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Old January 20th, 2015, 02:56 PM
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Still listed as available by special order from John Craddock, lead time 1-2 days. Whether or not they could fulfill that order is unknown.
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I understand the challenge and I will be looking into it. I usually don't give up before I have had a chance to investigate.

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Instead of looking at the face of the wheel to consider the engineering, think about the cross section. It will be difficult to build the same level of strength into the ANR design using aluminum without dramatically increasing the thickness of the center, which will affect either the backspacing ("meat" on the back side of the wheel) or the appearance ("meat" on the front side)

But I'm no engineer so have at it.
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One recommendation would be to look at producing 17 inch rims that look like standard rover rims. I need to run 17s on my project due to brake clearance and I would love to be able to run standard-looking rims. Tire availability in larger sizes is starting to get difficult in the 16 inch diameter rim, 17s are seeing growing market share.

Good point here.
Also, for those maybe wanting slightly wider than 285 without an aftermarket looking wheel. So maybe the niche is that you can manufacture in 6.5 or 7.5". The availability in a width not offered by LR could justify a premium price.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 03:39 PM
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This is an excellent point. A 17x7.5" copy of a vintage steel wheel, made from alloy, would be a very compelling product.
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Agreed. Perhaps instead of two designs it would be better to focus on the 1-ton wheel in two different sizes.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 03:51 PM
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If the 7.5" width variant were manufactured with an offset specifically for Defenders, you may eliminate the extra cost of spacers. This would be with the assumption that anyone running a 7.5 rim would do so with the intent of running 285+ width rubber.
Not sure I'm sold on 17", but I could see how maybe people would want that. I like some sidewall.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 03:59 PM
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Like oilburner said a 17" could be very nice. You could get a 305/70-17 which is near 34" tall.

I think for an alloy wheel the Terrafirma's are a very nice option: http://www.terrafirma4x4.com/product...p?cat=7&grp=44

They have:
- exposed hub so you can deal with swapping an axle without taking the wheel off and you don't have to worry what axles you are running
- beadlock option
- 8" width (if you run beadlocks)
- 20mm ET
- look good

I have down that they weight 31lbs which is in the range for a run of the mill Nato/Wolf (33lbs). Not that light but if they are strong then worth it IMO.

I agree with Jackie and Adam - something like a 17x7.5 size would need to be done to beat out the stock LR/Nato/Wolf and even TerraFirma choices that are available now.

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Sounds like something Icon would produce (not saying that's good or bad), but somebody did mention weight savings, which could be of some benefit.


I mean nobody really cares how much a Defender Rim/Tire combo weighs.....that is until they've tried to throw it up in a roof rack or manhandle it into place by yourself......then I'd give anything for that damn thing to weigh 20lbs less.
I think overall weight is more dependent on which tires you use. A 255-85 will be around 55lbs (per TireRack) a 315-75 is easily 10 lbs heavier (or more if you go with something from Interco). That is outside rotational weight as well when on the vehicle.

If you are looking for lowering weight, you might as well design for the smaller steel lugnuts too.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 04:20 PM
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Heck why not make a 16" and 18" replica. The largest wheel the Defender had was an 18" alloy.
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...ONLY if they are forged versus cast.
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Toyo makes a very nice 285/75R17 and R18 size which would be stellar on a Defender with proper dished wheels. (34x11 and 35x11 sizes respectively)
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I don't really care about them being alloys or steelies. I just want 17s that don't look like something from the Jegs catalog. The only option for 17s is Marsh racing or Lucky8. They look OK on a disco but don't have much vintage flair.
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Heck why not make a 16" and 18" replica. The largest wheel the Defender had was an 18" alloy.
What defender came with a 18?
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Old January 20th, 2015, 08:11 PM
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What defender came with a 18?
Well technically the Defender never came with them but they fitted Discos with a 18" Boost wheels so they have the same bolt pattern for a Defender.

18s might looks a bit weird but if you fit them with a 33"-35" tire they might not look so bad.

Then again when I see a 15" series steel I feel a little icky inside.
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While we're dreaming, I would love a solid looking 15x10 alloy with 1.5" more offset than stock. Why are the only 15" wheels always steel? Heck, why doesn't a wheel manufacturer just take billet wheel spacers, lathe out the center of existing alloys, and just weld the billet spacers into the wheel?
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Old January 20th, 2015, 08:17 PM
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While we're dreaming, I would love a solid looking 15x10 alloy with 1.5" more offset than stock. Why are the only 15" wheels always steel?
Because an alloy would not clear the brakes.
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Because an alloy would not clear the brakes.
well, that works
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I would buy a 17" or 18" version of the classic look the 1-ton rims have or the wolf wheels. That's it. Steel vs alloy I don't care.
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From a plainly aesthetic standpoint, I always thought the modern day LR3/4 or even the full-sized L322 would very much look the part with an 18" ANR1534 look alike.

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I would buy a 17" or 18" version of the classic look the 1-ton rims have or the wolf wheels. That's it. Steel vs alloy I don't care.
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Well technically the Defender never came with them but they fitted Discos with a 18" Boost wheels so they have the same bolt pattern for a Defender. 18s might looks a bit weird but if you fit them with a 33"-35" tire they might not look so bad. Then again when I see a 15" series steel I feel a little icky inside.
What disco had 18s? They were all 16s.
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http://www.speedhunters.com/2014/12/...s-8-speedster/

This, so far, has been the coolest steel wheel to alloy wheel I've seen.

I'd like to hear about this 18" Boost fitted to Discos.
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