What’s a wheel accessory and why do I care?

Rvinyl Wheel Bands and Accessories


What is a Custom Wheel Accessory?

Let me jump right in and answer the easy part of the question that’s the subject of this week’s post and define what a custom wheel accessory or (as we call it on the site) accent is. In short, wheel accents are simply accessories that you add to your wheels, brakes or rims to upgrade or modify (since “upgrade really is such a subjective term) the look and feel of your vehicle’s wheels. And, although most of these modifications are primarily cosmetic in nature (in other words, they’re for looks only), some custom wheel accessories actually have a real function such as lug nuts which keep your tires on or wheel bands which protect your rims and tire walls from curb rash.

Caliper Covers Why Do I Care?

The second half of the question isn’t nearly as quick and simple for me to answer although the easy answer for most people is that they simply don’t care what a custom wheel accent is. Still, if you’re reading this I can pretty much count on the fact that you are a person who takes distinct pride in the way their vehicle performs and looks which is precisely why you SHOULD care about wheel trim. Whether you simply want to change the look of your ride or you actually want to protect the brakes or rims from damage wheel accessories offer you a sick variety of customizable options to do so. So, have I convinced you? If not, thanks for stopping by but if have made a case then take a look at what these products can do for you.


Ford Mustang Wheel Bands

Wheel Bands from Down Under?

For whatever reason I rarely think of New Zealand when I think about automotive accessories and innovations but it certainly seems that the Kiwis (what New Zealanders call themselves) have been hard at work making custom products for their cars and trucks. Wheel Bands by Rim Protec are just one of these innovations from down under and are both aesthetic and functional.

Wheel Bands are cool not solely because we sell them but because they are a novel way to customize your ride. Wheel Bands are a two part system which contains a track in either black or silver which applies to your vehicle’s rims using ultra-strong automotive trim tape (the 3M stuff with the red backing). The reason they offer black or silver is to allow you to go for a completely stealth look or to use the contrast to make the bands pop even more. But, wait, we haven’t even gotten to the coolest part: the second part of the system is the insert which you slide into the track and is available in over a dozen great colors.

Unlike other similar products on the market which simply stick to the rim you can remove and replace the bands wither to change up the look or (if you let someone drive your car and they scuffed up the bands) if you need to change them out due to damage. If you’re interested in learning more about Wheel Bands check them out on our site here.

Caliper Covers and Caliper Paint

Put the Brakes On: Caliper Covers

There is simply no question that your brakes are one of the most important systems in your vehicle so it goes without saying that you want them to be functioning well. And, yet, in the last five years or so we have seen a virtual explosion of cosmetic modifications for brake calipers, most of which take the lead from Brembo and other big brake bad boys. Like it or not, however, big brake kits can be a hassle to have installed and come with a price tag most of us simply can’t afford or don’t want to pay. As a result, a number of other options have flooded the market and we will quickly run through three of these here.

Brembo Knock-Offs

It’s no surprise that there are literally hundreds of companies who want to give you the look and feel of the heavy hitters in the industry but at a price most people can afford. Just look at how Android stole the iPhone’s glory and ran with it. ABS Caliper Covers do exactly what Google did to Apple by offering you the ability to get the big brake look at a fraction of the price. Still, don’t look for ABS Caliper Covers to do anything more than just look pretty because they won’t–if you’re actually looking for a product that blends form and function then you may want to take a look at MGP Caliper Covers.

Camaro with Yellow Caliper CoversCustom MGP Caliper Covers

MGP caliper covers represent a revolution in how enthusiasts stylize and customize their wheels and brake systems. Unlike ABS Caliper Covers these products actually shield the brakes from heat and dust as well as protecting them from oxidation due to the elements. These benefits make MGP’s covers truly functional but the fun doesn’t stop there.

Aside from actually protecting your brakes MGP makes these covers in a vaiety of colors and finishes to complement any theme you may have. In addition, they offer licensed logos and even custom engraving for a truly customized look. Check out the wide variety of offerings in our caliper cover section and let us know if you have any special requests.

So Much to Say, So Little Time

I realized just as I was finishing up the section on MGP that most of you probably didn’t siign up to read a novel so I want to wrap it up here and leave the possiblity of doing a follow up later. If I do I promise to go into a little more detail about other inexppensive and completely awesomes wheel mods such as rim wraps, caliper paints and custom lug nuts but that will hhave to wait. Until then, hit me up at michael@rvinyl.com (I promise to give anyone who reads this and sends me an email with “Wheel Accents” in the subject line a %15 off coupon on our site) if you need anything. Take care and have a good week!


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