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Old August 23rd, 2019, 12:12 PM
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Custom made 7" Wheels

Just picked up a set I had made at Stockton Wheel Service, $225 each. I supplied old 5.5” wide standard steel wheels, some riveted and some welded. They cut out the centers and weld into new 16” diameter barrels (DOT marked and certified if you care, old genuine steel wheels are not technically DOT compliant). I chose 7” wide barrels and had the backspace set to 4.75”. They’re being painted Alpine White as I type this.

The profile of the barrels is slightly different than OEM ANR1534’s, but they look very similar. They do have the “tire bead retention groove” that all new wheels are required to have. I’m having that filled/smoothed with flexible body filler at painting. I’ll post picture when they’re back from paint, probably by the end of next week.


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Old August 23rd, 2019, 05:45 PM
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Those look really good! Do you know if Stockton Wheel will do an 8” wide and different offset? I’m happy with my Wolfs but always good to have options if I change tires.


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Old August 23rd, 2019, 06:24 PM
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They will do any offset you want (provided it’s still in the center part of the barrel). They will also do wider widths. What they cannot do - I asked - is fit the stock Land Rover centers to bigger diameter wheels, like 17” or 18”. They don’t have or can’t get those larger diameter barrels with small enough centers to work with the stock Land Rover centers.

The guys at Stockton Wheel are great to work with. I was very specific with my requests, like exactly where to place the valve stem holes to most closely replicate the genuine wheels. They’ve done this exact mod before with other Land Rover wheels, and will weld up whatever you want.


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Old August 23rd, 2019, 07:40 PM
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I wonder if they could make a 17" steel wheel to clear the stock LR3 brakes.
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Old August 23rd, 2019, 07:48 PM
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I wonder if they could make a 17" steel wheel to clear the stock LR3 brakes.
Justin at Lucky 8 had a set of those in steel for sale a while back.
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Old August 23rd, 2019, 07:56 PM
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You just need different caliper brackets and discs for 17s.
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Old August 24th, 2019, 12:05 AM
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I had them make me a similar set a few years ago. They do a good job. Allowed me to fit a 285 tire better than a 6.5” wide anr1534, which would technically be too narrow.
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Old August 24th, 2019, 12:57 PM
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I wonder if they could make a 17" steel wheel to clear the stock LR3 brakes.
Justin at Lucky 8 had a set of those in steel for sale a while back.
Yeah I asked Erik the other day and he said they didn't have any plans to have any more made
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Old August 24th, 2019, 12:58 PM
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You just need different caliper brackets and discs for 17s.
I need to look into that a bit more
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I need to look into that a bit more

The V6 trucks in Europe come with 17s. They use smaller discs. You just need different caliper brackets, discs and pads from the models. Calipers stay the same.
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Old August 24th, 2019, 02:13 PM
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I need to look into that a bit more

The V6 trucks in Europe come with 17s. They use smaller discs. You just need different caliper brackets, discs and pads from the models. Calipers stay the same.
Right. I need to do some research to see what the factory wheel options are that I can find reasonably in the US.

Or if I should just pick up a spare set of 18s and put 265/60 KM3s on
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Old August 24th, 2019, 08:11 PM
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What did shipping your 5 wheels to Stockton and back again run ?
I had corresponded with them 2 yrs ago about doing some 8 inch wheels and shipping was
going to run around $100 a wheel to send the donors out and finished
wheel back. Checked with Fastenal and the said no dice to California.
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Old August 25th, 2019, 03:48 PM
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Drove down from Reno, so don’t know about shipping. Most of the way on Rt 88 south of Tahoe is beautiful.

I did just have an LT230 shipped from LA up to Reno with Fastenal. Probably worth checking whether their routes are open. Could also cut the centers out of the old wheels before shipping. A bit of a pain, but would reduce shipping cost and might reduce the labor cost at Stockton Wheel.


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8inch but might work https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/pro-co...BKBQ-7069-6856
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