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I recently acquired a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL which has 14 in wire spoke wheels. I was told by someone who has knowledge of wheels that mine are 14 in."Tru-Spoke" wire wheels. I cannot find any name or marking on the wheel to confirm this.

Two of the center caps are missing and the remaining two are damaged. I am attaching a photo, showing one of the wheels with a center cap The existing center caps are plastic. The information on the inside of the cap reads:
930M4402
TPI-IJ-569
MADE IN KOREA

I found a old, rusted, unmarked, metal center cap that fits my wheel perfectly. The diameter of the metal part that forms the bind area contact with the wheel is exactly 3 inches. I don't know what that center cap came off of.

I contacted the successor corporation of Cragar (who made the Tru-Spoke) and they were no help whatsoever. I have contacted many other Internet companies that sell center caps but, so far, have received no help.

I shall appreciate any help anyone can give me in finding 4 center caps that will fit.
Also, if someone believes that the wheels are from a different manufacturer, that, too, would be helpful.

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Re: Need help in finding center caps for wheels

Did you try Dayton?

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Re: Need help in finding center caps for wheels

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I tried Dayton and they were the ones who told me that the picture was of a Tru-Spoke wheel.

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By way of update, I finally found a set through an online classified ad service and also confirmed that my wheels are, indeed, Tru-Spokes.

I am appreciative of all of you who reviewed the post.

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Lobrano,

You said you found some caps though an online classified service? I'm guessing I'm out of luck then.

Anyway, I also have a set of tru-spoke wire rims on my 300D, but was having some trouble finding center caps. Mine require the wheel taken completely off, taking a plastic screw backing and putting it though the back, then screwing the cap onto the backing.

Do you by chance have the proper deminisons for the caps, I found an online site: http://www.wheelcomponents.com/caps.html

Here's an included pic of mine

Thanks for the help!

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It is my understanding that most "Tru-Spoke" wheels have a diameter of approximately 3 1/8 inches where the center cap goes in and immediately begins to taper. The "snap-in" type center caps make contact with the wheel center with an inner rim that is exactly 3 inches in diameter. Some of styles, such as spinners, have inserts which attach with small screws using an allen wrench. The spinner cap then screws into the insert and is locked with a phillips-head screw.

The type caps that you describe (and which are referenced on the web page you furnished) would appear to be very similar to some of the Cragar Center Caps. These are fairly common on eBay. (Cragar owned "Tru-Spoke" until they quit making them.)

I wish I could be of more help, but I am far from knowledgeable in the area. I do, however, understand your frustration.

Good Luck!

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lovrano: I have all the remaining center caps which were manufactured by Tru-Spoke. They are all new in the boxes. They all have the original Mercedes logo in the center just like the one on your hood. I know several Mercedes owners are searching for these caps. Please contact me at:

lobrano;112214 wrote:
I recently acquired a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL which has 14 in wire spoke wheels. I was told by someone who has knowledge of wheels that mine are 14 in."Tru-Spoke" wire wheels. I cannot find any name or marking on the wheel to confirm this.

Two of the center caps are missing and the remaining two are damaged. I am attaching a photo, showing one of the wheels with a center cap The existing center caps are plastic. The information on the inside of the cap reads:
930M4402
TPI-IJ-569
MADE IN KOREA

I found a old, rusted, unmarked, metal center cap that fits my wheel perfectly. The diameter of the metal part that forms the bind area contact with the wheel is exactly 3 inches. I don't know what that center cap came off of.

I contacted the successor corporation of Cragar (who made the Tru-Spoke) and they were no help whatsoever. I have contacted many other Internet companies that sell center caps but, so far, have received no help.

I shall appreciate any help anyone can give me in finding 4 center caps that will fit.
Also, if someone believes that the wheels are from a different manufacturer, that, too, would be helpful.

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amendment to my previous note regarding the Mercedes wheel caps. The caps I have are identical to the ones in your picture which are mounted on a Tru-Spoke wire wheel.

lobrano;112214 wrote:
I recently acquired a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL which has 14 in wire spoke wheels. I was told by someone who has knowledge of wheels that mine are 14 in."Tru-Spoke" wire wheels. I cannot find any name or marking on the wheel to confirm this.

Two of the center caps are missing and the remaining two are damaged. I am attaching a photo, showing one of the wheels with a center cap The existing center caps are plastic. The information on the inside of the cap reads:
930M4402
TPI-IJ-569
MADE IN KOREA

I found a old, rusted, unmarked, metal center cap that fits my wheel perfectly. The diameter of the metal part that forms the bind area contact with the wheel is exactly 3 inches. I don't know what that center cap came off of.

I contacted the successor corporation of Cragar (who made the Tru-Spoke) and they were no help whatsoever. I have contacted many other Internet companies that sell center caps but, so far, have received no help.

I shall appreciate any help anyone can give me in finding 4 center caps that will fit.
Also, if someone believes that the wheels are from a different manufacturer, that, too, would be helpful.

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Re: Need help in finding center caps for wheels

Definitely True Spoke wheels. Not to alarm you, but I've seen a number of these wheels literally break off over the years. Not a safe wheel to have on your car.

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