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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:05 AM
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Wheel spacer assistance needed

I've put these WHEEL SPACER SET FOR DRUM BRAKE SERIES III & DEFENDER, RNWS003 - Rovers North - Classic Land Rover Parts on my Tithonus and then came upon these second hand Terrafirma Wheel Spacers For Discovery I, Range Rover Classic And Defender 90 and was about to put them on a ROW 90 I have with some alloys. I've only got 2 of these to put on the 90 and since the alloys fit well against the drums in the rear without spacers, I was curious if I could just use these two on the front. First, I'm not sure these are correct spacers to use and second, I'm not sure if putting spacers on the front and not the back has major effects one way or another.

I should note as well that this is a very temporary solution as I'm getting ready to do some other axle work in the next couple months that will alleviate some of this need. Also, the 90 will only be driven around our property and some short trips maybe to the grocery, etc.. until I tear it down.

Thoughts and recommendations appreciated.

*If the TF-301's that I have won't accomplish what I need then they will listed for sale shortly so I can support the purchase of the other set (which is so frigging expensive....$500 geeeze!!:face palm

Thanks in advance.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:13 AM
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$500 for wheel spacers is insanity.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:17 AM
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Handmade in NY, we don't make much on them.

Do you have a photo of your drive flanges?
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Thoughts and recommendations appreciated.

*If the TF-301's that I have won't accomplish what I need then they will listed for sale shortly so I can support the purchase of the other set (which is so frigging expensive....$500 geeeze!!:face palm

Thanks in advance.
Its the price of fashion. You dont NEED to run Boosts any more than my wife NEEDS Christian Louboutin's.

Swapping a Disco axle is probably cheaper.

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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:27 AM
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Its the price of fashion. You dont NEED to run Boosts any more than my wife NEEDS Christian Louboutin's.

Swapping a Disco axle is probably cheaper.

-Jeff
And better in the long run. Disc brakes, 24 spline, not as old.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:35 AM
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.... and since the alloys fit well against the drums in the rear without spacers....
Are you sure? The interference with the older style axles has nothing to do with the brakes. The alloys hit the drive flange bolt heads. It is not easy to see and you need to be careful to check. It may seem like it all bolts up fine, but the wheel is actually sitting slightly proud of the wheel mounting surface.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:59 AM
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Not positive but I know they fit properly and they are straight on rear axle and clear the flange bolt heads. I did not have to grind anything out of the wheels to fit in the rear. The front is the problem. On the Tithonus with same dilemma, I grinded out enough from the alloys so they fit.

I suppose what I'm trying to assess here is what my original questions pertained to.
" First, I'm not sure these are correct spacers to use and second, I'm not sure if putting spacers on the front and not the back has major effects one way or another."

I understand the flange bolt issue and thus you buy spacers to relieve that issue. Or, as has been stated, get different axels. Which will be happening as mentioned in the months to come.
Just wondering if the TF-301's will fit the below flange set up from a ROW 90 on front axles and if so, is it ok to run spacers on front two wheels only driving it how I mentioned originally.
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You'll want to clean that up and get a dust cap on it. Roadgrime and grit are not good for the splines.

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You'll want to clean that up and get a dust cap on it. Roadgrime and grit are not good for the splines.

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Absolutely. That goes without saying.

Can you comment on my questions?
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Absolutely. That goes without saying.

Can you comment on my questions?
I already did.

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Swapping a Disco axle is probably cheaper.
I wouldn't run spacers. Id swap the axles out.

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Old October 13th, 2016, 12:53 PM
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I already did.



I wouldn't run spacers. Id swap the axles out.

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Fair enough.
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