Chrome wheels are much more durable than rims made of polished aluminum. Aluminum wheels may look nice at first but require a lot of polishing. Eventually, the aluminum finish may flake and peel. Wheels plated with chrome require little care and won’t corrode or deteriorate in harsh conditions.

Why People Are Attracted to Aluminum Rims

We know that polished aluminum rims look decorative and shiny. That’s why you like them and are trying to decide whether aluminum or chrome plating is the right choice for you. We’ve gathered some facts about aluminum and the difference between this plating and chrome.

Aluminum alloy is lightweight and durable. Even these rims are costly, look great when they are brand new. These stylish rims are often seen on sports cars.

Racecar teams go through dozens of tires everyday. While they need the rims to be durable, they do not need them to look good for more than one day. These shiny, custom wheels only have to impress fans during a quick whirlwind around the track.

In order for a wheel made from an aluminum alloy to keep its shiny finish, however, it has to be polished. Even if you put in the elbow grease and buff these rims regularly, the polish eventually wears off and flakes.

Why Choose Chrome Plating?

Chrome is rugged because there is no corrosion or oxidation. This heavy-duty metal finish can last forever when taken care of properly. While it is not as lightweight as aluminum, it can look just as shiny.

Chrome is not just the stuff wheels are made from, it is also found around the house. You can find chrome on sinks, faucets, and doorknobs. When aluminum shines, it is reflective but it does not give off a complete mirror image like chrome does. Chrome is shiny enough to see yourself in it.

Chrome is more durable than aluminum and takes a step-by-step process to apply. Our chrome plating process uses 24 steps to ensure the maximum quality finish.

Upgrading your current wheel finish to chrome is an investment in the look and quality of your car or motorcycle. Yet, you receive the satisfaction of having a higher quality look while also having peace of mind the shine and finish will last for years to come.

Still on the fence about chrome or aluminum? Contact us at 888-327-4189 to have your questions answered.


image_3The spirit of adventure is open for anything with these fun, three-wheel motorcycles. The standard look and comfort of the Spyder series of motorcycles are muscular and well equipped for on and off road performance. Besides the sporty look of the Spyder, you can have parts and wheels chrome plated for a unique effect.

The Spyder series includes:


  • Spyder
  • Spyder RT
  • Spyder RTS
  • Spyder ST
  • Spyder RSS

The standard Spyder F3 series’ custom work includes premium fenders. The limited and F3-T series comes with an additional cargo capacity option that is added beneath the rear seat. In the RT series, the rear seat provides maximum comfort for rides to passengers.

Spyder Motorcycle Chrome Wheel Exchange

To have your Spyder chrome plated, we have a few different options. You can ship the parts to us using our chrome exchange program. We keep parts in-stock for a number of popular motorcycle brands. You can also send us your parts and wheels to chrome.

In the chrome wheel exchange, we send you the already in-stock parts and wheels. You can pay a core deposit or send us your wheels first.

You can also send us your wheels with the request to exchange them and then we ship your chrome plated wheels the next business day.


Harley-Davidson knows how to do style, and the Harley FLHX chrome wheels are no different. The Street Glide is state of the art and when all of the parts and glamour are stripped away, there is still a machine that doesn’t miss a beat.

Redoing the Touring Motorcycle

Recently, Project Rushmore decided to re-think the Touring motorcycle from end to end. There is always a never-ending quest with this company to make things better for the rider. Part of the way to do that helps riders take curves better, stop faster, and pass easier. The overall project decided to add brakes with ABS, LED fog lamps and headlamps, and brighter luggage carrier lighting. There are also brighter brake lights and turn signals as well as a steering head with stiff front forks. The result is a bike that is better than ever.

Keeping the Style of Harley FLHX Chrome Wheels

The name Project Rushmore tells you almost everything you need to know. The makers are setting out to aim high and give riders an experience they’ve never had on a motorcycle before. They want riders to enjoy their vehicles like they are part of the landscape and not just another bike. The way to do that is to go through the look and feel of the bike including grueling road tests and high levels of technology and innovation. The style of the machine never gets left behind either with Harley FLHX chrome wheels at the forefront of the sleek and modern, yet classic look. The bikes come out the other side as timeless pieces.


5 Chrome Plating Classic Car Projects

Custom Chrome Plating the Classics

Highly decorative, protective, and with the ability to transform your classic automobile in to a true head turner, chrome plating your rims and other hardware is a project worth doing. If you’re the owner of a classic car, there’s unlimited potential to restore and add style with chrome. Classic Components Inc. is the perfect detailer to reveal the looks that your vehicle deserves. Let’s take a look at three of our recent projects. Who knows, maybe yours could be next?




– Is it the “Busy Season” yet?

Happy Holidays!  This is the time of year when (knock on wood) our business starts to pick-up just a bit here at Classic Components chrome plating.  This year appears to be no exception.  We are starting to receive more work and more packages are arriving.  It’s not quite the spring season rush but we do see that people are taking advantage of the winter down time and getting their chrome projects out of the way before the hint of warm weather is back upon us.

As you can see from this picture below, our racks are starting to fill up more than usual.  Turnaround times are still fast however, so feel free to get your parts to us ASAP.  As always, we offer chrome motorcycle wheel exchange year-round and special rush service for those procrastinators out there 😉

Completed Chrome Rack

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Chrome parts waiting to be cleaned and shipped by Classic Components Inc.

Classic Components Inc./South Bay Chrome: the leaders in custom chrome plating and metal finishing.  Count on us for all of your chrome, black chrome, metal finishing and restoration needs!