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Installing "Push-On" Wheelskins with Center Clips
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Wheelskins are engineered to precisely fit the specific geometry of a specific wheel.
Newer models of Wheelskins have metal or plastic retainer clips that grab into the holes between the spokes, to hold your Wheelskins securely.
The clips vary in shape, number and position for each specific styled wheel.
Several of the clip variations are pictured below.
Some Wheelskins models may have foam around the outer edge, others do not.
Wheelskins are designed so you DO NOT Need to Remove most wheel weights or Center Caps; Wheelskins are designed to mount over them.
EXCEPT if the wheel weights are so large they protrude beyond a line across the wheel or into the space of the holes between the spokes.
Several states have banned Lead wheel weights, this has resulted in larger zinc or steel weights becoming more common. If this is the case, you can have your wheels balanced with all the weights on the inside of the wheel, or you could get two smaller weights to replace one larger weight.
These directions apply to Push-On Impostor Wheelskins whose back
sides look like the above pictures, with plastic or steel clips arranged around
the holes between the spokes.
Position the Wheelskin, aligning it with the wheel spokes, lugs, and valve stem.
If you are right-handed, use your left hand to push firmly against the wheel on
one side of center, then give a good whack with the heel of your
right hand on the opposite side. Some models need a whack over each spoke,
depending where the clips are. The Wheelskin should snap into place so the
perimeter is in contact all the way around the wheel. You may use a rubber
hammer, but it is usually not necessary.
Finally, Check to be sure it is firmly mounted, in full contact with the wheel all around its perimeter,
and you cannot remove them with your bare hands.
If your Wheelskins go on but are "Loose" - Call Us.
Wheelskins should all go on "tight" -- without looseness, and tight to the perimeter of the wheel all around.
Rarely, a Wheelskin may go on the correct wheel but be "loose".
Possibilities for "looseness" may include:
1. You did not get the clips to engage one or more of the wheel spokes. This could be a result of foreign material on part of the wheel.
2. If the looseness is all the way around, that specific wheel itself could be different, i.e. sometimes a vehicle was in an accident or a wheel was bent on a curb, and the wheel replaced with a "Replica" wheel that was nearly the same but in fact slightly different.
3. If the looseness is only in the area of one or 2 spokes, it is possible that Wheelskin clips are missing or broken.
You should check for the possibility of one of the above conditions.
Using double-stick tape could work to hold a Wheelskin on, but the tape would have to be renewed whenever the Wheelskins are taken off and on.
Wheelskins' Manufacturer's Warrantees cover defects in materials or workmanship, but not loss. If there is a warrantee issue such as broken or missing clips, you should make that case immediately by phone.
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You should not be able remove it with your bare hands. If so, they may not stay on.
Some models may have the gray foam around the perimeter, as seen in some pictures
above. Its function is to eliminate vibration between the wheelskin and the
wheel. Do not remove it!! If there are wheel weights, they will sink into the
foam. If your model does not have the foam, it is designed to accommodate the
wheel weights without it.
While you are installing your new Chrome Wheelskins, this is a good time to take a moment and check your tires for wear and proper inflation. Avoid being stuck on the side of the road with a tire problem with a little preventive maintenance. The link below provides good basic information that will help you do it right. Rubber Manufacturer's Association - Tire Maintenance and Safety
Removing Push-on Wheelskins is the same as removing standard hubcaps and wheel covers. Use a medium to large flat-blade screwdriver, slide it under the edge of the Wheelskin, and lever gently. Move to several different positions around the perimeter of the hubcap, levering some at each position until the hubcap begins to slide out toward you. This action is similar to opening a can of paint.
There is no trick to this, just use common sense and do not force them. These plastic Wheelskins can take a fair amount of bending, but they can break if you push them too far. Treat them the same as any push-on original equipment OEM hubcap.