Measuring your wheels for hubcaps

Measuring your wheels for hubcaps

We get calls almost daily from people who want to know which of our hubcaps will fit their wheels. The first thing to do is compare your wheels to the one below:

If your wheels look like the picture, follow the instructions that go with the yellow arrow: measure the distance from the center of the pilot hole in your wheel to the outer edge of one of the nubs and multiply by 2. That's your nub diameter, and that's your hubcap fit. 

Then compare your measurement with the nub diameter listed on each of our hubcaps you are considering. Here are links to the products that fit this style wheel:

There's an undercurled lip on the underside of these hubcaps that snaps down around the outside of the nubs and it's not always an easy fit. Apply pressure using the palms of your hands positioned at 12:00 and 6:00 and then 3:00 and 9:00 around the very outer edges of the hubcap. Don't use a hammer, which can easily dent the metal, but gentle taps with a rubber mallet around the very edges can help. Just remember that the structure of the cap is on the rim.

If you find that one hubcap fits perfectly and the other doesn't, try swapping them on your wheels. And if you find the fit is a little loose, some duct tape around the undercurled lip can make a snugger fit.  Or you can simply bend the rims in a bit.

If your wheels don't look like this, but instead have metal clips screwed or welded around the inside, our 1940s Hubcap VTS-690, might work. The diameter of their back opening is  7-3/4". With luck, you clips can be bent or adjusted to be able to accommodate that circumference.

Hubcaps often run away from home while on the road.  We've all seen car hubcaps in the ditch or shoulder along the highway.  This is true for any hubcap...especially on vintage vehicles. Some vintage car and trailer owners choose to play it safe by removing their hubcaps while on the road to prevent loss, and then applying them at the campground or rally. Good idea!