I had been searching for a set (or pair.. or single.. or piece..) of SSR aero covers for quite some time.
So few come up for sale that it is hard to even gauge an idea of price; but after wanting some for so long, that was pretty much irrelevant. Next ones I'd see, I'd go for.
A couple weeks back two separate pairs of the covers went through Yahoo - a high offset white (with red text) pair, and these.. a low offset silver (with black text) 'pair'.
So here they are - the 15", low-offset, Silver-with-black-text covers - in all their faded, chipped, and discoloured glory:
Well on the table in the above picture is a wheel.. and on the front of the wheel what is essentially an unnecessarily elaborate hubcap. Its the flat, saucer-looking piece with 'SPEED STAR RACING' written on it in that fantastically 80's font.
This is a bit of a nod towards the aero covers.. or brake fans.. on the wheels of racing cars from that era, and were there to simply draw air past the brakes. These covers just may well work the same way too.. but falls well into the realm of adjustable spoilers and canards on a street car.. (I'm the last to complain there though...!)
As mentioned already; the ones I have here are a low offset version, and made to suit a 15" wheel. There are at least two other depth versions available; to likely suit the very common 6.5" ~+20 size, and the 6" ~+40 'FF' style - like in the picture above.
Along with the multiple sizes; they came in four different colours:
- White with red letters.
- White with black letters.
- Silver with red letters.
...and purple with green letters.
No. Maybe not..
Unimaginatively, the fourth colourway is Silver with Black letters - like the ones I have here. Or moreseo like the ones here originally were - which has now discoloured to a hilarious shade of gold...
After setting up the tired old aero cover on a deliberately matching 8" Fin (I've mentioned before how cool tired wheelscan look..).. well the filthy 'gold' the silver paint had become basically made my eyes bleed.
SO down the saturation went, for some almost-black-and-white-but-not-quite subtlety!
Moving onto a little more detail...
Broken fin on the aero cover is a nice touch..
Yep - by creating parts for racing, we have the ability to develop similar parts for road cars.
I've posted about before, this inner ring is simply pressed into the fins on the main cover.
The cover is about an inch too shallow for this wheel (So actually doing nothing as opposed to just likely doing nothing) .. but still, deeeeep..
The above picture shows the locating pins on the cover to easily set the position of the collar. The screw holes for the SSR collars are on the one PCD (two variations depending on the cap), but are spaced in a way that means the collar can only mount in one way. These small plastic pins on the cover align with the notches on the base flange of the collar.
And that'd be... just.. about.. it.
SSR EX-C Aero cover.
Had wanted for a very long time.
All good things.