Prado 120 - Spare wheel with BFG drama

Submitted: Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 12:18
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Hi,

I have a 2005 KZJ120 Prado GXL. It came with Alloy rims with Grantrek 265/65/R17.

I just bought a set of 5 Steel Sunraysia rims and 5 BFG 265/70/R17 from Bob Jane.

Big problem: The new wheel/tyre doesn't fit on the wheel carrier because of the new size!!

Bob Jane couldn't (wouldn't) help out with the problem and I have spoken to ARB and they are going to make some spacers (and new bolts?) to bring the carrier out 10mm or so. I hope this works.

Just wanted to find out if anyone else has had the same or similar problem and what their solution was.

Any other suggestions welcome!
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Reply By: Stan (VIC) - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 13:10

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 13:10
Spacer is what most people use...
check out www.pradopoint.com
and www.lcool.org it's been covered there...
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Follow Up By: Juzzy - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 14:51

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 14:51
Hi Stan,

I have searched high and low on these websites for information specific to the spare wheel carrier and come up with nothing.

Are these spacers you mention something common, easy to get or do they have to be made?
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Reply By: Scoof - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 13:16

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 13:16
Hi Juzzy

I have no answers for you, just a question are the new rims the same width and offset as the standard rims.If so why buy new rims.

I want to do the same as you but I have a 2005 Pajero.

I wonder if I will run into the same headache as you.

Cheers Scoof. (SA)
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Follow Up By: Juzzy - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 14:03

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 14:03
I think (I'm new to all this) that the Alloys were 7.5J width (is that 7.5 inches?) and the Steel rims were 8.0J.

I bought steel rims for outback travel as I have been told by quite a few people that Alloys can crack and can be scratched up if changing tyres using tyre irons/beaders.
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Follow Up By: Scoof - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 14:22

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 14:22
That would be right, if you need a spacer it would be 12mm difference between the 2 rim sizes. 7 1/2" to 8'' approx 12.5mm or 1/2''

So I will just fit the tyres to my alloy's and take a chance I think , normally just plug the punchers anyway.

Cheers Scoof (SA)
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Reply By: Member - Drew T (Melbourne) - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:51

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:51
I bought some alloy wheel spacers off ebay australia to fix the problem. Cost about $20 plus postage from memory. They are multi-fit & come in a pair so you use one or two of them depending what thickness you need.

Just had a quick squizz on ebay & found something similar .. have a look at Item number: 110093330138 as an example

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Follow Up By: Juzzy - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:57

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:57
Did you have the same issue as me? I would need two of these thick I think.

Do you put these between the car panel and the spare wheel bracket?

Did you need new longer bolts as well?
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Follow Up By: Member - Drew T (Melbourne) - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 18:17

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 18:17
i have 265/70/17 tyres on the original alloy rims & the tyre 'rubs' against the back door. i needed both of the 6mm spacers .. just place them on loose between the wheel and the door. you don't need longer bolts as there is enough thread left
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Reply By: Member - Drew T (Melbourne) - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:56

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:56
actually i think i bought Item Number 140087847766

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Reply By: AJs Prado - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 22:17

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 22:17
I'm running same BFGs on the alloy rim. I just used Supercheap 1/2" spring washers on each spare stud to get it away from the door. The problem is the left side and down where the door shapes outwards.

I'm assuming that you have removed the plastic shroud which also has to come off with the 265/70/17 as well?
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Reply By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 at 20:56

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 at 20:56
Hows it going Juzzy,

Had the same problem but on a Patrol,

Bought a thick nylon cutting board and cut it to be approx the same shape as the part of the rear wheel mount that touchs your car , drill holes as required , get bolts that are longer by the same amount that your spacer is thick than normal bolts from auto parts store.

Whole exercise cost about $10 , equivilant from ARB $90.

Hope this helps you out,
Glenn.
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