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Old 04-15-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Installing Baby Moons

This may sound funny however I just received my set of baby moons from hubcapmike.com and cant get them to snap on. It seems they are a smidge too small. We tried 2 seperate wheels and hubcaps. Is there a trick to it? What am I missing? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-15-2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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They are suppose to be that way so that when you do get them on they don't fall off. I don't know if there is a trick or not. I just kind of put mine on in the middle and hit the edges lightly with my hand. SNapped right on. I dented one using a rubber mallet so be careful. Good luck!
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:44 PM   #3
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When we had vintage and replaced the baby moons, we had the same trouble. We took them to Les Schwab tire and nice young guy hammered them into place with a rubber mallet and they looked awesome. Later, we tried to replicate what he did with a mallet and dented the kapok out of the moons. Epic fail. They are supposed to snap into position with a hard smack like NavyD says. Good luck with that!
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:16 PM   #4
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Tried for an hour or so, no luck. Even broke out the white grease trick on the nubs and nothing. I've remodeled complete houses from the sutds up and the smallest tasks on this Airstream are a pain in the you know what!

Saw some posts about hammering the interior lip to allow for a little more wiggle room in the tight fit but that doesn't seem like a great idea...
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:51 PM   #5
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I would bet the design of the new caps isn't the same as the 45 year old wheels. Reproduction parts are like that.

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Old 04-21-2010, 08:00 PM   #6
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It's possible the caps are not the same as the vintage. I ordered mine from Vintage Trailer Supply. They are not the same as "quality" like the originals. So I use the newly bought ones for right now. Then I took the originals to get them rechromed.
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I had to take a vise grips to mine on the inner lip of the cap to correspond with the three, or was it four, nubs. Don't flatten the lip completely, just enough to get them to go on. Haven't had a problem and they've been on for two years now.

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Flyfhsr has described how you do it. Hubcap Mike, who can be very charming when he’s trying to sell you something, will curtly advise you of this when you call him to complain.

He could very easily print this and enclose the slip with every shipment but he belongs to the “sucker born every minute” school.

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Our baby moons won't budge! It has us reminiscing about putting the endcaps back in our trailer. We'll try the vise grip trick...
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Our baby moons won't budge! It has us reminiscing about putting the endcaps back in our trailer. We'll try the vise grip trick...
Try it in only one area first, lay that flattened spot over the "nub", with the rest of the cap flush on the wheel and give it a pop.
That's how I have to get these on.

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My technique was to "hook" two of three nubs, apply light pressure toward the wheel on the loose nub, then give the cap a good sharp smack on the OPPOSITE side of the hubcap so as to push the whole cap toward the loose one while urging it onto the wheel. It's a learned skill, but works. (Gee I hope that made some sort of sense.)
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(Gee I hope that made some sort of sense.)
It did.

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I forgot one little detail -- you can bruise the bejabbers out of the heel of your hand doing this ... try not to be overly sporty with your smack -- just enough to do then job.
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