A Wheel Bands Kit can be used on wheel sizes from 13" to 22".
Installation time varies based on wheel design, wheel size and experience level of the person doing the work. A first time do-it-yourself installation takes 40 minutes to an hour for a set of four wheels. A person who has installed Wheel Bands on several cars can do an installation on a set of four wheels in 20 minutes or less.
• Wheel Bands should be installed at temperatures above 50°F (10°C). • Prior to installation they should not be stored above 120°F (50°C).• Before buying or installing Wheel Bands, please check the mounting requirements for Wheel Bands carefully.
GETTING A SHORT SAMPLE OR SPARE FOR A FULL WHEEL
If you are not sure Wheel Bands will work for your wheel design, order a Sample. The sample contains a short piece of Wheel Bands material to check for fit and color before purchasing a kit.
A Sample/Spare to install on one wheel can be ordered for $39. The Sample/Spare purchase is shipped with a promo code for a $20 discount that can be applied to a future purchase in our online store of a Full Wheel Bands Kit.
If you have any questions or comments about installing Wheel Bands, please contact us directly.
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The unique coiled design used in manufacturing Wheel Bands means that a Wheel Bands Kit is a universal fit on wheels ranging from 13" to 22".
HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE: The high bond adhesive tape used to attach Wheel Bands to rims requires that there MUST be at least a 1/4" (6mm) smooth, flat surface all the way around the wheel to mount the product properly to the wheel. Wheel Bands should not be installed If your wheel design does not have an adequate smooth, flat surface required for proper mounting. Please review the instructional photo in our Buyer's Guide.
Review these slide shows to quicky determine if your particular wheel design is suitable for using Wheel Bands. Still not sure? Order a sample piece. You can also check colors.
Anything that reduces the amount of clean surface area for the adhesive tape to stick to reduces the performance of Wheel Bands. We do not warranty the performance of Wheel Bands which have been attached to wheels with existing rim damage. Wheel Bands may be applied over lightly scratched and scuffed rims, but their long term performance may be reduced.
In many cases Wheel Bands can be installed to wheels with clip-on wheel balancing weights. The Wheel Band track design allows for cutting the track flush with either end of the wheel weight clip. The color insert can then be snapped into the track and bridged across the metal clip. See photo. Note: On your next tire change ask your tire installer to use tape-on wheel balancing weights. Tape-on weights use the same adhesive technology as used in Wheel Bands.
A regular car wash or warm water and detergent are the best start to preparing your wheels for installing Wheel Bands. DO NOT use any wax or shine products on your wheels or tires before installing Wheel Bands. Shine and polish products leave slick residues on the wheel surface which the high bond tape used in Wheel Bands will not stick to properly. Any product containing silicone oil should NOT be used prior to installation of Wheel Bands. Shine and polish products may be applied AFTER installing Wheel Bands. The alcohol preparation wipes included in your Wheel Bands Kit should be used to make a final cleaning of the wheel rim surface that the Wheel Bands will be attached to. The preparation wipes should be used immediately prior to installing your Wheel Bands. It is only necessary to use the preparation wipes on the part of the wheel surface that the Wheel Band will be attached to. If the alcohol preparation wipe is misplaced or otherwise not available, common rubbing alcohol (IPA) on a clean paper towel or cloth may be used instead.
Wheel Bands are a defensive product intended to reduce the potential for scratches and light scuffs to your rims. They DO NOT protect wheel rims from damage in all cases. Like a 5 MPH car bumper, they are intended to absorb some of the impact with road hazards in an effort to avoid more serious damage to what is behind them. The same as for your bumper, in many cases the Wheel Bands will be damaged, but damage to the rims behind your Wheel Bands will be reduced or avoided. Wheel Bands perform best in slow speed maneuvering conditions such as parallel parking and driving into car wash tracks. The best way to think of the value in using Wheel Bands is like this: Without Wheel Bands your bare rims are like riding a motorcycle with only a bathing suit on. With Wheel Bands your rims are dressed in the equivalent of a leather jacket and leather pants — in the colors of your choice!
The current RimPro-Tec Wheel Bands system has been under development for over four years. Wheel Bands installed as long as four years ago continue to perform without problem in real-life installations. Performance testing indicates that undamaged Wheel Bands should last for up to 30,000 miles. However, Wheel Bands should be considered a wear item. We recommend that they be replaced whenever you replace your worn tires. The color inserts are weather and sunlight resistant but will eventually begin to fade slightly after a two years of outdoor exposure depending on how your car is stored. Color inserts can be taken out, turned over and re-inserted to increase their full color life. Or new color inserts may be purchased separately. It is not necessary to replace undamaged black or silver mounting tracks.
The attachment tape used in Wheel Bands sticks well to all OEM wheels and clear coat finishes. However, Wheel Bands cannot be properly attached to wheels that have had aftermarket non-stick, wax or high gloss paint protection treatments applied to them. The surface treatment used would have to be removed from the edge of the wheel area where Wheel Bands need to stick to prior to installing Wheel Bands.
The following products are examples of surface treatments that can be used AFTER installing Wheel Bands, but not BEFORE:
Armor All, Teflon, Opti-Coat and Detailers Wheel Coating.
If you are unsure of the coating on your wheels, clean the surface with soap and water and then do a final wipe with IPA/rubbing alcohol and a clean paper towel. You can order a small sample of Wheel Bands to test with, or cut a few inches of sample off from the kit you've ordered. Remove the liner backing of the double stick tape and press the test piece of Wheel Bands mounting track onto the wheel. If you try to slide the test piece off the wheel by pushing with your thumb or forefinger you should be able to stretch and break the foam tape before the adhesive layer releases from the wheel surface. If the test piece slides off the wheel without damaging the foam tape, the surface is either not properly cleaned or it has a non-stick coating that first must be buffed off. This quick video shows how well Wheel Bands should stick if you're working with a good surface to bond to.
Wheel Bands can be removed after installation by prying up at the joint ends of the mounting tracks. Take care to slowly pull the mounting track on a slight sideways angle from the rim surface. (Don't pull quickly straight up off the wheel.) When done with patience, much of the adhesive tape often remains attached to the mounting track so that the amount of adhesive tape residue remaining on the rim will be limited.
The best DIY way to remove adhesive tape and glue left on the rim is to spray or dab some mineral spirits, orange citrus cleaner or Goof Off™ onto the leftover tape and let it sit for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes the residual tape can be wiped up with strong clean cloth or hard rubber eraser (Paper towels tend to fall apart). Any remaining adhesive glue or oily cleaner residue on the surface of the wheel can be cleaned up with rubbing alcohol (IPA).
Important: Be sure to test the clean up product chosen in a small area first to make sure it does not fog or effect the surface finish on the wheels.
NOTE: Professional body shops and car graphics shops can easily remove residual foam tape with a 3M Stripe Off disk. This is a hard rubber disk that mounts into a drill or air wrench. A hard rubber eraser can be used by hand to get the same effect as a DIY technique -- just takes more time.
For best results, we recommend shops that handle window tint and custom graphics. These are other stick-on products that require proper surface prep and attention to detail for best results. Tint World Styling Centers is one of the larger networks of shops installing Wheel Bands. Custom wheel and tire shops also can follow the installation instructions in the Wheel Bands Kit.
The best tool is a sharp pair of anvil style pruning shears. Most other sharp cutting tools also can be used. Scoring the track and insert with a pocket knife also works well. When bent away from the score mark the plastic will snap-off with a clean square edge.
The plastic coils in Wheel Bands kits have at least 6 to 8 inches of extra length even when installing on a set of four 22" wheel sizes. Before installation, we recommend making a few sample cuts to practice your cutting technique and to make sure you are starting with a clean edge of plastic and adhesive tape.
Yes. Single Wheel Bands can be purchased in our online store. NOTE: Scuffed color inserts with scuffs that can't be polished out, can be snapped out, flipped over and reinserted with the undamaged side up.
Yes. Wheel Bands can stand up to repeated car washing. They are a good defense against the various bumps and jolts your rims may encounter in the car wash system. NOTE: Check to make sure your Wheel Bands are firmly in place before entering the car wash. It is also recommended that you check your Wheel Bands coming out of the car wash. Make sure the snap-in color inserts have not been knocked loose from their mounting tracks by any of the equipment or wheel guides in the car wash.
If the painted surface was done at a professional shop where the paint was properly applied to the wheel the adhesive in Wheel Bands will not cause damage to the painted surface when removing.
If the painted surface is a DIY it depends on surface preparation before painting and quality of paint used. If the paint is on the wheel at least as strong as from can of spray on Plasti Dip applied to a properly cleaned up surface then Wheel Bands are safe to apply over the paint. See here for how you can stretch the tape sideways to the point of breaking it free from even a Plasti Dip painted surface.
The easiest and safest way to remove any tape left stuck to a custom painted wheel is the same technique used for removing leftover tape on any wheel.
Properly installed and securely fastened, undamaged Wheel Bands do not come off under normal driving conditions. However, they are a wear item on your car. It is recommeded that Wheel Bands be replaced when changing tires on your vehicle, or after 3 years of service life.
Unless care is taken and the proper equipment used, Wheel Bands can be damaged during tire changes. It is important to let your tire change technician know you have Wheel Bands installed. A shop which can change a tire on a $400 alloy wheel without scratching its rims is the best place to trust your Wheel Bands to. For getting the longest life out of your Wheel Bands we recommend installing Wheel Bands on wheels with new or relatively new tires.
Wheel Bands are proudly made in the U.S.A. in a manufacturing facility certified to the ISO/TS 16949 Quality Management System Standard for automotive parts production.
Add in colored lug nuts and a decal stripe and you've got one hot customization. Get the full course at American Muscle. Already have your Wheel Bands? Just add the Caliper Covers. P.S. You did notice that red on black Wheel Bands can pass for Red Line tires right?
Can you use Plasti Dip with Wheel Bands? Yes! And your rims will look awesome!
Install your Wheel Bands FIRST then Plasti Dip as normal. Spray on an angle to keep the Plasti Dip out of the Wheel Bands track channel as much as possible - or put in the color insert first and then cut it free from the Plasti Dip. Not a DIY person? Visit a Tint World Styling Center. They'll install any combination of Wheel Bands and Plasti Dip you like.