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Stock wheels, hubcaps removed, centerpiece..

Like several of you, i removed the stock hubcap to expose the cooler looking black wheel but i have not been able to find a black center cap for the middle, has anyone found one?

p.s. i did buy one set from Kia that was too small, it was a centerpiece for the hubcap and not the wheel.
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Like several of you, i removed the stock hubcap to expose the cooler looking black wheel but i have not been able to find a black center cap for the middle, has anyone found one?

p.s. i did buy one set from Kia that was too small, it was a centerpiece for the hubcap and not the wheel.
Cop car parts. I had 15" steelies on my '15 Soul. I found chrome center caps somewhere, and I put chrome trim rings on. Got the idea from the Arkansas State Police.


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I am going to remove the wheel covers at my next tire rotation and go with the black wheels also. I saw a friends newer Subaru Outback Sport recently, and the stock black rims look very similar to the Niro without the wheel covers. A kind of badass stock off-road custom look. I don't remeber the Subaru having much or any center caps, at least not flashy or chrome caps.


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https://www.ebay.com/bhp/police-center-caps


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I bought these ones (67mm ID):


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3295...6be94c4dYyoO2O
They snap in the rear fine but the front hits the axle and would not fit flush. I used a dremel tool to remove some plastic on the inside and they fit now.
I'm waiting for the silicone lug nut covers to be delivered and then I'll decide if I like the look. This is on my 2019 white LX Niro and I'm still happy with all the different colors on the exterior of the car.
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You guys know that removing the stock wheel covers (hubcaps) will affect your MPGs? They are aero wheel covers and contribute to the aerodynamics of the car.

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Of course that is true. However, if you must have a certain look, removing wheel covers is more efficient than moving to the larger wheel.

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Of course that is true. However, if you must have a certain look, removing wheel covers is more efficient than moving to the larger wheel.
That's true, I just hate to see people removing the wheel covers then two weeks later they're posting on the forums wondering why their mpg has dropped recently and they haven't changed their driving style or done anything differently. No actually you fundamentally changed the aerodynamic design of the vehicle, that's why your mpg has fallen off a cliff.

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That's true, I just hate to see people removing the wheel covers then two weeks later they're posting on the forums wondering why their mpg has dropped recently and they haven't changed their driving style or done anything differently. No actually you fundamentally changed the aerodynamic design of the vehicle, that's why your mpg has fallen off a cliff.
Based on my fuel app, I haven't found any notable difference in fuel economy with the covers off. I'm averaging the same 4.4-4.6 l/100kms as I did last summer when the covers were on.
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Based on my fuel app, I haven't found any notable difference in fuel economy with the covers off. I'm averaging the same 4.4-4.6 l/100kms as I did last summer when the covers were on.
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