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An easy to swap out color pin stripe for your wheels that also protects your rims from curb damage...not that you would ever let your pristine wheels get close to a curb, but you never know when you might go bump at the drive-thru burger stand or ATM machine.



Attaches to wheel with same 3M tape technology used for window and bug deflectors and wheel weights. Install tape on mounting tracks in minutes, snap in easy color inserts in seconds. Want to swap out a color or remove a scuff? Color inserts can be popped out and snapped securely back in place in seconds too.




The one size fits all coils of tough weather resistant plastic are specially shaped to cover wheel sizes from 12 to up to 22". It all works great as long as you have at least a 1/4" (6mm) flat surface to mount on all the way around your rim edge - which it just so happens most stock Honda alloy wheels have going back to at least 2001.

We can't forget to give a hat tip to aerodan whose post and photos of his Wheel Banded CRZ we found in a google search. Thanks!
 

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These seem like a pretty cool mod to make stock rims a little flashier.
I'm curious though, have you tried dismounting and remounting tires with these already on the rim?
If so did you run into any issues?
Should they be removed before attempting to dismount the tire?
 

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The inserts can be removed before doing a tire change. The mounting track cannot be removed without splitting open the 3M foam core tape and becoming unusable.

If the tire change is being done by a shop that could be relied on to not scratch your rims during a dismount/remount the mounting track has a chance of surviving the experience as well. Something less than careful attention and the track can be crushed or the foam tape broken.

If this does happen and the damage to the track and 3M tape is localized to the area were the remounting tool tossed the tire over the rim edge (a few inches of run along the rim) the track may still be usable. The crush in track may be formed back to shape. A Wheel Band can remain securely fastened to the wheel even if there is a short stretch of foam core tape that has been damaged. (Same holds true in cases of curb impacts that go beyond just scuffing and tearing up the color insert.)

In general though, doing a tire change without instructing the service tech to take it easy on the rims is an iffy proposition for Wheel Bands survival similar to hitting a curb at high speeds or sharp angles.

Wheel Bands do take some punishment and keep going, but they need to be thought of as a wear item on the car -- best replaced or installed at the time of a tire change.

Wheel Bands are great for looks. They can help avoid rim damage in many cases, but they may by sacrificed in the process. Still, $34 for a replacement Wheel Band is generally a better option than a rim repair job or having to endure looking at what was once a pristine rim without a scratch.

Here's a photo demonstration how you can mock a much more expensive color styled wheel with Wheel Bands.

Here's an example of typical curb rash that can be avoided by using Wheel Bands.
 

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There will be very little discounting on this unique product. But, as we are using the Honda CRZ Forum as a sandbox for market research, use promo code: crzforum for a 5% discount. Can't guarantee that this discount will last past next weekend.

Note: Within the next few days a surcharge of $15 to $20 is going to be added to orders shipped outside the lower 48 states
 

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For those who want more photos in this thread:

1) aerodan's CR-Z post:


2) What a stock wheel with Wheel Bands looks like next to the Centennial Edition Corvette wheel:


3) Silver and red Wheel Band:
 

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Good looking product - very clever.
Any comment on if/how-well they fit on the stock 16" wheel for the CR-Z?
Looking at your website, I'm not certain there is enough of a flat ring there.
Thanks.
 

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Is there a way to buy 2 of one size and 2 of another? My buddy wants to try them out on his Yamaha Stryker.... The sizes are 21" and 18"
 

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Good looking product - very clever.
Any comment on if/how-well they fit on the stock 16" wheel for the CR-Z?
Looking at your website, I'm not certain there is enough of a flat ring there.
Thanks.
The 1/4" (6mm) width we use in our website is a general guideline when we don't know the actual wheel design. We do warranty the fit on the 2012 CR-Z stock wheel. Here is how it fits:

 

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The 1/4" (6mm) width we use in our website is a general guideline when we don't know the actual wheel design. We do warranty the fit on the 2012 CR-Z stock wheel. Here is how it fits:

Thanks for the reply. Looking forward to samples, to see the effect in person!
 

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Is there a way to buy 2 of one size and 2 of another? My buddy wants to try them out on his Yamaha Stryker.... The sizes are 21" and 18"
Wheel Bands coils are specially shaped with a radius that allows for one size of coil to fit a range of wheel sizes. If you order a standard kit and specify a 21" wheel you will get four coils each long enough to do a 21"wheel, but also able to fit on wheels down to 13."

Note: For liability issues we do not recommend Wheel Bands for motorcycles. Our legal staff and insurance provider say no can do.
 

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Wheel Bands coils are specially shaped with a radius that allows for one size of coil to fit a range of wheel sizes. If you order a standard kit and specify a 21" wheel you will get four coils each long enough to do a 21"wheel, but also able to fit on wheels down to 13."

Note: For liability issues we do not recommend Wheel Bands for motorcycles. Our legal staff and insurance provider say no can do.
Thanks for the reply! I'll pass on the warning to my friend
 

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what makes these different to alloygator
 

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Product tapes onto wheel face. No deflation of tires required. Installation time less than 1 hour for first timers. Less then 30 minutes for experienced installers. No messing around near tire bead eliminates liability issue for car makers and dealerships.

Color inserts can be swapped out in seconds to change look or to flip over and re-insert for repair of light "kerb" rash. More serious damage can be repaired by splicing out damaged section with extra material supplied in kit.

UK orders here
 

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seems like a good product to improve the look of OEM alloys and keeping them freash any discount offers for CRZ forum members available
 

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Is there really room on stock Z wheels for these? They look great, I am not really worried about curb rash(yet) but the wheel looks so darn narrow at the edge.
 
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