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Alloy gators ? #606376
04/12/19 08:45 PM
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Chatting to a chap while he was looking over my car I mentioned that I might have the alloys powder coated at some point or maybe buy a black set . He asked if I had heard of alloy gators . Basically rings that fit around the rim of the alloy not only protecting from curbing but add a tad of colour bling to the wheel.

Anybody tried them ?

https://alloygator.com/uk/


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606379
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Yes quite a few driving instructors use them is that's any recommendation!


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606382
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I put them on my mothers VW Polo, because she was forever scrapping the wheels. They were easy to fit but being plastic very quickly looked secondhand as soon as they touched the kerb.


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606391
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I have a set in the garage that I keep meaning to get fitted but forget. I did intend to put them on the Coupe to protect the lovely Rays "aeromax" alloys.

You have them put around the rim as the tyre is being fitted. They come in a long length and then they are cut to length. I have black so they hide but you can get colours to make them stand out.
I was told by the fitters that they don't survive a long rub in parallel but are good for clips/scuffs. To remove them you do need to have the wheel deflated and the bead broken (that pop sound). He said that once scuffed most people do have them taken off. Given the price it is a fine line between a repair and a set of gators.


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Alistair] #606392
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If memory serves me well I thought Peter J contemplated this on his Aero Plus 8 but didn't do it for some reason, I may have dreamed it but I don't think so it was quite a while ago about his rim repair time maybe.


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606403
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The rental cars that I have used in the UK usually have them fitted, so I imagine they have done the costings..


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606407
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Ah cheers guys.

Maybe they are more hassle than they are worth and at £150 quid, that seems a tad steep for some metal clips and plastic tubing ?


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606419
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Peter J did fit them after kerbing a wheel in Wales at a TafMog event.


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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606429
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Sounds a bit odd to me having great looking wheels that you then put plastic covers on to protect and at the same time making them look nowhere near as attractive. Isn't a better solution to make sure that the tyres flare out well of the wheels or fitting tyres with a protective triangular bead as I seem to recall I had on my S1 Aero.

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Re: Alloy gators ? [Re: Bonesie] #606434
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It is similar but the gator does give more direct coverage. I do usually buy tyres with the aptly titled rim-flange to try and protect against a little scuff but the gators are better than that. If you are careful then I would say the tyre walls are good as you will be feeling through the steering wheel. If you are in a rush, have nasty curbs etc then the gators do add a better job when the contact is made.


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