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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-05-2017, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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What's under those hubcaps?

What lies under those hubcaps? Actually a fairly nice set of five spoke rims. If you don't hv the coin to get rims and want a change checkout what's under the hubcaps.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-05-2017, 04:06 PM
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Any effect on MPG taking off the hubcaps?
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What lies under those hubcaps? Actually a fairly nice set of five spoke rims. If you don't hv the coin to get rims and want a change checkout what's under the hubcaps.
Eric- I did notice that after I bought LX model. Pretty nice looking grey rims, and I believe they are aluminum alloys also.
I like the covers, because theyre not as hard to clean as rims, and don't need to wax. Just wash and apply Armour-All.
But I know a lot of people like having alloy rims and the dark grey is very nice.


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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-05-2017, 09:41 PM
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Those look nice on the black car.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 11:05 PM
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Agree look nice on Black Car.

I had cover off to repair a flat tire. Pearl White EX, can't even remember what the wheel was. I think black.

I have put a pretty good size scratch on right front wheel cover when I touched it against a curb pulling over to parallel park. Need some matching silver paint to touch it up.

Or, take the covers off -- not sure my wife would go for that look (she is primary user of the NIRO).

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You could always use that peel-off paint (Plasti-dip or Dupli-Color or Rustoleum brands) to change the wheel color to match or contrast the body color. That would be simple on those wheels.
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-07-2017, 01:16 PM
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Hub caps are just there for decoration and to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture on the wheels. Just hose the wheels off now and then and you're fine. Source, I once lost a hub cap and just took off the rest.
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What lies under those hubcaps? Actually a fairly nice set of five spoke rims. If you don't hv the coin to get rims and want a change checkout what's under the hubcaps.
I am looking forward to doing this, but have gone crazy looking for center caps(dust caps) that would fit. They are 2-5/8" (66.675mm) diameter and the clip cutouts are inward toward the rotor. Anyone found a solution? I wouldn't consider taking the wheel covers off without them due to the amount of dirt that would collect by the wheel bearing.
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-05-2018, 10:38 AM
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Speaking of those hubcaps, I must of scraped one of my covers on a curb, It wasn’t to bad but it bothered me. I called the dealer to get a price on a replacement, $120.00 for one. WTF. Luckily I found a guy selling 4 on ebay. I won all four for a total price of about $75. These came off a new 2018 but are identical to the ones I have on my 2017. Why would a piece of plastic be so expensive?
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Becauset is a matching OEM piece of plastic.

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