And so I finally “acquired” (there is more to this,read on) 4 Jaguar XJS 8jx16 lattice wheels to put on my XJC.
Obviously they fit impeccably to the rear outboard brakes XJS rear axle assembly that is waiting patiently to be fitted to the car.
Now, the front is a different matter, since the rim fouls the steering rod end. So it will need spacers. I read that 6mm will do the trick. But where to get 120.65 hub centric spacers in 6mm thickness? Any suggestions?
Now for the story. So I “acquired” 4 of these wheels as a set, back in January. They were immediately shipped from the UK by TNT and arrived in the US a couple of days later. Between January and February, they were apparently (tracking website refers) moved from a warehouse to another a countless number of times and eventually disappeared by mid-February, into the US customs vortex.
After a great number of phone calls to FedEx and TNT, the wheels were declared lost, somewhere inside the belly of US customs and I was advised to file an insurance claim…
Contacting US customs was surprisingly easy (although the phone number on their website is no longer in service). They told me that I should expect a 45 BUSINESS days lead-time… They also emailed me that the shipment was not in their possession, had never been, that in fact it does not even exist.
Yesterday, totally unexpectedly, FedEx delivered to my door ONE wheel (hence the photos above taken this morning). Yes ONE f&%#ing wheel!! So I rushed to the FedEx depot last night. After much poking around his computer (because the TNT tracking number does not match the FedEx system… although FedEx recently bought TNT), the fella figured that wheels 2 and cleared customs some time ago in Memphis TN, while wheel no.4 is still awaiting clearance. All 3 items are with US customs in Memphis.
Now, in the middle of this experience, my head is bursting with questions, and I am overwhelmed with a deep pessimism over the future of our species. How can so much go so wrong? To be continued…
how on earth did the whole thing get split? In fact, when we mail car wheels we can hardly put more than two into one box, but for a trans-atlantic shipment I would have assumed that a carrier shipped them in a container as an entire set.
Let’s hope that the rest will follow suit and the wheels find a new home!
Apart from that your pic looks like a lot more than 6 mm are needed to clear the steering rod end. It may be due to perspective, but the angle of the rim rather suggests an inch to be in line with the steering rod.
I contemplated some later wheels for our XJ6. Same issue as OP - binding on the tie rod ends. In the state of New South Wales wheel spacers are illegal unless they came as OE. Went for a nice set of Kent wheels instead. Paul.