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Old 12-26-2016, 07:16 PM
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lug centric wheels

so, when i had my 37's mounted the other day, the shop that installed them scratched my rims around the outside.

i was thinking about new rims for a while, so we came to an agreement that if i bought new wheels, they will mount and balance them for free.

if i wanted to, i could just get some reflective rim tape and put it around the rim to cover up the scratch's. not sure yet.

im wondering how much hub-centric matters vs lug centric. (i have read the thread about it on here)

discount tire direct has a set of wheels i like (black rhino moab), but they are a 78.1mm bore and the jeep is a 71.5mm hub. a set of hub-centric rings costs another $100.

should i worry about them not being hub centric?

i dont have to get the rims right now, so should i just save up for rims that are hub-centric, or get these rims and get the rings an a week or so?

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Lug centric has worked for years before hub centric came out. When I purchased the 35s for the JK, I didn't even know about hub centric. They were installed by cross tightening the lugs and everything ran smooth. Then about 2 weeks later these rings show up in the mail. After I figured out what they were, I waited until the first 5,000 mile tire rotation to install them. There wasn't any reason to go through the trouble and effort to install them earlier. The rings are installed because I have them and there is not any noticeable difference. I still cross tighten the lugs as I have my whole life.

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From what I understand, the vast majority of aftermarket JK wheels are lug centric. I ran em. You wont have an issue.
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All factory wheels are hub centric for a reason. It's a better design. I had a slight vibration that changed every time I did a tire rotation... I finally got tired of it and bought the hub centric rings, vibration gone.

Although $100 is more than I have seen them cost. I paid $40 for a set of aluminum rings.

I will buy hub centric wheels from now on. Performance is more important than looks to me.

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The bigger issue is most balancing shops use the cone to mount the tire. So if your wheel is lug centric it was balanced using the hub center. Through research they do make a lug adapter for most balancers. Ive asked about it but they all give me that 2 head look.

I cant say which is better but i do know if improperly tightening lug centric wheels can cause issues. I ALWAYS loosen and retighten all the lug nuts after a tire balance/rotation.
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Lug centric has worked for years before hub centric came out. When I purchased the 35s for the JK, I didn't even know about hub centric. They were installed by cross tightening the lugs and everything ran smooth. Then about 2 weeks later these rings show up in the mail. After I figured out what they were, I waited until the first 5,000 mile tire rotation to install them. There wasn't any reason to go through the trouble and effort to install them earlier. The rings are installed because I have them and there is not any noticeable difference. I still cross tighten the lugs as I have my whole life.
I agree, lug centrics worked fine for years.
If they are correctly installed, no problem.
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I prefer hub centric but have no issue with lug centric. I've run with and w/o rings without issue on the Jeep, however I had a car that vibrated w/o the rings.

Just make sure you or the shop removes the rotor retaining clips if your new wheels aren't made for them (seems that most aren't)

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rings have already been removed. looks like im going with the black rhino wheels! i like the machined finish around the outside of the rim (also harder to scratch when installing ) i'll make sure to torque them properly after i get it home with them on (in about a week or so).

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