AlloyGator is a high-grade wheel protector and is recommended to be installed by professionals. Before installation begins, AlloyGator needs to be prepped. This involves gluing in the stainless grippers all around inside of the AlloyGator, up to length equal to your wheel’s diameter. Start at the tail-end (the end with the hole and the teeth), and glue a gripper in every slot all the way around up the wheel size. Note: this glue will not touch your wheel or tire, it only touches the AlloyGator itself.
These stainless steel grippers are used to give the AlloyGator some “bite!” The grippers bite onto the back side of your wheel’s rim, keeping it in place when the wheel spins. For more information, please contact us, one of our Official Trade Partners.
Tire Machine Installation (Best Practice)
AlloyGator is a high-grade wheel protector and is recommended to be installed by professionals. In this video we demonstrate how breaking the bead of the tire allows for much easier installation and provides a much better fitment and seating of the AlloyGator on the wheel. As there are many tires out there that are very stiff (e.g. Run-flat tires) and many different combinations with rims, we find that using a tire machine provides the best results.
By breaking the bead of tire we can wrap the AlloyGator around the rim and make a more precise cut (to allow for stretching) and have it tighter on the rim. Breaking the bead also allows for more lubrication to be applied internally which helps the AlloyGator and tire slide together. We like to use Tire Lube rather than soapy water as it gives a better consistency and is meant for tires.
When we pop the bead back over the AlloyGator, and use the tire lube on the rim, tire, and Gator, the tire can more easily slip over the AlloyGator rather than just banging it on. For more information contact us or one of our Official Trade Partners.
Tire Machine Installation (Secondary Method)
AlloyGator is a high-grade wheel protector and is recommended to be installed by professionals. In this video we show how we can install using a tire machine, but without breaking the bead. This is an alternate method for very stiff tires. That said, we still recommend a tire machine to allow for maneuverability for the installer and for flexibility.
Note that we do not recommend soapy water as it does not get in between the rim and tire to allow the AlloyGator to slip in. We recommend using Tire Lube as it has a better consistency and it meant to be used with tires. We can use Tire Lube to apply directly to the AlloyGator itself and to the rim/tire which allows for easier installation. For more information please contact us or one of our Official Trade Partners.
AlloyGator is a high-grade wheel protector and is recommended to be installed by professionals. We also often get asked a lot about how to remove an AlloyGator for repair, tire replacement or a seasonal swap. Removing the AlloyGator as a whole (and intact) can be done depending on the condition of the AlloyGator at the time, and should be done by a professional.
Using a tire machine is the best way to break the bead and pry the AlloyGator off. Not using a tire machine will require ripping the AlloyGator out of its position, which is not at all similar to following the installation instructions in reverse; it is much more likely to cause product damage. For more information please contact us or one of our Official Trade Partners.