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Old 04-14-2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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Pro Comp/hub centric question

Went for an install today of BFG All Terrains and Pro Comp 7069's. Installer said my install required hub centric rings, he demonstrated the center cap of the Pro Comp would be moving around without them, in turn causing issue with the lugs becoming loose (something to this effect).

So I had to delay the install and order the hub centric rings. I read mixed reviews mostly stating this is not true. I am not mechanical, but the installer demoed the cap moving around, appeared that it would be loose.

I had to get the part from somewhere else, not affiliated with the company doing the install.

My question is will there be an issue with the center cap of the wheel fitting onto the wheel once the rings are installed?

He demoed the cap on the vehicle without the tire and wheel on, just to show the fit, or lack of.

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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The cap is held in place by the rim (hole in it that it sticks thru.)
Hub rings are to 'help' keep rim centered on hub, not a must to do that. If installed properly they should not come loose, and will be centered. Been done that way for eons...

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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I recently got pro comp wheels, and was paranoid about lug centric vs. hub centric despite all assurances that it would be OK to go lug centric.

I ordered hub rings to fit the correct wheel bore (Amazon), but found that I could not use them because the center cap was in the way, as it installed from the hub side and used the same space the rings were designed to use. So it was either the center caps or the hub rings. I chose the center cap because the hub is so damn ugly, and I didn't want to remove the rust and paint them.

I carefully removed the speednuts (2 or 3 on each front and 4 on each rear) and wire-brushed the mounting surface before carefully torquing in a star pattern as the instructions stated so the rim was centered correctly. I checked the torque at 25 and 100 miles. Nothing had changed or loosened.

I just completed a road trip of about 1500 miles (mostly highway at 75+) and had no issues and no vibration whatsoever. I checked the lug's torque upon my return and found that nothing had moved. I am now a believer - lug centric will be fine - provided the installer is careful.

Last thing - my center caps do move a little if you grab and turn them. This is because the wheel hub bore has a small bevel to it that allows the cap to move. The rubber gasket on the cap itself does not prevent this as it was probably designed to do. It is not an issue because everything is centered and torqued correctly.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:18 PM   #4
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Thank you for posting this. I am actually taking my Jeep to have the hub rings removed and center caps placed in there. Hopefully I won't have any issues.

I appreciate you posting you're experience, I will share this with the installer.
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