rubber bump stops on my RV8 had started to crumble and disintegrate (see pictures
below) and were in need of replacement as the bumps stops are an important part
of the suspension. After purchasing a new set of upgraded Polyurethane bump stops
from Clive Wheatley, I could find no reference for the removal and replacement
procedure, hence this note.
RV8 bump stops replacement
Jim Dolbel (Woodcote
Green 1705) from Australia has replaced his bump stops and provides a useful note
for fellow members. (Oct 06)
1. Lift front of vehicle and place stands or supports under the vehicle for safety.
2. Remove both front wheels.
3. Unscrew bump stops - I used a pair of multigrips
to get them started and then continued by hand.
4. The first bump stop removed
easily without any problems. However the second had the nut detached from the
base place (poor spot welding) and continued to turn without unscrewing.
5. I then
had to cut around the top of the bump stop to reveal the base plate and cut through
the rubber penetrating the plate - see pictures above and below.
6. Once this
is done, the rubber bump stop removes easily exposing the base plate and securing
7. I then used 14mm socket to remove the nut and base plate.
Fitting New Bump Stop
8. Lightly lubricate exposed stud and screw on new
bump stop by hand until firmly in place.
9. Do not use multigrips or pliers
to tighten as they will damage the new bump stops.
10. Replace the front wheels.
11. Remove the stands / supports from under the vehicle.
12. Lower the vehicle
13. Tension the wheel nuts - job complete.
note: Many thanks to Clive Wheatley for reproducing these Bump Stops in an upgraded
material as the originals are clearly not up to the task and are NLA.
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