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Rim Guards in Hawaii

Discussion in 'Hawaii' started by nanimac, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

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    Does anyone in Hawaii have Rimblades or alloy gators for their cars? I've read about them on the forum. Am worried about curb rash while i'm getting used to the car since the S is a over a foot longer and wider than my Q5.
     
  2. spleen

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    the 19s are supposdly not as prone to rim rash as the 21s so *hopefully* you'll be fine ... *crossing fingers*. Having said that, my parents have already rashed one wheel to a small extent.
     
  3. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

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    have been extra careful since I got my car but got some alloy gators anyway.. Just need to get them installed now :)
     
  4. scaesare

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    Ordered a set of Alloy Gators for my 19" rims about a week after getting the car. Took a while to get here, as they ship from over-seas.

    Installed them last week myself. Took a couple of hours total: about an hour for the first one going slowly and figuring it out. About 20 mins for each of the remaining three. If you are comfortable changing/inflating a tire, and have the basic tools necessary (valve stem remover, rubber mallet, cutters, & jack) they aren't hard to install yourself.

    I went with silver to blend in to the rim. Other folks had reported that the black ones made it look like you had a larger tire, somewhat offsetting the sporty look of the low-profile tires. I'm glad I went with the silver, you hardly notice they are there once installed.

    A good price for peace of mind. Oh, and the offer for 10% off (use TELSA10 coupon code) is good through the end of July, I believe.
     
  5. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    nanimac, Scaesare's instructions for installing the Alloy Gators makes sense. Good to know they are DIY. When you decide to put them on yourself, would you let me know please. I'd like to get a camera, some adult beverages, a good chair and watch you do that. Just let me know when and where. :)
     
  6. nanimac

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    There's no way that I trust myself to install these! Will leave it to the professionals :)
     
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    #7 Papafox, Jun 29, 2013
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    Just as Scaesare says, use code TESLA10 to receive a 10% discount on Alloy Gators if you buy directly from the manufacturer.

    I believe I'll order a set myself. The only problem is there's already a minor ding on my right rear wheel. No worries, one of the panels that can be downloaded for the Tesla touchscreen is the Flux Capacitor time machine panel from DASH - TESLAMODS . If I can just accelerate to 88 miles per hour and go back in time to the day I made that ding ...
     
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    I just tried using the "TESLA10" discount code today and it didn't work. I sent an email to the manufacturer of Alloy Gators and I'll report back. I've requested either a new discount code or a reinstatement of the TESLA10 code.
     
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    Ah, my apologies... I just went back and looked at the email I got from them, and they said they were extending the discount code thru "July 1st". I had mis-remembered when I posted above.

    They were very kind in offering to extend the previously discontinued offer when I asked... but it did take them a couple of days to respond...
     
  10. Papafox

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    I just received a nice email from Alloy Gators. They were willing to revive the TESLA10 discount and extend it THROUGH THE END OF JULY now. I placed an order and received the 10% discount. Please note that the discount code is case sensitive and all letters must be in caps.
     
  11. nanimac

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    Here's a pic of the alloy gators on my car. They're not really noticeable unless you know to look for them.
     

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    Looks good! Who installed them for you?
     
  13. nanimac

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    The SC installed them for me. But from I'm reading on other rim guard/alloy gator threads, sounds like Tesla doesn't want them installing aftermarket products anymore.
     
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    Interesting. Yeah, SCs across the country have generally not been installing aftermarket non Tesla accessories for a while now. But I assume that you got these installed relatively recently at ours?
     
  15. Honolulu MS

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    WHERE TO INSTALL ALLOY GATORS? I have ordered and received a set of Alloy Gators from the U.K. (came in three weeks). My P85+ won't be here for 45 days, but I want to be totally prepared when it arrives. Any suggestions as to where I can the AG's installed locally? I figure I will have about a two week crossover between my existing lease and the new Tesla -- so I would like to get all of my prep work done during that time when I have two sets of wheels and before l do any damage. Essentially, I am trying to protect the car from myself as much as possible. Mahalo for any insight or advice.
     
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    Honolulu MS- You are wise to get the Alloy Gators installed ASAP. The first few weeks of driving is the time you're the most likely to damage your wheels.
     
  17. nanimac

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    This is how bad I curbed my gators...I couldn't get my iphone to focus on the AG but you can tell how scuffed they are. A friend of mine replaced this one with the extra AG that comes with the set. AGs are definitely worth it! Honolulu MS...an auto repair shop should be able to install for you.
     

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    #18 RodF, Dec 27, 2013
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    Aaaaargh. Just curbed my right rear wheel. Has anyone found a place locally that is familiar with alloys and would replace one alloy gator? What was the going rate? Also, when you have the wheels rotated/balanced at the SC, is it necessary to remove the Alloys?
     
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    I like the Alloys but installation may get expensive, also not sure if they will have to remove them prior to alignment. The wheel bands at teslaaccessories.com seems to be a little easier to DIY install. Has anyone checked it out?
     
  20. Honolulu MS

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    I have a complete unused set of Alloy Gators if anyone is interested. Happy to work out some kind of deal.
     

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