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Jordan Morland



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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 2.5 n/a Diesel CSW Blenheim Silver
will boost alloys fit my 1985 defender?

Hey guys I have just bought my first defender and I am wanting to fit some boost alloys. I have been reading and have come across 2 solutions so they would fit. 1 is to replace both front and rear excel. 2 is to fit 30mm spacers front and rear. Obviously the cheaper option is to buy spacers and hope they fit? Wonderd if any of you guys have had the same problem?

I am sorry if this question has allready been asked. Embarassed

Post #596936 28th Jan 2017 12:02pm
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Marks Landy



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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 200 Tdi SW Java Black

I had to fit spacers on my 1985 90.
The turning circle is now epic!

Post #596960 28th Jan 2017 2:17pm
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gilarion



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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Other CSW Willow Green

OEM boosts will not fit a 1985 Defender with rear drum brakes without modification also the front hubs on older models can be bigger and so stick out of the center on alloys. . However the majority of aftermarket alloys will fit early 90's and 110's but they are a rare find these days, asks Craddocks or Paddocks to see if they still stock them.

If you change your mind about Boosts I have a five take off Freestyle Alloy wheels (the type you find on the 50th anniversary edition) in perfect condition with 235 85 16 Goodyear Wranglers fitted one brand new (spare) the others with loads of tread left. These wheels will definitely fit your year model. PM if interested and I will send a photo. For those who like Welsh Mountains and narrow boats have a look at my videos and photos at..

http://www.youtube.com/user/conwy1

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Jordan Morland



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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 2.5 n/a Diesel CSW Blenheim Silver

Marks Landy wrote:
I had to fit spacers on my 1985 90.
The turning circle is now epic!


So are you saying your 1985 fits boost alloys and the hub caps as well? Just with the addition of 30mm sparcers?

Post #597018 28th Jan 2017 5:31pm
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Marks Landy



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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 200 Tdi SW Java Black

Yes, the end caps fit fine.
Rear drums replaced by disks beforehand.

Post #597029 28th Jan 2017 6:00pm
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Jordan Morland



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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 2.5 n/a Diesel CSW Blenheim Silver

Is that a big job in changing from drums to disks?

Post #597038 28th Jan 2017 6:25pm
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gilarion



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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Other CSW Willow Green

Easier to fit a good later second hand complete axle in my opinion, probably cheaper too, loads about even off a disco… For those who like Welsh Mountains and narrow boats have a look at my videos and photos at..

http://www.youtube.com/user/conwy1

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Profyaffle



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United Kingdom 1993 Defender 90 200 Tdi HT Arles Blue

gilarion wrote:
OEM boosts will not fit a 1985 Defender with rear drum brakes without modification also the front hubs on older models can be bigger and so stick out of the center on alloys. . However the majority of aftermarket alloys will fit early 90's and 110's but they are a rare find these days, asks Craddocks or Paddocks to see if they still stock them.

If you change your mind about Boosts I have a five take off Freestyle Alloy wheels (the type you find on the 50th anniversary edition) in perfect condition with 235 85 16 Goodyear Wranglers fitted one brand new (spare) the others with loads of tread left. These wheels will definitely fit your year model. PM if interested and I will send a photo.


sorry to hijack but...

Do you still have these wheels? I may be interested as I'm running 205's on rostyles on my '93 200tdi and apart from looking lost in the arches the gearing isn't good for higher speeds. I have discs all round.

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gilarion



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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Other CSW Willow Green

PM sent Profyaffle For those who like Welsh Mountains and narrow boats have a look at my videos and photos at..

http://www.youtube.com/user/conwy1

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Buz



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United Kingdom 1987 Defender 90 200 Tdi HT Barolo Black

I have boosts fitted to my '87 L90, 30mm spacers all round with drum brakes on the rear.

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dioliahary



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Buz, I am about to do the same, can you still fit the centre caps with spacers on

Post #602653 17th Feb 2017 6:13pm
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