> Styled Versus Standard Wheels

How can I tell whether my rims are:

"Standard Steel Wheels"      Versus             "Styled Wheels?"                      

HUBCAPS mount to Standard Steel Wheels
which are made of stamped and welded steel, a magnet will stick to it. They are usually black or silver, but  may be painted any color, or may even be chrome plated. They usually have holes of various  shapes to reduce weight, sometimes in shapes to mimic spokes.
Standard steel wheels always have a continuous recess around the wheel where the bead of the tire seats, which is 1-3/4" deep. Measuring shown below. The valve stem arises from the bottom of this recess. You should be able to put your finger to the depth of its second joint near the valve stem and make a full circle around the wheel at that depth.
This recess is where the hubcap mounting struts or clips are able to mount by pushing out against the bead area of the steel wheel.  The red marks on the oblique views below indicate the outer surface of this recess that must be present for hubcap mounting. 
Fitting Hubcaps or Trim Rings to Steel Wheels -
Are they going to Fit?
Wheelskins mount to Styled Wheels

Styled Wheels are made of either aluminum alloy or steel. They are usually painted gray or silver, or may be chrome plated. They usually have some sort of spoke design that extends out to the edge of the wheel.
Styled wheels do not have the continuous recess around the wheel necessary for regular hubcaps to mount into.
The pictures below are some examples of the many styled wheels out there.
If you recognize your wheel in one of the pictures below, click on the link to go directly to that Impostor model page.  If not, go to our Chrome Wheelskins page and then click on your make and model.

Wheelskins were designed as chrome covers to dress up styled wheels that need chrome, or that have become dinged, rusted or corroded, as fancy rims are wont to do.

Standard Steel Wheels Examples

Styled Alloy Wheel Examples

Standard Toyota wheel
Steel Wheel
Black Steel Wheel Ford Explorer
OEM Ford Explorer 16 inch alloy Wheel, no chrome wheelskin hubcap
 
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee Styled Wheel without Chrome Wheelskins Hubcaps
Older Standard Steel wheel ('1970 truck)
Older 1970s Steel Wheel
Oblique view.
Steel Wheel
Ford Taurus
Styled Wheel
Pontiac Grand Am
Styled Wheel
Toyota 4Runner
Steel Wheel
4Runner Oblique view
Steel Wheel
Chevy Blazer-S10
OEM Chevrolet Styled Alloy Wheel, no chrome wheelskins
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder styled steel wheels
Hubcap positioned prior to installation

Styled Steel Wheel Examples

Steel Wheel
The picture at left shows how  hubcap mounting struts slide into the recess around the standard steel wheel marked by red on all the oblique views
Toyota 4Runner
New stock Toyota styled steel wheel, no chrome wheelskin

Nissan Titan
Nissan Titan styled steel wheels
Ford Escort
Steel Wheel
BMW Standard Steel wheel
Steel Wheel
Ford F150-F250
OEM 17inch Ford styled steel wheels, no chrome wheelskin
Subaru Forester
Styled Wheel

Dodge Caliber 17"
17 inch Dodge Caliber Black Steel Wheel
Toyota
Toyota Steel Wheel
Honda CRV
OEM Honda CRV Steel Wheel, no hubcap
Dodge Ram
Dodge Ram 1500 stock OEM 17" Styled Steel wheel, no chrome wheelskins

The pictures below show how to measure the depth of the recess around the bead area of the steel wheel with a straight-edge and a ruler. Position a straight-edge so it touches the edge of the rim in two places and measure inward to the base of the valve stem. If the recess is 1-3/4 inch or deeper, standard hubcaps/wheel covers and trim rings will fit.

This white painted steel wheel was on a Ford F150 Truck with floating axles
Ford Truck White painted wheel Recess depth 1-3/4 inch
This unpainted steel wheel was on a Ford 4x4 with manual hubs
Ford Truck White painted wheel Recess depth 1-3/4 inch
This plain black steel wheel was on a Volvo
4x4 Truck Wheel Recess depth 1-3/4 inch
This alloy wheel was on a Chevy truck, the recess is only 1 inch, and no standard hubcap will fit it.
Chevy Truck Alloy Wheel Recess depth only 1 inch

These pictures below show how Hubcaps and Trim Rings mount into the recess measured above.

Hubcap with plastic mounting struts.
needs 1.75" deep recess to mount

Hubcap with Metal Clips
needs 1.75" deep recess to mount





Stainless Steel or Chromed Steel Trim Ring,
with 360 retention tabs, (1.75" depth),
needs 1.5" deep recess to mount


Chrome Plastic Trim Ring
with metal mounting clips (1.75" depth),
needs 1.75" deep recess to mount

Other considerations:
1. Note that this pictured method of measurement does not give the 'official' depth of trim rings. We show this here so you can compare your wheel depth taken from a straight-edge across the edge of the rim. The 'official' trim ring depth would be these pictured measurements PLUS the thickness of the trim ring lip.

2. Hubcap or trim ring measured diameter is generally 1.5 to 1.6 inch larger than the wheel size read off the tire.

Is it time to upgrade your wheels? Nothing helps so much as a set of new hubcaps. Maybe just to get rid of those scraped and dinged old ones. Perhaps some chrome for added sex appeal. We have hubcaps to make your car look as cool or as hot as you like..

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If you have standard steel wheels, you need hubcaps. If you have styled steel or alloy wheels (that will not accommodate hubcaps), go to our Wheelskins pages. If you need wheel covers for a dual wheel vehicle or a trailer, go to our Wheel Simulators pages.

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To determine the right size hubcap for your wheels, read it off the tire.