Wheel Centering Rings

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Wheel Centering Rings

Postby danszenator » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:25 pm

Has anybody had issues auto crossing with wheels using centering rings? I'm looking to get new wheels and can't seem to find any where they aren't needed.
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Re: Wheel Centering Rings

Postby immorality » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:23 pm

No problems so far, when I'm running on my street wheels with DW's..
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Re: Wheel Centering Rings

Postby thenorm » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:15 pm

i stopped using wheel centering rings after they melted.
Havent had a problem since, even with race tires. with conical seat lugnuts the wheels center themselves, and the load is carried via friction with the hubface, so I would say no rings needed.
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Re: Wheel Centering Rings

Postby C10CoryM » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:48 pm

Centering rings are really only there to help on install. As long as you wind in the nuts evenly you won't have a problem. With new rims/nuts make sure to re-torque the lug nuts after 200km or so. The paint on the wheels can cause reduced friction, and the seats need a little time to contact fully.

Just this week I had a customer come in wanting his tires balanced to fix a vibration "at speed". He had left the centering rings on from his race rims, and installed the OE rims. The rims were not touching the flanges at all, only the plastic rings and the lugnuts. He's lucky to not lose a wheel (or four).

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Re: Wheel Centering Rings

Postby Grae » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:52 pm

I currently have hub-centric rings. Last time I pulled my wheel off it was looking a little melty & mangled.
As far as I've seen / know its no problem running without them and will probably be pulling mine off next time I have the wheels off too.

I have run without them in the past as well as Cory mentioned you just need to be a little more careful on install to get the wheel seated evenly.
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