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Old 07-03-2010, 02:17 PM
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Boyd Coddington wheels grinding noise

For a while I have been dealing with this rubbing noise coming from the right front wheel. I replaced the bearings, races, bushings on the brakes and other things that could possibly be causing this grinding noise. The noise keeps coming up when I make a turn. I pulled the dust caps off and noticed the cotter pin was rubbing on the inside of the dust cap at the point where the cotter pin is cut off and bent. I put a new pin in and bent it the other way for clearance. I'm running Boyd's Smoothie II rims which are similar to other billet wheels. In order for the dust cap to clear the center cap on the rims, I had to slightly pound the old dust cap in for clearance, thus the grinding was caused by the modified cap. I put a new dust cap on and now the cap on the Boyd rims pops off when you tighten the lugs. (and I'm running a spacer between the wheels). Not sure if others have this problem but I found that you have to remove the center caps first, mount the wheel, then put the center cap on which is real snug to the dust cap. With a new dust cap, I don't have much clearance inside from the axle to the cap either. I love the rims, but that center cap and design of the rims has caused me enought problems..
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If I had the scratch to buy a set of Boyd's for my ride and was having the problems you're having I'd be on the phone to them requesting their assistance.

Perhaps they can machine some material from inside the center caps to provide a little added clearance, or get you some different center caps that don't interfere... either way I'd bet if you approach them with your problem in a reasonable and courteous way, they'd help you out.

Seeing as you live in the area, maybe calling them for an appointment and taking a drive down there to show them the problem would prove worthwhile...
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Make a 1/8 alum spacer with the same bolt pattern..Put in on first, Then the wheel,, Now your 1/8'' out from the dust cap.. And no one will know the wheel is 1/8'' out..But you..
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