Wheeltrims!

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Wheeltrims!

Post by mnde » Sat Dec 24, 2005 5:02 pm

Try as I might, I can't get my brand new BX GTi wheeltrims to fit on my Meteor. I've used up all my strength trying and now I ache all over. I even tried hitting them round the rim with a mallet wrapped in cloth.

This is the type:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... %3AIT&rd=1

Anyone got any pearls of wisdom about fitting wheeltrims? It doesn't help that the wheels are rusty I suppose... I had to give up after much swearing and cursing and put those fake alloy trims back on :( Argh.

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Post by cavmad » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:03 pm

Just a thought but aren`t GTi wheels different to standard wheels? I`m thinking they won`t fit because the dish of the GTi wheels are different to the standard ones.
Do you have the thick rubber band on the GTi trims as per the standard wheels and also have you matched up one of each wheel to see if they are different?
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Post by DLM » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:03 pm

What type of fixing are they? I've seen most types of BX wheeltrims, but never any that look like these.....
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Post by jeremy » Sat Dec 24, 2005 8:05 pm

I agree with DLM - I've never seen anything like them! - but there looks to be a genuine Citroen bag in the photo.

I thought standard steel GTi wheels were vented whereas the others had solid discs. I say that as our ZX 1.9D has veneted wheels and what looks to be a similar fixing to the BX - ie the retaining ring that pulls out when you don't want it to.

I don't know if these trims have the retaining ring - or if they are a more conventional fixing that doesn't require one?

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Post by ken newbold » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:10 pm

I've seen and fancied these trims on many occassions but never seen a full set at once. Are they held on with a thick rubber ring at the back or do they have to be clipped in the a seperate ring which stays in the wheel.

I know some trims will not fit the vented wheels and vica versa.
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Post by cavmad » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:12 pm

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I agree with DLM - I've never seen anything like them! - but there looks to be a genuine Citroen bag in the photo.

I thought standard steel GTi wheels were vented whereas the others had solid discs. I say that as our ZX 1.9D has veneted wheels and what looks to be a similar fixing to the BX - ie the retaining ring that pulls out when you don't want it to.



My estate has a mixture of solid and vented steel wheels, I believe the solid ones were the earler versions and all(?) later BX`s had vented wheels.
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Post by ken newbold » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:18 pm

Didn't the Hurricane come with these on.?
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Post by Mike E (uk) » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:54 pm

These are always falling off, and usually look tat anyway.

Why not get a set of alloys?

They wont fall off when you steam through deep puddles.

Incidently,
I have a set of 8V GTI wheels which are going spare.

£20 if you collect them. (or pick them up at the Gayden meet)

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Post by mnde » Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:49 pm

ken newbold wrote:I've seen and fancied these trims on many occassions but never seen a full set at once. Are they held on with a thick rubber ring at the back or do they have to be clipped in the a seperate ring which stays in the wheel.

I know some trims will not fit the vented wheels and vica versa.
These trims came in Citroen bags - one of them was still sealed. On the label it says ENJOLIVER BX GTi 90. They each have a thick rubber/plastic rim surrounding the metal clip ring. My wheels are all vented, and I tried fitted one on each of them. I'll be pissed if they don't fit, cos they look gorgeous! There was a BX on eBay a while back that was wearing these- can't remember whether it was a GTi or a TZD. I think they are more usually seen on ZX's. I wasn't aware that there was any difference in shape between the solid and vented wheels. Sigh :(

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Post by Ian_Fearn » Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:53 pm

ken newbold wrote:Didn't the Hurricane come with these on.?
The Hurricane came standard with the 8V GTi alloys in silver.

The wheel trims in question here were standard on late model GTi's and TZD Turbo's.
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Post by tim leech » Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:58 pm

Hurricanes had alloys, TZD turbos had the same wheeltrims as the GTi at that time. So they should fit! Unless the Gti were a wider fitting as they had the wider 185 section tyres on wider rims.

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Post by mnde » Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:05 pm

Yep, my Meteor has the bog-standard 165 wheels... Arse. I thought a BX wheeltrim was a BX wheeltrim...

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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:22 am

I could not make standard wheeltrims stay on the GTI wider steels, ended up with nasty plastic trims from the market, until they fell off, then I went for the bad boy bare black steels look, then I found some Graphite alloys, the rest is history :D
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Post by cavmad » Sun Dec 25, 2005 11:35 am

I think they are more usually seen on ZX's. I wasn't aware that there was any difference in shape between the solid and vented wheels. Sigh :(

Mark.[/quote]

I think the problem is not so much the difference between solid and vented steels as my trims fit both, but that the GTi steels whether vented or solid are a different dish hence your trims won`t fit. I`ll bet the GTi wheels are wider and the dish is deeper or shallower.
Tough call now: either fit (narrower) standard wheels and your new trims, leave it trimless, get some after market trims which may/may not fit or buy a set of alloys.
The ones on offer for £20 seem very fair to me.
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Post by tim leech » Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:12 pm

I have wider type gti wheels on my TZD and the original trims fitted with some persuasion!