Nice tool when not trying to scratch rims
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I got a pair of these protectors to prevent chipping the fresh powder coating. The cord on one of the gards pulled through and broke the eyelet in about 1 minute. My tire machine pushed through the plastic and straight into the rim, chipping the finish. I switched to tire spoons and managed to not damage things further. These are basically one use, disposable guards.
If you are not a pro at changing tires or tubes, these guys will keep your wheels from looking like they came from a garage sale!
These are more of a hassle to use then they are worth. Take your time and you wont need these tools. I threw mine away.
Rim savers worked great. But you must be patient and move them as needed. Using soapy water helps you slide them.
I PURCHASED A NEW SET OF WARP9 WHEELS AND PURCHASED A SET OF MICHELIN TIRES AND A SET OF THE RIM PROTECTORS , THEY WERE VERY HARD TO TRY TO MOVE OR SLIDE THEM ON THE NEW RIMS AND IT DID TAKE ALOT LONGER TIME TO MOUNT THE TIRES USEING THEM , BUT I DIDNT HAVE ANY SCRATCHES IN MY NEW RIMS. I THINK AFTER THEY GET USED MORE AND THEY GET BROKEN IN AND A LITTLE LOOSER THEY SHOULD SLIDE ON THE RIMS .I RECOMEND THEM IF YOU HAVE NICE RIMS AND WANT TO KEEP THEM NICE , JUST TAKES A LITTLE LONGER TO MOUNT THE TIRES USING THEM.
I was skeptical about these at first, because a mechanic told me they were worthless. I had just ordered black Excel rims and thought I would give them a try.
Obviously, it takes a little patience and time to use them correctly and I haven't even used the pull strings (don't need them as far as I can tell). I only used them the first step of putting on the tire and the last step when taking the tire off the rim. Overall they worked well to prevent scraping and scratching of the rim.
There have been no questions asked about the HP Tools Plastic Rim Protectors.