Plastic wheel cover

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  1. Smily

    Smily New Member

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    What is the reason to install plastic covers on alloy wheels? I had never had wheel covers when I got the factory OEM alloy wheels on my previous rides. Any specific reason Toyota is doing it? or am I making a mistake and my v-three comes with steel wheels?
     
  2. Mendel Leisk

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    Nope, wheel covers on alloys. My best guess as to why: some senior exec at Toyota must have made a suggestion to do that. How else to explain?

    Found this:



    One option would be to upgrade to 5, which I believe has a nicer, coverless rim.

    That's the route we went with 2010 Prius, bought a Canadian model that comes with nice coverless 17" rims.

    With the 2016 Prius even the 17" rims have plastic bits, 5 of 'em, one at each spoke.
     
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    Mainly for a small effect on airflow over the wheels/wheelwells. The effect is negligible.

    Take the covers off and get some center caps to cover the open hole in the center.

    I took my covers off the hatchback within a week. They've been sitting in the garage since.
     
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    Besides aero they tend to protect the alloys from curb scratching
     
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    Plastic caps off eBay. Unsprung weight versus aero.
     
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    Thanks all for your replies. I just ordered those center caps on eBay.
     
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    I had a try at "quelling" our front rust.

    Before:

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    After various wire brush on methods:

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    And after application of wax/oil rust inhibetor, very lightly btw:

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    The solvents evaporate, leave a waxy costing. Hopefully will help, through the winter.
     
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    what the stuff name for cover on the center wheel
     
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    If you're referring to the wax/oil stuff I applied, I used: Lloyds corrosion Inhibitor & Lubricant. There are a lot of options; you want something that goes on oily, but a week or two later there is a waxy skin still there.

    Going from memory, the back wheels have a kind of chrome/gold colored cap in the center hub. I might spray that with black Plasti-Dip in a day or two. I could spray flat (or gloss) black enamel, but I'd prefer something more reversible.
     
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    Did a trial install of my steel rim, to see how the hub will look. I need to touch up the rim too:

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    Well, cleaned up a bit.
     
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