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#1 Andy007

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Hi there,

 

Got new 17" black alloys but I'm beside myself worrying I'll kurb them so I've decided I need to invest in some sort of protection.

 

Was looking around and came across rimblades - http://www.halfords....tegoryId_246902

 

Has anyone ever used these (or similar products)?  Do they look tacky?  Are they easily removable?

 

Ultimately my goal is to get a similar look to this -    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l503/southerngirl10/20110511_20.jpg  (Going to paint the brake calipers red).

 

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:12 AM

Bought a similar product from Rimblades named "Scuffs"

 

Easy enough to install and it looks nice. Havent tested it tho. lol

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:58 AM

You Definately need to get some alloy gators on. I spent around 60 quid on a set for my suzuki swift sport. Best thing I ever did. All though you will get some stick over them. But for the protection they give well worth it. Red ones on black wheels look ace to.

Hopefully picking up my red mk 7 st in a day or 2 and il be putting a black set on those wheels just for a subtle look x

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:58 AM

I like the idea of protecting that alloy rim (my last alloys did not look good, although my current trims I've never scuffed once - go figure) but I'm not sold on the idea of protecting them by sticking high bond tape to them. Anyone used them, and what are they actually like to remove cleanly?

I prefer the idea of Rimbands but a quick Google makes me think it would be easier to source a kilo of purple rocking horse poo than find a local supplier/fitter. But my GoogleFoo is not the best admittedly.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

The alloy gators ones aren't stuck on with adhesive. There fitted to the wheel and are a hard plastic. If be amazed how well they protect the wheel. Look on YouTube and search alloy gators. It shows how there fitted and everything

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:26 AM

http://www.rimblades...rim-protectors/

 

My brother has these on his Cadillac wheels. Make sure that you clean the rim and the inside of the moulding before you apply them.

Dont have to break the seals to fit them ulnlike alloy gators.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:56 PM

Like the look of the alloy gators.  I don't fancy glueing anything to my wheels unless I can get them of without damaging the wheel/tyre

 

What to people llike better.... Alloy gator or rimblades?



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:20 PM

Like the look of the alloy gators.  I don't fancy glueing anything to my wheels unless I can get them of without damaging the wheel/tyre

 

What to people llike better.... Alloy gator or rimblades?

The Rimblades site seems to imply you just heat the residue and peel it off then clean it, but like you I'm wary of sticking things to the alloy. Don't know about the Gators but there's some gluing involved there too it seems. The Rimblades have a nicer finish at the join than the alloy gators I think - if they're cut right, but the gators look like they stick out a bit more and might give more protection. I still like the look of the Rimbands - like the gators but should be fitted by a tyre fitter - but can't seem to find anyone doing them.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:18 AM

Hi All,

 

I came very close yesterday to scuffing one of my alloys on my ST2 and my stomach dropped so i was thinking of getting Rim Blades to stop me scuffing them in the future and was after some opinions on what you guys think and if you recommend them was thinking of going for some red ones to match the red brake callipers,

 

be great to see your opinions  :)

 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

There was this thread on the topic last week. Doesn't seem there's as many opinions on them as I would have thought http://www.fordowner...5750-rimblades/


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:48 AM

These are pretty awfull IMO...You're better off saving for alloy wheel refurbishment. I hear that loads of people lose them when they go on the motorway because the adhesive is rubbish

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:13 AM

had a look around online for reviews and customer feedback and i might leave them quite a few people are saying there good but the majority say they just fall off its not really worth seeing as they cost around £40 which is a shame really because its a good idea they just need to figure out a way of getting them to stay on 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:02 PM

What about alloy gators?

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

What about alloy gators?

Whats the difference between the Rim Blades and Alloy Gators ? 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:17 PM

I believe alloy gatores use metal clips between the tyre and alloy so no adhesive required.

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