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Hubcentric rings needed?

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I just bought and installed a set of ICW Banshee wheels. The center hub bore is 73 (which is larger than factory hub bore). I installed the wheels on a rack using spline conical lugs. I do not see any difference in the way the car drives. Should I go back and install hubcentric rings? Is there really any reason to? I saw some information on the rings after I had already installed the wheels. If the mounting holes line up with the studs with no play, I do not see where the ring would make any difference.
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My winter tires/wheels came with hubcentric rings. I installed them. Some folks experience vibrations without them, others are fine.
 

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Are they required? No.

Are they recommended? Yes.

Most of the time if you properly torque the lugs (lugcentric) the wheels will center over the hub and there won't be an imbalance causing any slight vibrations. But in the event that this procedure doesn't cut it, a set of inexpensive rings on hand will do the trick. And that's why it's just good practice to install them to begin with.
 

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Technically, it's good practice to get correctly machined wheels to begin with. For example, saving $5 a wheel for an off-brand steel rim over the GM acdelco wheel might not be that great of a bargain if you run into issues afterward.

I've never used any rims that weren't hub-centric without requiring the use of spacers.
 
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