Brake Caliper Covers InstallationLast Updated August 8, 2023 | Meghan Drummond
As wheels and tires have gotten larger, brake calipers have become more visible and styling them has become an important component for many Mustang enthusiasts who are going for an overall look or color palette.
The brake caliper has an important job. It squeezes the brake pads against the rotor, which allows your Mustang to slow down or stop. The more speed you’re capable of, the more essential the ability to stop with relatively little effort over a short stretch becomes.
There are major differences in different types of brake calipers, and performance calipers, like Wilwoods or Brembos, come with a substantial number of benefits. They also offer an appearance upgrade. Brembo has become famous for the bright red flash of caliper that distinguishes some of the more performance-oriented Mustang packages.
Though performance brakes are incredible and offer substantial benefits, the base Mustang actually has very good calipers from the start. As a result, a lot of enthusiasts don’t need to upgrade to performance calipers but do want a change from the matte grey finish of the stock calipers.
Even if you have a set of performance brakes, you may dislike the fact that though you have beautiful red calipers on your front wheels, your back pair lack the same flashiness.
Though painting is a popular option, it can have devastating effects. The brake caliper is an essential part of the braking components of your Mustang, and if the paint doesn’t apply correctly, gets into the wrong areas of the brake, or isn’t heat resistant, you could be out a lot more than the cost of the new calipers.
For those who don’t want to risk painting their brake calipers but who do want something a little more stylish than the stock components, there are caliper covers. Caliper covers are an easy install that give a little color and style to your Mustang.
Some caliper covers claim to have performance benefits, like decreasing the amount of brake dust on your wheels, but these are hard to establish. What they definitely offer is an appearance upgrade.
If you’re fortunate enough to have Brembo, Anniversary Edition, or other nice calipers on your front brakes then you can look specifically at rear caliper covers.
For everyone else, there are caliper sets that will help you get a unified look from your front to your rear wheels. These caliper covers are available in a wide array of colors, but you’ll want to make sure that they’re appropriately powder coated and ready for use. Ultimately, selecting a caliper cover is about what appeals to you and what you think will look best on your build. You can purchase caliper covers as a set, or as front and rear pairs.
- 3/8" Socket Wrench
- Each caliper cover comes with two brackets. Line up the top provided bracket, turn the rotor, and push it into place on the caliper
- Line up the bottom provided bracket and repeat the process.
- Line up the brake caliper cover and slide it into place over the caliper.
- Tighten bolts with a 3/8” socket wrench.
- Repeat steps for all four wheels. The rear wheel caliper covers will look different, but the installation process is exactly the same.
Watch this CJ Pony Parts YouTube video to see how easy this install is.