T5 Expert Operator
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
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.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
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