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    Default R8 and Caravelle hubcap noise and solution

    Well, after dismantling one corner for an 'obviously wheel bearing' noise, it wasn't.

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    I'd replaced the old hubcap rubber seals, now available again at a price ex-France, with split pvc tubing.

    To cut a longish story short, Clark Rubber has a good square-section U seal in rubber that works really well.

    It is Ref 31679, "Weather Strip 2.5/7T N010 U shape". It fits nicely on the hubcap, with the thin side under the rolled edge and the thick side as the cushion between hubcap and wheel. Should be available nationally under that number and you need the best part of 4 metres, at about $10 per metre.
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    Then again, just discard the hubcaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    Then again, just discard the hubcaps?
    I wondered who would be the first to suggest this. They do look good without, I agree.

    Good lateral thinking!
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    Would you really want to go around with your nuts exposed?
    It's not a good look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REN TIN TIN View Post
    Would you really want to go around with your nuts exposed? It's not a good look.
    I wondered who would be the first.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by REN TIN TIN View Post
    Would you really want to go around with your nuts exposed?
    It's not a good look.
    speak for yourself :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    I wondered who would be the first.....
    Well the bait was cast and the bait was taken.
    No surprise there.

    I remember the good ol' days of the early 80's when Australia still made cars and you could buy a brand new Fuego, sigh. As most of you know, it seemed the car manufacturers were either trying to save money or thought it was a good idea to have hub cap held on by the wheel nuts and just covering the centre of the wheel, well for the cheapies in the range at least, SL, GL, TX, etc. Not having a full wheel hub cap probably saved them at least 5 cents per wheel.
    Alloys with exposed nuts, good look. Steel wheels with exposed nuts, not a good look (unless the nuts are designed to be exposed).
    I suppose I shouldn't talk, my 12 has a full-wheel hub cap but with fake nuts, but the nuts are stainless steel (The bloody things rattle too).

    Or get yourself some fancy nuts and ditch the hub caps.
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    As to what is a "good" look & what not: de gustibus non est disputandum or, if you prefer, chaque un a son gout or, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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