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Acura CL Tires and Wheels

joegunnejoegunne Posts: 3
edited April 5 in Acura
I hit a curb and put a painful scrape on one of those handsome alloy wheels. Not particularily deep (say about 1mm), but about 2 inches long by 1/2 wide. Any suggestions about how to remove/remediate the ugly blemish?


  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    can't you exchange the wheel with the alloy wheel on your spare? don't tell me acura got chintzy on you and only gave you 4 alloy wheels, with a cheap donut spare? say this isn't so.

    1999 solara V6 5 speed owner
    (4 alloy wheels, + 1 full size alloy spare)
  • Thanks for your witty response. We're all very impressed. The Toy is a fine automobile. You don't need to try so hard.

    BTW, exchanging the damaged wheel for the spare won't repair the problem. Is that a Toy solution: Just hide it in the trunk?
  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    what do you mean replacing the damaged wheel with the spare wheel won't repair the problem? why wouldn't it? assuming you're more careful from now on, and never damage another wheel to the extent you feel it needs repairing, it's a great solution...and much easier than whatever else you come up with.

    my point was, in the accord coupe vs solara conference, we sometimes discuss pros and cons of each car, and one advantage put forth by the solara folks back in the 1999 model year was the full size alloy spare-- the accord coupe folks poohed-poohed this, saying, heck, they never use their spare (and when they do, it's just for the brief time they need until they get the puncture hole patched in their tire)....but here's a case where having a full size alloy wheel spare comes in handy-- when you scratch the wheel itself against the curb.

    i'm not starting a ruckus here tho, not me. in fact, i think starting with the 2000 solara, they cheapened out and went to a steel rim spare (so I hear)---- tis the holiday spirit and i'm just filled with good cheer. you folks own a real nice car, that acura cl-p/cl-s-- i kinda wonder how you keep it under 55 in a 55 zone-- i think radar detectors should be standard.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    I think he meant that you would still have a damaged wheel, except now it's sitting in the trunk as the spare. So what do you do next time you scratch another wheel? You've run out of spares!
  • Thanks to ral2167 for his insightful and helpful remarks. A true Toy owner. Ralph, the CLS doesn't have a full size spare, so I can't swap the one in the trunk. We're all very impressed that your Toy has a full size. Size must be an important issue for you.

    Back to the original problem: does anyone have a suggestion for refinishing a gouged wheel? (Other than downgrading to a Toy?)
  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    their models might have full size alloy spares-- am sure you can find out.

    or..take the spare to a brake shop-- they probably have experience turning brake rotors on a machine lathe-- explain your problem and see if they could provide a remedy...wear goggles if you assist.
  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    here is a website for alloy wheel repair

    if you use a search engine and type in "alloy wheel repair" it will take you to various sites related to this..i use as my search engine.
    hope this helps.
  • A point of interest on CL spare tires. They are the same diameter as the regular tires, but the wheel is rated for only 12,000 miles of use. The anti-lock, traction control and skid control will not be disabled as would be the case with small, donut spares. However, the spare does not put down as big a foot print as the regular tires. The well under the trunk floor should be able to hold a regular tire and wheel, but the trunk floor would not lie as low with a full-sized tire/wheel combo.

    Larry Homer
  • glaxglax Posts: 10
    Would appreciate any drivers experience with how the Type S with the performance tires has handled in the snow, especially hills. Thanks
  • Mine just went through a pretty snowy Chicago winter without any problems.. Type S tires are still all-season despite the good performance ratings, so the traction was very good - the DSC didn't even kick in much
  • jrentjrent Posts: 15
    Drove my wifes Cabrio and it really made me appreciate the CL/S. I stomped on the gas and went no where! Steering feels very stiff on the CL/S is there a quick fix or will this adjust with use, also front tires appear under inflated but gauges at 32psi is this due to all the weight being up front?
  • elivingselivings Posts: 5
    Make sure you keep pressure at or slightly above mfg listed psi on the low profile tires. They (the tires) will pop off the rim if too low.
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    My 98 CL is about due for tires.The dealer says
    I should replace them with the same type which is Michelin 205/55/16.I would like to know if anybody
    has put 60 series on.COSTCO said 60 series are too
    big.My only gripe about the original tires is road noise.I have 54K miles and lot's of tread is left but cracks are in the sidewalls.Also the price is $144 each mounted,balanced,with road
    hazard coverage.Is this a good price?
  • l943973l943973 Posts: 197
    I would also look at the Yokohama AVS db. They are ultra-high performance all-season tires. They are extremely quiet tires (quieter than Michelins Energys) and grip better. Noise was a primary concern for me and all-season important too. I have a 99RL. I've always thought the Michelins were noisy. I've already tested them in the snow and haven't had any problems. I feel the ride is a little stiffer than the Michelins but not by much. They go for about $92 for 215 so 205s should be less ( It took 4 days for delivery ($25/shipping).
  • Im selling my stock 16in wheels bc im getting new asking if anyone knows where i should go to sell them or knows anybody that might be interested....the are in good condition and only have 20K miles on the 50K michellin me if you can help me

    thanks......i have a picture of them if you want to me and ill send it to you//
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    Just had new tires put on my 98 CL and at COSTCO
    you pay $7 for a package that includes road
    hazard warranty.That's per tire and it sounded
    like a good idea.Now it sounds like a GREAT idea.
    My CL has not run over anything yet that ruins a tire but... My wife's new TL hit something on the freeway and caused a blowout and had no road
    hazard coverage.Acura roadside assistance covered
    the tire change but it costs over $150 to replace
    the tire.Since I have learned my lesson I now
    have coverage on all my tires.More advice don't
    try changing a tire on a busy freeway you might get killed by crazy drivers instead join AAA
    or buy a car that has roadside assistance.Driving
    just a short distance on a flat can ruin an alloy
    wheel and that's another $300 or so.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    If you look into the front wheelwells, the liner seems to consist of more than 1 panel that overlap one another. I've noticed that these panels are not sealed together where they overlap.
    In other words, it appears that dirt and water whipped up by the tires can get in between the gap where the 2 pieces overlap.

    I'm wondering if it is just my car where there is separation of these liner panels, or are they all like that. Secondly, assuming these gaps are by design, would that create a problem (in regard to dirt and water getting in)?
  • I don't see it as a problem because even if the dirt could get through it is more likely to hit the firewall. The liner panels fit tightly so I am not worry. I guess if you are realy concern then you might use some silicon between the panels.
  • I love this car but living in New York means you're always parking next to a curb and Acura has really made a big mistake in combining 17" wheels and low-profile tires. I've only got 2500 miles on my silver Type S and already three of the four wheel rims are gouged from hitting the curb when parking. Maybe if enough people complain about this goof in design they'll change it and give us new wheel rims. ha! ha!
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    How about buy a set of the TL-S wheels. I believe they are 1/2 inch narrower.
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