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#834210 - Sun Mar 11 2012 03:08 AM Budget hub cap adapter for rally wheels
Joe McNeel Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 04 2000 12:00 PM
Posts: 898
Loc: Elmo, UT, USA
I like the way the hub cap adapters on this page were made but making a casting is not something I do every day.

http://pic5.piczo.com/Millpower-Race-Engineering/?g=45768718

I finally came up with an inexpensive way to attach my hub caps. I started with some stock rally centers I found cheap on e-Bay. I removed the center part with a cut-off wheel and grinder. Then I drilled 3 evenly spaced holes 5/16" in from the outer edge and attached the clips with #10 machine screws, nuts and star washers. I salvaged the clips from some damaged wheels I had, but you can buy them from some of the venders for about $3 each.

http://web.etv.net/users/jmcneel/hc1.jpg

You could go with 4 or 6 clips as long as they are spaced evenly. Probably a good idea if you drive much on washboard gravel but 3 clips seem tight enough for my purposes. I then simply bolt the modified center to the rim with 5/16" cap screws.

http://web.etv.net/users/jmcneel/hc2.jpg

Then snap on the hub cap.

http://web.etv.net/users/jmcneel/hc3.jpg

Just the look I was going for.

http://web.etv.net/users/jmcneel/hc4.jpg

I've kept the chrome to a minimum for a more subtle look, only adding a few select pieces like my license plate frame!

http://web.etv.net/users/jmcneel/hc5.jpg

http://web.etv.net/users/jmcneel/59.html
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#834411 - Sun Mar 11 2012 10:32 PM Re: Budget hub cap adapter for rally wheels [Re: Joe McNeel]
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Registered: Wed Nov 01 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada
That turned out sweet, GREAT JOB ! I really like the way it looks
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#834839 - Tue Mar 13 2012 01:34 AM Re: Budget hub cap adapter for rally wheels [Re: 1Bad51]
bigbadswingdaddy Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 31 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 2319
Loc: san francisco
Now I know why I saved those ugly 4wd caps.

I had thought about modifying the 1/4 inch aluminum spacer plates that are sold with the 6 lug disc brake kits, or seperately to space the wheels out. This approach is definetely cheaper, as I already have a set of 4 4x4 center caps.

I nominate this to go in the tech tip section.
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#834887 - Tue Mar 13 2012 09:20 AM Re: Budget hub cap adapter for rally wheels [Re: bigbadswingdaddy]
Stuart_Giles Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 14 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 241
Loc: Kent, United Kingdom
Good work there, and really great piece of recycling of the stock 6 lug rally wheel center caps too.


Edited by Stuart_Giles (Tue Mar 13 2012 09:21 AM)
Edit Reason: missing word
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#834912 - Tue Mar 13 2012 11:40 AM Re: Budget hub cap adapter for rally wheels [Re: Stuart_Giles]
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Registered: Fri Dec 11 2009 10:04 PM
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Loc: colorado springs, CO
My rallly wheels had the 4wheel drive caps, the fronts had the hole for the locking hubs. Someone made the centers out of a can lid. I used some of the round wide view mirrors from the parts store. They are chrome reflective and come in the right size, cheep too, a little rtv and you are done.
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#835098 - Tue Mar 13 2012 10:25 PM Re: Budget hub cap adapter for rally wheels [Re: hankrags]
Joe McNeel Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 04 2000 12:00 PM
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Loc: Elmo, UT, USA
Thanks for the kind words. Stuart, I really would have rather been able to make a set like yours. They are almost to nice to cover up with hub caps.
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