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Thread: Search for unobtanium. SLR wheel center cap saga continues

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    Default Search for unobtanium. SLR wheel center cap saga continues

    So through the 7 ownership process I have so far discovered a part that's impossible to source - center cap for an SLR wheel.

    For whatever the reason it's missing on many (lost /fell out) and from what I can tell wasn't even ever on US models. With maybe a few exceptions.

    I have discovered the center badge for the cap is/was still available to order and go those. In my searches I've came across somebody overseas that 3D printed a replica for the same reason - OEM is Mia.

    I ordered those and was mildly happy with results so far. Center badge wasn't popping in directly so I had to do some filing to it to fit. However upon trying to pull it back out to adjust it, the weak "ear" gave away. So now I have to order more of find a better solution. Having this locked up maybe I'll try to contact a local fabricator to CNC me an aluminum one piece replica.

    On a side note, if anybody with prisoner wheels wants to measure their center cap it would be much appreciated. Im getting mixed feedback from the Brits as to whether the part is the same or not. It looks the same. While on the matter if you can share what the retaining bolt is like that would be helpful too. I know it's 8x1.25

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    I have a set of Prisoner rims. Will measure the center cap tomorrow morning.
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    V. time to go Locost and make your own...
    unless Mario has an inside angle (IIRC he had 7 grill covers made up previously)

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    How about 3D printing?
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    2004 Porsche Boxster S
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anker View Post
    Anker, THANK YOU.

    Looks like even though they look the same they are actually different dimentions. That changes my plans about ever trying to buy them. Even though I could machine then down to size, just doesn't seem worth it. Might as well make new ones. Bolt holes probably wouldn't line up either.

    Are they metal? Center "7" isnt removable either right?

    Makes me feel better about not winning an auction for prisoner centers.

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    I wouldn't expect the holes to line up, and the "7" in the center is molded into the metal.

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