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Easy DIY: TRD Center Caps in Method Wheels

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by C7mb, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. Aug 22, 2017 at 7:02 AM
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    C7mb

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    I recently purchased some Method wheels, but hated the look of the supplied center caps. After doing some digging, I found that there were no, direct replacement options, besides the machined ones on the Raptor forums. I love the look of the "machined" OEM TRD center caps, and decided to buy a set to see how far off the fitment was. The TRD caps are only slightly smaller than the ID of the method wheels, so the gap can easily be filled with weatherseal.

    IMPORTANT: THIS MOD ONLY WORKS IF YOU ARE RUNNING SPACERS! Otherwise, the caps hit the CV Axle.


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    Materials needed:
    - Method Wheels (duh)
    - TRD Centercaps (purchased mine here)
    - Frost King EPDM D-Profile self stick weatherseal (home depot)

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    Instructions:
    1) Make sure the center cap areas of the wheels are clean, this will determine how well the weatherseal sticks. My wheels were brand new so I only had to wipe it down with isopropyl.
    2) Separate the two strands of weatherseal, and cut them to about 1' long each.
    3) Remove the backing tape, and begin sticking the weather stripping to the wheels, making sure to leave about 2-3mm of space from the face of the wheel (if you want the center caps to be flush).
    4) Continue sticking the weatherseal around the inside of the wheel until you reach the end where you started from. Trim the weatherseal flush.
    5) Remove the snap ring from the TRD center caps and insert the cap into the wheel, making sure that the weatherseal is pinched between the center cap tabs and the wheel. Once the center cap is oriented and flush, insert the snap ring.

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    Thats all there is to it! I have had the caps on for two weeks, over 800 miles (pavement, highway, gravel roads), speeds up to 90 mph, as well as car washes/power washes and they have not fallen out or moved. I am curious how they will react with the cold this winter, however the weatherseal states that it does not change size with temperature.

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  2. Aug 22, 2017 at 7:03 AM
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  3. Aug 22, 2017 at 7:19 AM
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    Thanks for posting it am gonna do it for sure! :bowdown:
     
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  4. Aug 23, 2017 at 8:42 AM
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    I was thinking about doing this for a long time, but I was hesitant coz im to lazy to find out the diameter of the trd center cap, finally someone post it! thanks for the info!
     
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  5. Sep 23, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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    I just recently purchased the trd center caps and I'm about to install them with the weather strip tomorrow morning. For some reason my NV's lug nut housing is not enclosed, it's open towards the center if that makes sense. We'll see how they turn out and I'll post some pics up.
     
  6. Sep 24, 2017 at 3:40 AM
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    @C7mb Those are bad ass wheels. Are those real beadlocks?
     
  7. Sep 25, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    Pics? Not sure what you are referring to.

    Thanks! Nope, they are nonfunctional.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2017 at 3:45 PM
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    Fortunately I don't actually need beadlocks, but if I did, it seems to be hard to find real ones anymore.

    Anywho, the Methods look real... and that's all that matters anyways right? ;)
     
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  9. Sep 25, 2017 at 6:54 PM
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    Came out looking fine!

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  10. Sep 27, 2017 at 7:30 AM
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    This may be a dumb question but whatever. How big of a spacer are you running? I'm not really interested in running a 1-1.25" spacer. Would a standard 10mm wheel spacer from discount auto or pep boys suffice?

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  11. Sep 29, 2017 at 1:45 PM
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    Not a dumb question at all! I am running spidertrax 1.5" spacers so a 10mm may be too small. That being said, I would also like to downsize my spacer size, I just havent had time to pop the wheel off and measure the difference.
     
  12. Mar 31, 2019 at 7:07 PM
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    Did this mod on my Tundra,a little differently.
    I used RTV and bonded it to the inside of the bottom half of the ugly method cap.

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