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Chifte
08-01-2012, 05:58 PM
Hey all, I'm new here, name's Eric.

My 2012 Yaris 3dr 5spd should arrive tomorrow and I want to address the hub cap issue ASAP!

I see people get the chrome or stainless steel trim pieces, use chrome lug nuts than get black/ chrome center caps. Problem is, I can't find any center caps that seem like they would fit. One guy has a Toyota branded black center cap for a 4 lug.

Anyone know the width and where I should look for these things? I know it says Yaris but coming from Thailand, want to make sure the fitment is for what the U.S has.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4x-TOYOTA-Wheel-Center-Cap-Corolla-Yaris-Vits-New-Black-56mm-51mm-/180938809516

Would those happen to fit? I'm so impatient if I waited I could just measure them myself tomorrow, bwaha.

This is from an ancient thread on this forum, didn't want to ressurect it who knows if they're still around :laugh:.

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/vv358/yaris88/6.jpg

CPALK719
08-01-2012, 06:29 PM
those are some nice looking steelies

CTScott
08-01-2012, 06:41 PM
The ones in the ebay listing above won't work, but the ones in the picture are Tercel center caps. I have a set on Crashy's steelies. There are ones with the word Toyota and ones with the Toyota logo. I have the logo ones, shown in this listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Tercel-Corolla-wheel-center-cap-hubcap-1991-2002-/320860117981?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Model%3ATercel&hash=item4ab4c0dbdd&vxp=mtr

Chifte
08-01-2012, 07:31 PM
The ones in the ebay listing above won't work, but the ones in the picture are Tercel center caps. I have a set on Crashy's steelies. There are ones with the word Toyota and ones with the Toyota logo. I have the logo ones, shown in this listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Tercel-Corolla-wheel-center-cap-hubcap-1991-2002-/320860117981?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Model%3ATercel&hash=item4ab4c0dbdd&vxp=mtr

You almost brought a tear to my eye that made me so happy :clap:, I really appreciate it!

Chifte
08-07-2012, 06:18 PM
Welp, I ordered the center caps and stainless steel trim rings.

The trim rings fit fine, slightly more loose than the stock hub caps.

But the black toyota tercel center caps do not snap on, 3M tape does not work.

It attaches via 4 prongs, the whole center cap fits but none of them stay on the wheel, it looks like the center caps were designed with a groove on the wheel to snap to in mind.

If I put tape on the prongs, putting it on just rolls the tape up and causes the center cap to pop off.

I'm really curious how the person in the picture I posted actually did that. I know I could use JB weld and solve that sumbich problem but well.. I'll need a tire change at some point and that will involve busting the center cap lol.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/Aibo/IMG_20120807_175821.jpg

BEEF
08-07-2012, 06:51 PM
I ended up going with a dust cap. it isn't a tight fit either so tape was required. anyway, here is how mine ended up. got the dust caps at NAPA for around $3 each.
a user here recommended them to me (yaris girl or something like that)

http://www.microimageonline.com/forums/images/dto_garage/users/3208/1350.jpg

Chifte
08-07-2012, 07:05 PM
I ended up going with a dust cap. it isn't a tight fit either so tape was required. anyway, here is how mine ended up. got the dust caps at NAPA for around $3 each.
a user here recommended them to me (yaris girl or something like that)

http://www.microimageonline.com/forums/images/dto_garage/users/3208/1350.jpg

Doesn't the tape leave them a little awkward on the wheel? That's what I'm finding, even though it doesn't hold at all it won't make an even fit either.

I saw the dust cap idea, it's cool but not what I'm looking for, I suppose if I can't get this to work, I'm going to lick my wounds and just put stock caps back on until I can get real wheels...which Ill likely be too cheap to buy anyway :biggrin:

Here's what it looks like, I'd smiling ear to ear if it worked right lol.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/Aibo/IMG_20120807_182845.jpg

CTScott
08-07-2012, 08:11 PM
I have had the same Tercel caps on Crashy for the past two years. They snap on and have stayed on through two Winters of plowing snow, but they do pull of fairly easily.

If you are worried about them coming off, instead of tape, try a small dab of Automotive Goop on each of the four prongs.

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Chifte
08-07-2012, 08:30 PM
Ain't that a kicker, yours stay on that beast of a Yaris and mine pop off like they were avoiding hot lava.

That goop you speak of, I'm sure I can get access to something similar as I work at a 'Yota dealership. Don't you think it would make for a problem next time I get new tires? They have to take off the center caps of wheels for the machine, I could totally see trying to get them off resulting in breaking the tabs.

CTScott
08-07-2012, 09:00 PM
Ain't that a kicker, yours stay on that beast of a Yaris and mine pop off like they were avoiding hot lava.

That goop you speak of, I'm sure I can get access to something similar as I work at a 'Yota dealership. Don't you think it would make for a problem next time I get new tires? They have to take off the center caps of wheels for the machine, I could totally see trying to get them off resulting in breaking the tabs.

Goop is a clear glue that comes in a squeeze tube and is available at any hardware or auto parts store. It sticks well to plastic and metal and if not used in excess it will allow parts to be removed without breaking.

I noticed that the back of yours looked pretty dirty, which implies they were well used. The clips may just be sloppy because of that. Mine were brand new, sealed in plastic.

RedRide
08-07-2012, 09:08 PM
Try some clear, slicone sealer on the tabs to hold the center caps on.

Chifte
08-09-2012, 04:40 PM
Blah! I gave up on the center caps, rolling with just trim pieces now :). Liquid Nails and Gorilla epoxy wouldn't hold them, I let them sit for about 14 hours and I am now down 1 center cap. I hated to put something hardcore on..PITA come tire change time and I'll be there soon as I travel 30k+ miles a year.

I think I'm just going to use moon discs, and cross my fingers they aren't stolen.

Volcano
08-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Ur car looks great with the steelies and Chrome ring.


Had these hubcaps on my previous Yaris. It just seems they don't fit right, never lost one, not even in the carwash.

http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38223&page=8

Jabro
01-03-2013, 08:54 PM
Old thread revival, but to address this issue for future center cap experimenters I've come up with a few solutions. First and most easy/perhaps a little ghetto, is to use a plastic zip tie around the out side of the tabs of the the tercel center cap. You'll want to tighten the zip tie until it is close to the shape of a square. The caps will then snugly snap into place. I'm currently using this method.

A safer solution would be to get some metal wiring, 2 or 3 mm diameter should do. Bend it around the center hub to form a circle, and twist and tighten with pliers. This will give your worn out tercel tabs something to grip around, and serves as a makeshift retention ring.