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Rim edge protection?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by insaneoctane, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. insaneoctane

    insaneoctane Active Member

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    I've removed the aero covers from my 18" wheels and am super paranoid about curb rash! I'm conflicted because I am always parking away from everyone, often in the end spot next to a curb... And I want to park as close to the curb as possible to avoid door dings. BUT these rims protrude beyond the rubber (WTF) and are super susceptible to rash. I personally am not looking for LOOK AT ME! fluorescent rim guards, but rather something easy to install, affordable and subtle. Anyone else solved this one?
     
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    I regret not installing these in broad daylight rather than in my dark-ish parking garage. I tried to keep a consistent space between the aero cover and the edge of the rimblade. You can tell it's not perfect and is more noticeable on the bottom where the sunlight reflects off the wheel.

    At $27 / set I'm tempted to rip them off and redo them while lining up perfectly to the seam of the aero cover.
     

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    Great reply, thanks!
    I zoomed in on the photo you posted and couldn't find the seam, so I think your installation was great.
    I don't like that it seems likely you'll have to replace them with your tires. I am concerned about the adhesive removal each time too. Lastly, are the $27 eBay versions knock offs? If so it seems likely that they would not have as good of adhesives at that price?
     
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    The eBay seller looks like a front for the company. Nothing seemed sketchy about my packaging or product. In fact the backing you peel away is 3M.

    Adhesive likely comes off with isopropyl.

    Yes, it is very possible they could get damaged with new tires, but that is a price I am willing to pay.

    My wife curbed the right front wheel her second time driving the car. Seeing as how one of us has to street park every day, these are practically a necessity.
     
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    Not to actually draw attention to the car (but it does,) I bought the red rim protection strip from Evannex and I'm very happy. They've been on for several months including a harsh Upstate, NY winter. My Model S is red and has black wheels, so it really compliments the car. I haven't had the occaision to actually use them for protection, but it helps to know they're there should I need them!
     
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    I scratched my rim twice already in 3 weeks.
    The rim always touches the curb before the tire as they stick out!!

    Can't do parallel parking anymore!
     
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    Has anyone tried RimSavers? They seem to be marketed as the newer, better version of RimBlades.
    RimSavers | RimBladesUSA
     
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    why don't they make a clear version????
     
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    Because then you would be able to see the rash you put on your rims before you got the Rim blades, :confused:
     
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    or.. you buy them BEFORE you curb your rims...
     
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    I've ordered a black and a blue from these guys, and a black from another vendor. Both are currently 'on sale', for a total price 22.26 USD for 3*8M delivered to Canada. The first bunch are via ePacket shipping, which I've found to be fairly quick delivery in the past. If they don't work out, I'll just have to pass on few coffees.
     
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    I suspect this is the reason why the black RimBlades are "sold out" on the website. They're trying to steer people toward the newer, more expensive thing while offloading their remaining stock of RimBlades on eBay.
     
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    ...purchased the one from ebay and need to get them on the rims asap!
     
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    Do you need 3 of them, each being 8 metres?

    With 22" diameter rims (the max dia rimblades mentions),
    each wheel will need 22*3.142=69.124"
    So 4 wheels, in meters=69.124*4*2.54/100
    =7.022 metres

    It'll be less for 18" or 19" wheels.
     
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    I’ve tried them all and I regret to say that there’s nothing that’s foolproof.

    Most will provide protection from minor scrapes, but not a single product will give you protection from a major scrape. Best foolproof protection is for the driver: don’t be a fool going around curbed corners or obstructions:). Swing wide.
     
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