Truck rims are manufactured in both aluminum and steel. The most popular are aluminum. They are strong, light weight and attractive, but they require polishing to maintain their shine. Steel wheels are not as attractive, but require much less work to keep clean. However, their plain appearance leaves many truckers dissatisfied and wanting to do something to brighten things up. Wheel covers and simulators can provide the finishing touch at a fraction of the cost of aluminum.
Stainless steel wheel simulators are designed to conform to the shape of the original steel wheel. It’s important to fit the proper simulator to the rim to allow for a secure fit. Some wheels have 8 lugs, some have 10. The number of air vent holes also varies and the match must be exact. The simulators are supplied complete with axle and lug nut covers, creating a complete finished appearance. Maintenance required is washing with mild soap. The shine is built in.
Wheel simulators are mounted in several ways. The most common type is mounted under the truck’s lug nuts. This provides a secure fit that is completed with the addition of axle covers and lug nut covers. Some simulators are designed to mount over the lugs without requiring the removal of any lug nuts. These are attached to two wheel studs. Still others employ hooks that attach to the vent holes. Whatever attachment style is preferred, the net result is a good looking truck.
Stainless wheel covers also create an attractive option, especially in the case of Dayton or open rims. This style of rim has a wagon wheel look. Wheel covers for this style are attached to the front or rear axle with a bracket that attaches to the axle studs at the end of the axles, bypassing wheel lugs altogether. They give a unique look and finishing touch. Other wheel covers, available in stainless and aluminum, are designed for their aerodynamic properties by creating a smooth surface to reduce air drag and improve fuel efficiency by up to 3%. They also attach to the axle studs.
Finally, simple axle covers for front and rear and nut covers can fit on both aluminum and steel wheels. Some of these are constructed of stainless steel and others are chrome finished plastic.
Whatever choice is made, the truck wheels keep turning and moving goods from one end of the country to the other. Might as well look good doing it!