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I would like to take the hub caps off my base and just run with the black rims.
Is this safe for the hubs/bearings? Should the be covered, if so does any one know where to get a center cap that will fit?

Thank you for your ideas.
 

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hub caps are strictly cosmetic, nothing more. Many have sprayed their hub caps with Plasti-dip and been satisfied with the results.
 

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Thank you for your ideas.
I really don't like the look of most aftermarket hubcaps. I like the look of the black steel rims with the chrome lugnuts.
My concerns was that hubs would be "directly" exposed to the elements.
 

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Thank you for your ideas.
I really don't like the look of most aftermarket hubcaps. I like the look of the black steel rims with the chrome lugnuts.
My concerns was that hubs would be "directly" exposed to the elements.
don't worry about that most people here drive around all winter (usually from November to April, or longer in some cases) with steel rims as they have snow tires on them and don't bother with hub-caps.
 

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If you want to dress it up, a lot of VW owners paint their steelies.

I currently have my hubcaps off 'cause they're ugly as hell and I decided I don't want to upgrade to the OEM 18s I got. I'd much rather see black steelies than cheap plastic covers.
 

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If you want to dress it up, a lot of VW owners paint their steelies.

I currently have my hubcaps off 'cause they're ugly as hell and I decided I don't want to upgrade to the OEM 18s I got. I'd much rather see black steelies than cheap plastic covers.
there is upgrade 16" ;)
 

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Keep in mind that the black paint on the steelies tarnishes rather quickly and is extremely difficult to shine back up. I started out exactly where you are now and the tarnished steelies eventually irritated me to the point of getting factory 18"s to swap out.
 

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Personally, I can't justify the additional cost of 16s at the moment. I'll get new 15 inch wheels to use with my current tires that only have 3000 miles on them.

However, if you're stuck with steelies, there are some things you can do to make them less blah. It isn't a permanent solution but it's better than nothing.
 

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Hit them with Plasti-dip, then when your current tires wear out, upgrade your wheels to 16" with tires to match.

Keep the 15" rims for winter driving, or sell them to some Canuck who wants them for the same purpose.
 

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Thank you for your ideas.
I really don't like the look of most aftermarket hubcaps. I like the look of the black steel rims with the chrome lugnuts.
My concerns was that hubs would be "directly" exposed to the elements.
I actually took my winter, black steel rims, and painted them myself w Tremclad "Fire Red". They look pretty slick, and are almost a dead match for the Molten red, but really need a coat of clear gloss sealant to make them pop.
 

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I just bought a set of hub caps to cover my winter steelies. It seemed like the cheapest solution, I really don't like the black steel wheels look. They had all sorts of options for different hub caps.
 

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Keep in mind that the black paint on the steelies tarnishes rather quickly and is extremely difficult to shine back up. I started out exactly where you are now and the tarnished steelies eventually irritated me to the point of getting factory 18"s to swap out.
That paint is definitly lightweight. My car was built in July and I bought it in September. The black steelies already had fade areas from the wheel covers when I removed the WC and put chrome trim (aka "beauty" though I don't consider them beautiful) rings on. IMO look good with the chrome lug nuts. Now if I could just find some cop center caps that would fit...

Meanwhile, for winter I put the wheel covers back on.

I actually took my winter, black steel rims, and painted them myself w Tremclad "Fire Red". They look pretty slick, and are almost a dead match for the Molten red, but really need a coat of clear gloss sealant to make them pop.
They need a coat of something, that's fershur.
 

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I put small blind spot mirrors on the rears. They cover the hubs perfectly. I'm still trying to figure out something for the fronts.

I have been looking at Ford Ranger center caps. They are chrome and clamp onto the lug nuts. When I get some, I will let you know how they look.
 
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