Hubcaps on non-vw rims

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

  1. Barry

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    Think they mean the clips?
     
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    Ha ha! :p

    Just the clips will be fine;)
     
  3. cbus

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    Batten screws :)
     
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    933D24A6-B890-402C-A4F7-E62026F40FEE.jpeg Here is picture of the welded lugs. The welder guy made up a template and the 6mm wire is actually curved.
     
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    Hub cap on. It just won’t stay on - more work to be done. Wheels balanced with lugs welded on.
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  6. vwkj87

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    Clips don't quite work with late hubcaps as they have a thick lip, they are held on by pressure.
     
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    By non-welding I mean like riveting on a rubber or plastic lump or something. Just wanted to see if anyone has had any success.
     
  9. Barry

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    OK - it seems to be a different wheel to what Weekender posted

    Will it fit over the 3 bumps?

    Could you not drill and self tap / bolt something so the head mushrooms out to give some "grab"?
     
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    Machine screw with hex or similar drive.
    Create profile needed on a lathe.
    Drill thru rim and tap.
    Adjust height above rim to allow rolled edge of cap to sit where needed to give a firm hold but not too tight that its hard to get off.
    With small contact points you may need 4 points?
     
  12. Weekender

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    I had given the welder a VW rim and an old hub cap that I had cut a 1/3 segment out - so you could see how the hubcap actually fitted - and he still didn't get it right..... maybe I need a new welder:rolleyes:

    I will take them back, but I'm getting used to the non cap look - I used the merc profile dome nuts that I got from the T3 Technique is the US

    http://www.t3technique.com/lug-nuts...nuts/small-ball-seat-closed-end-lug-nuts.html
     
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    Yes that's a kombi wheel. Those lumps are what we're trying to sort of replicate.
     
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    Yours looks like they need to be positioned further outwards?
     
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    Yeah - you might be right there - I did attempt to file under a bit to get more of a lip - I also think the 6mm dia was too small - so perhaps 8 or 10mm - it was the profile of the kombi rim I was trying to replicate. Just relooking at a kombi rim, there is more of a lip than I ended up with.
     
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  16. vwkj87

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    I tried welding a piece rod, but it was too unforgiving. It was either too tight or too loose. So I experimented with making clips and they worked well. Just needs a bit of tweeking and neatening up.
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  17. cbus

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    Is that rim merc and identical to the full set?
     
  18. vwkj87

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    Yep
     
  19. cbus

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    Quite different from Leos and ones I've seen.
    With the smaller dia pressing it may be possible to cut some vw ' bulges' and weld to merc rims?
    Would closely resemble original vw setup. Probably stronger and more secure?
     
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    Considered doing that, but decided it's a lot of work and I'll have to destroy 4 VW rims.
     

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