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HeroET 11-16-2012 06:59 PM

wheel center cap stolen
 
my wheel center cap got stolen. :cry::mad::mad:

i want to buy one set from amazon but now the question is how should I place them on? Do I need to glue them or just push them in? will those fit and won't fall?

http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Style-Whee...ds=36136783536

Squidget 11-16-2012 07:18 PM

They have tabs, they just snap right back in.

GarySL 11-16-2012 07:25 PM

I think the wheel has to come off first & you replace the cap from within. g/l

Wihelm G 11-16-2012 07:28 PM

No need to take off the wheel. Just be sure the replacement matches the others, as I noticed the base E91 caps are different from the base E92 caps.

tturedraider 11-16-2012 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wihelm g (Post 7199302)
no need to take off the wheel. Just be sure the replacement matches the others, as i noticed the base e91 caps are different from the base e92 caps.

+1

Squidget 11-16-2012 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wihelm G (Post 7199302)
No need to take off the wheel. Just be sure the replacement matches the others, as I noticed the base E91 caps are different from the base E92 caps.

+100

I swapped my summer tires off last week. They are stacked up in my kitchen at this very moment, and I pulled the caps yesterday to clean them, so I'm confident this is the correct answer. :)

To remove the caps, it's best to have the wheel off the rotor. Easier to push in the tabs that way. Otherwise you'd need to use a screwdriver or something else that would scratch the wheel.

But to insert the caps, you just push them in from the outside.

raleedy 11-17-2012 01:36 PM

Tire off the wheel? Really? A picture would help. I can understand having the wheel off the car, but beyond that . . . .

Squidget 11-17-2012 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by raleedy (Post 7200181)
Tire off the wheel? Really? A picture would help. I can understand having the wheel off the car, but beyond that . . . .

I can pull caps, but apparently I can't post coherently. Wheel off the rotor. Tire stays on the wheel.

twhisten 11-17-2012 03:25 PM

For the center caps......if you have a suction cup, you can pop them off without removing the wheel. When I replaced mine, I simply used a suction cup.

SD Z4MR 11-17-2012 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squidget (Post 7200249)
I can pull caps, but apparently I can't post coherently. Wheel off the rotor. Tire stays on the wheel.

Well, technically, the wheel mounts to the hub. The rotor is also mounted to the hub.

Bob Shiftright 11-18-2012 07:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squidget (Post 7199328)

I swapped my summer tires off last week. They are stacked up in my kitchen at this very moment

My wife would divorce me. Really. And she's a gal who's bought me stuff for Christmas/birthdays like sway bars, skid plates and strut tower braces. But the kitchen is off limits.

The center caps just snap in place. They should be easy to pull off with a suction cup or a piece of duct tape. I'm too lazy to look it up, but I think they're pretty cheap, even the genuine BMW imported German ones from the dealer.

CALWATERBOY 11-18-2012 07:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twhisten (Post 7200303)
For the center caps......if you have a suction cup, you can pop them off without removing the wheel. When I replaced mine, I simply used a suction cup.


Good Lord. You have enabled a cottage industry and black market in BMW logo caps.

Look to Ebay to repurchase your gear.

HeroET 11-30-2012 12:10 AM

anyone can recommend a place to buy oem part? the set i bought from amazon doesn't fit...

SD Z4MR 11-30-2012 12:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HeroET (Post 7222639)
anyone can recommend a place to buy oem part? the set i bought from amazon doesn't fit...

Hmmm, a place to by OEM part? Oh, I don't know, let me think, maybe your BMW dealer? Next time try measuring an existing wheel cap first before you order.

twhisten 11-30-2012 07:23 AM

Jlveistreetworks is pretty good for that.

Db750 11-30-2012 07:20 PM

Take the wheel off to remove a center cap? Lol! Yes, also remember to pull the engine when you change the oil. :thumbup:

Use a credit card or utility knife and pop the cap out. Replacements from eBay or the dealer.

vavet5308 11-30-2012 08:31 PM

You don't want to glue it on. It will end up broken when you have the tires replaced or balanced.

pointandgo 12-01-2012 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Db750 (Post 7224253)
Take the wheel off to remove a center cap? Lol! Yes, also remember to pull the engine when you change the oil. :thumbup:

Use a credit card or utility knife and pop the cap out. Replacements from eBay or the dealer.

eBay? He'll probably be buying back his original caps! :yikes:

HeroET 12-05-2012 01:40 AM

:bawling:

maybe...

Quote:

Originally Posted by pointandgo (Post 7225650)
eBay? He'll probably be buying back his original caps! :yikes:



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