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The plastic cover is there to protect the wheel bearings. It prevents dust from entering in. So it's totally fine if it's loose.


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Most likely you need: 3/8" diameter 26 tpi (thread per inch) On the website below there is a list off all Shimano gear hubs which use this size nut: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/hub-spares/shimano-nexus-brim40-cap-nut-38-inch/ Please check if your hub is listed to ensure compatibility. Source: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?t=98948


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yes I'm pretty sure it should work. have not tried it myself but when you pump up a tube outside of the tire the diameter increases quite a lot (so the change in diameter from 26-27.5 or from 27.5-29") should not be an issue imo.


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This image is the current recommendation. Rim ID width +2mm (to allow for shape) Stick on variety. I use 2 laps of masking tape.


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