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Old 10-12-2020, 11:17 PM   #1
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Doing a custom paint job on my rain/winter tire Dracos to make them look like a multi-piece. Turned out better than I expected. This is my first time painting wheels.

What Volvo center caps fit the center bore of these wheels? Going for for exposed chrome nut look.

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Old 10-12-2020, 11:34 PM   #2
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WWD caps.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:04 AM   #3
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WWD caps.
WWD?

The caps offered from iPd are too small by my measurements.

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Old 10-13-2020, 07:27 PM   #4
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WWD?

The caps offered from iPd are too small by my measurements.
WWD = Wrong Wheel Drive (or Front wheel drive)

The wheels as offered on 850 Columba wheels have a centercap that will fit, or so I've been told (but have not verified).
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WWD = Wrong Wheel Drive (or Front wheel drive)

The wheels as offered on 850 Columba wheels have a centercap that will fit, or so I've been told (but have not verified).
lol

Thatís what I thought. Wasnít too sure, Iím a new guy here.

Depends if I can find a set. I may just get some cheap generic ones and slap a Volvo sticker on them.

I used PVC pipe caps on my wifeís RAV4 winter steelies.
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Now to let them sit for 3 days before I mount the rubber
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Looking good.

Or some Virgo caps if you're feeling flush and frisky.


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If I can find a set for cheap...

Still on the fence if I should matte them or not. The glossy clear will fade over time
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why not fix the curbrash ?
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^That requires work.
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If I can find a set for cheap...

Still on the fence if I should matte them or not. The glossy clear will fade over time


They're just laying around out there in the junkyard dirt right next to the 2" OE tow hitch.

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^That requires work.
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Paint the centers gold and profit... TB why are you disappointing me
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Paint the centers gold and profit... TB why are you disappointing me


Dracos are the redheaded stepchildren of the Volvo wheel family and as such they don't get the gold paint or any profit.
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why not fix the curbrash ?
That’s the plan after I find a clean way to remove the paint to polish and clear the bare aluminum. So far the chemical paint remover attempts have been deemed unsuccessful on my practice rim. The clear comes off but that paint is a bitch. Next step Is good ol’ sanding the crap out of them.

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They're just laying around out there in the junkyard dirt right next to the 2" OE tow hitch.

lol. Too bad that challenge is off as I decided to go with roof rails.
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Dracos are the redheaded stepchildren of the Volvo wheel family and as such they don't get the gold paint or any profit.
Idk I would pay $800 for gold center Dracos
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Thatís the plan after I find a clean way to remove the paint to polish and clear the bare aluminum. So far the chemical paint remover attempts have been deemed unsuccessful on my practice rim. The clear comes off but that paint is a bitch. Next step Is good olí sanding the crap out of them.
Youíre starting with the horses ass by painting the center first

Raise the rear mount the wheel on the axle, start car and use sandpaper

Donít stick your dick into it ... do not!
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lol. Too bad that challenge is off as I decided to go with roof rails.
I found some early 240 hubcap clips on few wheels that are used as jackstands at the junkyards
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You’re starting with the horses ass by painting the center first

Raise the rear mount the wheel on the axle, start car and use sandpaper

Don’t stick your dick into it ... do not!
I’m not polishing the inside of the drum. It’s too much of a pain in the ass... so I’m half-ass’n it and just polishing the outer lip with the Dremel after I fix the rash. Good enough... these wheels aren’t perfect anyways. I only have $120 USD total invested. That includes wheels, wheel cleaner, masking tape, and paint.

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Dracos are the redheaded stepchildren of the Volvo wheel family and as such they don't get the gold paint or any profit.
lol. I was going to paint then gold or bronze originally. My 8 year old said black would look cool as “It would look like an old Porsche 911 wheel”

I’ve been offered some Hydras... those would look good with gold or bronze centers. Crap... I may have to buy them. You see, I’m bit of a wheel whore. lol

I’m searching for a set of Rigels or Coronas for a set of studded winters.

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I’m not polishing the inside of the drum. It’s too much of a pain in the ass... so I’m half-ass’n it and just polishing the outer lip with the Dremel after I fix the rash. Good enough... these wheels aren’t perfect anyways. I only have $120 USD total invested. That includes wheels, wheel cleaner, masking tape, and paint.
Spent not invested,

Use a Dremel on your PP or the $120 will go up to $200 on dremel accessories
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Raise the rear mount the wheel on the axle, start car and use sandpaper

Donít stick your dick into it ... do not!
He's speaking from personal experience it's a very good lesson.

Why paint them if your trying to remove the paint now? If your gonna call slapping down a layer of black rattle can refinishing I guess I'm more skillful then I thought
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Use a Dremel on your PP
Also from experience but maybe not as good advise unless that's what your into
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Also from experience but maybe not as good advise unless that's what your into
The way it vibrates at 30k rpms
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Avoid the cutoff wheel you'll be ok
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Avoid the cutoff wheel you'll be ok
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