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Compatibility note: Not compatible with wheels with aero covers, including Tempest and Gemini.

Do you have a rash? You know, down there....on your Tesla wheels? It's almost inevitable, due to the aero-efficient design, the edge of the wheel is flush or slightly outside of the protection the tire would normally offer, 

Enter RimSavers. Made in the UK (where the curbs tend to be far more pointy that the typical US rolled-concrete curbs), they both provide great protection from curb rash, but also do a good job of covering it up. Compared to our other product, WheelBands, RimSavers are easier to install, and provide better protection against 'kissing' the curb, whereas Wheelbands are tougher, and protrude a little further, so are better at deflecting the curb when it's driven into more aggressively. 

Offered in six colors, the silver matches the silver Tesla factory wheels, and the dark grey matches the darker wheels. Use Black to match the Onyx wheels or the tires, or pick a color to stand out. The red really pops on a darker wheel.

Please refer to the FAQ for more info, and the Installation tab to get the lowdown - preparation is key to a successful installation. It's not at all difficult, but it's important to follow the process.

Silver RimSavers on a Blue Model 3 with Performance Wheels

Please refer to the video below, you can skip-around as needed using the chapters. Just like feeding Gremlins after midnight, there's a couple of golden rules:

  • Clean the wheel thoroughly. Not doing so is the #1 reason for installation failure. This means:
    • Clean any obvious dirt and dust with a shop rag. Use rubbing alcohol if you have some.
    • Now use the included alcohol wipe to clean it further. Keep folding into a new section until it comes away clean.
    • Finally, the Adhesive Promotor will ensure a very solid bond. You must allow it to cure for at least 5 minutes, and no more than 20 minutes. Use disposable gloves if you have sensitive skin.
  • Start installing the blade by removing a small section of backing tape and sticking on the first inch, ideally by the air valve. Note: Only the guide lip goes over the lip toward the tire bead. DO NOT BEND BLADE OVER EDGE.
  • Use the guide lip to align the remaining blade and pull backing tape from under the blade as you go.
  • Continue installing until two inches from start. Leave backing tape on so you can lay it down and measure for cut. Use sharp scissors to cut the blade. The ends should butt up with no overlap.
  • Optionally, apply the cover piece to hide the join using the provided superglue. This is the ONLY place the superglue should be used.

Yes. We recommend lightly sanding the damaged area with 600 grit sandpaper (aka Wet n Dry) to smooth the rough edges. The adhesive works best on smooth, flat surfaces. You should start the install on an undamaged area so it has a strong bond at the seam. The best indicator is if you can run your finger over it without snagging, you should be good to go.

RimSavers are excellent at protecting your rims from minor damage while parking. They are a layer of protection to help prevent curb damage. They can’t prevent damage caused by a pothole or any impact over 5mph. RimSavers are made from a proprietary mix of plastic and are UV stable. The construction is durable and easy to keep clean.

Will they become detached from my wheel?

Not if installed correctly. We've been testing these for a year, which means they survived the Great Freeze of 2021, a Texas summer, and everything inbetween! RimSavers use 3M automotive VHB tape, and ship with both alcohol wipes and adhesion promotor wipes. The adhesive is as important, and as costly, as the protector itself, so beware of copy-cat products. 

It is possible to change the tire without damage to the blade. The tire shop will need to take extra care when removing the tire. Adding tire lube to the blade allows the tire to slide by without pulling the blade off. Most tire shops are not aware of this process and will need reminding.

 

We sell a Replacement Kit that includes the chemical-free removal process shown in the video above. Alternatively, First, remove the RimSaver by popping off the cover piece and pulling from one end. To remove the adhesive, we recommend WD-40. The trick is to apply it generously and let it sit for at least 1 hour (if possible, spray on and let it sit overnight). Use a piece of plastic or wood to scrap off adhesive. Repeat as needed and use a rag to finish. Dawn dish soap works best to remove WD-40 and any remaining residue.

  • Make sure your wheels are completely and totally clean. Any dirt, moisture, or chemical (like tire shine) can cause the adhesive to fail. Fresh-from-the-factory Tesla wheels do have a coating that must be removed.
  • Take your time, starting at the top of the wheel and working your way around the rim. A small stool to sit on as you do this is a great idea.
  • If you can lift the vehicle to get the wheel up off the ground, install is even easier. If you can spin the wheel as you install RimBlades, it’s easier to get optimum install (and easier on your back too).
  • Apply the RimBlades in a garage that’s at room temperature, and start by the tire valve, so that the join ends there and has some aesthetic symmetry with the valve.