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Fix for 2010-2013 18" Jeep/Dodge Wheels to preventing Rusting Hubs

I posted this in the thread under Visual Formum, I'm surprised there was no comment. I think this might be the best fix. It's simple and maintenance free. When I put the snows on I'll probably do the same to the Jeep wheel.

By the way I used a small Drill Grinding wheel and a round file. The new grinding wheel was toast after just 4 notches.

Only one drain I think is needed. Because when it spins it will flush out.

I think it's close enough and small enough not to cause balance issues. But I was getting snows with these rims rebalanced any way.

I thought I was gonna notch the little cap but that won't work (see pic) because it does not go to the edge. These are 18" Dodge Durango Wheels I'm about to mount Snows on. I believe they are setup identical to the Jeep 18's

Notice the 5 Pockets have drains.

The center hub has no drain. So I added one.



Here is what it looks like from the outside when mounted



Here is Jeeps fix for 2014 Wheels

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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

Not so sure I would of did that to mating surface where Rim meets center of the Hub.

But they are only for winter so have at it!
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

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Not so sure I would of did that to mating surface where Rim meets center of the Hub.

But they are only for winter so have at it!
Jeep had no problem mucking with mating surface. I updated opening post with my updated fix (more aggressive cut and a photo of Jeeps WAY more aggressive FIX).
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

I updated opening post with a more complete fix based on how Jeep Fixed them on 2014 wheels.
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

Good info. I am still going to spray some fluid film on each hub bolt though.
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I updated opening post with a more complete fix based on how Jeep Fixed them on 2014 wheels.
Nice job. Thanks for the information.
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I updated opening post with a more complete fix based on how Jeep Fixed them on 2014 wheels.
Agreed, as long as you don't mess with the seating surface, I can't imagine how adding drains to the seating surface could cause any issues whatever--as the Jeep engineers seem to agree.

You might want to polish the "inlet" side a bit to widen it out...

Now got to see what the aftermarket winter rims I just installed have for drainage.
If none, I'll probably use a cutter and Dremel to add drains at every point like the Jeep wheels.

Didn't even notice this as the factory rims were swapped for winters... thanks.
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Good info. I am still going to spray some fluid film on each hub bolt though.
I never had to spray any other car. Even if you spray do really want to allow the water to stay in there. It will eventually make it's way through bearing seals. Especially if it ever freezes. You don't want standing water in there, ever, period. Spray or no spray. Spray is a band aide.

If my wheel still is hard to get off in the spring, I'll put the 5 drains in. Which will also ease it's grip on the hub.
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Agreed, as long as you don't mess with the seating surface, I can't imagine how adding drains to the seating surface could cause any issues whatever--as the Jeep engineers seem to agree.

You might want to polish the "inlet" side a bit to widen it out...

Now got to see what the aftermarket winter rims I just installed have for drainage.
If none, I'll probably use a cutter and Dremel to add drains at every point like the Jeep wheels.

Didn't even notice this as the factory rims were swapped for winters... thanks.
I agree polishing it, is a good idea.

I don't want to make it any deeper or wider though if I don't have to. I think it's enough. I'll keep an eye on it. The Jeep fix is deeper and wider times 5.
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

Great idea! However, I'd be concerned at causing stress points on the rim. I would like to get a close-up look at the Jeep fix first. No doubt they considered this and chose a stronger and less stressed part of the rim.
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Great idea! However, I'd be concerned at causing stress points on the rim. I would like to get a close-up look at the Jeep fix first. No doubt they considered this and chose a stronger and less stressed part of the rim.
Here is a link to the original size photo of the fixed 2014 Wheel.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3690/1...c9b24d_o_d.jpg

I didn't go as deep and wide as Jeep did to stay on the safe side.
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I never had to spray any other car. Even if you spray do really want to allow the water to stay in there. It will eventually make it's way through bearing seals. Especially if it ever freezes. You don't want standing water in there, ever, period. Spray or no spray. Spray is a band aide.

If my wheel still is hard to get off in the spring, I'll put the 5 drains in. Which will also ease it's grip on the hub.
Mine is 2014, so the wheels should have the venting. The fluid film is just extra protection. I plan on also doing the whole underside of the vehicle with it.
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