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Unread 12-14-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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Removing plastic covers from 18" x 7.5" Aluminum Chrome Clad Wheels

I have an 08 Grand Cherokee Overland 3.O Diesel - love the car, but hate the plastic wheel covers. Has anyone tried to remove the "Chrome Clad" wheel covers? They are supposed to be "bonded", but tap them and they are obviously plastic which is only stuck to the aluminum wheel at some point, not fully bonded. I wonder what the cast aluminum wheels look like.

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Unread 12-14-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
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second that. I asked that question a while back too
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Unread 12-14-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
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They are bonded and can't be removed without tearing them apart. It's not a full coverage bond that's why you hear that hollow sound. Underneath is an unfinished aluminum rim.
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Unread 12-15-2008, 03:46 AM   #4
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best to sell them on ebay and use the proceeds to fund replacements as you'll never get the covers off cleanly.

the wheel underneath has seven smaller cast spokes. real ugly.

i love the 18-inch chrome clad wheels, so easy to detail and very durable.
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Unread 12-16-2008, 01:52 PM   #5
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I have the 17' Ronin Cast Aluminum with machined face on my '06 and would love to swap!
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Unread 12-17-2008, 07:37 AM   #6
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I almost didn't buy ours when I got to the dealer and saw the chrome cladding... aka cheapo plastic junk. If I could find someone local with the 18's that are just aluminum I would swap in a heartbeat.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 09:45 AM   #7
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I almost didn't buy ours when I got to the dealer and saw the chrome cladding... aka cheapo plastic junk. If I could find someone local with the 18's that are just aluminum I would swap in a heartbeat.
Not only that but it is part of the $900 chrome package... I was very happy when I found the wifes GC limited without chrome
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Unread 01-26-2009, 08:50 PM   #8
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Oh thank you JamuJoe... you solved my mystery. I was about ready to yell at the dealer thinking that they switched my Aluminum-Chrome Clad wheels (as shown on the window sticker) with some steel rims with plastic spoke wheel covers. I can't believe they call these Aluminum-Chrome Clad. It must be to make us think we are getting something when we read the product description. "Chrome Clad", yea right... chromed plastic is what they are!
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Unread 01-26-2009, 08:57 PM   #9
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This is an article on how it is done. I think you hear the difference in sound because the composition is lighter compared to the aluminum wheel itself from behind.

http://www.wheelsandcaps.com/Chrome_Clad_Wheels.html
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Unread 01-26-2009, 10:32 PM   #10
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Thanks Tony,

That link (http://www.wheelsandcaps.com/Chrome_Clad_Wheels.html) is very interesting and informative... what chrome clad actually is . I now know what I have....still it should be called "Aluminum Plastic Clad".
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I have these wheels and they are an embarrassment.
I have a huge scratch on one of mine.
If it was real chrome there would have been little damage.

No wonder Chrysler is in the crapper.

Any tips on repairing the scratch?


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Unread 01-26-2009, 11:08 PM   #12
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One more thing.
Its too late and cold to check if I have a matching spare,
any chance I've got a chrome clad spare?


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Unread 01-27-2009, 02:53 AM   #13
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when you order the optional 18"s, a matching chrome clad spare is included.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 05:29 AM   #14
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I have an 05 limited GC and it does have a full size chrome clad spare. Mine has 17's though, not 18's.
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I have these wheels and they are an embarrassment.
I have a huge scratch on one of mine.
If it was real chrome there would have been little damage.

No wonder Chrysler is in the crapper.

Any tips on repairing the scratch?


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It is not just Chrysler who is doing this. Most all the manufacturers are going this route. It also saves on weight which they all fight to raise the mpg's. Every little bit helps. I think they are easier to clean than true chrome rims from my past experience.
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