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06/30/2018 12:58 AM

How to determine the Difference Between Hub and Stud wheels

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Hub King High Polished Stainless steel wheel liners

Two types of wheel mounting systems



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When it comes to the wheels on your coach, it's one of the most important parts of your beautiful motor home.
There are two basic choices to make these wheels attractive.

One is, of course, the all-popular solid Alcoa aluminum rims.

The other is a Polished stainless steel wheel liner, less than half the price with the same type of beautiful finish.
A wheel liner really is a wheel liner, not a hub cap.
This stainless steel skin is designed to fit very, very closely to the rims on your bus.

We recommend and represent both.

Hub King

Polished Stainless Steel Wheel Liners

Polished Stainless Steel Wheel Simulators
Sizes to fit 20" to 24.5"
Removable center moon cap
All parts are brightly polished 304 Stainless Steel
Simulator covers entire wheel
Models available to fit 2 or 5 hand hole wheels





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Whenever you buy a used bus, don't trust used bus tires and never use recaps in the front.
The popular sizes for buses are 11R22.5, 12R22.5, and some bus owners use truck tires that are 11R or 12R 24.00s.
Firestone seems to be the leader in the bus tire industry, partially because they lease tires to fleet owners. A lease arrangement means a company rep actually measures the tires monthly and bills the company for the amount of tire used that month. However, this is only good for someone who owns 50-60 buses.
When you buy tires, there are many good outlets and manufacturers: Goodyear, Firestone, Bridgestone, Michelin, etc.

Don't forget when ordering tires, you have two major manufacturers of rims in this country.
One is a Bud Rim also called a Stud Pilot wheel and the other is a Hub Pilot wheel.
New Jersey Transit buses have the center Hub Pilot rim system. 


How to determine Hub-piloted Wheels versus Stud-piloted Wheels

Hub-piloted Mounting System

-Wheel Centers on Hub-Pilots-

Stud-piloted Mounting System

-Wheel Centers on Studs-


1. Hub-piloted wheels use 2-piece flange nuts.

2. Non-Chamfered (non-beveled) bolt holes identify
    a hub-piloted wheel.


1. Stud-piloted wheels use nuts with ball seat.

2. Inner cap nuts are used to locate inner dual in dual wheel assembly 

3. Chamfered (beveled) bolt holes identify a stud-piloted wheel.



  • Elimination of bolt hole chamfer wear

  • Greater clamping force for a given torque

  • Reduction in nut wear and nut replacement

  • Elimination of left hand threaded hardware

  • More consistent nut torque retention

  • Elimination of Inner cap nuts, Less parts

  • Saves Time

  • Becoming the new safety standard


  • Standard mounting system in industry

  • Inner dual secured independently

  • Doesn't require lubrication





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