convinced that you will never need your original calipers colour back, that you have the budget or the time and skills to perform a paint job, go for it. You will be, for sure, pleased with the results. But if you are looking for an easy do it yourself solution, be able to change your mind or caliper style easily, our caliper covers are a perfect fit for you. You won't regret it.
Some people might think caliper covers are not as authentic as a paint job. So what?
Let's go over some additional benefits of adding our caliper covers to your Model 3.
Designed for Tesla Model 3 factory brake calipers, our covers provide a “big brake” racing-ready look that will make heads turn! Caliper covers don't just hide an unattractive part but create a unique look of their own. Our solution is an inexpensive alternative to a paint job, removable and won't alter your factory brakes.
Our brake caliper covers are not just for the look, they also act as a protective dust shield by reducing the amount of brake dust that gets on your wheel. They keep your wheels clean longer in between washings. If you are the type of person who is sensitive to wheel how clean wheels appear, then you know what kind of problem brake dust can be. Our caliper covers direct the air and dust toward the backside of the wheel, keeping the front of the wheel much cleaner.
Why are heat creation and dissipation important when it comes to your bracking system and how can we improve it by adding caliper covers?
First, let’s start by redefining what are brake calipers?
Brake calipers are a specific component of your braking system that are crucial for the function of your brakes. Calipers are found on each wheel and work to squeeze the brake pads against the rotors in an effort to slow the spin of the wheel and get the vehicle to reduce its speed.
The reason to increase heat generation in a braking system is to create added stopping power.
A braking system works by converting the kinetic energy of a vehicle into heat through friction, so more heat means more friction and stopping power.
The drawback of increasing the heat generating properties of your braking system is that heat dissipation is much harder to accomplish once you have done so. Brake systems that can’t dissipate the heat accordingly can cause braking failure, damage, or unpredictability.
What can go wrong at the caliper level?
One of the most common symptoms of a bad or failing caliper is brake fluid leakage. The calipers operate using brake fluid pressure from the master cylinder and pedal to extend the piston and slow the vehicle. ... Over time, with constant exposure to intense heat generated by braking, these seals will wear out and leak.
Some brake rotors/pads are great at producing a good amount of friction, but are poor at dissipating heat and vice versa. Additionally, braking materials can handle various heat loads depending on their molecular structure.
While driving and using your brakes your caliper temperature will increase and will run cooler thanks to our covers. Testings with infrared heat detectors have shown 20 to 50 degrees difference in brake temperatures. The increased surface area in direct contact with your brake calipers provides a large heat sink for your brakes.
Our covers are made of aerospace aluminum and act as a heat sink, dissipating the heat from the caliper more efficiently. The curvature of the cover also helps direct air to cool down the caliper.
Our caliper covers are crafted with aerospace aluminum. The manufacturing process involves CNC machining, hydraulic forming in order to provide a surface shape that feels like Tesla's OEM calipers, TIG welding for strength, powder coating for longevity, and a patented 304 stainless steel fastening system for optimal fitment.
No adhesive, tape, or caliper modifications are required. Our caliper covers have been designed specifically for the the Tesla Model 3 to ensure efficiency, security and durability. The included stainless steel fastening system is also specific to the Model 3 factory brake caliper.
Our caliper covers are designed, developed, and produced under a strict set of quality control guidelines and process. Every order that ships is hand-inspected for quality and accuracy. In addition, our covers are tested on a regular basis for safety and quality at the OEM level.
The set includes 4 (2 front, 2 rear) caliper covers with fittings and bolts to attach to your existing calipers. The 2 front calipers are bigger than the rear.
Made specifically to fit over the Tesla Model 3 stock brake calipers, compatible with 18", 19" factory Tesla Model 3 OEM wheels.
Available in 3 colors:
Installation time: Average installation time is about one hour.
Tools required: Safety glasses, floor jack, wrench (included with set). Note: no special tools, adhesive, or caliper modification required for installation.
The installation can be performed by one person and should take you up to an hour by following these steps:
Step 1: Identify the appropriate caliper cover to be installed, you have two pieces for the front wheels and 2 smaller peices for the rear wheels. It should not be an issue to distinguish them. Once you are sure that you have the correct calipers covers you can position them accordingly.
IMPORTANT : The installation approach described below is applicable to both front and rear caliper covers (i.e., the fastening approach is identical).
Step 2: All caliper covers must be positioned with rubber cap on the upper end of the caliper and the tubing on the lower end of the caliper.
Step 3: Locate the gap between the break disc and the caliper bracket.
Step 4: Use the fixed buckle on the caliper covers to hook to the caliper bracket. Push the buckle toward the center until it's flush with the caliper bracket side wall.
Note: Make sure the bracket is even on both sides and align the cover center with the caliper center.
Step 5: Move on to second buckle. Locate gap between the caliper and the disc brake. Insert the adjustable buckle and push buckle towards the center until the bolt holes are flush and align.
Step 6: Thread the hexagon bolt through the buckle hole. Then, attach the provided nut to fasten buckle.
Step 7: Tighten the bolt and the nut with the provided tools. Make sure to apply enough force to secure them in place.
Step 8: Before finishing installation, verify that the brake disc protective cover behind break disc doesn't affect the installation of the buckle. If it
does affect installation you can use a flat head screw driver to pry it to the side. You can restore it back in place after buckle is installed.
Step 9: Next, test the installation.
Place tire back in place. Install 2 lug nuts by hand and see if the wheel interferes with caliper cover when rotated. There shouldn't be any metal friction noises.
After confirming that there is no problem. Install remaining lug nuts. Jack down vehicle and complete securing lug nuts with the appropriate tool.
Drive the car at a low speed and check for any interference or rubbing. There should be no scraping sound. Once you're certain there is no interference, installation is completed.
Congrats on finishing the installation!
Will the Talsem caliper covers fit with my Model 3 wheels?
Yes, our caliper covers fit all versions of Model 3. These custom-fit caliper covers have been designed for optimal fitment for both 18" and 19 Model 3 factory wheels.
Caliper Covers will guarantee brake caliper fitment when utilizing the appropriate TALSEM Caliper Cover part number specific to the Model 3.
What if I have aftermarket wheels?
Caliper Covers are designed for a close fit. but if you have aftermarket wheels and would like to determine whether you have enough space, measure from the back of the wheel to the front of the caliper. If you have 1/8" (approximately 3mm) of clearance, then you have enough space.
Another much easier way to test if your wheels are compatible: if you can slide two stacked quarters between the brake caliper and the wheel, then you have enough room to fit our product. Feel free to contact us directly if you have any doubt.
Do the caliper covers hurt or help with heat dissipation?
They help. Heat test has demonstrated that caliper covers improved heat dissipation. The Caliper Cover only covers the front of the caliper allowing all heat to escape up through the top of the caliper.
Will caliper covers reduce brake dust on my wheels?
Customers report a significant decrease in brake dust after installation of their caliper covers.
When using regenerative braking with my Model 3, will brake dust or heat dissipation still be factor?
You'll still use your brakes. But it's true that you'll use your brakes less in a Model 3 than someone driving a gas-powered internal combustion engine vehicle due to regenerative braking.
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.
Can I purchase aftermarket brake calipers instead?
Aftermarket calipers can certainly provide a different look, and, depending on the brand, they might work better than your stock calipers, but the high price point (sometimes thousands of dollars) for aftermarket brake calipers should only be considered if you mainly want an upgrade in brake function.
Why not install custom plastic brake covers?
Installing plastic covers on brake calipers is discouraged by many in the industry. The reason: a brake system converts the forward motion of the vehicle into heat by pressing the brake pads against the rotors, the plastic could melt causing your brakes to malfunction. In addition, be prepared to spend time trying to fabricate them to fit, often difficult installation, and, not worth the hassle. And, post-installation, it can be difficult getting them to stay in place.
Do caliper covers form-fit to the surface shape of my calipers like plastic brake covers?
No. Our Caliper Covers simply cover what many consider an unattractive part of the wheel.
Can the red coating on my caliper covers hold up to the heat?
Talsem Caliper Covers are powder coated for high heat, durability & toughness.
To get that "pop" of color, can't I just order red calipers with my Model 3?
At this time, Tesla OEM red calipers can be ordered ONLY with the Performance version of Model 3.
Are caliper covers removable for brake service?
Yes. Reverse installation to remove, and then reinstall after service.
Can I order one with a color of my choice?
Yes. Our caliper covers are available in red , yellow and green.
Does the red used on Performance Caliper Covers perfectly match the Tesla red body paint?
No, the red used for our caliper covers is called “Red Baron.” It is a fairly standard color used by most of the popular big brake companies. Nearly all customers with red cars are perfectly fine with this color. Since the brakes are not against the body of the vehicle, the red being slightly different is not very blatant or obvious. According to our customers, it blends in nicely and looks very sharp. However, this is subjective.
Can I install caliper covers myself?
Professional installation is highly recommended. Instructions will be provided with the product for the installer and instructions are also available in digital format under our "Instructions" tab. Note: professional installation of Performance Caliper Covers should take 45 minutes - 2 hours depending on the experience of the installer.
Where can I find a professional installer?
In every area, there are competent wheel and tire service centers/shops that have specialty in aftermarket product installation. These installers tend to be the most adept at installs like Performance Caliper Covers. However, it is imperative you ask your installer to follow the instructions provided. Note: although we've had reports of some customers having their aftermarket products installed at a Tesla Service Center, in general, this is unlikely as their policy is not to install aftermarket parts.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! We ship this product internationally.