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Old 08-01-2010, 10:46 PM
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Unhappy Chrome clad Rim cover removal problem

In case you didnt know..the rims arent chrome they are covers...so here is my delema.........I wanted to have my white letters flipped to the inside today . I want black walls on the outside. ( easier to maintain.) When the guy removed the rim the chrome covers wont come off. Let me explain. There are retaining "clips in the center that hold the cover on. BUT>>>> the factory also put some kind of puddy on the backs of them. So if you want to remove them It might break. My truck is only 2 weeks old. They cannot put the rim on the balancer because the center diameter of the cover is smaller than the rims center diameter. SO the cone that holds the rim would crack if they tightened it down. Has anyone had this problem? If so be aware of this.....

What would happen if I needed a tire and was at a gas station and needed a repair. I would be forced to (most likely) break the chrome cover !?

HAS ANYONE HAD A PROBLEM REMOVING THEM IF SO HOW DID YOU GET THEM OFF?
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Hell!!! They are bonded on so that's gonna be a big problem if the centers of the cap and the steel wheel under them aren't the same.

That sounds pretty weird, though.
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In case you didnt know..the rims arent chrome they are covers...so here is my delema.........I wanted to have my white letters flipped to the inside today . I want black walls on the outside. ( easier to maintain.) When the guy removed the rim the chrome covers wont come off. Let me explain. There are retaining "clips in the center that hold the cover on. BUT>>>> the factory also put some kind of puddy on the backs of them. So if you want to remove them It might break. My truck is only 2 weeks old. They cannot put the rim on the balancer because the center diameter of the cover is smaller than the rims center diameter. SO the cone that holds the rim would crack if they tightened it down. Has anyone had this problem? If so be aware of this.....

What would happen if I needed a tire and was at a gas station and needed a repair. I would be forced to (most likely) break the chrome cover !?

HAS ANYONE HAD A PROBLEM REMOVING THEM IF SO HOW DID YOU GET THEM OFF?
The problem is that the people working on your rims don't have the correct equipment (and what they have is probably pretty old) to balance your tires. The fact that someone tried removing the cladding tells me they have no idea what they're doing.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:55 PM
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Good point ^^^^
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Here is an excerpt from the TSB that addresses this issue.

NOTE: This information applies to any model equipped with Chrome Clad Wheels.
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Models equipped with Chrome Clad wheels require specific piloting on balance equipment
to properly center the wheel and prevent damage to the chrome clad surface. The chrome
cladding is not removable or replaceable and has cladding tabs that extend into the wheel
bore. Traditional high-taper cones will come into contact with the cladding tabs rather than
properly seat on the hub bore chamfer. Many modern aluminum wheel designs cannot be
mounted with traditional cones. Direct-Fit Collets should be used to properly mount clad
wheels on balance equipment.
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Thanks for the info.
As for the guy that does my tires..he's great. I think anyone with a non true chromed wheel would look and think that they are supposed to come off too.

But imagine you're out of town and you blow a tire or something and you need to change it off the rim...not everyone carries these adapters.
I thinks its another way manufacturers make you return to the dealers LOL
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