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16" Wheels for trade

Yesterday I pulled off one of my wheel covers (hub caps) to verify these black 16" wheels. They indeed could be used as wheels without covers. It looks to me as if they might be made of aluminum??? because the center hub hole looked milled. All these wheels would need are wheel center covers for the hubs.

If anyone is interested in trading their 18" touring wheels for my 16" wheels and tires (500 miles on them) please pm me on here.


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^ If you were near me I think I might do that.
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Indeed, those are the factory rims.....
Thanks for bringing up this issue....as I just removed the four plastic hub caps on my wife's '17 Niro!!! (I wonder if she'll even notice......!)
You should be aware aware, however, that the plastic wheel cover serves as the bearing dust cap on the front axle. Going to have to locate a 2-5/8" diameter dust cap now.....
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Were you able to find the 2-5/8" diameter dust cap? If so, where and how much? I have not been able to source them yet.
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Indeed, those are the factory rims.....
Thanks for bringing up this issue....as I just removed the four plastic hub caps on my wife's '17 Niro!!! (I wonder if she'll even notice......!)
You should be aware aware, however, that the plastic wheel cover serves as the bearing dust cap on the front axle. Going to have to locate a 2-5/8" diameter dust cap now.....
Please take some pics of the Niro without wheel covers to post to the forum. Thanks.
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has anyone found a center cap that will fit in the black rims?
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The 16 in set up is more efficient. I'd probably see like a 5-8mpg improvement at least.
thats not the way it works. smaller diameter wheels offer quicker response and lower MPG. Larger diameter wheels, trade acceleration for greater MPG...
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thats not the way it works. smaller diameter wheels offer quicker response and lower MPG. Larger diameter wheels, trade acceleration for greater MPG...
This is not a factual statement. Larger wheels don't equate to better MPG unless the gear ratios are optimized for the wheels they drive on.
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thats not the way it works. smaller diameter wheels offer quicker response and lower MPG. Larger diameter wheels, trade acceleration for greater MPG...
It is a fact that the Niro 16 inch wheels with the Michelin Energy Saver tires offer better MPGs than the 18 inch wheels with the other michelin tires. First, the 16inch wheels/tire combo are low resistance tires then 18inch combo are not. The bigger the patch of tire coming into contact with the road the more resistance is created thus causing lower MPG. That is why low resistance tires are generally smaller. That is why the 18inch combo has more grip, but will produce less MPG. Look at the average MPG of the Niros with 16inch wheels/tire combo vs 18inch wheels/tire combo.
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Were you able to find the 2-5/8" diameter dust cap? If so, where and how much? I have not been able to source them yet.
Did you find any dust caps?
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