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Old 02-18-14, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Hub Centric Rings

To be, or not to be:

* POLYCARBON PLASTIC - or - ALUMIMUM *

Hub Centric Rings.

That is the question. Please support your answer with actual road experience. Thank you.

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Old 02-18-14, 02:36 PM   #2
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I've always heard that aluminum are best. The plastic ones break/melt etc.
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Old 02-18-14, 03:19 PM   #3
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I've always heard that aluminum are best. The plastic ones break/melt etc.
false and false

I work in a wheel/tire shop and we carry both but I ONLY use and plastic on my vehicle and recommend the same to all our customers. The hubs never get hot enough to melt the hub-rings and the only way to break the rings is by leaving them on the car when putting back your factory which ends up crushing the rings. The polycarbon plastic is actually very hard. The only purpose is to center the wheel so there is no movement (which leads to vibrations). Its not like there's a ton of pressure or stress on them.

Being that the hubs on our vehicles are steel and the rings are aluminum, we see VERY often that when the hubs begin to have some rust and the aluminum rings begin to corrode they often fuse together making them almost impossible to remove. If you do use aluminum I highly recommend using a wire brush to clean the hub and use bearing grease or Never Seez to prevent them from seizing
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Again, simply basing my opinion off of hearsay. Good to know the true facts.
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I like Space Age Tungsten..or Ivory.. they both retain shape and never corrode.
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false and false

I work in a wheel/tire shop and we carry both but I ONLY use and plastic on my vehicle and recommend the same to all our customers. The hubs never get hot enough to melt the hub-rings and the only way to break the rings is by leaving them on the car when putting back your factory which ends up crushing the rings. The polycarbon plastic is actually very hard. The only purpose is to center the wheel so there is no movement (which leads to vibrations). Its not like there's a ton of pressure or stress on them.

Being that the hubs on our vehicles are steel and the rings are aluminum, we see VERY often that when the hubs begin to have some rust and the aluminum rings begin to corrode they often fuse together making them almost impossible to remove. If you do use aluminum I highly recommend using a wire brush to clean the hub and use bearing grease or Never Seez to prevent them from seizing
We must work for the same company. I enlighten customers with the same information.
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Old 02-18-14, 08:56 PM   #7
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So plastic spacers arent good to use with factory rims?
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So plastic spacers arent good to use with factory rims?
We're talking about hub-rings not spacers. OEM rims do not need hub-rings because they are hub-centric.
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Oh, sorry got confused there.
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