Wheel simulators are often used to cover an inexpensive and less attractive OEM steel wheel that improves the overall appearance of the vehicle by giving it more style. All wheel simulators have been designed for a specific manufacturer’s wheel. Avoid using wheel simulators meant for one vehicle on another vehicle solely because you like the design. You must use a wheel simulator designed to fit your particular vehicle.
Wheel simulators must be installed carefully. There are a variety of mounting styles including Bolt-on, Snap-on, Under-the-lug and Over-the-lug. Depending on your vehicle year and make along with specific OEM wheel designs, mounting styles will vary from simulator to simulator. All simulators should fit flush to the OEM steel wheel and have no excess overhang over the OEM steel wheel.
If the simulator does not firmly seat all the way around, do not drive with it. Tall lug nuts, a tall hub or an unusually shaped wheel simulator can cause this problem. Never pound on the hubcap or wheel simulator. This could warp or damage the wheel simulator and cause additional issues.
To maximize the life of your wheel simulators, keep your wheels away from sidewalks and curbs. Hitting curbs can scratch or dent the simulators and alter the fit it has to the OEM wheels.
Unless it’s a universal, one-size-fits-all wheel simulator, always select a wheel simulator that has been designed for your specific vehicle. Using wheel simulators interchangeably can damage your vehicle. Each wheel simulator has been designed to fit a particular wheel.
Chevy, Ford and Isuzu wheel simulators are some of the more common manufacturer-specific wheel simulators available today. Generic wheel simulators for duallies are also popular and are usually available as the universal wheel simulators.