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My thinking is that chrom is rice because it's heavy... true chrome adds a lot of weight to a rim, which is why companies like volk don't offer actual chrome, they offer a chome-like paint finish... best of both worlds, and to me, a great look. Another alternative would be polished Aluminum.

It's fine for some luxo rim makers to offer it, because quite frankly, the kinds of cars they're putting the rims on have horsepower and torque in abundance.

Has anybody done a rice/bling comparison? I don't see much of a difference in the two. Both offer completely useless upgrades to a car, most of the time tacky, with little or no consideration given to the appropriateness of the add-on with respect to the vehicle to which it's being affixed. I guess bling would be a step up from rice because it CAN be good, but I think the bling stereo type is going way down hill.
 

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One or two pounds is NOT going to SLOW you down THAT much to where you even notice.
I hear you. Perhaps not 1lb, but 2 lbs you're going to notice if you're into handling at all. All the high-end sports cars build as much of the suspension and braking componentry with aluminum as they can to save a couple lbs in unsprung weight. It helps... If you doubt the concept, tape a CD to the end of a pencil and try spinning and waving it around from the opposite end. Then tape few pennies to the outside of the edge of the CD and try again, you'll see how the effort required to spin and wave it around changes.

That said, if you're building a car more for show than for go, then you can use chrome and not worry about.

Aside from all that, the biggest problem with chrome is the temptation to use too much. There's no doubt that chrom looks nice, but it should be an accent only.
 
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