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Old 06-19-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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Just blasted and painted my rims and they look beautiful. I ordered a new set of hub caps and when I tried to put them on they are all a shade small for the rim hole. The clips on the new caps are all straight and do NOT have a bend in them to "snap" in to the rim like the old ones. I don't want to start trying to bend the clips with pliers as that seems like it might make it worse and uneven. Such a simple thing is now a chore. Any ideas on what to do?? Thanks, Jim PS did a search on hub caps an nothing came up.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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Put the tire and rim (with the hub caps on the bottom) on a blanket with the hub caps in place. Bend the tabs over with a screwdriver (not you only need to bend about half of the tabs, leave the rest for next time).

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Old 06-19-2015, 12:37 PM   #3
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Also you can use a little silicone on the inside edge, in the areas you don't bend the tabs over and they will be less prone to rattling. I have heard of one person that used a small "O" ring around the cap and I guess that worked, as another suggestion to try.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:26 PM   #5
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Are your hubcaps for 21 inch wheels? The ones I've seen just snapped in and didn't need to have the tabs bent like those for 19 inch wheels.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:30 PM   #6
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"Someone" makes a tool, wen used in a press, will bend the tabs correctly, to make them into a pop on/pop off hubcap. Call some of the suppliers, for info on them.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:18 PM   #7
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"Someone" makes a tool, wen used in a press, will bend the tabs correctly, to make them into a pop on/pop off hubcap. Call some of the suppliers, for info on them.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:39 PM   #8
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Mike's has them. I have one and it works great. I could never get the cap tight enough with just bending the tabs. Only works on '30-31.
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What year & what size are your wheels. Your profile sez you have a '29??
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:30 PM   #10
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A bead of clear silicone from inside the wheel is easy and does a great job. It tightens the hub cap and eliminates any movements and noises.
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The clips on the new caps are all straight and do NOT have a bend in them to "snap" in to the rim like the old ones.
That the way they were originally, you would bend only a couple of taps at a time allowing for the others to be used in the future.

Mikes also has a gasket kit. You bend the taps to get them as tight as you can the put on the o ring to take up the slack. Code: A1130GA $2.25.

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