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Fitting domed hubcaps to late bay wheels?

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by Thomas, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    Hey everyone...

    I have a 1971 lowlight, and was wondering how (if at all) i could go about putting earlier domed hubcaps on my wheels.
    My bus has the same wheels as a late bay (1971 was the change-over year).
    I usually like keeping my kombi original, but I really, really like the look of earlier wheels better.
    I have one here that I bought from Roy as a tester... so I'm ready to have a go :)

    I considered the "baby moon" hubcaps, but discounted them due to their lack of the VW logo. :lol:

    It would be a great help if anyone has pictures of this, or info on how to do it.

    Thanks,
    Tom.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2009
  2. OberonViking

    OberonViking Active Member

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    My 76 DC is wearing the wife's 79 Microbus wheels for the moment. The wheels are original stock for the bus, they're stamped 11/78, and have chromed VW hubcaps.
    Is that what you wanted to know?
     
  3. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    He wants to fit early hubcaps to late wheels ie, wide 5 hubcaps onto narrow 5 wheels. I think baykruzer did this with his 74
     
  4. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    I found some pictures... maybe they'll help me explain :)

    I want to put domed hubcaps on my wheels, so they look like this.
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    not this,
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    (i got both these images from google)
    The top picture was from a KC thread, but the link from the google page didn't work :(
     
  5. Hippy-71

    Hippy-71 New Member

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    Thomas I had a '71 bus which I put the earlier style hub caps on, they go straight on although they take a bit of persuading that's all...use the palm of your hand to hit them on if you use anything else you risk denting them.

    Here's a couple of shots of my previous bus, Grover with the caps on.....

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    [​IMG]


    Geez I wish I hadn't of sold him :cry:
     
  6. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    Grover looks like a beautiful bus :)
    Next thing is figuring out how to remove hubcaps!

    I am sure there's a thread somewhere on here about it...
    (i haven't tried to search yet).
     
  7. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    With a hubcap remover!:eek:

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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2009
  8. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    I know its the wrong way to do it, but I just used the back end of a hammer...
    It took me 20 seconds to remove the old hubcap and put the new one on :)
    I'm off to the store to buy a few more hubcaps - if they sell hubcap removers (and they're not too much $$), I'll pick one up to be safe.
    Thanks for your help everyone!
     
  9. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    Here's what the wheels looked like with the old hubcaps and before a paint...
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    Here's what they look like now that I painted them and put on the new hubcaps...
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Camerz

    Camerz New Member

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    how good are the ol' shiney hubbies:)

    looks great!! i just have a quick question are those whitewall tyres or are they the flap thingos from roy im really desperate for whitewalls or flaps im just not sure which is the best way to go?

    Cheers mate
     
  11. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    They're the inserts, like the ones Roy sells.
    The guy I bought my bus from chucked them in for free :D
    You should definitely get some... they make your wheels look a lot better in my opinion.
     
  12. Camerz

    Camerz New Member

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    sweet will do thanks mate:)
     
  13. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Those domed hubcaps look great! - I will definitely have to get some for my kombi ....
     
  14. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    John Sherman at volks conversion does adaptor plates to put early bay wheels on late bay stud pattern, $75 each plus shipping......
     
  15. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    What does the adaptor plate do?
    Sounds like a good idea.
     
  16. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Makes wheels fit something that they were never designed to fit.

    They are not legal in NSW and probably other states as well.
     
  17. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    I was excited about the possibility of putting wide-5s on my kombi until the issue of legality came up ... :(
     
  18. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    I don't see why they are illegal... its the first i've heard of it.
    They're exactly the same as the other hubcaps, but a little bit more dome shaped, and they're certainly not going to fall off or anything.
    Just like my white wall inserts, I'm not taking them off until the day I get in trouble for them...
     
  19. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    oh, is it the hubcaps that are legal, the adaptor plates, or both?
     
  20. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Phill was referring to the adapter plates ... presumably they raise safety issues (no-one would want a wheel failure at high speed! :eek:)
     

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