Changing the 18 inch aero wheels from black to silver

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I was just wondering how big of a job it would be if at all feasible to change the black finish of the actual wheels to a normal silver similar to the 19 inch? I don't mind the design but the color really bugs me. I don't want to get 19 inch given the road conditions where I am at. So I am looking at a cost-friendly solution to have silver wheels in 18 inch.
 

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The Aeros were actually silver to start with and got changed.
 

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Plasti-Dip would be your cheapest way to do it. And you can do it yourself. It's easy
 

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If the TSportline wheels (imagine without tires...?) are $1,200, plus shipping, aren’t we getting very close to the $1,500 premium for the 19’ ‘stiletto’ Sportwheels, which include 19’ tires too?! o_O
Understand they give you aesthetics options yet this price kinda reinforces my choice to order with the OE Sportwheels from the get go.
 

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If the TSportline wheels (imagine without tires...?) are $1,200, plus shipping, aren’t we getting very close to the $1,500 premium for the 19’ ‘stiletto’ Sportwheels, which include 19’ tires too?! o_O
Understand they give you aesthetics options yet this price kinda reinforces my choice to order with the OE Sportwheels from the get go.
Well if I wanted 19 inch tires and silver wheels you are right. But given the roads around here and reported harsh ride i'd like to stick with 18 inch. I'd really want his look at a low cost option:
 

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Well if I wanted 19 inch tires and silver wheels you are right. But given the roads around here and reported harsh ride i'd like to stick with 18 inch. I'd really want his look at a low cost option:
I’m with you on the drawbacks of extra low profiles. Was merely alluding to the fact decent aftermarket options are not necessarily ‘low cost’... Although sticking with 18 inch wheels will always result in somewhat less expensive tires and lower risk of rim damage, that’s true.
 

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In comparison how much would be a real paint job to get nice finish? Who could do this body shops?
On a wheel it's always better to powder coat it the color you want. It will hold up to the elements a lot better than paint.
 

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I like this look much better. Not sure why they changed it.
The silver outline of the wheel would show when the aero covers were put on, which I suspect didn't sit well with the design team.


Personally I loved the silver underneath as well and was sad when they switched to black, but IMO the wheels look better without that silver outline.
 

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If you're interested in plasti dip here is a good YouTube video on how to do it.

 

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In comparison how much would be a real paint job to get nice finish? Who could do this body shops?
My 2¢ would be to plastidip them yourself and see how you like it. Save's money, looks good, and you can peel it off if you change your mind. Doesn't matter if it gets scratched, you can repair or re-do it.
 

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Typical cost for powder-coating per wheel is roughly $100.
 

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Typical cost for powder-coating per wheel is roughly $100.
Thanks for the info. Where is the best place to ask for quotes a body shop? Any variance in powder coating quality i.e brand or processes?
 

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Thanks for the info. Where is the best place to ask for quotes a body shop? Any variance in powder coating quality i.e brand or processes?
If you want to stay local I’d ask anyone in the trade you trust: mechanic, detailer, body shop. They’d all know who does the best powder coating in the area. Even the local Harley store would probably know. There are lots of wheel specialists who repair wheels as well. The tire stores would know them.
 

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My 2¢ would be to plastidip them yourself and see how you like it. Save's money, looks good, and you can peel it off if you change your mind. Doesn't matter if it gets scratched, you can repair or re-do it.
Well I watched the video... I hate painting in general and I'm not sure how well I'd do with that can. I guess I am thinking that it sounds too good to be true. Frankly I wish I could just try the two wheel types back to back and see the ride difference ands make a more informed decision and only have to worry about the wheel size and not the style.