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    Default Steel wheels for OEM hubcaps.

    Good morning- new member, first post.
    After a long search I finally came across my Z project- a low rust, relatively unmolested 71 240z.
    It came wi horrible mags, and I'd like to install the original factory hubcaps (already have a set). Are there any aftermarket steel wheels with proper bolt pattern and offset? I don't need OEM wheels- but I definitely want OEM fit.
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    Go with period style Libra replicas , better choice since you are not after a 100% original car.
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    Are these rims? Where would I find them?

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    Ok- just found them. This isn't what I'm looking for. I'm trying to find a straight forward pressed steel wheel that will take the original Z hubcaps.
    Thanks!

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    The bolt pattern is 4-114.30 with 195/70-14 tire size. You might could find some on e-bay? or call Direct Tire or Tire Rack.

    Seems like I've read an older Altima's spare fits our cars.
    1972 240Z #918 New Sight Orange
    1977 280Z #305 Light Blue Metallic
    1972 240Z #110 Persimmons Red

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    Aside from bolt pattern and wheel size, what the OP needs is the diameter of the part of the wheel that the hubcap clips into. I can measure this later today, although I have 1973 wheels which are 4x114.3mm, 14x5" (yours are probably 4.5" wide) and I have the orange-centered, "Z" hubcaps. Do you have the hubcaps with the large chrome D in the center? Here are a couple pics:

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    (sorry, don't know why those are posting as different sizes - here's the link to the site with both pics: Details About 240Z Hubcaps)

    It may just be more correct/easier to source original wheels that have the correct size, width and offset.. unless they're prohibitively expensive.

    PS, OEM steel wheels have an offset of +15mm (at least for the 1973) so I believe you'd need a 14x4.5 et15

    PPS - welcome to the forums, and we'd love to see pics! Sounds like you found a great car.
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    I think I have 4 steel wheels from an early 260z. I'm not sure of the offsets, but I can check if you are interested.
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    Osteopath,
    Try the search function on the site and you may find more information. An original steel wheel for your car is part number 40300-E4400 which is a 5-J x 14 size. 40300-E4600 is a 5-1/2 J x 14 optional wheel originally offered. They look like the pictures I have attached - black exterior / silver interior. Originally, the tire offered was a 175 SR-14 tubeless radial or a 175 HR-14. I'm currently not aware that this size is manufactured anymore, however 185 and 195 sizes are available and they fit fine. Wheels were encoded with a date of manufacture. If you are particularly nit-picky, you would want a wheel set date stamped prior to your month and year of manufacture, but once the hubcap is on, no one will be able to discern. I seriously doubt that Nissan has these wheels available so your search is probably going to include eBay and junk yards. Look out for rust. I had my sets refurbished several years ago for about $75 / wheel.
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    ^I believe the 5J wheels became available in 1972. The OP's 1971 car would have been built with 4- J x 14. Although if your very early cars have 5" wide wheels, I could be convinced I'm wrong! My info comes from Arne and he's pretty good with wheel/tire topics. That being said, I don't think the OP is overly concerned about originality, he just wants the OE hubcaps to fit the car.
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    Yep, I agree. The 4-1/2" wheel is 40300-E4100. My US parts book shows just the 5" and 5-1/2" and my Japanese parts book lists the 4-1/2" wheel for the L20 series cars. It shows the 5" wheel for the L24 series and the 5-1/2" wheel for the PZ series. In terms of fit for the wheel cover, I have never heard of a successful fit for anything other than the stock steel wheel.
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    Default Re: steel wheels

    I have a set of libre wheels 4sale.....contact me@ chuckster_1254@yahoo.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by The osteopath View Post
    This isn't what I'm looking for. I'm trying to find a straight forward pressed steel wheel that will take the original Z hubcaps.
    Thanks!
    Just sayin.
    Brian
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    What wheels tires and hubcaps came on the 1971 FairladyZ-L car in Japan? Same as 26th-Z posted above?

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    I'll check my 10/69 Fairlady Z-L later on today, when I get time.
    10/69 Fairlady ZL 5-speed
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