How does one remove and install hubcaps on wire wheels with out losing the tension in the prongs that hold them on? Also how can the tension be restored to prevent rattling?
Typically they don't need to be installed and removed very often, mostly when repainting the wheel or replacing a damaged hubcap. I put some duct tape around the prongs before installing in the wheel, then bend only about one third of the tabs around the circumference. With the tire supported so the hubcap doesn't touch anything, you may give each of the bent tabs an extra whack with a hammer and punch. The tape prevents rattling, the unbent tabs can be used for remounting if the hubcap ever needs to be removed again.
Glad I read this. Great idea Roger, thanks.
I know some people, including myself that bend 3 or 4 tabs then use silicon rubber on the inside to hold them and keep them from rattling.
I like the silicon rubber idea. I'm working on a set that say "Made in Canada" for my Touring and I'll use the silicon idea when I re-install them.
I just wad up some foam rubber or the innerds from a foam pillow inside the hubcap and the end of the axle pressing on it prevents rattling. I also only bend every 3rd tab and keep the other two for the future.
After I bend a few tabs, I put a O ring over the outside of the cap.