Applying Pro Grip wheel detailing tape to my Honda Grom
I wanted to make the wheels on my 2014 Honda Grom stand out. I wanted my motorcycle to stand out from the crowd.
After some searching on Amazon using the search parameter "wheel tape" the query returned several selections but which one should I purchase? The first thing I did was eliminate any kits that included pre-cut semicircle wheel detailing tape. The 12 inch wheels on my Honda Grom are not "standard" size and these would most likely not fit right. I also eliminated any wheel tape that was not reflective. Having reflective wheel tape on the wheels is a must for safely if you ride at night. Also the effect you get when light shines on the reflective tape at night is dazzling!
My next hurdle was to choose the right color for the wheel detailing tape. Wheel detailing tape comes in many colors including pink, green, blue, red, and white. Since my Honda Grom has a black color scheme red was a natural choice! Finally it was time to find a reputable manufacturer of motorcycle wheel detailing tape. There are many "fly by night" operations that got into manufacturing wheel detailing tape to make a quick dollar. One of the best yardsticks for determining the merit of the product is to look at the reviews. Please note, even if a product does not get all five stars it could be a good product. Also don't be discouraged if thirty two people give a product five stars and three gave it a one star, there are always a few "Debbie Downers" in a crowd that, no matter what, cannot be satisfied (sad trombone sound) ;-) Lastly if you can get free shipping on the product this is a bonus!
Okay after much research I settled on the wheel detailing tape from a company call Pro Grip. The kit also includes a handy applicator. I ordered it and a couple days later the product arrived at my door.
Now, installing wheel detailing tape is not for the faint of heart. It requires time and patience so I recommend getting a good nights sleep and performing the install first thing in the morning when you are fresh. Start by using a rear wheel stand to lift the rear wheel off of the ground. I also borrowed rubber play mats from my daughter's play area in the basement and placed it around the sides of the motorcycle so I wouldn't scuff anything up if I dropped the bike during the lift or when I put it down. Once the rear wheel is in the air using something like denatured alcohol to clean the area where you are to apply the wheel detailing tape. It is important that the area you are applying the wheel detailing tape be grease and dirt free!
Per the instructions, place the tape into the included applicator and slowly spin the wheel while applying the tape. While applying use your finger to smooth out any air pockets or places it did not adhere to the wheel. Once applied all the way around the wheel cut the end of the tape, align it up with the tape already applied and smooth it on the wheel with your finger. Now spin the wheel and look for any uneven spots. Please be aware you have a limited amount of wheel detailing tape so if you pull the tape off in frustration or pull it off then reapply it more than once you will most likely have to purchase another kit. Don't get frustrated if it is not perfect! Will anyone notice when the bike is cruising at 50 miles and hour? Proceed to do the other side of the back wheel then carefully lower the rear wheels to the ground.
For me, applying the wheel detailing tape to the front wheel was much more difficult as I did not have a front wheel stand. To get around this I applied the wheel tape to the exposed part of the wheel. Then moved the motorcycle exposing another section of the wheel until the wheel detailing tape was completely applied to the side. I did the same for the other side.
I was amazed at how cool the wheel looked when the job was completed!
This would have made my life much easier if I owned this set of front and wheel lift stands during the wheel detailing tape project!