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i was thinking about having my wheels chromed within the next month or so, and i was wondering if anyone would know any places that do quality work. ive heard a few horror stories about getting rims back that were damaged (befor chroming) when the wheels sent out werent damaged; or the chrome flaking off, etc. any feedback would be gr8 :)
 

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Chrome sucks...powder coat'em flat black!!! lol Have heard those same stories about getting crap back in return...be careful.
 

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what kinda bike do you have? and you do know chrome weighs ALOT compared to stock. and ebay might be your best bet. some stuff on ebay is not all that bad.
 

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im on a 2003 636 kawasaki. i didnt know it would be that much difference in weight (which is definately a bad thing for me). just to be safe im thinkin ill probably just get em powder coated......in somethin other than flat black:thumbs2:
 

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im on a 2003 636 kawasaki. i didnt know it would be that much difference in weight (which is definately a bad thing for me). just to be safe im thinkin ill probably just get em powder coated......in somethin other than flat black:thumbs2:
if you have the time and know-how, you can kinda do it yourself. using paint stripper, you can make the wheel lips have the machine look/polished, or you can do the entire wheel like that. some of the 600rr and 1000rr guys do that. no extra weight of chroming, but still gives it the shiney look. im not sure how your kawi wheels are. might want to check on a kawi forum before trying to remove the oem paint.
 

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I've heard that having wheels (or other parts) chromed can actually weaken them. Not sure how much truth there is in that, but maybe somebody else can chime in on whether or not that's true?
 

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thanx for the info, ill do some diggin around n see what i can come up with. whatever i end up doin ill post some pics:thumbs2:
 

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I always tell my customers that there's two ways to completely ruin a perfectly good motorcycle. You can chrome it or you can push it over a cliff. The cliff method is actually the best way to go. It's cheaper and much quicker too.
 

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lol i think im gonna try the polishing thing. i found a few how-to's on a kawi forum, and it seems pretty simple. i bought all the stuff to do it today; and it only came to like $35. And since at the moment im typing this were in a snowstorm from hell so i got nothin but time to work on em. according to the how-to it takes about 3-4hrs a rim, with the rim still on the bike, but im takin mine off cause.....well....thats why i paid for spools and stands! lol plus the cold just wouldnt do it any good so ill bring em inside (bachelor benifits lol). worst case scenario if i dont like it ill just get em powder coated a different color. ill definately post some pics :thumbs2:
 

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Well, after doin the sub-zero wrenching and spending 2 nights on my knees scrubbin like a hairy cinderella , this is the out come.Before & After
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turned out pretty nice i think. got nice CLEAN lines all around
zoom.jpg Thanx for the info!! havent gotten to see em on the bike yet but im itchin for it to get a little warmer:D
 

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Well, after doin the sub-zero wrenching and spending 2 nights on my knees scrubbin like a hairy cinderella , this is the out come.Before & After
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turned out pretty nice i think. got nice CLEAN lines all around
View attachment 30037 Thanx for the info!! havent gotten to see em on the bike yet but im itchin for it to get a little warmer:D
NICE!!!!!

see, now wasnt that easier and cheaper than getting them chromed? :D
great job man. plus when ppl ask, you can tell them that you did all the work. and its dont the right way, your way.
 

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Thanx :) the only thing i screwed up on is when i pulled my wheel weight, i marked where it goes.... well when i was wipin it down with a laquer soaked rag, i bumped my paint marks, so i gotta get it rebalanced all in all, end cost $45 vs. anywhere from $6-900 of chroming plus no weight.... i love it! if this winter keeps up like this i may go ahead and do the rest of the rim lol it was nice to be doin something at least associated with a bike! was a nice break from puttin on the ridin gear while playing tourist trophey in the first person view on PS2:rolleyes: lol
 

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Thanx :) the only thing i screwed up on is when i pulled my wheel weight, i marked where it goes.... well when i was wipin it down with a laquer soaked rag, i bumped my paint marks, so i gotta get it rebalanced all in all, end cost $45 vs. anywhere from $6-900 of chroming plus no weight.... i love it! if this winter keeps up like this i may go ahead and do the rest of the rim lol it was nice to be doin something at least associated with a bike! was a nice break from puttin on the ridin gear while playing tourist trophey in the first person view on PS2:rolleyes: lol
you got charged 45.00 to balance wheels. bro, you need to find another shop. i have connections in Wi, if you want the hook-up.
 

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no, $10 to balance $45 is the total cost of all the materials and the balance. total time was probably 7-8hrs for both rims. just made sure to take my time. but hey, im always lookin for good shops :)
 

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Chrome is heavy, "weakins the part" it changes the moleculer structure, and if the wheel is ever cracked, unless you have x-ray vision or you remove the plating, you wont see it. It does look cool on the right bike though. :2cents:
Redlined they look GOOD MAN ! RIGHT ON !
 
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