The center caps are parts of the wheel that frequently go missing. Serving both as a decorative accent and cover to the central portion of your car's wheel, the center cap can be pried off or detached when driving through uneven terrain at high speeds.
A wheel with a missing center cap can be quite an eyesore, but thankfully, replacement center caps are not that hard to find. One such manufacturer of center caps is Allied Wheel Components. A specialist in aftermarket wheels, Allied Wheel Components or AWC offers center caps as part of its wheel sets or as being sold individually. We've had a great experience with wheels from Allied Wheel Components in the past, so we decided to give the Allied Wheel Components center cap a try.
- Comes in various diameters and sizes
- Shiny chrome finish
- Available in a wide array of designs. Allied Wheel Components certainly did not skimp on variety on its center caps. Ranging from a simple spherical design to one with radial multi-spoked accents, even particularly discerning tastes will surely find something to their liking.
- High quality construction. The center caps we got were solid and had an even layer of chrome finish on them. There were some extra bits of material on the edges of the underside of the caps; but we attribute these more to the manufacturing process, and these were easily removed.
- Installs easily on both AWC and non-AWC wheels. The caps fit snugly onto their mounting, although we did encounter rattling noises when we installed these on non-AWC wheels. However, we did fix the problem by wrapping a layer of duct tape around the cap's diameter to stifle the sound.
- The center caps are quite expensive. With caps going for $40-$50 online, you're basically paying more for the Allied Wheel Components brand than for the actual product. Though there are certainly more expensive center caps on the market today, we still find them quite pricey compared to no-name brand center caps that cost less than $10.
The bottom line
If you're the type of person who likes to make a statement, getting a set of Allied Wheel Components center caps is a good choice. The relatively steep price tag may scare some people off, but having the quality and name of AWC on your wheels can surely make up for it.