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AP Racing are aware of several unscrupulous sellers offering counterfeit AP Racing brake calipers in the United Kingdom, some of these fakes can be difficult to spot because they are very similar in appearance to the genuine item. However there are several key differences that all of you should be aware of and look for when you intend to buy AP Racing products.
Paint: This is the easiest red flag, AP Racing only produces its high performance road (not OE) calipers in Black, Red and Silver and do not sell them in any other colour.
Components: On some fake calipers various components are not to the correct AP Racing form, appearance or material specifications of a genuine product. Please remember that fake products will not meet the high stringent quality standards you associate with AP Racing products.
Have the parts been purchased through an AP Racing official distributor or dealer?
To verify this please ask the seller where they have purchased their AP Racing product(s) from. You can then check the supply route to ensure the product has come from an official AP Racing Distributor/Dealer.
You can find a complete list of AP Racing’s distributors in the link below:
Have you checked that the product has an anti-counterfeit label stuck on?
This is very important as of July 2016 all genuine AP Racing calipers feature unique serial numbers and a QR label. This allows the purchaser to scan the QR Code with their phone and receive confirmation from AP Racing that the product they are scanning is genuine. Just because a seller shows a QR label in their advertisements does not mean that their products are genuine.
Is the price in line with the market selling price?
AP Racing products are produced with quality, excellence and technology. If the price is considerably lower than of the market, get in touch with the seller and ask them the reason for this large discount.
Have you used the the correct combination of brake calipers, discs and pads?
In the past AP Racing have received complaints from customers that their purchased calipers are fake because of the they have experienced violent shaking when braking, this may not always be the case. When different branded components are used in the brake kit, one must are the non-AP Racing products manufactured to a high quality and do these components work well together.
AP Racing recommends that the end users always use AP Racing products including calipers, discs, brake pads and brake fluids in their brake systems to ensure that complete brake systems work correctly and safely.
AP Racing invests experience and time to testing into testing and ensuring every brake component we sell is quality assured. It is very unlikely that the fake products have undergone the same testing to guarantee quality and safety for the end user.
Brake systems are safety critical so you are risking serious injury or worse by using fake or low quality products. Remember Fake Products = Real Danger.