I know that this is an old post but I just came across it and am now considering powder coating the wheels on my '08. Like everyone else I hate cleaning wheels. They look great right after but shortly return to looking ratty (especially since I ride year round in the northeast and deal with salt) so anything I can do to make that chore easier works for me. I guess I am looking for an opinion from anyone who has tried the process. I know they look nice out of the shop but do they wear well? Do they chip or crack? Thanks in advance for your comments.