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Old 03-04-08, 08:33 PM   #1
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Capping

this will only work on 20 inch wheels only im working on something for 24s and 26s keep an eye out for that

the art of adding hubcaps to bicycle wheels. this is the how to.

mag wheel designs are too limited,deuces cost to much,show gos short lived and limited in design,billets cool but you can buy some decent tools for the money.

i did this back in 2002 with my ex girlfriends hubcaps after i got her spinning ones for her Bday i pretty much walked into it the originals were bad, the condition of the hubcaps werent that great to begin with, and they were ziptied.some people saw the scrapper and asked how to do it. now that im equipped with the proper tools and knowledge i decided to tackle it again.


youll need some tools

SAFETY GLASSES!!!!!!!!
dremel with cutoff wheel
drill
holesaw kit
10/32 drillbit
10/32 1-1/2 screws and nuts or endcaps with spacers(personal preference endcaps and spacers for better fit)
hubcapspay attention to step 1NOTE:20 inch wheels youll need 14 inch hubcaps
wheels NOTE:if its coaster this will pose a clearance issue on the brake arm side depending on the hubcap
lets begin
step 1
youll need a decent 14 inch hubcaps evilmart sells them for about 15 bucks a junkyard could have them cheaper but the finish might be damaged and or could be missmatched. the trick is to have the hubcap dome so that the top fits on the hub and the edges sink into the rim


step 2NOTE:SAFETY GLASSES
holesaw the center.
step3 NOTE:SAFETY GLASSES
take the dremel with cutoff wheel and level the cap as low as possible, dont have a dremel you can try the pain in the ass method of handsawing them off.

till you have this you can test fit them on your wheel to get the tightest fit since no wheels are made the same(my test wheel is a 144 spoke dummy wheel)



step 4
drill the hubcap with the 10/32 bit or equivalent the less screws and bolts the better 3 works the best but since this is a 5 spoke cap drill 5 around the edge.
step5
bolt hubcaps to wheelNOTE:make sure your tires are filled with air youll have to take the caps off to fill them if you dont
once bolted the edges sink into the rim if youre having problems you might have to notch the cap so that they can slightly bend

step 6 mount and enjoy

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Nice demonstration! Definitely adds some sparkle to the bike.

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this is cool. how exactly do you bolt it together? im assuming bolting the hubcaps together through the spokes?
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this is cool. how exactly do you bolt it together? im assuming bolting the hubcaps together through the spokes?
or zipties but i prefer bolts for ease of removal
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That's a slick idea. I think its marketable.
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im def gonna do this on my bmx triple tall. thanks for the how to.
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