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Old June 2nd, 2015, 05:10 PM
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Terrafirma RVS Alloy Wheels

I've seen a couple of pictures around with guys running these, but not a lot. Anyone have any issues? Any known problems?

My Defender currently has a set of steel wheels on it. I've never had to consider moving from steel to alloy before, but after searching through the threads here it sounds like i'll need to either replace the wheel studs with a different (alloy compatible) type, or use a wheel spacer that accomplishes the same thing. Is this right or did I just confuse myself by reading too many damn posts back-to-back?

The wheels have a 20mm offset. Any issues with a stock suspension setup?

I do not have any plan of adding the bead lock (as of now), so I'll be sticking with a 7" tire.

As always, thanks for the help.

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Old June 2nd, 2015, 07:10 PM
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Don't be ashamed of alloy.
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If I could afford them I would run them. I like how they have the cutout for the axle shaft and bead lock capabilities.
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With that offset they sit 20mm further out than stock so be careful running spacers in addition. You will be able to maintain lock to lock steering if you run a taller tire. If memory serves correctly those wheels take a special wheel nut from TF. Without the bead lock it's a 7" wheel, with is an 8". I'd run 285/75s and call it a day. You can seat those same tires with the bead lock later as well and take advantage of the increased width.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 07:35 PM
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Thanks Scotty. Do you have any insight on my wheel stud question?
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Those have the same dimensions as my wheels. 7inch does not describe a tire. Well. Not likely. I run 235/85 16s on a 7 inch wheel. I could, would that I had 5 run a significantly wider tire on them. I had to keep the same diameter as the xzls due to my desire to have a non transaxle binding spare.

You need new nuts, not likely lugs. But longer lugs are nice. Easy amazon. M 16x1.5 alloy wheel nuts... check my math.. that's off the top of my head

Rover folk love steel. Prolly because there aren't many good choices. You can fix steel wheels on the trail sometimes. Flip side is. You frequently have to fix steel wheels. Buy good trail alloy with a lock..(on both sides) if you break it... the rest of the truck is probably destroyed.
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Thanks Scotty. Do you have any insight on my wheel stud question?
The easiest solution would be to get a 0 offset wheel and use spacers. I was looking for another thread that explained in detail the differences between the early and late Defender axles. It kind of gets explained in this one:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ion-60409.html

There are solutions to fit those wheels but it really comes down to how badly you want to use them. You can swap in Disco axles or late Defender axles. You can fit those wheels with the spacers and just get the extra wide wheel arches. Those look okay on some trucks but definitely not all of them. I think with this option you would have to find a longer wheel stud to use thinner spacers just to clear the drive flange or get the thick spacers that have new studs incorporated in them. In either case you're talking about being at least 30mm further out on each side.
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