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Center Cap question

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I am looking at picking up a set of used factory chrome 17 inch rims for my 02 and was wondering if the center caps from second gen 16 inch wheels will fit on 3rd gen 17 inch rims?

I could go out and check for myself but I am feeling lazy and am ready fro bed.

--- Update to the previous post...

Well to answer my own question...................................

NO they are not interchangable, the center of the rims are shaped differently and the center caps are not interchangable either way.

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good to know. i had a center cap fall off shortly after getting my tires rotated. i was looking at getting 3rd gen caps, as the are easier to come by. sounds like i should save my money.

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good to know. i had a center cap fall off shortly after getting my tires rotated. i was looking at getting 3rd gen caps, as the are easier to come by. sounds like i should save my money.

I can find lots of used 3rd gen rims but nobody has the center caps for them around here. Not sure where they all went.:shrug:

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They will work. My buddy had the 2nd gen chrome wheels and put a set of my 3rd gen chrome clad wheels on and used his 2nd gen caps. If you are using 3rd gen chrome clad wheels on a 2nd gen truck the back caps dont fit all the way against the wheel like they should because of the hub sticking out so he thought they might come off. I ran them on my truck for about a week just pushed up as far as they would go and they fit tight and never came loose. The 3rd gen aluminum wheels and caps fit better and look alot better if you can get a set of them.

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They will work. My buddy had the 2nd gen chrome wheels and put a set of my 3rd gen chrome clad wheels on and used his 2nd gen caps. If you are using 3rd gen chrome clad wheels on a 2nd gen truck the back caps dont fit all the way against the wheel like they should because of the hub sticking out so he thought they might come off. I ran them on my truck for about a week just pushed up as far as they would go and they fit tight and never came loose. The 3rd gen aluminum wheels and caps fit better and look alot better if you can get a set of them.

If they are both chrome wheels I could see it working. There is a difference in 2nd gen wheels also, I have heard that the OEM aluminum wheels from 01-02 with factory rear disc brakes will not fit over the older drum brakes. I have the OEM aluminum wheels on my 02 and OEM chrome wheels on my 05 and I tryed to swap the caps and they would not work as the spring clips on the 02 are longer than the ones on the 05 as the 02 aluminum rims are recessed about a half an inch. If I put the 02 center caps on the 05 rims they stick out and the cap is spaced about 1/4 inch away from the rim. If I put the 05 center cap on the 02 wheels they go on the lug nuts but do not go on far enough to snap over the neck of the lug nut.

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I have heard that the OEM aluminum wheels from 01-02 with factory rear disc brakes will not fit over the older drum brakes.

That is 100% true. I have tried to put '02 alum. wheels on drum and they do not fit the front either. I have a set of steel wheels off of another one with disk in the rear and they won't fit on either end of a truck with drum brakes.

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