Method for compensating for tolerance variations between an overlay and wheel assembly

  • US 5,845,973 A
  • Filed: 08/28/1996
  • Issued: 12/08/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for compensating for tolerance variations between an overlay having a rim flange and a wheel assembly including a web having an inner peripheral end portion defining a hub opening surrounded by a plurality of lug bolt openings;

  • a rim portion circumscribing said web portion and a peripheral lip circumscribing said rim portion, said web and rim portions defining an outboard surface of said wheel assembly, said method comprising the steps of;

    selecting a net location surface along an axially outboard rim flange surface of said rim portion of said wheel assembly, said rim flange surface being contiguous said peripheral lip circumscribing said rim portion of said wheel assembly;

    selecting a surface contiguous said rim flange on an inboard surface of said overlay; and

    assembling said overlay to said wheel assembly by locating said surface contiguous said rim flange of said overlay to said net location surface of said rim portion of said wheel assembly, said assembly step net locating said overlay to said wheel assembly at said net location surface of said rim portion of said wheel assembly such that tolerance variations between said overlay and said wheel assembly at said net location surface will be minimized regardless of the size of the variable space between said inboard surface of said overlay and said outboard surface of said wheel assembly; and

    depositing an adhesive on at least a portion of one of said inboard surface of said overlay and said outboard surface of said wheel assembly such that said variable space between said overlay and said outboard surface of said wheel assembly is compensated by said application of said adhesive to permanently attach said overlay to said wheel assembly.

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