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Started to clean up the wire wheels today. Started with the spare tire and found the chrome is completely shot. I like the look but understand that Jaguar didn’t even put these on from the factory. I don’t know if the cost to fix these is worth it. Looking for suggestions for different wheels. What should this car have had from the factory? Howe big can I go with wheels?
 
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I would stick to any wheels offered for the XJS from beginning to end of production, and they would look complementary to the car. Go aftermarket or bigger than 16 inches and the aesthetics suffer greatly IMO.

I really like the Wheels fitted to XJR-S and available for 94-96 models. I think they compliment all XJS’s from beginning to end of production




I used to be a big fan of the 94-96 V12 wheels but have since changed my mind. While the wheels themselves are quite beautiful, I do not think they compliment the car too well anymore.



TBH, I don’t even care for my 95 5 spokes anymore. I feel like towards the end they where trying to “modernize” the car with ill-fitting wheels.
 

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An '84 would've come with the 'Starfish' alloy wheels, 15x6.5"



 
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A 1984 XJS came with 15" Starfish 5-spokes



Tyre Size was 235/60 VR15.

16" wheels were fitted to later facelift cars with 225/60 or 225/55 tyres.

If you want to go non-standard, I believe there are some 17" wheels that were fitted to later saloon models that may fit.

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The starfish wheels, shown above look great, but tyres in the correct size and speed rating are extremely expensive and not easy to find. The later 16 inch 5 spoke factory wheels look great and they allow a much greater and far cheaper tyre choice. For example (I am not advertising the car, just showing the link for the pic):
https://www.classic-trader.com/fr/vo...-0/1994/166830
 
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Originally Posted by ptjs1 View Post
A 1984 XJS came with 15" Starfish 5-spokes



Tyre Size was 235/60 VR15.

Slight correction, Paul.

Jaguar used 215/70 tires on the Starfish wheels. The 235/60 was used later, 1988-89, with the Lattice wheels

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I really like that red car. Those wheels look great. Seem hard to find though.

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I would stick to any wheels offered for the XJS from beginning to end of production, and they would look complementary to the car. Go aftermarket or bigger than 16 inches and the aesthetics suffer greatly IMO.

I really like the Wheels fitted to XJR-S and available for 94-96 models. I think they compliment all XJS’s from beginning to end of production




I used to be a big fan of the 94-96 V12 wheels but have since changed my mind. While the wheels themselves are quite beautiful, I do not think they compliment the car too well anymore.



TBH, I don’t even care for my 95 5 spokes anymore. I feel like towards the end they where trying to “modernize” the car with ill-fitting wheels.
 
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I really like that red car. Those wheels look great. Seem hard to find though.
Not too hard too find. I think a member is parting a car that happens to have those wheel. Not sure if they are still available, however.
 
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I like the wheels on the red car also. Does anybody know if X300 dimpled alloy wheels will fit the XJS?
 
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I like the wheels on the red car also. Does anybody know if X300 dimpled alloy wheels will fit the XJS?
If you mean the Kiwi’s , yes they were a standard. XJS option
 
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From the facelift period I think most wheels where shared with the XJ40 and later the X300. I think the only wheels that where unique to the XJS, where the 5 spokes.
 
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Here's my '84 with starfish and 235-70R15's on the rear.


 
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Honeycomb rims are best.



or BBS RS rims if youv got money to burn.



You can also have a shop blast off the **** chrome and replate, its not that expensive.
 

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I love that BBS jag. Looks awesome!
 
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That bbs coupe is amazing . Any idea the size of the rims and tires. Appear to be 19”
 
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That bbs coupe is amazing . Any idea the size of the rims and tires. Appear to be 19”
I talked to the guy some time ago as I was in love the moment I saw it and had to know more, here was his reply:



Hello,

Thanks! The car is an original red Jaguar color. The wheels are:



Redrilled BBS RS wheels

18x8” et15 (1.5” lip)

18x10” et22 (2.5” lip)



Suspension is Fortune Auto. Unfortunately you can not make a plug and play bolt on kit since this car uses antiquated 1960's suspension technology and design. There where roughly 100 hours of custom fabrication work to make the suspension sit as it is. At $100 of shop labor per hour its extremely cost prohibitive to offer as a suspension solution to the masses unfortunately. Not much for forums, we can offer this type of service for your car however as previously stated, the cost to do this is astronomical. If you are still interested I can work up a quote for you. We would need the car to be dropped off for roughly 4 weeks.



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Terry Awad

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The only thing I didn't like was the implication the suspension on the XJS was antiquated!

Given the wheel size increase I'm not even sure if its actually lower then stock? Not sure what they spent 100hrs of labour on lol it still has alot of clearance under the car there.
 

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If you want to go "classic" there is a nice set of Kent's in the Marketplace.
 
 
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