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Old 11-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Shiny Wheel Covers

After losing my #1 pup last week, I am forcing myself to be interested, or at least pretend to be, in getting ready to replace my rear 4 tires, (fronts are new) so I took off my wheel well lip covers (so the tire guys don't crack one maneuvering the tires in and out) and the stainless wheel covers.

Used Mother's Aluminum/Mag/Stainless Wheel Polish, then followed up with Meguiar's #26 Sealer Wax. Brake dust on the front wheel covers over time builds up then a rain event (or washing) seems to make that stuff pool in the bottom of the bowl/lip of the front wheel covers. Several spots in the lowest indention in the cover had to be re-worked for several minutes each. The rear covers were a snap.

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Old 11-05-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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Hard to get motivated after a great loss but you did a great job
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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It is so hard. I realize 90% of my passion for having the MH is the pups. But 90% of that 90% was my Katie. :(

I am trying to bring the others closer, and I love them dearly, but everything seems useless without my K.C.



But this would make her happy because she knows Dad had to have things shiny and purdy so she could look good in her co-pilot chair.
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The wheel covers on ours have all been stainless not aluminum. Yours look like Dicor (like ours) and they should be stainless also.
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Hey Kent. Aluminum / shuminum , I think they look great. I too made a list of projects last month when Buddy passed and I'm not finished yet. It was a long list. Keep up the good work.

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The wheel covers on ours have all been stainless not aluminum. Yours look like Dicor (like ours) and they should be stainless also.
Yes, they sure are too shiny for aluminum, huh? Good point Mr. D. Thanks!
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My Bud was a black German Sheperd named "Buster" Found him on the Railroad tracks after a big storm. He was just weeks old and the biggest part on him was his ears. We had a great life for 14 years and when I had to put him down the only thing that made me look forward was the fact that without me he would not have survived. The thing that drove us down was the fact that he became such a part of our lives that we just were not prepared for the end of this great relationship. Thankfully we were sent a pup destined for the no return Pound and we are again on a great journey to the future. Only people like us would know what I am talking about.Keep taking care of the little ones.
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My Bud was a black German Sheperd named "Buster" Found him on the Railroad tracks after a big storm. He was just weeks old and the biggest part on him was his ears. We had a great life for 14 years and when I had to put him down the only thing that made me look forward was the fact that without me he would not have survived. The thing that drove us down was the fact that he became such a part of our lives that we just were not prepared for the end of this great relationship. Thankfully we were sent a pup destined for the no return Pound and we are again on a great journey to the future. Only people like us would know what I am talking about.Keep taking care of the little ones.
Yes, I do know all too well. The pain and suffering of her loss is so cavernous and invasive. I have this overwhelming urge to pick up the phone, caution be damned, and call that breeder in Colorado (who knows she may not even be with us still). Ask her if she still has Charlotte's & Katie Charlotte's blood line is the only thing I can think of that is or may help. I don't even care about AKC or any of that. Mother 13 years ago called them (AKC) and was able to track that breeder down. I remember clearly then it gave me such a jolt and hope and renewal and a feeling of excitement and life, it got me out of that despair that wouldn't go away weeks and weeks after I lost my Charlotte. Somehow the fact that they were the same blood line and related made it all feel better and weeks before Katie set foot in her home she was already the most loved and adored canine ever in my heart.

But I know I have to take care of the three that I already have that so desperately need me as well. Also, a puppy in the first year is more work than a newborn baby, almost. I'm too old for that kind of quickening.

Yet, Spencer is almost 14 now though...and I could rise to meet the challenge...but.....but....blah blah blah....see how my mind is so unruly? I need a slapping.
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Kent--the wheels look great. And NO, you do not need slapping. You are grieving, and a broken heart will take its own sweet time to heal no matter how hard we try to shake off the pain. You'll know when the time is right for a new little one. In the meantime, hug those other three tight...they are missing her, too.
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Lincolnboy2, I also am very sorry for your loss... Our 4 legged kids is what our life revolves around... It rips you apart for a while when you lose one...

I do have a question on your wheel covers,, which look great by the way... I see a couple wheel nuts missing on each one. Do they actually bolt to the steel wheels ? Ours are basically like yours, but just fit in like hub caps. I have bent the spring clips to make the front ones fit tighter, but I'm worried I might lose one some day. The back ones pretty much take a crow bar to get loose. Thankyou.
By the way, the only real reason we are RV'rs now days is to take our "kids" with us traveling.....
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Monkey--those "missing" lugs are what attaches the covers to the wheels.
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Monkey--those "missing" lugs are what attaches the covers to the wheels.
Thanks Sarah,,, do they come with adapter lugs or such to attach to ??
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Thanks Sarah,,, do they come with adapter lugs or such to attach to ??
On ours they have a separate nut with a removable hollow chrome nut covering it but ours are 22.5" and yours may be different. Also, they come with a special hooked tool w/socket on one end. You use the flattened end to remove the cover (there are dimples in the cover so you know which to remove), then the socket to remove the nut. Lots of people are fooled into thinking that the nut and cover are one piece and blame the dealer or manufacturer for not sending the correct socket.
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On ours they have a separate nut with a removable hollow chrome nut covering it but ours are 22.5" and yours may be different. Also, they come with a special hooked tool w/socket on one end. You use the flattened end to remove the cover (there are dimples in the cover so you know which to remove), then the socket to remove the nut. Lots of people are fooled into thinking that the nut and cover are one piece and blame the dealer or manufacturer for not sending the correct socket.
Thanks Mr_D.. Ours are only 16" wheels, so maybe that is not an option. If I ever replace them, I'll look into that though....
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