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What's the best way to take dust caps off of wheels withoutteacherguy
Jan 9, 2003 10:22 AM
damaging them to the point they are deformed? Thanx
Could you be a little more specific?Kerry
Jan 9, 2003 5:35 PM
Like the model, brand, and year of the hubs. Maybe even a description of the problem you're having? So far you've not offered much to work with.
Freehub side, by chance?Calvin
Jan 10, 2003 3:34 AM
I will go out on a limb and take a guess that you are discussing the Shimano brand hubs, and you are specifically wondering if you can get the freehub side dust cap out?

If so, consider simply leaving it in place. These are often in very tight, and the material can easily bend upon removal. It will slow you down a bit, but you can get it just a clean with it still in place. Use a Q-tip or small headed tooth brush to get at the dirt under it. Pack with grease and balls, and then re-assemble. Also see hub adjust at
Keep it on.Trek Racer X
Jan 10, 2003 11:19 AM
If you have an open ball bearing hub, that dust cap is the only thing that is protecting it from dust, water, etc... Unless you are going to overhaul the hub, and replace the grease, or change ball bearings, or adjust the cones or race, then leave it in place.

As for the schematics of the hub, and how to take it off, you need to tell what model it is.