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Sunscape fan

18" Boatmate wheels: really dumb question

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Sunscape fan

Okkkkkk....so I am going on a fairly long trip coming up and wanted to check the torque of the wheels on my Boatmate trailer. It has the 18" wheels from Boatmate that says "Mayhem" on the hubcap. I honestly thought the hubcap was held on with the Allen bolts...or what look like Allen cap screws. Turns out, those are plastic and break when you use an Allen key to remove them!! So I glued them back on.

My question: how the heck does the hubcap come off?? I pried at it, pulled at it, took the Center mayhem cap off and pulled again...the thing won't budge!!!

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tvano

the caps held on w the lug nuts?

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nyryan2001

Only one of the Allen bolts is actually an Allen bolt? The others are just there as plastic design.

Only one holds it on and is metal not plastic.

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Sunscape fan

Only one of the Allen bolts is actually an Allen bolt? The others are just there as plastic design.

Only one holds it on and is metal not plastic.

Really? How do I know which one is real?

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nyryan2001

well I would really like to link a pic but since Tapatalk isn't avail anymore... this is lame.

you have a center cap covering your lugs with what you think are fake plastic allen bolts. 1 of them is a real one holding that cap on. look closely, you'll be able to tell the difference between the plastics and the metal one.

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oldjeep

Yes that's what it looks like. I guess a magnet might work....I can't believe the rest are plastic!!

Magnet likely won't work since they are likely either aluminum or stainless. If you can't tell by looking at them then an eye exam might help ;) Or just use the tip of your knife to figure out which is metal.

From the picture I'd suspect top and bottom with the logo as pictured unless that center section actually spins.

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nyryan2001

Yep it might be two per.

I have almost the same rims.... and yep there are plastic bolts and then the real ones. Get close... you'll be able to tell. I know I swapped 7 of them on my triple axle trailer.

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Sunscape fan

The centre section actually pops off too...I thought that was the only part that was removable at first but realized the lug nuts still weren't accessible.

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oldjeep

I guess this is a good time to realize that you need to know how they come off and have the tools to do it in your truck rather than happening on the side of the road somewhere.

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Sunscape fan

I guess this is a good time to realize that you need to know how they come off and have the tools to do it in your truck rather than happening on the side of the road somewhere.

Exactly...that's why I'm going through and doing this now instead of roadside when I have a flat...

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Falko

Hammer, makes all things better...

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nyryan2001

Sunscape.... Another consideration is the socket needed to remove a lug nut off those Rims.

A standard deep well wouldn't fit down in there... Mine requires a thin walled deep well. Vs a standard one. Might wanna check to see if yours requires the same and keep it in your truck.

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dalt1

Appears to be real srews at the 12 and 6 oclock positions.

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