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Old 12-18-2020, 10:36 AM   #1
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Losing hubcaps

I lost two hubcaps this year. I went over the caps and made sure all the prongs were bent out, physically pulled on the cap before setting out and still lost one this last trip. I have two more extras but am contemplating going to mag type wheels to avoid this issue. Any ideas to keep them on better? Thank you in advance.
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Old 12-18-2020, 11:07 AM   #2
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Just a thought -
Stamped steel wheels flex when going over irregular surfaces. (Cast wheels not so much)
The wheel cover does very little flexing.

As the steel wheel flexes (some thousandth of an inch) the wheel cover may have less metal to stay in contact. I have a classic car that has this issue as well but the wheels are not correct for the year. What I did was to line the wheel with electrical tape in the area that the cover engages. It seemed to help as the wheel cover flying off in turns was reduced.* Until the tape degraded. I live in Phoenix. I switched to duct tape and that had a better life on the rim. The cover still comes flying on the LF wheel on a right turn at higher speeds. I have just learned to slow down for right turns.

It is a cheap fix. Likely far cheaper than loosing a cover. Fortunately the wheel covers on my ride only took flight from the front steering wheels. And recovery was always successful. Even though it was annoying.

*However in full disclosure it is a hobby car so the events of driving are not

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Old 12-18-2020, 02:19 PM   #3
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I found it was much easier to just take them off for the drive and put them on when arrived. After a few lost caps on the road.
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Old 12-19-2020, 06:37 AM   #4
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Like Action says,
Duct tape on the rims keeps the hub caps on.
I had to do this on my 54 CountrySquire.
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Old 12-19-2020, 07:30 AM   #5
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Have a set for show, and a set for go!

Just purchase a cheap set of 15" vintage car hubcaps off ebay for $50.00 bucks. The one below is from a mid-50's Ford, if you loose one, no big deal and can be replaced no problem, look good going down the road.

After getting to the site, for the show, put the originals back on ;-)

You can even use the tape trick to hold them on,
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Old 12-19-2020, 02:02 PM   #6
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Losing hubcaps

Good suggestions all - Thank you!!
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