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Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!!

Posted By: Cpiercebassin

Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 05/13/20 11:44 AM

Just wanted to spread the word on a great fix to a pesky problem with the Nitro trailers’ vortex hubs. There’s a guy on the Facebook group that has some aluminum versions that look and work great. His name is Eric Pender and his email is triplepcustom@gmail.com.

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Posted By: T Bird

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 05/13/20 06:04 PM

Any idea on price?
Posted By: Cpiercebassin

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 05/14/20 11:55 AM

$25 per cap, and that’s shipping and o-rings included%
Posted By: Wes H

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 05/19/20 09:43 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I love the hubs, but the stock caps are complete trash. Good to know someone makes a better one!
Posted By: doctorxring

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 05/24/20 02:10 PM


What’s the problem with the stock caps ? I’ve had Vortex hubs for 8 years and no problems.
Posted By: Cpiercebassin

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 05/30/20 01:40 PM

The plastic ones are prone to cracking and leaking water in, eventually causing hub failure. Always seems to crack just enough to leak, but not enough to be easily detected, you just might start seeing small amounts of grease or black streaks on your wheels.
Posted By: PhishWhisperer

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 07/26/20 08:34 PM

I would be concerned about the difference in thermal conductivity and well as thermal expansion between the aluminum fixture and the steel hub. Hot hubs get backed into the water, the aluminum caps cool faster than the steel hubs, caps falls out!

An ordinary steel caps might work fine, and sure cost a lot less.
Posted By: SteezMacQueen

Re: Plastic Vortex hub cap fix!!! - 07/26/20 11:26 PM

Originally Posted by PhishWhisperer
I would be concerned about the difference in thermal conductivity and well as thermal expansion between the aluminum fixture and the steel hub. Hot hubs get backed into the water, the aluminum caps cool faster than the steel hubs, caps falls out!

An ordinary steel caps might work fine, and sure cost a lot less.

I pull a skeeter with aluminum wheels and hubs for hours. As soon as I stop for gas, or whatever, I feel them for heat. They don’t get hot enough for them to even be considered warm. I don’t think a few degrees is going to cause anywhere near the thermal expansion you’d need for a hub to distort enough for a cap to fall out. I have bearing buddies with the cap friction fitted to the hub and haven’t lost one in the 17 years they’ve been there.
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