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New style road wheels on Challenger 2 tanks
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Warszawa, Poland
Joined: March 26, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 07:15 PM UTC
I just noticed interesting modification on some Challenger 2 tanks. Someone must have decided that old style Chally 2 road wheels were too heavy and added lightening holes to them. Or maybe too much mud got stuck in wheels and those are supposed to be mud relief holes?... Check photos below (from http://plain-military.tripod.com).

Last photo is interesting, because the tank has a mixture of new and old wheels on it.

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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: May 21, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 07:54 PM UTC
Outstanding photos Vodnik ! Alway good to see some nice NATO armor out there

Cheers !

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United Kingdom
Joined: May 14, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 08:00 PM UTC
interesting photos pawel,

to me they look far too small to be lightening holes, or to allow mud to escape, so i would say (as i usual for the MOD) it is most likeliy a cost cutting measure,

maybe the new style is cheaper to produce?


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Oregon, United States
Joined: March 13, 2004
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Posted: Monday, July 19, 2004 - 10:48 AM UTC
heh uses less metal for every 100 wheels made an extra can be made for nothing compaired with the old ones

Going by if it is the MoD cutting costs
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European Union
Joined: March 09, 2003
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Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:21 AM UTC
Now, who will be the first out with Resin replacements?

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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: January 29, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 04:07 AM UTC
The roadwheels with the holes in were trail roadwheels what were trailed at the demo sqn at Warminster and they last longer than the old type.