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Old 09-02-2014, 08:30 PM
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Hi guys, I managed to pickup my new Superior 15" rims with 4.75" bolt pattern and 6.5" depth. Installation is on a 2005 Jimmy 2 door with 4wd.


No problems with fit however, the hub cap covers for the front rims don't quite fit due to the length of the axel extending thru the rim to the back of the cover...I am shy by maybe a 16th of an inch in the cap .


One thought is to cut away some of the material from the backside of the aluminum hub cap itself and the other to grind a bit of material from the end of each front axel. Best advise?


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I'd go for removing material from the hubcap first and see if you can make that work.
 
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Trying to cut the centre hole larger in these 1/8" thick aluminum hubcaps with a grinder running from my large shop compressor is nearly impossible without breaking something...looks like shorter axles with a cut off saw or big *** angle grinder here we come.
 
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Hope you never have to replace a hub or you will be replacing the axle to unless you are crazy careful not to get into the threads but I do to think there is a lot of wiggle room there!
 
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I would likely grind down the axle stub
they are usually fairly rounded and the threads are not usually that close to the end
 
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Thanks for the additional info Rex it's been a bit since I've seen the end of an axle stub!
 
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Originally Posted by teckguy View Post
Trying to cut the centre hole larger in these 1/8" thick aluminum hubcaps with a grinder running from my large shop compressor is nearly impossible without breaking something...looks like shorter axles with a cut off saw or big *** angle grinder here we come.
a 4inch electric grinder will do the job , the axle stub is not that hard
just keep it moving around and try to chamfer the edge if possible
careful around the wheel studs and be mindful of the sparks

OMG I sound like my grade 11 auto shop teacher
 
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