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Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by IdahoDoug, Aug 14, 2005.
I have a question for anyone with these - are the center caps also chromed?
The ones that I have seen that were chrome on an LX had chrome center caps. They were that cheap chrome plastic kind of stuff.
I have only ever seen one picture of them and it was a LX...and they looked plastic...(chipping).
My LX had chrome wheels and the center caps were chromed as well (all of it chipping/peeling, of course).
Mine were chromed - the LX 450 version.
The center caps were plastic "chromed". They're thinner plastic than OEM and use a lower quality wire retaining clip inside the cap.
My sister's 40th has chromed alloys. I've been told that this was not an OEM option (for the "Land Cruiser"), nor was it even a port addition, but something individual dealers offered for a little bling.
Her truck also has the 93-94 black-centered center caps, so I think you are going to find a lot of variables here.
Cheers, R -
I guess that's why I could never keep them on the front.
What took place was there were/are some plating companies that would take OEM alloys and polish and plate them. Since the OEM caps can't easily be plated the platers contracted with off-shore (Tiawan et-al) companies to provide chrome knockoffs of the original center caps. The copies are poor at best and our dealership never pursued this add-on for a number of reasons, among them the suspect quality of the caps and the fact that if a wheel was damaged or the plating lifted it would require a new wheel AND plating to repair it. That could easily be 500 bucks a rattle. In addition it is very difficult to mount and dismount tires without damaging the wheel.
Thanks for the clarification. So, what about an LX chromed center cap - are they available from the factory, or was that also a local dealer chrome deal? Can't believe I forgot this - I clearly remember writing a position paper on our strategy to handle chrome wheel demands from Lexus dealers but do not remember the position I chose. Getting old...
Basically, I just want to know if I can get chromed center caps anywhere.
I ended up with what looks like what Dan is describing as the dealer chrome wheel add on. After a couple of the cheap center caps (with wire clips) lost themselves, I replaced all 4 with grey OEM ones a while back (from SOR I think). Now I have 1 good original looking wheel (was the spare) and 4 awfull looking chrome peeling wheels. Not to hijack the thread, but any suggestions on stripping and restoring the "chromed" wheels would be appreciated.
IdahoDoug- I recently called my Lexus dealer to price a center cap for my LX- they said there are 2 versions: chrome for about $45 and regular for about $70. Makes me wonder if the chromed versions are the same type of cheap knock-offs CDan was referring to. Fortunately, I do not have chromed wheels.
Thanks - bet you're right. Wonder if the cheap knockoffs could be modded with the proper Toyota clips so they don't wander off. This is turning into a sad thread. I'm talking about modifying a chrome center cap by cannibalizing a non chrome one. The leaf sprung Cruiser guys must be howling by now..... <grin>
you could try these guys:
These guys have what I think you want -- prices seem a bit high to me...but they have chromed and non-chromed OEM caps:
My statement applies to both Lexus and Toyota wheels.
That is correct.
Do remember that not all dealers dabbled in chrome wheels and some may not know what you are talking about if you ask them.
Interesting thread, I pulled off my caps and the front had "wire" retainer. Backs had six little press on retainers on the edges. Chrome lexus caps.