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Old 16-07-2010, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Chrome VW hub caps on mini steels - how do that?

Just fitted some mini (bmw) 15 inch steels to my MK3 Golf. The reason being that they are a damn site cheaper than G60steels and turned up fairly local on the bay, plus they should stop the 1.9 oil burner reving so hard at, ahem motorway speeds.
Used up some serious energy reaming out the centre bore with a file but other than that fitting was easy

So... The plan was/is to get them banded which may still happen when I'm a little more flush but I'm now thinking of maybe fitting some chrome hubcaps from a camper or bettle and calling it done.

Questions is, where do I buy them cheap? (2nd hand, ebay I'm thinking) and how best to fit them? I take it they clip on, so poss need some clips too? Which would need to be drilled and screwed onto the wheels? How do they normally fit?

Any help or advice would be great, cheers.

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50 views but no replies, somebody somewere must know something.

Currently the Golf sits on black standard steels and looks pig ugly, it's crying out for something, might paint them red for that hot shot rookie race car look my son hankers for
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mmm, sounds nice,

I think your best bet is to paint them red for that hot shot rookie race car look...

or whatever.
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they usually (late ones) pop over a circle ridge that circles the wheel nuts (not individually but around all of them) so i would suggest using some screws to hold them in place. sorry i cant be of more help.
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On late bugs (mine anyways) they are just round dishes with a lip curling in (if you get my meaning) which snap onto 4 little nobbles on the wheel. I think you'd need to add nobbles, basically.
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Cheers folks, I'll get down to my local dub breakers and see whats kicking aroung in the week.

'rookie race car' referance is from cars the movie for those without kids of a certain age, although it's worth watching anyway IMO.
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early domed hubcaps fitted on to clips that you rivetted on to the wheel .you could buy vw rivetts specially for the job but what bastards to rivet over. cheat use pop rivets and loke it.
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I got asked to fit some beetle hubcaps to some non-VW steelies for a retro caravan company recently. It took a bit of head scratching to work out the best way to do it as the steelies were completely flat on the mounting face so there is no recess for the fixing rivets to sit in if you want to fit the hubcap clips. Anything protruding on the inside of the face of the wheel will foul the brake hub on the vehicle, preventing the wheel from sitting flush on the face.

Also, the profile of the non-VW wheel did not lend itself to match the profile of the hubcap so I had to machine up some spacers for the clips, so the hubcap sat flush against the wheel face. The clips were held down with M5 bolts which screwed into the face of the wheel which were drilled and tapped. It took me about 45 minutes to do each wheel and is a lot of work if you don't have the correct tools/equipment, but does look good and works really well.





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