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Suggestions for rim curb hit

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by modelx007, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. modelx007

    modelx007 Member

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    Only took 3 days to side swipe a parking lot curb! : ( Any suggestions for making it look better? uploadfromtaptalk1454291135259.jpg
     
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    A good body shop can make that look like new. There are Mobil wheel repair guys that can do it too. You won't even notice. I did a similar thing and it was $350 a wheel which seemed high until I prices a new rim.
     
  3. ckessel

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    Rim Blades. Easy to install and look pretty good. Just assume you're going to curb periodically and need to cover it up. Repair is expensive ($150 a rim usually). Rim Blades are cheap to replace.

    Alloy Gators are firm enough to actually prevent damage, but they don't look good and they are a major pain in the ass to install or remove.

    Wheel Bands look good, but aren't big enough to cover up damage and for me they flung off after a long period on the freeway. Yes, I did everything it said for installation (they were nice enough to send me a replacement set). They're more expensive to replace than Rim Blades, so more expensive to replace when you curb again.
     
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    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Yeah, Alloygators are a total PIA to install. But they are the most robust things that I have found. They have saved me multiple times because I am a spaz. Rim Blades and Wheel Bands are more attractive to me. But they don't look nearly as strong as the Alloygators. And I can attest to just how strong they are. My rims would be trashed without them.
     
  5. modelx007

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    I see they have rimblades and rimblades scuffs . Which to pick?

    I think silver is the best to go with to blend in the best with the rim?
     
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    Read some reviews on amazon for rumbands.. flew off in a month... didn't stick good...
     
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    Don't repair them until you have messed them all up. Get a touch up paint pen from Tesla, it hides the damage well.

    Rim blades may help but they are fugly.
     
  8. racerx43

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    +1 on the fugly
     
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    I went with black since that blended in with the tire, but then I had the grey 21" rims.

    I think when I ordered they only had one type of rim blade, now it looks like there are a few models. I have no idea which might be best. It looks like the more expensive ones are firmer maybe and could take a light scrape?
     

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