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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 10, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to install/remove hubcaps without damaging them?

Just removed the stock mag hubcaps. I have been using a taped off flat blade and a rubber mallet but was wondering if there are better ways of removing and installing hubcaps without denting or scratching them. Anyone have any tips?
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Re: Best way to install/remove hubcaps without damaging them?

I used the original lug wrench with the tapered end ground flat and wrapped a shop rag or washcloth to protect and pried a little at a time about the circumference until it popped off.

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Re: Best way to install/remove hubcaps without damaging them?

If i recall corectly... They make a plastic/metal type of
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Re: Best way to install/remove hubcaps without damaging them?

Thanks for the tips guys. What about installation? Even though I use a rubber mallet, I get nervous I am going to dent them since it takes a lot of pounding to get them on.
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Re: Best way to install/remove hubcaps without damaging them?

Install hubcaps and rally caps by popping at them with the palm of your hand or pinky finger side of your fist... Don't try to pop it all the way on at once, go a little at a time all the way around starting at the valve stem.

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Re: Best way to install/remove hubcaps without damaging them?

If you can't get them by hand, then a drum brake adjusting spoon (looks like a bent screwdriver) will do the trick.

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