Re: Hub Centric Rings?
No sweat, Chad. Here's the deal on rings. You don't want to buy the aluminum ones. React with the steel of your wheels and can corrode rather quickly. So now you buy the plastic ones. Would you or any other sane Camaro owner think that a plastic ring is going to bear the weight of their Camaro like the hub would on a true hub-centric wheel? Of course not. What hub rings do is make it easier to be center the wheel before you start tightening the lug bolts, but it's still the lug bolts that are centering the wheel. Only factory wheel that comes to mind that are hub centric are the 60's Vette wheels that were held on the hub by on big spinner nut where you put the tire on, spun the big nut onto the hub, and then they'd knock on of the spinner ears with a rubber mallet to make sure its tight. There could be more, but you get the point.
Turning non-issues into issues is what the internet is famous for. Anybody can write anything and there is no credibility check you can do on them. Case in point, I scored a killer deal on a TPI off of '88 Vette. Complete with everything but the computer. Love the looks of them polished and it will look killer and different under the hood of my Camaro. Now I start reading all the posts from all the "experts" on the web. "Can't run it with this cam", "Won't make power past this point", "Will make power past that point", "MAF is best", "MAP is best", yada yada yada. Put an ad up to sell it then I called one of the places that specialize in TPI and fuel injection and they provided the real info. Now I'm keeping it and going with my original plan.
Forums like these are fun but should only serve as one source of info. You're better off talking to the people who make their living selling and servicing the product in question, they know. To put your mind at ease on lug centric wheels, I have asked my buddy who has managed a Goodyear tire store and a Firestone tire store for over thirty years, a GM Service Manager of over forty years, and a GM engineer of twenty years about lug centric wheels.