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IMPORTANT Fitting Instructions / Guidelines

Introduction

Firstly we’d like to thank you for choosing Rimstyle to buy your new wheels. Please take 5 minutes to read the following guidelines before attempting to fit any products to your vehicle.

Due to individual vehicle tolerances, from time-to-time there are complications that technically we couldn’t predict at the point of supplying the products.
Even if you believe yourself to be mechanically/technically knowledgable, we strongly recommend that you read the following guidelines.

We always recommend our products are fitted professionally, however if you are mechanically knowledgable/competent then please refer to our FITTING GUIDE below.
If you are taking the wheels to be fitted professionally, then please ensure that the fitter reads these guidelines prior to attempting to fit the products.

Failure to do so could invalidate your right to return the products or result in expensive fitting bills that you could be liable to pay in the event of a problem.


At The Time Of Delivery

Please check all items upon arrival to ensure that no transit damage has occurred and that they are in accordance with your order.

ANY DAMAGE CLAIMS MUST BE REPORTED WITHIN 24 HOURS

Do not fit any parts if you notice damage as this will void the delivery insurance and invalidate your right to return the items. Before attempting to fit any parts to your vehicle, please ensure that you have all the nessecary parts on your order as listed on your final invoice.

Please note that all wheels are photographed at the final packaging stage on our automated conveyor and any fitting processes are recorded on CCTV. This is to record the condition of the wheels at the point of despatch.


HAVE WE FITTED TYRES FOR YOU? (if NO please read the following):

If you have been supplied with wheels without tyres fitted, then it is important to follow STEPS 1 & 2 BEFORE fitting tyres. Once a tyre is fitted to the wheel it invalidates your right to return the wheels, so it is advisable to test fit the wheel to ensure it fits your vehicle correctly before attempting to fit any tyres. We only recommend the use of stick-on adhesive wheel weights. Clip-on weights can cause damage to the wheel coating/finish, which will void your warranty.

Fitting Guide

Tools you'll need...

Required Tools: Optional Tools:
Wheel Brace or suitable Socket Set Copper Grease
Jack or 2 / 4 Post Ramp Wheel Sealant
Foot Pump / Air Supply Torque Wrench

 

We recommend only using hand tools as air-tools can over-torque and cause damage.


Starting at the FRONT of the vehicle, please follow these steps in order. It is important to apply all the steps before proceeding to the next wheel.


STEP 1: (Remove The Existing Wheel)

Ensuring your vehicle is on well lit, flat and sturdy ground, apply the hand brake.

If using a jack, put wheel chocks under a minimum of 2 wheels to ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll. If you’re working on a front wheel, place these behind the rear tyres. If you’re working on a rear wheel, place these in front of the front tyres and put the vehicle into reverse gear.

Loosen the wheel bolts/nuts (turn anti-clockwise) on the vehicle to break the resistance – do not remove them completely, you should only need to turn them ¼ of a turn.

There should be jacking points marked under the car, please slowly raise the vehicle on the jack/ramp in the suitable jacking points. Raise until the wheel is free from the ground. Remove the wheel bolts/nuts completely and remove the wheel from the vehicle. Clean the hub with a wire brush, and ensure that the hub is free from any debris or components from the previous wheels. It is recommended to apply copper grease to the hub to prevent future corrosion.


STEP 2A: (Spigot Ring - if applicable)

If the provided fitting kit includes spigot rings, then these must be fitted to the wheels prior to fitment to the vehicle. This is crucial for centralising the wheel onto the hub (eliminating wheel vibration) and to align the bolt holes onto the hub correctly. Failure to fit this part may give the impression that the wheel bolt holes do not align.

A spigot ring can be in two forms, plastic or metal. Both are fitted in the same way, however metal spigot rings are sometimes supplied with a retaining spring clip.

You will notice on the reverse of the wheel that there is a large hole in the centre of the wheel, this is called the centre bore. Likewise you will notice a raised metal lip in the centre of your vehicle’s hub that surrounds the wheel bearing, this is called the hub lip. A spigot ring is designed to reduce the diameter of the centre bore to perfectly match the hub lip on your vehicle. Sometimes a wheel can be made to the exact size, but it is common practice to fit a spigot ring.

It is best to double check that the ring correctly fits the vehicle. Please push the ring onto the hub lip of the vehicle and ensure that it is a snug fitment. If there is any movement then this could result in wheel vibration. If the fitment is snug, then please remove the ring as this confirms the fitment is correct.

Now push the same spigot ring into the centre bore of the wheel and ensure that it doesn’t sit proud of the back of the wheel. Due to precision engineering this can sometimes be a tight fitment, so you could lightly lubricate the spigot ring with some copper grease.

If you have been supplied with metal spigot rings and separate retaining clips, the clip can now be fitted to the wheel.


STEP 2B: (Wheel Spacers - if applicable)

If you have been supplied with Wheel Spacers, these need to be fitted to the vehicle hub before offering the wheel into position. A wheel spacer will position the wheel into the correct place within the wheel arch for your particular vehicle fitment.

Please place the supplied spacer onto the hub and push the spacer flush to the hub face ensuring that there is no gap between the spacer and the hub. If there is a gap then please contact us before proceeding, as a gap will cause vibration and prevent a correct and safe fitment of the wheel.

If the vehicle uses wheel bolts, rotate the spacer to align the bolt holes onto the hub. If the spacer is only 3mm or 5mm thick then these can be a bit more fiddly to align, so it may help to have someone else to hold the spacer in position when mounting the wheel. The spacer will centralise once all bolts are in place.


STEP 3: (Offering the New Wheel Into Position)

Please mount the wheel onto the hub without installing any of the nuts/bolts. It is very important at this stage to check all of the following:

  1. Check the back of the wheel/tyre doesn’t catch on the suspension strut and has sufficient arch clearances.
  2. Check the wheel sits flush onto the hub and there is no gap between the back of the wheel and the face of the hub. If using wheel spacers, then please ensure there are no gaps between the spacer and hub face, and also the spacer face and back of the wheel.
  3. SLOWLY rotate the wheel clockwise or anti-clockwise by hand to ensure that it rotates freely, Check that the brake caliper doesn’t come into contact with the back of the wheel spokes or inner wheel barrel.
  4. Check the centre cap remains in position once the wheel is positioned flush with the hub face.

If you encounter any problems then please contact us prior to continuing. This is for your safety and to preserve your statutory rights if a return is required. Most fitment issues can be resolved
easily and we are happy to work with you to resolve any problems.


 



STEP 4B: (LOCKING WHEEL NUTS/BOLTS - if applicable)
Fit the locking wheel nut/bolt into the final bolt hole on each wheel, and tighten using the
provided key in the packaging. Locking wheel nuts/bolts are not designed to be compatible
with air tools and do not need to comply with torque settings. We advise tightening the nut/bolt
by hand using a small wheel brace, this avoids overtightening which can damage the products.
Please refer to the table on the previous page for the minimum engaging turns required to
ensure a safe fitment.
If you plan on using your existing set of locking wheel nuts/bolts or plan on purchasing some
elsewhere, it is very important to ensure that the specification of the nut/bolt is compatible
with your new wheels. You can find the technical specifications listed in the description of the
supplied wheel nut/bolts on your delivery note and invoice. If you require further assistance then
please feel free to call or email us for advice.
If you didn’t purchase a locking wheel nut/bolt set with your order, then these are generally
available separately by calling our sales team on +44(0)1233 503006.
IMPORTANT:
Please take a note of the part number of the locking wheel nut/bolt set provided and the key
number stamped onto the top of the key. This is crucial information for buying replacement keys
at a later date.
(For example: Part No. UB125 / Key No. 52)


STEP 4A: (FITTING WHEEL NUTS/BOLTS)
Firstly it is best to double check that the nut/bolt fitment correctly fits the vehicle, the important
aspects to check are the following 3:
1. Thread Pitch/Diameter - It is important to check the thread is
correct, so please fit one of the bolts/nuts to the vehicle with the
wheel in place to test the thread using either your fingers or a hand
tool loosely. If the nut/bolt seizes then it is possibly the incorrect
thread type, so please consult us immediately to check this. Do
not attempt to continue tightening the bolt/nut as this may damage
your hubs.
2. Thread Length - For safety there is a recommended minimum
amount of engaging turns of the nut/bolt onto the hub. Please
check the supplied delivery note/invoice which will indicate the
thread pitch, and refer to the below guidelines:
Thread Pitch 1.5 - Minimum of 6 full engaging turns
Thread Pitch 1.25 - Minimum of 8 full engaging turns
Thread Pitch 2.0 - Minimum of 6 full engaging turns
Thread Pitch 1.75 - Minimum of 6 full engaging turns
(For example: M12x1.5 Wheel Nut requires 6 engaging turns)
3. Seat Style - There are several types of bolt/nut seats available but
please ensure the seat style matches the wheel. The most common
types are ‘Tapered’ (A) and ‘Radius’ (B). A Tapered seat bolt/nut
has a 60° tapered section leading from the head to the thread,
whereas a Radius seat bolt/nut has a curve under the bolt/nut head.
Once you are happy with this you can then proceed to fit the nuts/bolts working in an adjacant
pattern and nip the bolts/nuts tight but not fully tightened as this needs to be done when the
vehicle is on the ground for safety.
If you have ordered a set of locking wheel nuts/bolts, for safety we advise only fitting one locking
wheel nut/bolt to each wheel.
Please repeat these steps until all wheels are correctly fitted to the
vehicle. If you encounter any problems along the way, then please
contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can endeavor to
resolve the matter.
You can contact us by phone on +44(0)1233 503006 or email at [email protected]
Our opening hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
AFTER FITTING:
Please ensure that the wheel nuts/bolts are re-torqued after 250 miles and then we recommend
checking the torque at regular 1000 mile intervals for safety reasons.
If you have purchased a set of wheels with tyres, please allow the tyres 150-200 miles to ‘bed-in’
and start to offer maximum grip and performance.
Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is essential. If the tyre pressure is run too low then the
chances of damage to the tyre and/or wheel is much more likely, which will not be covered by
the product warranty. Running the tyres at the incorrect pressure can cause uneven tyre wear
and cracking. Any warranty claims where under-inflation or over-inflation is the cause will be
clearly evident upon inspection.
It is also recommended to have any alignment/tracking work done after the new wheels are
fitted.
Please see the Care Guidelines overleaf for information on how to look after your new wheels.
TROUBLESHOOTING:
The wheel catches on the brake assembly/caliper:
If this occurs then it is best to contact us as soon as possible, and it is important not to try to
drive on the wheel/s. There are usually simple solutions to this problem but we will need to speak
to you further so that we can determine the best action to take.
An item is damaged on arrival:
If the item shows signs of damage then please contact us within 24 hours of receipt. We will
require photographs sent via email to show the damage to the wheel and packaging for further
investigation. DO NOT fit the items to the vehicle as once fitted the delivery insurance will be void
and we won’t be able to rectify the problem.
I’m missing parts of my order:
Please contact us if any parts are missing, as every part could play a crucial role in the correct
fitment of the wheels. It may be that the delivery is split as some parts needed to be sent directly
from our suppliers.
There is vibration coming from the wheels:
If you experience any vibration through the steering wheel as a result of fitting your new wheels,
then this could be a result of the following issues:
1. The spigot rings weren’t fitted or are the incorrect size. Please check the spigot rings
supplied are correct as advised in STEP 2 and that they are definitely being used.
2. There is surface corrosion/grit on the hub which is causing the wheel to not sit flush
against the hub face.
3. The hub lip on the vehicle isn’t locating properly into the back of the wheel.
4. The wheels are out of balance. If you have purchased wheels only then it could be that
your chosen tyre fitter have incorrectly balanced the tyres on the wheels.
5. Paint/grit on the back of the wheel mounting face, causing the wheel not to sit flush
against the vehicle hub face.
6. The wheel could be buckled or have a flat spot from the result of impact.
7. The tyre could be out of shape from the result of impact.
8. Faulty/Worn wheel bearing.
If you experience any of the above then please contact us as soon as possible, and we will
endeavor help and assist.
The wheels sit too wide on my vehicle:
Please ensure that you are looking at the wheels once the vehicle back down on the ground, as
assessing this while the vehicle is raised on a jack/ramp isn’t a true assessment. Once lowered
to the ground please measure how much the wheels protrude and contact us prior to driving
on the wheels.


ALLOY WHEEL CARE GUIDELINES:
Caring for your new wheels is easy but requires time, and is a case of using the correct products
regularly.
DO NOT use aggressive chemical wheel cleaners, simply use a small
amount of non-acidic car shampoo (NOT surface cleaner as these are
often acid based) in some warm water and wash your wheels regularly.
We advise cleaning the wheels regularly to maintain the condition of the
wheels both on the face, internally and behind the spokes.
You may notice over time small black spots or shaded dis-coloured
patches appearing on the wheels, this is due to iron particles from your
brakes bonding to the wheels (called Iron Fall-Out). This can easily be
removed using a product such as “Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel”. If you allow
brake dust and grime to build up over time on your wheels it may damage
the finish.
If you wanted to apply a Wheel Sealant, at point of installation, then this will
help preserve the finish and protect it. We recommend “WaxAddict Wheel
Wax Coating” or “Bilt Hamber Dynax UC”.
If there are any small chips in the finish, such as stone chips (which occur
simply through wear and tear) it is recommended to seal any chips with a
clear lacquer touch-up pen. If the aluminium of the wheel is exposed it will
oxidize and worsen over time.
We strongly recommend NOT using mechanical car washes as some will use acid based
chemicals as part of their cycle and more importantly the brushes can be extremely abrasive -
causing damage to the finish of the wheels.
*FITGUIDE*
AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY:
Please check all items upon arrival to ensure that no transit damage has
occurred and that they are in accordance with your order.
ANY DAMAGE CLAIMS MUST BE REPORTED WITHIN 24 HOURS
Do not fit any parts if you notice damage as this will void the delivery
insurance and invalidate your right to return the items. Before attempting to
fit any parts to your vehicle, please ensure that you have all the nessecary
parts on your order as listed on your final invoice.
Please note that all wheels are photographed at the final packaging
stage on our automated conveyor and any fitting processes are
recorded on CCTV. This is to record the condition of the wheels at the
point of despatch.

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