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Old 03-24-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Want a better hub cap

The plastic, factory supplied hub caps bother me. They discolor with age pretty fast. I worry it won't be long before the next time a hub cap is removed the plastic snap-on lug jaws are brittle enough to crack. What then?

Sure, you can delay the obvious deterioration by painting the outside with Krylon. I have already done that to the yellowed stove vent and manual bath vent plastic. Seems a cosmetic solution merely delaying the inevitable. That's likely good enough for a hatch, but not for hub caps.

Anyone know of a non-plastic hub cap that would fit these wheels?
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:48 AM   #2
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Myron,
Did a quick search and came up with a lot of different hubcaps including this.

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I really need to figure out how to insert a link.

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edit: well golly, this time it worked.
Just noticed that these are 6 lug. but just search ebay has plenty of 15 inch available.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:10 PM   #3
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Glanced at the two thumbnails and thought, at first, you'd sprayed them with Krylon, then I saw the date. I sprayed my propane tank cover a while ago and was tempted to spray the plastic hubcaps at the same time. I decided that, with the glossy surface, it'd be too much work to abrade them so I didn't bother.

I agree, from the the get-go they're on borrowed time. Haven't broken one yet but a good looking hubcab would be a nice alternative.

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Old 03-24-2016, 12:15 PM   #4
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One of mine cracked a while ago - so I have been going without.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:18 PM   #5
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How about these?
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:23 PM   #6
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Myron, you might do something like a Chrome hub cover and stainless lugs. It's trapped by the wheel, and the only way they come off is to remove the wheel. Should really dress it up too. Not sure of the size.

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Old 03-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #7
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Just noticed that these are 6 lug. but just search ebay has plenty of 15 inch available.
There are 6-bolt wheels in 15"... the important part is to match the centre, regardless of nominal wheel diameter. For caps which fit to the studs: an Escape has 5 bolts on a 4.5" bolt circle. For caps which go through the centre hole (such as the ones Robert linked), you need to match that hole - and not all wheels of the same diameter have the same centre hole.
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Close look at the rim suggests they are made to not allow a snap-on hub cap of any size, unless it snaps onto the 5 lugs like the plastic ones. No other way? I really want the baby moon(s).

Seems only Steve's/TDFTexas' and rbryan's suggested options are an answer.

Very limited, disappointing. I see the hub cap not merely as something with which to cover and shield the lugs and hubs. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) I see it as a proud style statement proclaiming and publicizing personal inner fantasies spinning and searching in circles for outlets, be they ever so humble.
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Close look at the rim suggests they are made to not allow a snap-on hub cap of any size, unless it snaps onto the 5 lugs like the plastic ones. No other way? I really want the baby moon(s).

Seems only Steve's/TDFTexas' and rbryan's suggested options are an answer.

Very limited, disappointing. I see the hub cap not merely as something with which to cover and shield the lugs and hubs. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) I see it as a proud style statement proclaiming and publicizing personal inner fantasies spinning and searching in circles for outlets, be they ever so humble.
Myron what Robert posted looks like what is on our fancy aluminum wheels if you look there is a lip .mwhen I had to go fix a flat it goes behind the wheel rim and is held in place when you use the lugs . Pat
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