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Old 01-14-2018, 08:08 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Here is what they used to look like.
improvement or what?

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Old 01-16-2018, 04:45 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Very cool! And it's on a Nissan Leaf - good for you.

Do you follow the mods of other Leaf owners? Anyone else done smooth wheel covers?
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Very nice!

How did you center the mounting plate?
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:55 PM   #54 (permalink)
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OK here is what i have done.

Seems to work pretty well ive done 100 miles on it and taken it up to 80mph.
They are on all four wheels now.


Nicely done! Can you do A-B-A testing to see how much benefit you get?
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Beautiful! I have always wondered about pipe clamps! I could do this on my Civic, but I rarely drive more than 1.4 miles. My Accord already has pretty smooth hubcaps.

There is a thread or two on here somewhere about drilling out the lugnuts and epoxying in nuts. I bought the lugnuts, but did not get very far.

It is one thing to be lazy and not do much, but when I actually buy stuff, but never use it...

Please let us know how this affects your range!
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Why would you epoxy nuts in when you can get lug nuts ready to use with threads all the way through?
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Not to take away from your accomplishment; but I landed on the first page and saw the question from 200903.

There is a lot of thickness where the spoke meets the rim. One could drill the metal and put in a Heli-coil. They're used for thread repair but could be used proactively. They would be invisible from 5 feet away with a Moon cap off. Or stand proud to accommodate the lip of a pizza pan.

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Instead of sheet metal screws, they could be tiny, tiny washer-headed stove bolts. 1/8th" or so with more depth.
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Yes, i saw another guy who Just drill and tapped into the alloy wheels, but everyone i spoke to, said that was really bad idea. plus i didn't want insurance companies to be able to argue that i had modified the wheel. Insurance for modified wheels was more than for custom hubcaps. I just centre the bracket by eye. but the hoze clips on the spokes seemed to work like a chuck maybe?
anyway i've had them on a decent time now and they havent fallen off. i will check them reguarly tho. they get lots of looks as i think it makes the car look futuristic.

I haven't tried to measure range improvements as it would be too difficult. i'm just going to believe in the research papers that others have written.

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I drilled and tapped my moon discs on and never really had any issues. I put nylon washers behind them to keep from rubbing, and lock-tite in the holes to keep the screws from backing out. If you go this route you're in it for the long-haul though. It would be a pain to later fill the holes and re-paint the rims.

I would check your set up often, they're going to loosen up a lot, and those clamps are going to wear through the rims' paint (and possibly the rims themselves) over time


Here's the link to my moon disc install on Ron Burgundy if you decide you ever want to go that route. It was pretty easy as far as mods go:

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Shiny!

Helicoils would be an upgrade from Locktite. They could be removed and the holes plug welded if refinishing is necessary.

Measure the distance between the holes and make them all the same 1/6th". Then they will go on any way.

Insurance companies should understand the structural difference between a hole and a hole filled with a bolt or screw.

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