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7.30.2 - Wire Wheels ( December 3, 2001 )

The question about fitting wire wheels to modern Jaguar often comes back as a number of people like the way they look even on the late model cars.

Over the years, Wire Wheels have improved greatly and are now stronger, available in larger sizes and even in tubeless configuration where a special rubber seal is fitted over the end of spoke making the rim airtight. The leading manufacturer of wire wheels is Dayton who offer a variety of size and even finishes... like those gold things you see on low riders...

Jaguar has stopped fitting wire wheels to its saloons when the XJ40 was introduced for reason which now go beyond aesthetics. The factory official stance is that the new Jaguar are too heavy and that wire wheels can not safely cope with the weight, suspension design and performance of an XJ40 or X300.

While you can purchase the appropriate size wire wheel from Dayton, it is not recommended from a safety point of view.


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