Driving the EL lately has just reminded me of how crap, dodgy cheap, useless, noisy, creaky hub caps are. I swear there the worst things in the world.
Even on the EF which i've never scrapped a kerb or gutter once the hub caps starts comming loose after a while. Whats annoying is the tabs that holds the metal ring breaks off and makes this annoying noise as it rotates around in the wheel. They'll keep breaking off until eventually the hub cap falls off.
Although highly unlikely i think Ford should use the chaser rims with the bolt on caps for the base forte, not only they look better, but are cleaner have better brake venting and are more balanced than hub cars. I mean when tyre shops balance the wheel they balance it without the hubcap, as soon as you put the caps on it's outta balance.
Another idea if full hub caps are to be used is to use the design Honda uses. On our previous Honda's the hub cap was actually bolted in place on the studs with the wheel locknuts, not only they fit like a glove but theres no plastic bits that comeoff and the chrome bolts showing looks classy. Better still make Alloys standard across the range.
Lucky this EL is a temporary car, or else the hub caps will be the first thing to go in the bin.
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Funny you should bring that up.. dad has gotten the royal sh!ts with the capped rims on their EL wagon.. for all the reasons you've said! He's been trying to find some simple alloys for a few months now, but with no luck. Anything will do - EA Ghia rims and onwards, as long as they are at least 15" he'd be happy.. but there are bugger all around for some reason! And wreckers want a hell of a lot for them..
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I think 16" chaser type rims look okay on base model cars. Painted silver they look respectable, or maybe chromed up. Looks better than black steelies with only 3 hubcaps, and the three which are still barely on a cracked and scrached.
I think the base model (3 series, hatch) BMW's still/used to come with steel wheels which look quite stylish, better than some crappy after market expensive rims..
Honestly I think Ford should think about ditching hubcaps for a nice steelie design. Concidering most taxis use bare steelies, most low spec cop cars, most utes, many high km workhorses and country cars they should offer a decent steel wheel so when the AV's are driving around they still look sweet with just steelies on..
The AUI had some terrible hub caps. I hope the AV I isn't burdend by such ugly things.
quote - Driving the EL lately has just reminded me of how crap, dodgy cheap, useless, noisy, creaky hub caps are. I swear there the worst things in the world.
Sorry buddy, you got it wrong. It isnt the crappy hubcaps making the noise, it is the crappy wheels. The only reason the hubbies make the noise is because the crappy wheel underneath is flexing. Me EL was just the same (I guess they all do it) so I got some cheap 15 inch EL Fairmont wheels that only look slightly better than the hubcaps but are wider and DONT SQEUAK... yay.
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