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trim rings moving on their own!

I recently installed a set of restored 15" rally wheels on my '69 Camaro, with new (original) caps and (repro) trim rings, with new BFG radials. After driving a few miles, the trim rings 'move' around the rim on 2 of the rims! I can tell because the valve stem ends up under the trim ring. The trim rings snap into place hard, not a loose fit.

Either the trim rings are doing this on their own, or my kids are sneaking into the garage at night and moving them as a practical joke. Which is possible of course.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Re: trim rings moving on their own!

Are your tires balanced? Have you trued the rims for out of round conditions? I have never heard of that.

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Re: trim rings moving on their own!

yes tires were just mounted and balanced...rims were restored and hopefully trued. I haven't heard any road noise or vibration...
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Either the trim rings are doing this on their own, or my kids are sneaking into the garage at night and moving them as a practical joke. Which is possible of course. Anyone have any ideas?
Shows a heavy foot. Test: on the wheel, unbeknownest to others, put a pencil mark on the wheel adjacent to the valve stem.
Check later to see if "I don't know" and "Not me" moved them.

You could also use the mark to check rim rotation after a drive.

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Re: trim rings moving on their own!

I've seen this before on an older car I used to have (70 Caprice).
The factory ralleyes were in good shape but the trim rings would move a bit IF I had taken them off and replaced in a different rotataion.
They never moed a lot and always stopped, it's not like they spun around.

I have to ask, have you put these through the "lead foot" test?
It's easy to peel out and these rings will slip even if tight to the touch.

if all else fails, try a [B]little[B] rubber cement or a dab of silicone on one.

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Check later to see if "I don't know" and "Not me" moved them.
"I don't know" and "Not me" are famous culprits.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 10, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: trim rings moving on their own!

Wow, yeah those are my kids exactly! They get really 'dumb' when I start asking questions that may involve them. Anyway, I like the idea of setting a trap and trying to catch them in the action!

-the silicone idea is a good one. I don't know about the burnout method, it would be hard to tell a cop "I was only testing my trim rings on my rally rims"!!
Also, one of the 'moving' rims is left rear, the other is right front!

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Re: trim rings moving on their own!

I think my valve stems stick out too far to allow for the trim ring to spin over it. I think it would have to come off and be put back on in order for that to happen. "I don't know" may know more than you think...


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