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Title says it all. I want to paint my calipers but can find nothing that seems to fit the lug cover well. I'm afraid of scratching the wheels or damaging the lug cover which appears to be plastic.
Went to 3 auto parts stores and they had nothing. Whats everyone using.

Thanks in advance guys and gals

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Hub Cover Removal

The best way to remove the cover is to get a spark plug wire puller. It has two forks to go around the plug. Bend one up or cut it off. The other fork will reach into the slot, and when you pull, it puts the pressure on the back of the cover and will not scratch the front.
 

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:seeya I have found that an allen wrench fits nicely into the little groove on the plastic cover that is over the lug nuts. I have to remove my center caps for autocross races and I was using a flat head screwdriver covered in duct tape but that still ended up scratching my wheels. The allen wrench fits into the groove nicely and leaves no scratches.
 

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Don't forget to orient the caps when you put them back on.
I understand from previous posts there is a small picture of a tire valve on the cap which should be oriented to the valve on the rim.
See the previous posts for more info.
 

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beer100 said:
As wide a blade as will fit.

I speculate a blade with a hook on the end would be better. Slip it in then pull straight out.
When I removed my center cap I tried prying it off. That didn't work. Use a standard flat-head screwdriver. Insert it into the notch then pull straight out--don't try to pry. :seeya
 

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My solution

Just wanted to get back. What I did was use a a small piece of hardware, a 1.5 inch brace used on doors and windows. Its shaped like an L. I put one end into the slot and secured vicegrips on the other and pulled straight out. Works like a charm. Have added this little brace to my SSR shelf in the garage.


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Hub removal tool

drbob,

Went home last night and had a try at removing my hubs. Used the L shaped flat piece of steel and it worked, but once the hub was off I made a better tool. The good ole coat hanger works perfect. I formed a small hook to fit into the slot, turned it a quarter of a turn, open hook inward, and pulled. Worked perfect with no danger of scratching finish. Figuring on how much we SSR nuts paid for a Chevy truck, I'm willing to make this hook for members for $50.00, shipping cost included. LOL
 

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Fred Edick said:
drbob,

Went home last night and had a try at removing my hubs. Used the L shaped flat piece of steel and it worked, but once the hub was off I made a better tool. The good ole coat hanger works perfect. I formed a small hook to fit into the slot, turned it a quarter of a turn, open hook inward, and pulled. Worked perfect with no danger of scratching finish. Figuring on how much we SSR nuts paid for a Chevy truck, I'm willing to make this hook for members for $50.00, shipping cost included. LOL
Can we get it with the silver vinyl on it?? :) :)
 

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Let me see, do I want to spend 50 bucks on a custom center cap remover made from a clotheshanger or do I want to use a cheap, inexpensive allen wrench, also in the shape of an "L"? Hey look, how bout this, I will have my allen wrenches chromed, oh, whoops, they come that way already! :jester
 

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Right Rick,
Maybe I can modify the other end of the hanger to remove the rear license plate bracket. This should run the price up another twenty-five at least.
 

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Custom Tools

Gee, I don't know, this sounds alot like a government buying program.
Remermber the $100 toilet seats, etc.

Too bad you're trying to sell to us in the private sector! :lol
 

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Fred: Let's collaborate and offer a chrome center piece remover in the L shape with a velcro attachment that sticks to the bed liner (since the entire bed area is lined with velcro anyway) and then offer a CD with ZZ Top's Velcro Fly song to go with the rear license bracket remover and the lug nut cover remover. We really have to come up with a much more clever name than "Lug Nut Remover" like "Isometric Framostat centrifugal innovation device". What do ya think? We could do a whole assortment of aftermarket tools that velcro into the bed liner!
 

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The name change alone should double the price, but if we stay away from velcro the buyers will misplace it and we can double our sales market.
 
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