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RoddyK05



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Scotland 2004 Defender 90 Td5 SW Yellow
New Blindos arrived

Having lusted after a set for quite a while, I decided to bite the bullet and get myself a set of new Blindos. I was very excited today when the boxes arrived, but my excitement was dulled slightly by the fact there were only 4 boxes instead of 5. It turns out my fifth wheel is in a TNT warehouse somewhere in England. Not to worry, it should be here next week some time. I just need to book the 90 into our local specialist tyre place who has tyre fitting machinery approaching £1,000,000 worth. The guy I spoke to got very enthusiastic when describing his machine which can apparently remove and fit tyres itself once it’s been set up.

Anyway, I HAVE A QUESTION. Will my new wheels (with a 750 XZL fitted) fit on my original Td5 rear spare wheel carrier or will I need to invest in a swing away type carrier? I’ve looked at them and without going for a single arm type (too much £££) I think the Mantec would fit the bill. Are there any negative things about this carrier that should make me steer clear of it if I indeed need to purchase one? I’m sure I seen one in the past that was galvanised before being powder coated but I can’t seem to find that now. Obviously I’ll be posting pics of my lovely new wheels once they are shod with rubber and bolted firmly onto the 90.



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Post #832735 22nd May 2020 11:57pm
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Grouse



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I can’t help with the wheel carrier, but just a thought I am sure 7.50’s are supposed to be too wide for Blindo’s as they are quite a wide rim ? 2017 Range Rover L405 Vogue SE V8 Diesel #16
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Post #832746 23rd May 2020 4:15am
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williamthedog



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2011 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 PU Tamar Blue

Very nice wheels indeed Thumbs Up

Post #832754 23rd May 2020 6:59am
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Co1



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Loire Blue

Should be fine. You might need to adjust the stoppers that the wheel bolts against but that will be it. Instagram @richmond_custom

Post #832756 23rd May 2020 7:17am
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RoddyK05



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Scotland 2004 Defender 90 Td5 SW Yellow

Grouse wrote:
I can’t help with the wheel carrier, but just a thought I am sure 7.50’s are supposed to be too wide for Blindo’s as they are quite a wide rim ?


I’m pretty sure a 750 or 235 is probably about the minimum that can be fitted to this wheel, the military fit them with 750 tyres for their WMIK Landys

Post #832829 23rd May 2020 10:43am
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The Zee



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United Kingdom 2014 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Indus Silver

They look great, have lusted after a set of those for my 110.

Might be worth while they are new, clean, un-rubbered and off the vehicle to get some protection on them, some wheeel wax or a ceramic coating to keep them looking pristine for longer and easier to clean when they get covered in brake dust, road slime and mud?

I've played with this coating : https://www.carboncollective.com/product/platinum-wheels/ on a set of Boost alloys that I'm about to get rubbered up and fitted. it has made a diffrence to how the rims look and feel, gloss looks better, and when sprayed with water seems to bead up and roll off better. does require some prep and paitence to apply but worth it for a big investment like wheels that you don't change regularly.

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Post #832834 23rd May 2020 10:54am
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Silver Back



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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 110 300 Tdi HT Coniston Green

Zaid,

Your photos are awesome. Thanks for including your link (www.defencephotos.com). Thumbs Up

Andy

Post #832840 23rd May 2020 11:28am
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RoddyK05



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Scotland 2004 Defender 90 Td5 SW Yellow

The Zee.
Thanks for that, I’ll certainly look into getting them coated before fitting, cleaning between those little spokes won’t be much fun so anything that helps keep them clean will be ideal. Thumbs Up

Post #832846 23rd May 2020 11:40am
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boode



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England 2003 Defender 90 Td5 HT Rutland Red

If you do decide to get a Mantec carrier be careful as the back plate can rust
Mine rusted which then rusted the back door - unseen until it was removed
Now replaced with a stainless carrier

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Post #832848 23rd May 2020 11:50am
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Thon



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Keswick Green

Mantec carriers seem to have a fairly poor powder coat and are not galvanised pre coating. Mine has blown after 3 years. That said it is at the affordable end of the cost spectrum so you pays your money etc etc...

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Thon



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Keswick Green

Regarding using 7.50 XZLs on the Blindos, I suspect they are not recommended as the tyres are too narrow. That said, I would personally be inclined to get one fitted and see what it looks like - I know it sounds a bit arbitrary but it's what I'd do. I think it'll be fairly obvious if the tyre is too stretched. WMIKs, although using XZLs and Blindos only seem to use the 235/85 version which is quite a different tread pattern than the 7.50 version and looks significantly wider. There was a lightly used set in the for sale section recently.

Post #832873 23rd May 2020 1:55pm
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RoddyK05



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Scotland 2004 Defender 90 Td5 SW Yellow

Hmm Got me wondering now about the suitability of using my existing 750s. Does anyone here have experience of fitting them to Blindos, or better still pictures? I really don’t want to have to go down the road of new tyres as well I had to disembowel the piggy bank for the wheels.

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blackwolf



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 DCPU Stornoway Grey

I've only ever run 255/85 BFG KM2 and KM3 on my Blindos, and I do feel 7.50s would be a bit skinny. You don't want the hot hatch "slammed and rimmed" look.

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VVS210



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Think the XZLs Thon is referring to are mine... PM me if you're interested as they're still for sale at the moment, all have around 12mm of tread so barely worn - I only used them in the winter on the shoot.



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Post #832900 23rd May 2020 3:43pm
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Thon



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Keswick Green

Just bear in mind that HD (Wolf) rims are 6.5 inches wide and are absolutely fine with 7.50 XZLs so the stretch to 7 inch wide rims is only 6mm more each side. Not a fat hairy lot really. I'd also listen to the advice of the tyre fitting shop you go to because I am sure they've been asked to do way more extreme stretches by yoofs wanting that specific look.

Post #832928 23rd May 2020 5:31pm
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