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Unread 07-09-2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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Polished Aluminum Alloy Rims or Chrome Plated Alloy rims

I never heard of chome plated aluminum alloy rims but i know i want aluminum and chromed sounds even better, any reason why not to get the chromed alloy rims and just get polished... price is not an issue.

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Unread 07-09-2005, 08:14 PM   #2
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No, do polished.

My polished rims look great when clean (and even when dirty). Chrome would be overkill IMO...

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Unread 07-09-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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I have those same ones Dannyboy, I think mine are the 2series though. What do you use to clean yours? I have tried a few things, but havent found something that works the way I want it to.
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Unread 07-09-2005, 08:55 PM   #4
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chrome is easier to keep looking nice, It doesnt need to be buffed out like a polished wheel to get the shine back.
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Unread 07-09-2005, 09:04 PM   #5
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I would go chrome instead of polished aluminum. I had my wheels polished on my CBR900RR and it looked great for about a month, then got duller and duller. You HAVE to stay on top of polished aluminum(buffing,polishing) or they will dull out. Chrome is much easier to clean.
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Unread 07-10-2005, 06:31 AM   #6
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Yeah.......raw polished aluminum sucks to keep up.

I had a set of Boyds wheels once, and I was inthe parkinglot once a month polishing them! Once the aluminum gets bad and dull, its a PITA to get back nice again!
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Unread 07-10-2005, 11:49 AM   #7
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I have those same ones Dannyboy, I think mine are the 2series though. What do you use to clean yours? I have tried a few things, but havent found something that works the way I want it to.
I haven't buffed them yet. I plan on using some Mothers polish if the time ever comes.

Right now, I just used a fine cloth + soap and water when cleaning to wipe them clean.

9/10 times though, I just spray them with the powerwasher.

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Unread 07-10-2005, 03:12 PM   #8
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Yeah.......raw polished aluminum sucks to keep up.

I had a set of Boyds wheels once, and I was inthe parkinglot once a month polishing them! Once the aluminum gets bad and dull, its a PITA to get back nice again!
I had a set of Boyds once, too. Definitely nice when new, but a lot of work to keep clean in the long wrong. I had a set of polished aluminum Hellcats on my last truck (for about 7 yrs) and after that long they, unfortunately, looked terrible! Course all the rock rash didn't help them either!
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Unread 07-10-2005, 07:57 PM   #9
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Unread 07-10-2005, 08:05 PM   #10
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Chrome plated aluminum wheels are a bad idea for an offroad vehicle. Chrome doesn't stick to aluminum like it does steel , so wheel it gets chipped it peels.
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Unread 07-10-2005, 10:47 PM   #11
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yah i read the wheel specs, it is a steel wheel chromed not aluminum

price wise im going to try to get them to order me some soft 8s, prob black unless the chomes are a decent price
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Mods:

RE 4.5" Lift
32x11.50 BFGoodRich M/T KM's
American Eagle 058 Polished Aluminum Wheels, 3.63" BS.
Grand Cherokee Rear Disc Brake setup
Custom Downpipe W/ Cat Removed.
Dynomax Super Turbo Muffler.
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Unread 07-10-2005, 11:37 PM   #12
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Alloy rims would be the way to go. Polish up nearly as good as chrome, and they have less of a chance of rusting
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