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The following
is from personal experience and is not intended to influence users or potential
buyers.

Alloygators
are substantial strips which are inserted between the wheel and tyre to protect
alloys from kerb damage. http://www.alloygator.co.uk/ There are similar devices available.

The
dealership had had them fitted to all 4 (19” with 255 x 14 Pirelli Zeros) wheels of the demo Q3 which I
purchased. After a short while it appeared that the OSF Alloygator was
separating from the tyre. I tried a soft faced mallet to reseat it without
success. A week or so later the NSF wheel was showing some separation and the
OSF was definitely becoming worse in terms of being squeezed out from between
the tyre and wheel rim.

Some “Googling”
showed up that there were mixed feelings about them and dire consequences were
predicted if one did actually come away whilst driving e.g.

http://type-r-owners.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?78282-Alloygators-friend-or-foe
and http://www.civinfo.com/forum/wheels-tyres-suspension-brakes/39746-alloygator-came-out-self-need-help.html

I took
pictures of both front wheels and emailed Alloygators for advice. To their credit,
I received a response by return telling me that it looked as though they had
received impact damage (they hadn't) and to remove them immediately. This
involves deflating the tyre and a lot of force to get them out from under the
tyre bead. Thankfully I have a workshop
compressor.

The
Alloygators on both the rear wheels show no separation whatsoever.

A follow-up
email to Alloygators quoting my wheel, tyre size and tyre make said “If fitted
correctly we believe your wheel and tyre combination will be fine for our
product
.”

From the web research and personal experience,
I conclude that the cornering forces on the front wheels of the Q3 with that tyre
& wheel combination causes such flexing of the tyres that they will progressively
squeeze the Alloygators off the wheels altogether. When it comes to swopping
back wheels for front to even up tyre wear, I am going to have to remove them
from the rear wheels also.

I'm sure the
Alloygators and similar products do afford protection from kerbing etc and are
an effective product for that purpose. But if you have them fitted do please watch carefully for
separation on the front wheels.


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HiTbh I don't think the Q3 needs a device like this, the sidewalls on my Continental tyres stick out quite a way from the alloy wheel and offer good protection, you would have to be very unlucky to cause any damage.
 
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