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      08-27-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Hey I'm needing some hub rings, but I don't know if I should get Aluminum or the polycarbonate. So far the only things I've read was the polycarbonate could possibly melt, and the aluminum could possibly get stuck on the wheel, or the hub..... So does anyone have any experience with either, or could make a suggestion one which would be better??? And where would be a good place to get them?
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Hey I'm needing some hub rings, but I don't know if I should get Aluminum or the polycarbonate. So far the only things I've read was the polycarbonate could possibly melt, and the aluminum could possibly get stuck on the wheel, or the hub..... So does anyone have any experience with either, or could make a suggestion one which would be better???
I have aluminum 74.1->72.6 hub rings.I donīt think there is so thin polycarbonate version. When i test fitted my winter wheels with hub rings. Those got stuck to hub ,but i used screwdriver to gently release them.

As for plastic version. I have had those also.Those got stuck same way as aluminum, but when trying to release them the plastic started to crack and was harder to take of.

I think aluminum is better.
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Both have their advantages and disadvantages. While polycarbonate may get too hot during track use and can get damaged that way (not common), they do not corrode and stick to the hub like metal rings can do in some circumstances.
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I've used both.
Never had the poly melt or the aluminum stick.
With aluminum, just use a good anti-seize compound.
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I've used both.
Never had the poly melt or the aluminum stick.
With aluminum, just use a good anti-seize compound.
Agreed. I've used both of over the years and never had a problem.
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