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MikeH
03-28-2006, 08:42 AM
Hi All, Somewhere I saw a list of alternative alloy wheels, mostly Japanese I think, that would work on TR's. Does anyone know where I might find this list? Thanks, Mike

63 TR4 Surrey Top

Alan_Myers
03-28-2006, 05:12 PM
Hi Mike,

I don't know all that much about alternative wheels from other vehicles. But, the bolt pattern is pretty common. The trick is getting it in combination with the right diameter, width and offset.

Most wheels to fit Datsun 240Z will work, but originals are 14". Wider aftermarket wheels for 240Z have more offset than TRs, but might be used in some cases (I just sold a set of 14x7" wheels that were on my TR4 at one time).

Best bet might be a set of Superlites, as advertised here on the Forum. They are darned nice wheels and well-priced compared to KN and expecially Panasport. I do wish all these manufacturers would make a 16x6 wheel for use on TR4. I'd really like to try +1 sizing with 60 or 55 series tires, but seems 16x7 are the narrowest and those are most likely too wide for TR4.

bobh
03-28-2006, 07:11 PM
Mike,
Search for "Space-Saver Spare Tire" posted by TR6Bill. That thread included comments and information on wheels.
As Alan said the bolt pattern is very common. It is 4 bolts on a 4.5 inch pattern. Datsun, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Saab and probably others used this pattern. The problem is the offset. Most of the recent wheels using this pattern are for front wheel drive applications. These generally have a positive offset, which puts the mounting surface out toward the face of the wheel. A negative offset (traditionally rear wheel drive) moves the mounting face further in toward the back or brake side of the wheel. I believe the TR4 used a 0 offset wheel. In order to use to use a wheel with a positive offset you will need an adapter. I've seen adapters for sale on EBay the price is something around $250. If you are looking for a newer style of wheel most likely you will need adapters to make them fit. The thickness of the adapters will depend on the amount of offset you need to compensate.
The additional cost for adapters combined with the cost of a set of used wheels from another car puts the price of this option in the range of a new set of Superlites.
Another consideration, if you are considering the purchase of used wheels, is the chance that the wheels are damaged or require refinishing.