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Old 05-03-2005, 10:32 PM   #1
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Wheel simulators, covers, or...?

I have a 1979 28' MH and have been trying to dress it up for the summer. I think wheel simulators or wheel covers will make it look really nice, but I am having a hard time finding either wheel simulators or wheel covers. I have 19.5" wheels with 8 lugs on front and 8 lugs on rear. I cannot find any sims or covers that fit. Does anyone know where I can find some? Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:07 AM   #2
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Hi Curtis,

I bought mine from Dicor. http://www.dicor.com 800-837-2059
The part number is V195P8 They cost around $390.
You will also have to purchase valve extensions for the rear tires. $47.00
They will let you know who your local dealer is. They don't sell direct.

Also, make sure they send you the correct push nuts. #PN2
The ones they sent me were not correct.

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Old 05-04-2005, 06:13 AM   #3
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Try this company.


http://www.southwestwheel.com/

You may have to call their store in Dallas...

I purchased some Stainless Steel liners from them some time ago for a Ford 350 Dually.
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Old 05-04-2005, 07:08 AM   #4
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I see them on Ebay from time to time, do a search for "19.5 wheel". I almost bought a rear set, as I needed only one ( scratched it) and they went for 30 bucks for two ten lug sims. I missed them by forgetting to bid.
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Curtis,

the issue is that us 8 luggers are a small segment of the MH public. My 78 has the same bolt pattern.

They are available, but there are few deals to be found. I knew a place that had the steel wheels but the had been chromed I wanted to buy them, but the $$ was too much for the budget at the time. You might find a local shop that could do that and then you would have a bit o bling!
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Being cheap and always working at a low paying job I decided to paint my rims. they were painted white but had rusted and looked bad. I cleaned them up-took off the rust and masked the tires and valve stems. Then I chose a nice Rust-O Leum color, a windless day and sprayed away. The wheels look good and my total cost was under $5.00.
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I hadn't really thought about painting the rims. What color did you use? Was it a close match to a chrome or aluminum wheel? That is a great idea. I haven't painted rims since high school (which was a looong time ago), and they have many more color choices now.
Thanks, everyone, for the replies.
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A little off topic - but my local Liquidation World has some spinners that would fit..... be the first one on your block, raise eyebrows at a VAC rally - could be fun
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you know along the lines of Chplain kents post- what about powder coating? I have seen trucks with powder coated wheels that looked great and held up.
And on the paint idea...I painted my spare tire rim silver and mount with a rustoleum product, and primed it before...it came out pretty good. I used the "aluminum paint'.
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My wheels were originally painted, the color was the same as the lower wrap on the MH, a copper color. I found the right color at the local parts store and did a freshing up. I needed to paint as I had replaced one wheel and they did not match.

BTW the rims are the same as were used on Frito Lay trucks and the like in the late 70's. Mask and spray. They look right. Not flashy, but correct for the MH.
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Make sure you don't mask off the tires....I love that look!
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I wanted to paint my rims a bright chrome or silver but could not find a paint that would hold up. All of the spray paints I found in cans which were metallic stated that they were not to be used outdoors. So I chose the color of the bottom of my coach, a dark grey, brown. I plan on using this same paint to re-paint that entire bottom panel after I get finished polishing.
Another tempting color choice was taxi cab yellow, we have a lot of cars driving around with thier rims painted that color.
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I heard someone used this product on their rims to get that chrome look.

http://www.nyalic.com 12oz. Can & liquid form.


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www.alsacorp.com is a company that makes a chrome paint that is supposed to hold up very well. Orange County Choppers used it on the gas tank for a bike they made for Jasy Leno.
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