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Old March 4th, 2015, 01:54 PM
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Aluminum wheel centercap question

I have the 16" aluminum Defender wheels and the dust/hub cap sticks through the center section of the wheel and doesn't allow for the use of centercaps. Is there a lower profile dust cap that can be used that will allow me to put centercaps on the wheels? or am I just missing something?
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Old March 4th, 2015, 02:58 PM
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Alloys weren't designed for the early Rover axles.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:08 PM
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Also.... have a close look at the drive flange.... the bolt heads will interfere with the wheel and prevent it from fully seating on the hub. Many people don't notice and it is not safe.
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I was told that the wheels came on the truck. 1989 ROW 90
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:17 PM
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Defenders did not come with any alloy wheels prior to the 300TDI era, AFAIK. No standard LR alloy wheels will fit the early axles without spacers or machining/grinding out the inside of the wheels.

How about a picture of the axle and rims to see what you have....
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My understanding is that they are the standard non-salsbury axles.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:38 PM
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Yep, unless someone has removed material inside of those wheels, they are hitting the drive flange bolt heads. Look inside the wheel for damage.
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Looks like two have been grinded out and two haven't. So the next question is...What's the smallest spacer I can use that still allows the wheels to be hubcentric?
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You can run them no problem with a set of 30mm wheel spacers.
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I don't want to bolt on a spacer, I'd like to just put a smaller 1/8"-1/4" if it will work. My tires are already sitting nicely, I think the 30mm would set them out too far for my personal preference.
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There used to be guys selling 1/4" spacers for this purpose, but I can't find them anymore.
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found some 10mm on ebay.uk
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10 mm seems a bit much. I'd be worried about having enough stud thread left. Got a link?
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meant 6mm, little less than 1/4"
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6mm aluminium wheel spacers 5x165 land rover set of 4 | eBay
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Have you tried these yet? I'm interested to hear how you get on.
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Ordered them, but 2 weeks shipping from UK. hopefully they'll come in next week. After looking at the wheels, even with the 6mm spacers, I'm not sure if the dust cap will allow use of the wheel center cap

If they don't, I'm planning on just painting the dust cap silver....
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Put the 1/4" spacers on. They do keep the bolt heads from hitting the back of the wheels, but unfortunately they don't push the wheel out far enough to fit centercaps.


Here are some pics. One before with low profile dust cap, one with spacer installed and low profile dust cap, and one with spacer installed and regular dust cap.


I'm going to just clean the cap up and spray them silver.
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