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Date Registered: 08-2011
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I am a new member and I am wondering if IAN T30 ever got around to finding a centre cap for the steel wheels? I am contemplating a similar change to the wheels on my T30, and I have been runnung around like crazy trying to find a chrome cap (metal or plastic) to cover the hub.
Anyone know for certain what fits and what doesn't?

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After weeks of searching, I have finally found a chrome plastic centre cap that looks great and will fit the factory steel 15inch rims, after a bit of effort on my part. The cap is one of the many products offered by PERFORMANCE WHEELS and it is actually the centre cap that is designed to screw onto the face of a mag-style wheel. It comes in two sizes, and only the larger one will fit. Each wheel with have to be drilled and tapped with 5 small holes, one hole between each wheel nut. Care must be taken to ensure the screws don't protrude throught the back of the wheel and interfere with the mounting surface, so they will need to be ground down at the pointy end after installation. The caps are about $20 each. They look great with the chrome wheel nuts and chrome outer trim ring.

It will also be necessary to remove the caps before installing/removing tyres.

Once my rims have been painted and prepared, I will include some photos of the finished product.

Hooray for me...finally

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Excellent Glen,
Can't wait to see the pics.

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Finally, I can include the pictures of the "new" wheels on our X-Trail. First photo is, obviously, the original appearance with the grey plastic hubcaps...barely distinguishable from the 16" alloy Nissan rims.

Second picture is the overall appearance after removing the hubcaps; cleaning, prepping and painting the rims; and adding chrome centre-caps and outer wheel trim, together with the factory chrome lug nuts.

Third photo is a closeup of the wheel. Since the centre-caps are a screw-on application, the wheels had to be drilled and tapped to accept the stainless steel screws. The wheels are painted the same body colour as the X-Trail. In my opinion, they are beautiful and create exactly the right impression, although I am certain someone will suggest that they look identical to the wheels on your average taxi!

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Hi Glen,

They look good mate, so well done.

My only concern is drilling the wheels. Did that cause any type of balance problems?

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Jal...I don't anticipate any significant problems with wheel/tyre balancing. The attaching screws are small (M4 x 10mm) and there are 5 of them, equally spaced around the rim. Additionally, they are located close to the centre of the wheel, so any slight imbalance would be virtually un-noticeable.

I decided to add a bit of protection with a set of locking wheel nuts, one to each wheel. The different weight of the locking nut would certainly upset the wheel balance more than the drilling and the screws, and unless the wheels are balanced on the vehicle (not usually recommended), I believe such differences are usually not factored into wheel balancing.

I have alrerady driven the vehicle at 110kph sustained highway speed with not even the slightest sign of vibration.

Thanks for the compliment.

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Nice Glen.
They look like factory, even finished off with a beaut dress rim.
Totaly transformed the Xy.
I wouldn't worry about the balance as everything you drilled is right in the middle of the rim, not towards the outside.
Top job.

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Tony...my feelings exactly, but you expressed it so much more concisely.
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Hi all kind of on topic kind of off..
but I have an opportunity to get a good condition set of fg xr6 17" alloys off a mate for 200 and wondering if there is any centre caps out there either nissan or nismo that are ford alloy compatible.. and also has anyone already done this

cheers
Adam

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