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Hi Guys,

Firstly a Happy and Safe New Year to all.

Has anyone fitted Alloygator rim protectors to their 17" wheels? I had a perfect set of 4 until I stupidly parked to close to the kerb and damaged the LH front wheel.

I am thinking of having a set fitted when I renew my tyres.

Cheers, Greg

 

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No question, do it!

I’ve got the 18” wheels with the low profile tyres - and they are a pain!  With my previous Accord I don’t recall any serious rim damage.  Within two weeks I’d marked both n/s rims on the Lexus.  A combination of low profile tyres, potholed kerbs and snow conspired to defeat the tyre bumper strip.

Although our local Chips Away guy did an excellent job, at around £60 a wheel it was soon going to add up. So I invested in a set of Alloygators and they’ve proved to be excellent.  Occasionally I notice a scuff on the plastic, but that can be smoothed off - and of course it’s evidence that it’s doing its job and protecting the rim.

It’s a DIY project if you have a soft-faced mallet, tyre inflator and a plastic cutter - and they are best fitted with the wheel off.  Plenty of how-to videos on the web.

If you catch a kerb in a way that starts to lift the Alloygator off the rim, deflate the tyre and it should go back with some persuasion from the mallet and some washing up liquid lubrication. Sometimes you may have to release one end of the jointing strip to achieve this, but both the strips and the adhesive are available online.

They come in a range of colours, so you can fit them as a fashion statement if you wish.  I chose black to merge in with the tyres!

Wih our narrow, potholed country lanes it’s very hard to avoid the occasional kerb.  So it doesn’t take long for a set of Alloygators to pay for themselves.  And they’ll always look better than a scuffed rim.

 

 

 

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I haven’t but might get them when I get new tyres. Cost me £360 to replace a wheel on my CT after I struck a kerb cutting a corner too much. Turns out even the highly regarded wheel specialist firm can’t replicate the finish of the F Sport wheel paint finish and I could live with it being chipped like that on a year old car 😫

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