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I fitted some Alloygator wheel rim protectors which at £44 a set seem very good value. To fit them you have to jack up the wheel, let the air out of the tyre, bash the Alloygator in with a rubber mallet, cut to size and then re inflate the tyre. I found a bit of lubrication made life much easier (ooh er missus). They fit very well with the P-zeros as you can see in the picture. As well as protecting the rim they will hide any existing damage.
AlloyGator® Smart Wheel Protection

I did not bother with the joining piece, if you cut accurately you do not need it.

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Hi Elfred, I have been thinking about these for my GT and will order some based on your recommendation.
Thanks
Get yourself some silicon lube first! I just could not get it to sit on the rim correctly dry (stop sniggering at the back).

Do they work with run flats?
From the AG website:-
Q. Can they be used on run-flat tyres
Yes they can be used on run-flat tyres, view our gallery to see cars already fitted with AlloyGators on run-flats.
 

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Do they the affect the balance of the wheels?
Not noticed any problem, but as they do not weigh much and go all the way round I don't expect any issues.

How big is the "flange" you have to knock between tyre and rim? Does it go in ok?
It's about 1/2 inch and I could not get it all the way in without some lubrication as mentioned before.

I wondered about that so I'm keeping a watchful eye on them.
 

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Lots of tyres have it built in. Don´t really know how it works but my winter Dunlops have it; not a scratch to the rim after 2 winters. I imagine that the tyre bulges over the rim out when touching something?
 

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Looks interesting, but the problem is that on the the TI alloys the spokes protrude out further than the rim, as can be seen in your picture, and so it's still possible to kerb the spokes themselves, as I recently found out !:cry:
 

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Looks interesting, but the problem is that on the the TI alloys the spokes protrude out further than the rim, as can be seen in your picture, and so it's still possible to kerb the spokes themselves, as I recently found out !
Not true, the alloygator protrudes about 1mm more than the most protruding part of the spoke.

You can get them fitted by e-tyres http://www.etyres.co.uk/alloygator if you don't fancy a bit of DIY.
 

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Not true, the alloygator protrudes about 1mm more than the most protruding part of the spoke.

You can get them fitted by e-tyres Alloygator if you don't fancy a bit of DIY.
I meant that it's possible to kerb the spoke at the same time as the rim, as it has happened to me in the past. I can't believe that the alloygator protrudes enough to stop you kerbing the spoke should it scrape against a kerb.

Don't get me wrong - this is a great contraption. And if I hadn't already kerbed 2 of my alloys already, I would definitely invest in this. But instead I think I'll just wait to get them refurbed at the point of lease return..........(and pray I don't kerb the other two in meantime).

Incidentally, does anyone know how much FGA contracts charge for a kerbed alloy on a lease return.........just wondering whether it will be easier to pay them rather than a specialist refurbisher.
 

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Sorry for the poor picture (and dirty wheel) but the piece of wood with the edge picked out in red is pressed up against the Alloygator and shows the clearance. The edge of the wood is at right angles to the ground. I agree without the Alloygator you can hit the spokes on a high kerb, ouch :cry:
 

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I meant that it's possible to kerb the spoke at the same time as the rim, as it has happened to me in the past. I can't believe that the alloygator protrudes enough to stop you kerbing the spoke should it scrape against a kerb.

Don't get me wrong - this is a great contraption. And if I hadn't already kerbed 2 of my alloys already, I would definitely invest in this. But instead I think I'll just wait to get them refurbed at the point of lease return..........(and pray I don't kerb the other two in meantime).

Incidentally, does anyone know how much FGA contracts charge for a kerbed alloy on a lease return.........just wondering whether it will be easier to pay them rather than a specialist refurbisher.
Have read on another thread that they have actually tried to charge for a new wheel and peeps have had to fight against it - i just got mine refinished @ £60 a corner at my local Alfa Dealer.
 
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