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Why would you do that to your wheels?
Rim tape can look pretty neat sometimes but it's usually pretty tacky. This is more of a protection against grinding your wheels against a curb the way I'm seeing it. However, if you're enthusiast enough to buy these why the hell are you still hitting curbs?
I could see buying these for my mother...
I have to wonder though, seems they don't stick out that far, and if by wheel you mean tire, I imagine it's still going to hit. Also saw a video where it looked like they might have still wrecked the rim while trying to hit the curb.
Honestly though, I could see rental car companies getting this. They seriously need to work on protecting their investments. Saw a used cadi xts(at least 2014 if not 15 or 16) with some horribly destroyed rims recently. I've seen some nicked rims before but that one takes the cake, scraped up real good, if memory serves maybe 4-5" long gashes going outside to the center. There were also 2 with scratched up center consoles(where the AC controls and such are), it was odd as they both were scratched up in the same spots so I can't even think of a way to explain why/how.
They don't really do much though. It's just some plastic and that's doing to do nothing to stop the weight of a car against a curb. The best thing I can think of would be steelies with wheel covers, or on alloy wheels just get some rings that fit the wheel size that look like this product, but they're nylon glass fiber reinforced plastic instead. They wouldn't bend but would be scratched instead.
Guess I shouldn't have said getting this necessarily, but at least something that would work. Just looking at cars lately I've noticed a lot of low mile year or 2 old cars are from rental car companies. Otherwise there are some lease vehicles(which I think some of end up being rental cars anyways) and people just don't treat them all too well.
Makes sense. I wonder how much protection these actually offer.