How to Install Hub Centric Rings

Hub centric rings are installed so that the wheels are situated off of the center flange of the rotor or brake drum. Once they are set into position, the wheel bearings will become concentric with the outer beads, thus making the wheel assembly better balanced. The installation process is a breeze even for DIY novices.

Tools and Materials

  • Car jack
  • Jack stand
  • Safety equipment
  • Lug wrench
  • Emery cloth
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hub centric rings
  • Lug nuts
  • Hammer
  • Block of wood

Step 1 – Preparations

Check if all mounting hardware and installation materials are present. Obtain the correct jack for the vehicle and be familiar with the car’s jack points. Jack the vehicle only on a flat stable surface, such as a concrete garage floor. Lift the vehicle with the jack and put a jack stand underneath the car properly to hold it off. As soon as the car is stable, you can work with the removal of the wheel.

Step 2 – Remove the Wheel

Remove the hubcaps if there are any. Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench and set them aside. The proper loosening direction is counterclockwise. Set these nuts aside. Wiggle the tire with both hands and let it slip off of the vehicle.

Step 3 – Clean the Surfaces of the Mounting Hardware

Use emery cloth to clean dust and debris on every surface of the wheel studs and lug nuts. Check to make sure that the nothing interferes with the mounting surfaces of the car and the wheel assembly. If the vehicle has brake rotors, check the retaining clips and remove them with needle nose pliers. If the car uses drum brakes, remove the drum balancing weights. Before mounting the wheel assembly, keep in mind to replace worn out wheel studs.

Step 4 – Fit the Hub Centric Rings

Dry fit the rings to the hub to see if it fits without having any gap in between. Take note that some vehicles may not require these rings when the wheels are already hub centric. Check the lug nuts provided to see if it has the correct thread size. Be careful not to use the old lug nuts on aftermarket wheels since they may not be of the correct seating style recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 5 – Install the Rings

As soon as every piece of hardware is inspected, install the rings into the center of the hub at the backside of the wheel. Push them into position and lightly tap them with a small block of wood and a hammer. The rings should be flush with the mounting surface at the backside of the wheel without protruding.

Step 6 – Install the Wheel Assembly

Check if the wheel assembly is the right type for the vehicle. Since many aftermarket tires are asymmetrical or unidirectional, check the label or directional arrows to make certain the installation is correct. Mount the wheel and secure the lug nuts. Inspect everything to ensure that everything fits into place.