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Old 01-07-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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Wheel Cover installation? Sunseeker 2250

I removed the front wheel covers from my Sunseeker 2250 to check the tire pressure. It is on the Chevy 4500 Express Van chasis. Removing them was easy with the help of a large screwdriver.

What is the trick if any for putting the wheel covers back on? I had a brutal time and I am exhausted. They look like they are properly attached now but I envision seeing them rolling down the road along side me after I hit a bump.

I need to check the rear tire pressures but it may take me a month to recover from the ordeal of the front covers.

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Old 01-07-2016, 02:26 PM   #2
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They are brutal to reinstall. A heavy rubber mallet is needed. And the spikes just dig into the wheel right down to the metal.

I cleaned my wheels and sprayed the areas that were dug up with semi-gloss white. And I am not going to put the wheel covers back on. Just a pain in the neck to deal with when checking the air on or to change a wheel. I also check tire pressure often just to play safe. And costly if one cover comes off and cannot be found. And just did not care to get the proper valve fittings to make filling easier. If a cover comes off they can damage those fittings also.

All the school buses in my area do not have wheel covers either. I am not sure they do anything other than make it look pretty?
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They are brutal to reinstall. A heavy rubber mallet is needed. And the spikes just dig into the wheel right down to the metal.

I cleaned my wheels and sprayed the areas that were dug up with semi-gloss white. And I am not going to put the wheel covers back on. Just a pain in the neck to deal with when checking the air on or to change a wheel. I also check tire pressure often just to play safe. And costly if one cover comes off and cannot be found. And just did not care to get the proper valve fittings to make filling easier. If a cover comes off they can damage those fittings also.

All the school buses in my area do not have wheel covers either. I am not sure they do anything other than make it look pretty?
Thanks, I was wondering about cleaning and painting. I doubt the wheel covers provide the protection of old fashioned hub caps since the covers have so many holes in them.
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I put on another set.
I still had to modify them so they would work correctly.
I may look for a set of used chromes or Alcoas down the road.
I agree- the covers are a PITA.
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Old 01-07-2016, 08:12 PM   #5
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I sold mine in a yard sale.
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I put on another set.
I still had to modify them so they would work correctly.
I may look for a set of used chromes or Alcoas down the road.
I agree- the covers are a PITA.
Ahh, you just gave me an idea. There is an RV junk yard nearby.
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Try a dead blow hammer. Shouldn' the harm the cap no bounce back. Have had mine on and off quite a bit this year trying to get the right tire fill extentions
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See Here for info on a hub cap tool. It worked on my wheel covers.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:47 PM   #9
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Are your wheels uncovered now?
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very nice stainless simulators on ours, which don't have to be removed to check the air pressure.
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