I am on my fourth Expedition (1997, 2003, 2004, 2007) I now have a Black 2007 Limited EL 4x4 with the 20 inch rim upgrade. However I was not aware when you purchased the truck that "Chrome Clad" meant chrome on a piece of plastic stuck on a rim? I honestly cannot believe that my 51k expedition has plastic covers on the rims. I consider myself an expedition expert and I never realized they were plastic covers. I am complaining to the dealer I bought the truck from and they are as surprised as I was. This is one of the biggest Ford dealers in So. Cal and not one salesman knew they were plastic. They remember that the chrome rims were important to me. I cannot believe that more "Expedition Enthusiasts" are not outraged. Everytime I stick with Ford I get slapped in the face. WHEN WILL I LEARN!!!
Definition of Clad:
–verb (used with object), clad, clad·ding. to bond a metal to (another metal), esp. to provide with a protective coat.
I notice that myself when I bought mine, the sales guy here said they are like that to be about to warranty them when they start to pit due to brake dust. I never let it collect that much before washing them. I think it is a little cheesy...should have been a real chrome wheel...not a wheel with a chrome hubcap.
I love all the chrome plated plastic on the new trucks. it looks great for about 5 years then bubbles off! hehehe its allot lighter too and you cant dent it.. when you hit somthing it just cracks apart.
I hate to question you because I really enjoy your website but I am 99.9% sure they are plastic. I know this from my own eyes and the ford dealer told me so.
it is OK to question me, I am not always correct, but in this case I did a little test.
The 08 18" chrome wheels pictured on my site at http://www.baumbach.com/expedition.htm
are for sure covered with chrome metal and not plastic. I tested this by using a magnet and it stuck to the wheels, unlike the front chrome grill for example is chrome plastic and the magnet would not stick to it.