Curb Rash

Think of RimPro-Tec® Wheel Bands as a 5 MPH bumper for your rims that also add a pinstripe color effect to your wheels.

They have a unique two-piece hard plastic design backed with a shock absorbing acrylic foam attachment tape. Wheel Bands mounting tracks easily tape on to the front lip of rims. They have been specially formed in the manufacturing process with an arc shape that accurately matches the radius of wheels from 13" to 22". The tough plastic color inserts quickly snap into the mounting tracks. They can be quickly snapped back out for color changes or repairs.

How can a piece of plastic help avoid damage to your alloy wheel?

Compared to soft alloy wheels that will always be scuffed when hitting a curb, the hard plastic materials used in Wheel Bands take the hit in low speed curb impact situations such as occur in parallel parking, drive thru windows, and ATM machines.

Watch Wheel Bands perform in a typical curb kiss off. (18 seconds)

Wheel Bands defend rims from curb scuffs by acting as a sacrificial product that absorbs impacts that would otherwise show up as light curb rash on your rims. A scuffed Wheel Band is a much easier repair than a curb rashed alloy wheel. Flipping out a Wheel Band insert or splicing in a quick fix to a track is a short DIY project measured in minutes not hours. It's a much less expensive proposition versus the $100 or more it costs to do an alloy wheel repair for curb rash.

There are two repair options shown in the photos below. The first is to simply take out a damaged color insert, flip it over and snap it back in within seconds. The second repair option is for when the mounting track also has noticeable rash damage. To make an easy repair, cut out a section of damaged mounting track and then splice in a new section with the material that is usually left over in the Wheel Bands installation. It is not necessary to replace the entire Wheel Band.

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Take a close look at the first two pictures above. Much of the damage that the Wheel Band absorbed would have shown up as curb rash on the alloy wheel. For many curb impact situations, Wheel Bands work as more than just a great color accent. They can, and do, offer a level of defense against minor curb damage. (Wheel Bands can also be used to cover up minor curb rash damage.)