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Wheel Fit Check

Perform a Wheel Fit Check using the following steps before mounting tires. This check must be done at each wheel mounting location.

1. Remove front wheels from vehicle.

2. Wire brush wheel mounting surface and threaded studs on vehicle.

3. Remove spring clip retainers, if applicable.

4. Hold the new custom wheel on the hub and check for a flush mount of the wheel to the mounting surface of the vehicle. The backside of the wheel must not rest or touch brake drum balancing weights, any brake caliper, suspension component, balance weights, rivets or other obstructions. The mounting surface of the wheel must fit flush to the vehicle’s hub mounting surface.

Possible obstructions to check for: Brake Drum Balancing Weights, Spring Clip Retainers, Brake Drum Rivets

Spring clip retainers are often overlooked and must be removed. If clips or other obstructions are not removed, they will not let the wheel sit flush against the mounting surface. This will give you a false torque reading, which could cause the lug nuts to become loose and result in loss of a wheel, contributing to serious damage or injury. Some manufacturers do not use spring clip retainers. This application has nuts that hold the brake assembly together. THESE NUTS MUST NOT BE REMOVED.

5. Install three lug nuts finger tight and rotate the wheel to check caliper and suspension clearance and to find bent flanges or axles.

6. Perform the same check for the remaining three wheels on the vehicle, starting in the rear.

Modifications to the wheel or use of spacers or adapters to resolve clearance or fitment problems, become the installer’s / modifier’s responsibility.

Before installation, always make sure you have the correct lug nuts, wheel locks and center caps designed specifically for the wheel and application.

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