Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Auto: Tesla Model S Rim Protector Installation

Rim protector installed!
Image from Locky's English Playground
After the rim scratch on the Tesla Rally day, my mother-in-law found in her home the lost rim protector I bought through a Tesla Motors Club group buy. C'est la vie, isn't it? You just can't find something before you need it. I thought I was never going to recover it so I bought another set from Taobao, this time from a different company which is selling something similar but at RMB 99 only.

Rim protector worths RMB 99 from Taobao
Image from Locky's English Playground
The ad definitely has the brand KABRIS on it, but the box definitely doesn't have that.

Image from Locky's English Playground
Unboxed and found a 3M(?) 94 Primer, I wonder if 3M has ever produced any primer of this size.

The Rim protector itself
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The rim protector comes with 3M (?) double-sided tape on one side, but the rim protector itself is of a pretty cheesy quality. Oh well, what should I expect from a RMB 99 purchase? Here's a video I made, because I didn't have a spare pair of hands, I could not show the actually installation process, but I must say, I put in a lot of elbow grease.

and I followed the guide here:

Can you see the protector?
Image from Locky's English Playground
The result is not at all obvious.

Very subtle, isn't it?
Image from Locky's English Playground
But being subtle is kind of my style.

I left the car there overnight for more than 12 hours,

After a day, two of the protectors on the back wheel fell off, leaving only the front wheels. I am left with enough blue rim protector for 1 more wheel, so should I have 3 wheels blue and 1 wheel black?

cheesy  -- (adj) informal clearly of cheap quality or in bad style
elbow grease -- (n)[U] informal a lot of physical effort


Tesla Model S Rim Protector Installation

Auto & Event: Tesla Rally Hong Kong 2014 & Shark Conservation @ Locky's English Playground

Rimblades Fitting Guide +YouTube