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Old 06-20-2000, 09:21 AM   #1
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Smile To Chrome...or not to Chrome? (pic)

What do you think guys. (please don't bring up rice just give honest opinion) do you guys think chroming the stock rims with some good tires is a nice/cheap solution?

How much is chrome plating anyways?

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Old 06-20-2000, 09:23 AM   #2
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i chromed some ford alloy rims from my 95 t-bird years ago... the rims ended up being a lot heavier, and they did seem weaker too [i actually broke a rim after it was chromed hitting a speed bump at like 50 mph].

the tradeoffs of chroming a rim seem to be excessive over the look value. doesn't anyone make cheap takeoff chrome rims for the subarus?

if you do end up chroming them, let us know definitely if they hold up... as for the price, it wasn't excessive, but i don't have the exact figures in front of me. i know it was cheaper than buying new wheels
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Old 06-20-2000, 09:28 AM   #3
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Very nice pic.

All depends on the color of the car methinks.

On a black one like mine, the chrome would be too much, but on a silverthorn, white or even blue, I think it would look pretty good.

The only question I would have is how much weight does it add to each rim?

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Old 06-20-2000, 09:28 AM   #4
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actually i still have my heart set on specific rims that will blow everyone away hehe
you will see it when I buy it..
the chroming was just temp for "cruising nights"
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Old 06-20-2000, 09:28 AM   #5
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Nah, don't chrome them. If you have lots of time, for about $200 you can buy the supplies to polish them and then have them powdercoated. It's a pain in the butt, but it's unique. heh.. and they're lighter than stock when you're done.

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Old 06-20-2000, 09:28 AM   #6
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Whose chrome wheels do you have there? Pretty sweet. Since u like blue, you could have the inside powdercoated blue and the outer ring and the rest chrome. That would look sweet. I thought about doing it myself. The chrome platers around here won't do wheels. Let us know the cost.

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Old 06-20-2000, 09:32 AM   #7
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Hehehe! can you say "Pimp Mobile"? Just kidding....then again, chrome seems to be their preferred set of wheels.
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Old 06-20-2000, 09:35 AM   #8
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chrome??? not on a subie....

i don't see it... don't think it'll look good... VW.. yes... Subie... no...

my $.02

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Old 06-20-2000, 10:02 AM   #9
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I, too, think that it depends on the body color. The thickness of the spokes also. They would probably look pretty cool....
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Old 06-20-2000, 11:20 AM   #10
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Chrome -- no.

Not performance oriented. Not pretty. It may end up bubbling and rusting.

Subiegal: not even for a VW. Maybe on an older American muscle car when the extra weight is just a drop in the bucket and it was part of the hotrod culture/style at the time

Just an opinion.

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Old 06-20-2000, 01:10 PM   #11
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http://www.victoriatire.com You put in make and model, it comes up with a list in 13 through 18 or 20", and even recommends a tire size for that wheel based on your make and model. I'm liking the first TD wheel, especially when I someday get the old Silverthorn Metallic replaced with that sexy steel Blue Mica!
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Old 06-20-2000, 01:13 PM   #12
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My opinion? No problem.
I think the chrome looks 'unnice' on a Subie.

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Old 06-20-2000, 01:17 PM   #13
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I think you'd be better with nicely polished alloys, they're lighter, stronger, and don't look like they were taken off of a Camero
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Old 06-20-2000, 01:43 PM   #14
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I saw these on sale at ebay.

Please don't do this!!! If you must have shiny wheels remove the powdercoat and polish them. Thereby saving weight and adding surface strength. As opposed to adding rotating weight(the worst kind) and making your wheels easy to scratch and hard to repair.
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Old 06-20-2000, 01:49 PM   #15
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say no to chrome unless u have a pimp mobile.
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Old 06-20-2000, 04:13 PM   #16
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HRE makes the best rims. Haha, if you can afford them... I asked them how much for my Scoob and they something like 825 per rim. I think just a little out of my price range, but damn they would look nice on the car...
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Old 06-20-2000, 04:29 PM   #17
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I think chrome looks good on blue. Check out Dan Evander's car with chrome 17" speedlines, and who says no to chrome.
He is in the members section in Arizona.
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Old 06-20-2000, 05:07 PM   #18
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I'm not down with chrome either ....for american cars ok not on the scoobies
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Old 06-20-2000, 05:48 PM   #19
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Chrome is your freind. look and dan evander's rims, he is arizona. and you need a pimp mobile for scoobie pimp
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Old 06-20-2000, 05:49 PM   #20
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Chrome is for hoopties. It's so when you're out pimpin you can fix your hair and shades in your mirror wheels.

Please don't ruin a raw a** aggressive dirt digging rally inspired car with CHROME! Or ruin it if you like. Your decision.
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Old 06-20-2000, 08:21 PM   #21
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Chrome your wheels and see what happens the first time you scrape a curb? Can you polish it out lke a raw wheel? No.

Waste of money...

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Old 06-20-2000, 08:39 PM   #22
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Now why u wanna go weigh down some nice lightweight scooby rims huh? shame on you. Say no to chrome unless you drive a Lexus,Benz,Bim.

p.s. all in good humor of course
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Old 06-20-2000, 08:40 PM   #23
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Chrome wheels suck! I have them on my car now and they look nice when they are clean, which is for about two hours after you clean them. Repairing them, never needed to, but I would imagine it would be hard. It all depends what you like though. If you take really good care of them, they will attract a lot of attention.
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Old 06-21-2000, 12:09 AM   #24
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I'm rather partial to anthracite now myself...








And only $175 per wheel!
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Old 06-21-2000, 12:56 AM   #25
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