The wheel hub is one of the most crucial parts of the wheel, as it securely fastens them in place. This comes in different dimensions and types, each offering its own set of advantages. So if you're trying to get your hands on the right wheel hub for your vehicle, here's a guide to help you out.
- Bolt Patterns: When checking different wheel hub models, always take a look at the number of bolt holes. Typically, there are four, five, six, or eight bolt holes that are equidistant from each other and arranged in a circular pattern around the middle of the hub. You must measure an even bolt pattern by checking the distance from the top center bolt and down to the bottom center bolt. Meanwhile, measure an uneven bolt pattern in straight line from the top center bolt to the bolt that's farthest away.
- Classic Hubs: This kind of hub functions on both the one- and two-piece axle forms. The widths of the axle extend from 100mm for classic hubs to 135mm for the mountain low-flange rear hubs. The diameter of the flange on both the passenger and driver side range from 40-53mm. On classic hubs with additional fun-bolt back end axle options on classic mountain rear hubs, a frame attachment design included quick-release preferences.
- Universal Disc Hubs: This design is made for rear, front, and single speed hubs and fit on one-and two-piece axles. The width of the axles has a larger range that's from 100-160mm. For both the passenger and driver side for universal disc hubs, it has a flange diameter of 53mm. This type of hub weighs 150 to 457g, with the universal disc front models having the lightest weight compared to the universal disc singe-speed rear models that are the heaviest.
Aside from considering the wheel hub specifications, you also have to check the size of the hub. Here are tips to keep in mind.
- Check the side wall of the tire and look for series of letter, number, and the manufacturer's name.
- Find the last set of numbers that begins with R, which stands for radial.
- The two numbers after the R correspond to the measurement in inches of the wheel hub size. 14 and 18 mean that the wheels are standard on the automobile. If the numbers have slightly rubbed off, you can always use a magnifying glass so that you can read them properly