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Putting front dust caps on rear hubs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Tbird, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Apr 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Tbird

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    I've ditched the stock Sport rims for a set of black Konig Countersteers. However, I hate the HUGE center caps that come with them.
    So I've been running without them. In the front...it's NO PROBLEM because the black dust cap that covers the hub nut looks great.
    However the rear looked back because it doesn't match; and it's just a rusty cast iron center. So I figured I'd attempt to match
    the rear to the front by putting some dust caps on the rear. I haven't seen it done, or seen a thread on it...so here is how I did it.
    Looks good to me.

    This is what the front looks like with the rim and the stock dust cap.
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    This is what the rear looked like. I know I could have painted it...but still not a perfect match.
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    A bit of wire-brushing to remove the rust and prep the surface for JB Weld.
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    Get two of these...not cheap...but not a high dollar mod by any means.
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    Modified the caps by grinding a gap for the raised portion of the center, and cut tabs to help the JB Weld have something more to hold.
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    JB Welding the cap on. Might should have used JB Quik. Took forever to cure and I had to tape it on overnight.
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    Next day...JB Weld is hard. Will wait another day before driving.
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    How it looks now. Rear left...front right.
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    The finished look.
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  2. Apr 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM
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    himmie

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    Looks good! I will be considering this before I paint mine for my Countersteers...
     
  3. Apr 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    ilovetacos

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    Nice job! How much do the caps cost?
     
  4. Apr 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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    Dark Knight

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    Nice job.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    jtav2002

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    Looks good. I painted my giant center caps to match but the paints been chipping and I think I like the look without them. I'm going to take them off next time the wheels come off. Would just paining the rear to match be fine too?
     
  6. Apr 24, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    Tbird

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    Can't remember...and can't locate the spot I hid the receipt from myself. I'm seeming to remember $40. But I bought them from the dealer. DON'T DO THAT! They always charge me at least 40% more than I can get stuff on-line.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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    KenpachiZaraki

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    Nice, subbed for future part number reference
     
  8. Apr 24, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    maxamillion2345

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    Very creative, looks good. I just painted mine but your setup looks better I think.
     
  9. Apr 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    stock, for now
    just hope you never have to do rear brakes. I dont think that drum will slide over that cap.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    I hated the huge caps my ATX's came with as well so I am running them without. Your idea is great! I just painted my rears but I like your idea too! Good job!:thumbsup:
     
  11. Apr 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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  12. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    Not gonna be a problem.

    I checked that before I proceeded. The caps stay w/i the collar of the
    center piece. So...while very much a valid concern, it doesn't turn out
    to be an issue at all.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    I just painted my hubs/drums with a matte black spray paint and it matches perfectly
     
  14. Apr 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    Looks great
    Good thinking Tbird :thumbsup:
     
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    I have a Prerunner and would like to do this to the front and rear hubs. Would the install be similar for the front hubs?
     
  16. Jun 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    Good question...one that I can't answer. I've never seen the front hubs on a non 4WD. Just compare your fronts to the rears...if they are the same then it will work the same.
     
  17. Jun 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    I love the idea, though I would have painted the drum before installing the caps.
     
  18. Jul 15, 2011 at 6:38 AM
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    Subd. I just took off my center caps off my wheels and I might have to do this. Thanks op.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Genius idea! That really gives it a clean finish. :thumbsup:
     
  20. Jul 16, 2011 at 4:42 AM
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    reg boulette

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    I like this idea and almost cheaper than replacing lost plastic hub pieces.
    Wondering if a magnet jb welded to the cap itself would hold the cap to the axle end. Would make it easier to remove if required.
     
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