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I have Alloygators on my car. So far, two wheels saved. Gators are a bit worse for wear though. Ordered them from the UK and fitted them myself.
Hey Dborn, you are a great photographer. Can you snap us a pic or two of your alloygators because I think I will buy either that or the Wheel Bands both for my i3 and Tesla and need to make a decision. Previously I han no idea you could protect these things.
Had a look at the wheel bands and they certainly look a lot easier to install than Gators. Also, the final appearance is probably better. However, as to protection, i want to see the result in the real world. The gators come with one extra (for a spare wheel), and can be purchased singly if you need to swap them due to damage. They are a real fiddle, but once you get the hang of it, not terrible. You do need a rubber headed mallet (reasonably cheap at Bunnings), and a bottle of soapy water to ease the install process. I have a 4 wheel drive tyre compressor (which comes mounted in a tool box from ARB) and a filling station grade gauge so i check my own tyres and those of my wife at home. The downside is that it needs a decent power supply - not your cigarette lighter. So i got one from Jaycar. Makes me filling station independant.
The gators do have small metal insert "teeth" which lock them onto the rim and probably scratch it, but since you are always going to see the gators and not the rims, this is of no consequence. The complaint of problems with the bead of the tyre is a furphy. My pressures are rock stable, and so are those of my kids Mazda 2 to which i also fitted the gators. There is no leakage or pressure change other than what you might see with any wheel over time.
I will post photos in due course if you wish, but you seem to have made a decision already, so a bit like closing the gate after the horse has bolted!!
I have Gators, and they saved my right rear wheel one day when I brain farted in a parking garage and forgot I was up against a curb on my right, and I need to make a right turn heading out of my parking space. Roughed up the Gator, but saved the rim.
The only issue for me is that I've had some tire issues: a puncture repair attempt, a pair of tires replaced when the repair failed, a bad valve stem seal, etc...
If you have any repair that requires talking the tire off the rim, you have to purchase/install a new Alloy Gator... they aren't really reusable...
I know have a another pair of tires to replace, and I'm debating ordering again. I probably have spent enough on them that I could have just had the rim repaired...
I've had multiple tires replaced without having to replace the 'gators (with one exception, a badly damaged one). If they just take the tires on and off from the inside of the wheel, the gators just sit there.
I wonder what people think of these?
Wheel Bands Review: Tesla Model S Curb Rash Protection - TESLARATI.com