care with adverts for "bargain" RV8 brake discs!
Holmes spotted an advert on eBay for RV8 replacement front brake
discs at bargain prices but discovered they were not RV8 discs.
Later he spotted an advert on eBay from MG Services Heathrow
offering genuine RV8 discs which included a warning for RV8
enthusiasts to avoid discs offered on eBay by some traders.
They are not RV8 discs but quite probably Rover 800 discs. (Jul
The text of the MG Services Heathrow warning on eBay includes
the photograph alongside and the following statements:
"Look at the photograph - these are genuine RV8 discs,
anything else does not fit. The correct size of the original
RV8 disc is 272mm diameter and 26mm thick. The Rover 800 brake
discs are 262mm diameter and only 21mm thick and have a raised
flange in the centre of the disc of 30.2 mm. The RV8 disc does
not have a raised or stepped flange - it is flat as you can
see in the photo. The original part number for the RV8 disc
is GBD90838 - there are no other numbers. The bad news
is the correct RV8 disc retails at £129.37 and it comes
from the only UK source - the British Motor Heritage plant at
MG Services Heathrow identify several traders who are offering
what MGSH claim to be the wrong dics for the RV8 at prices as
little as £44 a pair. MGSH also mention they have been
contacting these traders over 18 months bringing the problem
to the traders' attention, but still the adverts are on display.
Recently yet another trader has advertised the discs and claims
they can to fit an RV8.
RV8 front brake dics. (Photo: MG services Heathrow)
in Australia responded to the V8BB thread saying "as one
of the several traders on eBay selling RV8 discs (in Australia)
I can assure you that my discs are 100% accurate to the original
spec brake discs except that they are zinc passivated for corrosion
protection and less than half the price. I know of the trader
you mention and have emailed a couple of times to tell him he
is wrong. The problem is that the RV8 disc is wrongly described
in the Quinton Hazell brake disc catalogue. If you actually
check the dimensions from MG Services Heathrow you will find
the thickness listed is incorrect according to the RV8 Workshop
Manual. I have customers in Australia who also own Rover 800
discs. They are less than usless here and a bit expensive to
return. That is why we had them made."
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