FACTORY ALUMINUM WHEEL CENTER CAP MOD

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JAMES399
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Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:30 pm

My 2003 Hilux 4x has factory aluminum rims. When I bought the truck the center caps for the wheels were missing. I priced a set at the dealer, but they were way too pricey (135,000 Colombian pesos - $35 USD each). Couldn't find an aftermarket set here, so ordered a set from a China seller on Ebay for $13.99 USD/set of 4. Trouble is ... the only ones available are for 4x4s with auto locking front hubs and mine are manuals. So I had to mod two of the center caps to make them fit. Finished caps look factory and really cleaned up the look of the wheels.

I decided to post a how-to in case someone else wants to give this a try.

The wheel rim w/o the centercap
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The stock cap. Free shipping from China to Colombia only took a week!!
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I used a tool for cutting sheet plastic to make a deep score around the center of the cap
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Then I drilled a hole pattern in the center, removed it, cut it into pie-shaped sections and CAREFULLY snapped each piece out
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The cap with its center removed. The rough edge needed to be cleaned up and enlarged to fit over the manual hub.
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Installed center cap fits perfect and looks as good as the factory cap at less than 1/4 of the price.
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This mod was fun and pretty easy. Only took about 2 hours to do both sides.

- JAMES
Last edited by JAMES399 on Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:50 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:33 pm

looks good great job

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Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:06 pm

We don't get caps for the manual hubs here AFAIK and we're used to the look as in your "before" pic. A neat enough job, James, but I'm still trying to decide which looks better, with or without. :D:
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JAMES399
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Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:01 pm

MUDDOG -

To tell you the truth, I really don't think they look that much better myself. But cleaning the wheels around the lugs was a PITA without the caps.So for that, it's worth it to me.

- JAMES

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Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:08 am

No I like the look. Looks more finished. Nicely done!!

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Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:40 am

nice Job James

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