Patrol Hub Cap

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 17:11
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Does anybody know where I can get a front hub cap for a 2004 GU Patrol. I lost one on the Birdsville Track back in July. A genuine Nissan replacement costs $78, which I reckon is a bit exhorbitant for a bit of plastic. It's silver in colour. Are there any cheaper after-market caps available? I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
I'd love to hear from anyone who might be able to help.
Dave Mitchell
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 17:20

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 17:20
Typical overpricing for spare parts! I suppose you know that you can just wriggle them off by hand ( not that I am suggesting anything untoward) I think that I might remove mine for my next OR trip.

Don't damage one of those nice alloy rims. The replacement cost is $900.00 each!

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Follow Up By: David31 - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:25

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:25
Thanks for your response. I'll certainly look after those rims. A mate who has a Falcon had a wheel trim replaced free when he had a service. I mentioned this to Nissan, who reckoned it must have been an agreed fault. Funny though, Nissan reckons there's no way the hub cap would fall off and would not consider replacing it.
Thanks again,
Dave Mitchell
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 17:25

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 17:25
One of the first things I did in 2000 when i bought my (then) shiny new GU, was remove those poxy wheel caps and store them in the garage. Mine are black, the 2 front one serve NO purpose whatsoever that I can see. The rear ones aren't much better. I did install the rear ones onto the camper trailer so that they can can catch the bearing cap if ever it should happen to fall off (unlikely though that may be!!!).

If mine were silver, I'd be happy to send one over to you. Maybe you could use some silver paint on one of my black ones??
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Follow Up By: David31 - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:33

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:33
Thanks for your offer, but eventually you'll need yours again. I'll take your advice and store them.
When I did the Cape York trip, I managed to bend the chassis rails above the rear axles, which have since been repaired. I do have some body creaks across the back and sides, possibly from that event. Any ideas? They're not pronounced, more annoying.
Dave Mitchell
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:47

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:47
Creaks etc could be due to loose or worn body mount blocks. Also, when you say you bent the chassis above the rear axle, do you mean you bent the spring hanger on the chassis.....this is a known weak spot on the GU chassis and I'm surprised mine hasn't suffered from this to date considering the amount of weight my truck has on board at all times.
I know that the distance between my chassis and body has definitely decreased by a few mm, because of the issue I had crossing the Simpson last year when I suffered because of I'd run a wire for reverse lights, over the top of the rear spring support and it got squashed between the chassis and body and shorted out.
One rather radical way to get rid of sqeaks in the back end would be to chop the back off and alter it to a dual cab. I've thought of this but can't justify the expense at this stage. ;-)))
Cheers, Roachie
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Reply By: David31 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:27

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:27
Thanks Roachie,
I've booked in for a 40,000 servicve at Nissan, so I hope they mightn be able to fix some of the groans that are happening. It's in teresting that various Nissan dealerships can vary up to $100 for the major 40,000 service.
dave Mitchell
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:37

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:37
do yourself a favour and take them off. I replaced and lost again now do without.
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Reply By: gramps - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 22:05

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 22:05
If they don't serve any useful purpose - remove them.
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