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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2003, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question chrome wheels . . .hmm . . .

Okay Fam, I see that a lot of yall are big on polishing, but you must admit chrome looks great. Now, I was just sitting here thinking, for the price of getting my wheels chromed, anywhere between $400-800, is it really worth it? Here's the reason why I ask. Companies today are actually hustling the sportbike world. In the exchange process, they charge a midrange price to take your old wheels and give you a set, which you have no idea where they came from, in which are chrome. Then they sell your wheels to the next person to keep the hustle going. Not only that they only stand behind their product for a year max. Is it worth it? Should I just buy some PM or RC Component wheels and sell my old ones on Ebay? For $2000, I JUST CAN'T DO IT!!! What do you guys think? It's ashame that the price of after market sportbike wheels cost more than a set of 20" wheels for a car, and you at least get 4 of those. I guess I'm just venting...holla back!!!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2003, 10:24 AM
 
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I have talked to a couply of placing about having mine chromed and they say some people that give you old rims for your new ones are doing it so you want have to wait on the process of the chroming.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2003, 10:28 AM
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How long does the process take? I worked in an electroplating plant for printed circuit boards and it didn't take too long to do a bunch of those. We were using copper and gold, but is chrome really that much harder to plate? Is that even the process they use?

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You are right, they exchange them so you do not have to wait. Now, your frame on the other hand, you will have to get done since they cannot exchange them. There is a kid I ride with that has over $6,000 in chrome on his '96 ZX-7R in the last year and he is getting more done. The chrome is worth more than the bike. It is all preference. If you like polished look and are ok at polishing, do it. Since they only guarantee them for a year, what happens after that. All that money, and you might have to replace it.

I will keep on polishing, and spend my money on other things for right now. Someday, I might get my wheels chromed, but that is the extent of it.

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The bigger companys I have talked to and seen on the net have said 3 to 6 weeks. Then you will have a wheel that will look like a window and all you have to do is spit shine
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2003, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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chrome wheels . . .hmm . . .

Excellent point, low maintenence is for me. It's just that I have not one, but 2 bikes to do (mine and the wifes 750)!!! Anyway, I will probably go with the chrome, but I just wish I could keep my stock wheels too for racing purposes!!! My 1000 may be clean, chromed, polished, and have custom parts all over it, but don't sleep, I do go to the track and run my bitch too!!! Thanks for the info!!!
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