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caliper color

Now that I have my 84 930 running well and my AC issues are resolved,
I'm looking at some cosmetic things. I have 16" BBS wheels that are polished
outside and black centers. I'm thinking about painting my calipers, (currently
a stock black color)
good idea? yes or no? if good idea, color ideas or suggestions....
The car is a metalic gunmetal grey with a black interior.
heres a link to some pictures..
Flickr: mkrebs944@sbcglobal.net's Photostream
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I hate to admit that I painted mine red. It's a black car with black wheel centers so it's a good contrast, but now that I've thought about for a while, I feel like somewhat of a poser.

If I get a wild hair and install front big reds and move my stock painted red front calipers to the rear I think it would look appropriate.
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The previous owner of my car had mine painted red, it matches my interior. IMO there is nothing poser about the brakes these cars came with no matter what color you paint them.

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Go Yellow

I would also Powder-coat and have them rebuilt in the process. Great preventative maintenance.

Here are mine after they were rebuilt and powder-coated.

Best of luck,
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Quote:
Originally Posted by schmidlapp View Post
I'm thinking about painting my calipers, (currently
a stock black color)
good idea? yes or no?
Not a good idea...keep it real. Its one thing to retro-fit the real deal 'Big Reds' to an earlier 911 b/c you've built a hot rod 911 with big hp and NEED the extra brake. Thats cool. Its another thing to paint original small brakes to simulate (errrr pose as) larger brakes. Painted calipers and sewer pipe exhaust tips go hand in hand with rice rides. What's cool for ricers doesnt get it with 911's
You asked...I answered with my opinion... Its your car... and its right when you say it is.
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Why painting them?

To look like something else... then, get "that" something else instead.

If you just like the color, then, just do it beause you lke it. MHO.
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Not a fan of colored calipers.

Black is fast enough.

JMO, black is proper. I do not know if I could buy a 930 that did not have stock calipers unless the price was a steal. It would make me suspicious of other shenanigans.

The 930 should soon go the way of the long hood E & S cars and such diss-improvements will have a cost.

I suspect one can usually sell there 930 calipers for enough to usually buy a set of used Big Reds for a real and valued upgrade.

Still, do it if you just absolutely love it. Not just to make a change.
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Also, if you put 993TT calipers over 930 rotors and track it the rotors will overheat.
Everyone that's done it says you also have to put on different mounting hats and bigger diameter 993TT rotors that have more surface area and won't over heat.
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The actual 930 calipers were not painted they were anodized
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Don't paint them, I have big reds but ordered them black as low key is the new "red".
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What

Reaper,

Coming from you that they can't be red is like asking your great grandpa to borrow his Ipad.. Your car is entirely black and mostly flat black... don't you think your opinion could be a little bias?

Just giving you a hard time of course... and for the record if you said paint them yellow or powdercoat them I would have gave you a harder time for the same reason... he he he.. You can't win in this thread.

Your car is looking great by the way as usual.

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Well, I decided to re-finish them with a stock black color hi-temp paint.
They look really good now, I'll post pictures.
One more Idea I have is my 16" BBS Wheels are silver rims with black centers.
The black centers are in ok shape, but need "freshening" now that the calipers are re-done. I'm thinking of spraying them the same as the body color which is a metalic gunmetal grey. This was a 999 custom factory paint color order.
I'm wondering how they will look and how they will hold up if i spray a base/ clearcoat?
I really don't want to get "ricy".
By the way, the caliper pics that some of you posted look great. High quality work!

Its amazing how one little project can turn into another and another....
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