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Old 02-22-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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What is the purpose of Allen Screws in Rims?

Hey All, I just bought a Used Set of Foose 20" Wheels that have the Silver Allen Screws Around the perimeter area of the rim. These Rims were Plasti dipped so I'm going to remove that. But the Screws have the dip on them too & it'll probably be impossible to clean them. My thought was to just replace all the screws....but I'm not sure what they're actually for. Do they serve a purpose or are they just decorative so to speak??? If anyone knows, fill me in. Thx !!!
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Have you checked to see if the rim is a multi piece construction. If it is the screws could be holding it together. Otherwise they might not be screws but instead just decoration.
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willing to bet beverage they are there for looks
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Hey All, I just bought a Used Set of Foose 20" Wheels that have the Silver Allen Screws Around the perimeter area of the rim. These Rims were Plasti dipped so I'm going to remove that. But the Screws have the dip on them too & it'll probably be impossible to clean them. My thought was to just replace all the screws....but I'm not sure what they're actually for. Do they serve a purpose or are they just decorative so to speak??? If anyone knows, fill me in. Thx !!!
Toothpicks will be your friend. I think you'll be able to get the dip out of there with a toothpick.
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Invest in a bottle of goof off, spray the wheel liberally and let it set for 5-10 min then use a wash cloth or a sponge and it will wipe right off that chrome.

Removing those bolts is going to cause more harm than good in my opinion.
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The Rims appear to be all one piece solid construction. I have a lot of Goof Off, Goo Gone & Airplane Adhesive Remover from when I removed my Racing Stripes....Thanks for the tip.
The Toothpick thing will probably work....Good Idea...Thx !!!
As far as the Screws I was thinking I could just pull one & replace it, pull one / replace it, so on & so on.
Thanks for your thoughts guys. Much appreciated !!!
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I read a review on the am website that said a couple fell out and they were plastic, so I'm guessing decoration.
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+1...I can't imagine they are real screws.
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foose wheels are over rated made in china
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In most cases they are to simulate a more expensive 3 piece wheel.
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Think I'll check the screws with a magnet to see if they're plastic or metal.
Yeah, I think they're over rated too. But got them for $300 so I think I got an OK deal.
I had some "ICE" Rims before that had a couple of screws missing. There was a hole there but don't know if it was threaded or not.
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foose wheels are over rated made in china
Noooo! Say it isn't so!
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As everyone else has noted, unless the wheel is a 2 or 3 piece design, the screws are meant to be cosmetic to simulate a multi piece wheel, and they generally are made of plastic in most cases, and would not necessarily have threads.
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Noooo! Say it isn't so!
Yep so are Steedas and even many OEMs. China kind of has the market cornered on rims unfortunately.
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Says on the inside / Back side of the rim "Made In China".
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or maybe they are HP increasers.....+ 1/4 - 1/3 each!

fwiw my two sets of OEM (5 spoke GT premium & Performance Pack) are China/Mexico
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Why I sometimes think I should have just got that set of OEM 2000 Cobra R rims and called it a day. They were either USA or a Ford factory in Mexico. The Mexican stuff is actually not bad at all, actually have quality control and pay their workers some sort of living wage unlike China which is just... well I have a friend from HS who occasionally gets sent over there to inspect stuff and from what he says its literally child slavery. But we have got to have our cheap Chinese stuffs... :\
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How It's Made was just on Sunday and guess what it was about? Was a very interesting episode. Showed just about every wheel there is on all the new cars and custom ones too. Factory was of course in China. Didn't see any children working there. Must of had them in the back room.
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How It's Made was just on Sunday and guess what it was about? Was a very interesting episode. Showed just about every wheel there is on all the new cars and custom ones too. Factory was of course in China. Didn't see any children working there. Must of had them in the back room.
Exactly this. No seriously. My friend said he would have to check in back rooms, utility rooms, janitor's closets etc... Its really bad. Unfortunately child labor and slavery is alive and well even in 2016... there are more slaves now than there have ever been at anytime in history. Why I have stopped buying cheap Chinese stuff as much as possible but some stuff you just can't get USA made...
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Is this the one? Interesting if not...

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The Allen Screws are Plastic & not screws at all. I took one out & it's plastic, No Threads....just a post that glues into the holes drilled in the rim.
Purely Decorative Only !!!

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The Allen Screws are Plastic & not screws at all. I took one out & it's plastic, No Threads....just a post that glues into the holes drilled in the rim.
Purely Decorative Only !!!
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I don't think they sell replacements for them either if you lose some.
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