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 Post subject: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:02 pm 
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This applies to center caps off of 02-04 KJ's only!!! These are held on by three screws in back of the cap! 05+ Caps were held on by the lug nuts, and is a simple matter of pulling the lugs off and swapping the caps.

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to this:
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Here's what ya need...
Set of factory center caps from a set of 16" steel rims
Set of Cragars
5/16" socket
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1/8" Bit
1/4" Bit
Scissors/Knife
Snips
Cardboard/heavy paper for template
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Tape
Beer

1.) Open the beer, your about to drill holes into those perfectly good, pretty Soft 8's. I justified as a being used to "steady the nerves" so I didn't miss drill.
2.) Grab the new (old) center caps, start by cutting off the two tabs on the rear of each so that they sit below the plane and wont touch the wheel when mounted.
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3.) use a piece of cardboard, or cardstock and trace an outline of the center cap with at least 2-3 holes marked also. You will also be able to feel the mounting holes for the three screws though the cardboard, mark these. Cut the template, and holes, and use your 1/8" drill bit to poke a hole for the mounting screws. Once your done, tape it down to the wheel, using the lug holes to align the template.
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4.) Another drink of beer, hold breath, and drill the first pilot hole with the 1/8" bit. This was the hardest part... Holes 2-15 become increasingly easier! Drill out the pilot holes with an 1/4" bit now.
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5.) Mount the cap to the outside of the rim, start by threading the first screw just a bit to get to grab, followed by the 2nd and 3rd. Snug up with a 5/16" socket/wrench when all three are started. The 1/4 holes should leave enough play in lining up the screws to correct for any little bit you are off with on the template.
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6.) Knock out the last 4 rims, and walla! Remount and enjoy the goodness in the world that results from completing a cheap, easy project that very, very few will ever notice. :D
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Nice one Mike..

D'Oh I forgot to mention to you the bit about cutting off the postioning pins as well.. :oops:


Are you going to leave them Silver, or do them Black?????

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Thought about painting them gloss black to match the Cragars. But for the moment I'm digging the contrast of the argent on black.

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Going to do the 'Daspes Center cap mod'.

Picked up some center caps
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and decided to make the 'JEEP' stand out a little more

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Used some touch up paint that matched my KJ

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Hopefully they will be on tomorrow!

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Looks good so far Daryl!!

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Thanks Tom, I know I talked to you last week and thought they'd be on then, but Life continues to happen around here and gets in the way of playing. But so far so good for tomorrow!

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Finished!

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Thanks Daspes for the idea 8)

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I like it! Best place to get those center caps from? P/N?

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Boiler wrote:
I like it! Best place to get those center caps from? P/N?


Thanks Boiler!

I found mine on Ebay

P/N: 52059583AA

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Looks good!

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
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Here they are on the Cragar Black D Windows on an '07.
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How much do those center caps cost?

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:52 am 
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They are the generic center cap that came on all the 16" steel wheels. You can find them all over the place relatively cheaply.

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
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I got mine on eBay, like $10 for the set of four. Depends if you can catch a private seller (cheap, just wants to get rid of them) vs. a used parts dealer (expensive, just wants to stupid rape you).

Deals can be found.

Man, what a pain in the rear I had putting mine on! Although my problems were the result of a hasilty made template and a complete and utter lack of patience.

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
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That silver hubcap on the black rim looks awesome! I've been contemplating putting my "old" AT KOs on Cragars for every day use and keeping the Goodyears for off-road. This mod is another good to do it! Looks cool!

Thanks for the great write up, seems well thought out. Gonna print this one out.

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:06 pm 
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This looks great with the soft 8s. I have some questions.

I bought a set of caps off Ebay. They were listed as fitting a 16" Wrangler rim for years 07-10. I thought the Liberty and Wrangler rims were both 5x4.5. I was wrong. After getting the caps, it appears that the ones I bought were for a rim with a 5x5 bolt pattern.

Do I need a set specifically for the Liberty? Did they change the Liberty bolt pattern sometime during it's model run? I'd really like to use a late model set with the pins and avoid drilling the holes.


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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
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07-10 Wranglers went to a different bolt pattern.

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
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tommudd wrote:
07-10 Wranglers went to a different bolt pattern.


are all libertys 5x4.5?


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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
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ArcherAce wrote:
tommudd wrote:
07-10 Wranglers went to a different bolt pattern.


are all libertys 5x4.5?


Yes, along with TJ's, YJ's, XJ's, ZJ's, WJ's, and MK's.

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 Post subject: Re: How To: Factory Center Caps on Cragar Soft 8's
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:50 pm 
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I went with the older style caps. The are bolted to the rim exactly like the newer style cap.
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when I pulled my front tires to install my UCAs, I found these circular marks on the rotors.
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By the looks of it, the bolts that hold the cap in place stick up over the part of the rim that is suppose to sit flush with the rotor. That's probably not a good idea.

To fix this I counter sunk the holes and replaced the bolts with 10x3/4 wood screws.
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By the looks of the pictures you posted above, you might want to check and see if yours are sitting the same as mine were.


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