New wider wheels

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After collecting these at the national, I have given them a couple of coats of black hammerite, fitted some nice new 175 65 R14's on the rears, and some second hand 165 70 R14's on the front. (being a poor student, and these were lying around spare) I used the tyre fitting and balancing equipment at the raceteam I am volunteering at over the summer, very satisfying fitting them yourself.  
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Before photos.

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Looking nice and wide, 5J compared to original 3.5J. (Even slightly wider than van rims at 4.5J :)) 175 v's 155.
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Bit close to the top trunnion, but not rubbing on this or the tre. Only suitable for marina front discs as they have a 10mm greater offset.
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New wheels fitted.
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After photo!
Would like to say a big thankyou to Graeme, (2fry) for making these wheels up! Very skilled, and really well made. (also happens to be a great guy to chat to) :D Been out for the first drive, and they grip really well, delighted with them!
Next step will be to hopefully lower the car a spline on the front, and 1.5" blocks on the back as she's sitting a bit high, and possibly some plain hub caps too :) (When funds eventually allow..)


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I can also vouch for 2frys wheely good wheels (sorry :oops:) Transform the handling, much more focused around the corners..



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Looking good Alex...just needs a pinstrip now :-)

How did they balance up?

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Will see :P Might match the silver grill now, or might paint that black too..
They balanced up alright, no major run out, about 40 was the most, so nothing major at all :)
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Go on... go for the black grill :)

grille should always match the wheels in my opinion.



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Did you put 165's in the front because of clearance issues or because u did not have 175's to put in the front as well. Also if you have lowered it since this post how is riding, I am planning to do the same to my Traveller



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Nice Alex,looking good.
I never took a pic of my "2fryWOA's", side on,when they were laying flat on the ground, that really shows the difference. Also I did not have the presence of mind to take a pics-showing the wheel rims off to their best advantage looking at them from the side when on the car-well done.


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aftramirez43:76740 wrote:Did you put 165's in the front because of clearance issues or because u did not have 175's to put in the front as well. Also if you have lowered it since this post how is riding, I am planning to do the same to my Traveller
I lowered my Traveller back in the early '90s, by 1.5" all round using lowering blocks at the back and one spline round of the front torsion bars.

I found it superb on motorways, with a nicely planted, almost go-kartish feel, but pretty awful on the pot-holed country roads here in East Kent (very crashy and jarring), so I reverted back to standard.

In any case, the rear springs have now sagged so much over 42 years that it is quite a bit lower than when it was new.


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sounds good, I'm hoping to do that next weekend. Do you remember what size tires you had?



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I had 175 ones on LP917 van wheels on the back, and 165 Continental tyres on standard rims on the front (which looked a bit ballooney, to be honest!)

I now have LP917 van rims with 165R14 tyres all round:

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I fitted 165's because I had them already, saved me buying another 2 new tyres. I haven left it standard height, and it handles well, all be itslightly understeery as its too stiff at the front end but thats damper related not wheels.


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agree they did look a little balloony



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