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W211 e-class - alloy wheel centre caps

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by grahamwoodward, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. grahamwoodward

    grahamwoodward Senior Member

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    Can you change the centre caps on alloy wheels without removing the wheels? My car is fitted with Rucha 5-spoke diamond-cut alloys (7.5J ET42 225-55 R16 95W) and I want to fit modern 75mm (3in) centre caps.
     
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    Depends if you want to keep the old ones or not?
    If not, punch a screwdriver through the centre of them and lever them off.
    I’ve tried a double sided VHB tape to pull them off but the tape is a beggar to get off afterwards.
    The centre caps are so cheap on ebay i’d Just punch them through and out (just did one this week)
     
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    A small screwdriver gets the eBay ones out of the wheel without any damage , just push it in the gap and lever it out
     
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    It’s not really an effort to remove the wheels and it gives you a chance to look around and see that all’s good.
     
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    Thanks guys - watch this space for the results!
     
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    Hi. I managed to prize the centre caps off with a very thin steel craft knife and fitted the new caps. Thanks for the help.
     
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    A picture says a thousand words buddy :D
     
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    Well done you have more patience than I !
    That said on mine there is virtually no space
    Just an excuse - I’ve no patience and actually like destroying things really!:oops::eek::rolleyes::p
     
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    It's too dark to take a picture now - I'll do it tomorrow and post it then. I replaced the three-point star caps with the later Mercedes-Benz ones. When I levered the caps off the three-pointed star came away from the cap leaving a centre hole that I used to prize off the cap. The stars will just glue back if ever i want to refit them. Pictures tomorrow will explain better.
     
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