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I was doing some research on my 4Runner tires, and they mentioned stuff about Hub centric and Lug centric. What exactly does this mean? Which is better? Do all shops know about this?
 

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Some vehicles have hub centric wheels. For these, some aftermarket rims require a centering ring in order to get the wheel against the hub right.

All the wheels I have ever seen/owned were lug centric.

These just differ in the way that the wheel is centered. The lug centric, you put all the lugs on and they are tapered at the bottom. As you tighten them, the tapers push the wheel around so that it is properly spaced between each lug. The hub centrics require a ring of some type on the back of the wheel so that is lines up with the hub. My understanding is that the lugs on those wheels aren't tapered.
 

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The problem with the 4Runner wheels as well as other lug centric wheels is that most tire balancing equipment is hub centric. This can cause balancing issues with lug centric wheels.

This is usually why the topic of hub centric and lug centric come up with 4Runner wheels. I have a Tacoma which is simular.
 

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ahhh... good to know! thanks guys!

I read about how the machines didnt do a good job because of the difference. Ill have to ask what my local Toyota dealership has, or even better, canadian tire! haha
 
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