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Hubcaps on non-vw rims

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by vwkj87, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. vwkj87

    vwkj87 Active Member

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    Has anyone put late bay hub caps on non-vw steel wheels?

    I've seen it with early dome hubcaps, as they have clips, so it's just a case of putting clips on the new rims. However late hub caps are held on by pressure and bumps on the rims.
     
  2. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Moonies about as good as you'll get with non vw steelies - what steelies are you considering :rolleyes:
     
  3. vwkj87

    vwkj87 Active Member

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    15" Mercedes
     
  4. grumble

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    I had a set of 15" benz wheels that had a an oyster lease of weld in 4 positions on the rim to hold the caps in place but 4 plastic or nylon buttons rivetted to the rim should work.
     
  5. vwkj87

    vwkj87 Active Member

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    So lumps of weld? Do you have an pic of an example?
     
  6. vwkj87

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    Was that strong enough?
     
  7. grumble

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    vwk87 no pictures it was just a few spots one on top of the other and the cap clipped onto the recess where the mounds overlapped, the caps didn't fall off during the tow home and had to be released with a screwdriver.
     
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    That might be the solution then. I was thinking clips.
     
  9. Andy.

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    I put wide 5 (std vw clips) on my 15" Merc rims. The pressing of the centre is not an ideal shape and they do not sit hard on the rim. I ended up putting some hard foam to support the hub cap better as over time the clips would bend (or maybe the after market clips were just no good).
    Have lasted OK, but would look at riveting on hard plastic/nylon buttons as Grumble mentioned above.
     
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  10. Weekender

    Weekender Well-Known Member

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    I had 3 lugs weld on in a similar plan to a standard wheel. I was attempting to have the same profile as the standard wheel. The lugs were about 10mm long about 6 mm dia. (welded to the 10mm flat on the rim) unfortunately it didn't work that well - but my welder said he will "fix" it - I haven't taken the rims back as yet. I will be using standard VW caps
     
  11. vwkj87

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    Do you have a pic?
     
  12. vwkj87

    vwkj87 Active Member

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    Has anyone tried a non-welding option?
     
  13. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    you dont have concerns about throwing your wheel balance out?
     
  14. Ralph

    Ralph New Member

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    Just thinking , welds wouldn't throw the balance of the Rim out ??
     
  15. vwkj87

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    That's why I'm thinking non-welding options. So I know each clip is the same size and weight, and can accurately distribute them.
     
  16. cbus

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    If the weld is on the wheel then its balanced as part of the whole assy.
    If its centered then addition of trim shouldn't throw things out
     
  17. vwkj87

    vwkj87 Active Member

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    Assuming all the welds are exactly the same?
     
  18. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Not necessary.
    The balancing corrects for irregularities.
    Hence why its performed.
    There is usualy a fair bit of runout in a rim and a lot of imbalance in a tyre.
    Variation in welds would be small change plus are minimised by being nearer centre of wheel.
     
  19. nils

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    You can always rivet them on. There are decent steel pop rivets available, or you can always go down the solid route too.
     
  20. vwkj87

    vwkj87 Active Member

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    Rivet the hubcaps on?
     
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