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Old August 20th, 2016, 08:44 PM
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Series 3 wheel option question

Good evening and thank you for taking the time to read my post.

I own a 1988 Land Rover Santana 2500.

For those of you not familiar with them, here is my personal explanation:

All of this comes from buying parts for it and looking at photos comparing and contrasting. I have not yet been unable to buy new parts but it has been a guessing game between Defender and Series 3.

It is essentially a combination of Series 3 and D90 parts assembled in Spain.

The front end is D90 style with different indicators (Hella sourced) and different headlight trim. The rest from what I can tell is all Defender, including the front doors. The interior / dash is also defender style.

It has a galvanized frame with leaf springs, but they are parabolic unlike the Series 3 that came with standard leafs.

The drivetrain appears to be Series 3 with the 2.5NA but paired from the factory with an LT85 and CDL High / Low transfer case. (It is woefully underpowered for the gearing of the LT85 and transfer case.)

The tub is Series 3. There are some other differences, primarily the hella sourced electrical systems and parts.

Everything I represent above is only applicable to the 1988 Santana 2500. I have seen photos of the 87 and earlier models and 89 and later. There are differences compared to the 1988 model with those differences becoming more dramatic with each year later.

My current question involves the wheels. I was hopeful to install some alloys from a 90s era discovery but those Series 3 style axles / hubs do not look like they will allow that.

Can anyone shed some light on this question?
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Old August 21st, 2016, 06:59 AM
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Sorry to say we have very little, ok, no technical knowledge of Santana. No clue what the bolt pattern is. Same as Defender?
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Old August 21st, 2016, 08:42 AM
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Wheel options

I would bet you do have knowledge. It is all Land Rover, the question is which axle / hub assembly does it have? If it were a UK assembled model I could utilize the VIN and know. I suspect the axle / hub installed is the same as very late Series 3.

It seems posting photos would be the best help. I'm not near the truck now but I will try to find some photos.

That being said I have a had a few PMs that state the 90's alloys will only fit if I used spacers.
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You should be able to go to any local dump and find an old disco rim to try for close to nothing.
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Old August 21st, 2016, 11:14 AM
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Personally I would and do go for steel wheels, unless you intend to go posing in Cloudcroft and run the JeepersCreapers meets.lol
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Old August 21st, 2016, 04:38 PM
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Glad you guys have a sense of humor. I had a Porsche years ago and those guys allowed no joking...

I actually like the steel wheel look but am not sure how I feel about the steel wheels that came with this one. I'll try to find a photo.
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Old August 21st, 2016, 05:02 PM
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Roverman, on the trips to Cloudcroft, I will admit the truck has its fair share of dents, scratches, peeling paint... and until I adjusted the injection pump for high altitude it left a pretty good cloud of black from the exhaust. First trip to the village I was filling it up at Alsups for the first time feeling a little embarrassed about the cloud of black / bystanders coughing. However, barely two steps out of the drivers door I got really creeped out by someone drooling over it so much. He liked it way too much. I think you should head that way more often so I don't get so much attention.
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