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Just placed an order for a new R line Tiguan 190 ps. Can't wait to get it. While I love the alloys Its only a matter of time once it arrives before the wife kerbs one. :x Anyone done an alloy repair on those diamond cut alloys? What do you think of alloy gators maybe in black?
 

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Diamond cut alloys are very hard to get refurbed as there is hardly anywhere who are able to do them ,that's why I avoid them like the plague .alloygators are an option but not a fan .
Not had a close look at the 20s on the r line but I know the tyres on my sel which has 19s stick out quite a bit from the wheel so it would be hard to kerb them .
 

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Agreed with Bigal - my A3 was £75 to have a diamond cut wheel refurbed after hitting a pothole, and they can only be refurbed twice ever... Has to be sent to one of a handful of places that can do it by my local wheel/tyre place but to be fair they came back like new!

Friend had the alloygators and they worked well for about 18months then on a dual carriageway one decided to just pop off causing some small scratches to the wheel arch of that wheel so I've been put off them for now, but equally they do get good reviews
 

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Not a fan of alloy gators really. I've had diamond cut before, thankfully a place local to me now does them. I would be tempted to just have them powder coated to whatever colour you fancy.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I see Rimblades have just launched a new product called Rimsavers which can be diy fitted or professionally fitted. Not much info on the net yet about the product. But as Rob said power coating is a good option.
 

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I have just kerbed my NSF alloy. My r line DSG is 3 months old. I had taken out Inchcape alloy insurance but their nominated repairer said it needed a specialist skim or replacement. Unfortunately i discovered that Inchcape only covers up to £150 to replace. A new 20" costs £950!!!. The guy in the spares department said he had never seen a VW alloy so expensive. However have found a specialist in Liverpool who has skimmed it and has done an excellent job. Relaquered etc. He has all the equipment required. Just like new. Cost £95 + VAT which insurance will cover. It does make you extra careful. He gave me some tips. Don't let hand car washes spray the alloy cleaner they use on the wheels. It is too acidic for diamond cuts. An occasional rub over with WD40 helps keep them in good condition. He did say he thought fitting diamond cut alloys on a 4x4 off-road was crazy. Any off roading was bound to cause damage. He also mentioned that he doubted if they could be skimmed more than once due to the design.
 

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I got Auto Finesse Mint Rims Wheel to put on the wheels if I ever get my R Line. It supposed to provide good protection on the wheels. When I had a Scirocco the black wheel nut caps eventually turned white from the chemicals they use at them hand car washes.

It is a shame VW didn't offer another alloy wheel option on the R Line.

http://rimsavers.com/
 

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Hello,

A couple things with regards to diamond cut wheels:

They can only be refurbed a limited number of times

The lacquer applied to the wheel during the process will eventual chip and then lead to a 'milking' effect, which looks plain nasty.

The two options are not to have lacquer applied and instead 'polish' them or get them powdered coated a colour which matches the OEM colour as close as possible.

I have some experience with the above when I had an e46 M3.

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Azher
 

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I looked up official aloygator fitters around my place, one was a few miles away and as it turned out one was my VW dealer, both recommended not to have them fitted to diamond cut, it also points this out on their website.
One of my mates Darren Bowden owns Rimblades, he has just come back from SEMA in the states which he does each year.
 

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Hi Negative pitch,

I believe Rimsavers are part of Rimblades. I'm thinking of getting Rimsavers when I get my Tiggie. Have you any feedback on them? Are they selling well? Can't find any reviews on them
 

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Ed1 said:
Hi Negative pitch,

I believe Rimsavers are part of Rimblades. I'm thinking of getting Rimsavers when I get my Tiggie. Have you any feedback on them? Are they selling well? Can't find any reviews on them
Hi Ed.
Yes Rimasavers are part of Rimblades. Rimesavers being the newer product of the two.
Darren has worked really hard setting his business up over the years.
They sell really well.
Im not sure of any reviews. I havent gone for them myself as Im not to sure on something that just sits on your wheel opposed to alloygators that fit over the rim of your wheel but they do sell really well here and over in the USA
If you would like any info I can pass you on to Darren. If you have a facebook account I can give you his page.
Steve.
 

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Welcome mate , I've a rline on order also and today we seen a rline in sainsburys car park and my wife commented on how big the wheels are and said how am I gonna get into that lol , she drives the car daily to work as I have works van but I'm a bit nervous of her driving the new one as it's definitely bigger than our 2015 tig
 

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Hi 'paulthewall'.....my wife felt the same, and even commented on the size of 'Big Bertha' when we bought her home and parked on the drive. We have gone from 2 cars (her indoors was a Golf and mine an Audi A3) to one now as I've retired. She was weary at first taking her out on her own, but soon got used to the size....to the tune we argue now who drives her when we go out together :roll: :lol: Honest, she will soon get used to the size..believe me :D :D
 
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