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Old 01-19-2011, 12:45 PM
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its those stupid caps that stick threw the front wheels thats preventing me from putting my center caps on. i just wanna know if i could just spray paint them flat black or would that be a bad idea and cause some sort of adverse effect? i just thought id ask before i go and start spraying. thanks in advance.

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:58 PM
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its those stupid caps that stick threw the front wheels thats preventing me from putting my center caps on. i just wanna know if i could just spray paint them flat black or would that be a bad idea and cause some sort of adverse effect? i just thought id ask before i go and start spraying. thanks in advance.

yes you can paint them.....clean them first.they probably have some grease on them.....they are dust covers for your wheel bearings
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yes u can paint them
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:02 PM
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how much clearance are u lacking?
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:07 PM
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I am not sure why you have a clearance issue.....are the hub covers the original ones? that dust cover looks fine but is that original?
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you havent tried to dremel that cap yet
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:16 PM
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i looked at it and i could not dremel enough of it away to get the clearance i need. i need about a half inch. yeah they are the original caps. i plan on getting caps that fit eventually but these are just bugging me to bad right now. and thats for the help everyone.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:18 PM
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i looked at it and i could not dremel enough of it away to get the clearance i need. i need about a half inch. yeah they are the original caps. i plan on getting caps that fit eventually but these are just bugging me to bad right now. and thats for the help everyone.
so is it depth, or diameter?
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:20 PM
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its depth. the cap isnt long enough to fit the wheel on all the way,
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just bite the dust and buy some Ford factory Chrome ones and paint black if you have too:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORD-...Q5fAccessories
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its depth. the cap isnt long enough to fit the wheel on all the way,
I am sure you are right but looking at that pictures it looks like it shoud fit.....is that th eorginal rim? is the cap orginal? is the dust cover original?
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Default Re: can i safely paint these?

He bought new wheels...came with new center caps. OEM dust cap by the looks of it. Wheel manufacturer just didn't take the time to look into all things these wheels could be used on when designing the wheel caps.

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Now that I think about it Stephen, have you compared that caps you have on the rear to the 2 you have unmounted, maybe they are different sizes??? They actually made 2 for the front and 2 for the rear...unlikely for sure, but you never know.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:05 PM
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pop the dust cover off, see if you have enough room to flatten it with a hammer, you can test the cap without the wheel on..

i had to do this with mine,
pic is without cap.. tried to find an alternate dust cover, there are different variations, but no one list the diameter of the cap, so it was "buy it n try it"
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:33 PM
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pop the dust cover off, see if you have enough room to flatten it with a hammer, you can test the cap without the wheel on..
the guy at the tire shop said something about smashing the cap with a hammer. its just that hitting parts with hammers just doesnt sound like that good of an idea to me.
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the guy at the tire shop said something about smashing the cap with a hammer. its just that hitting parts with hammers just doesnt sound like that good of an idea to me.
lol, it is thin and easily flattened.. as long as it's not touching the spindle (inside) you're ok and no holes in it of course..
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