with V8s fitted with an RV8 front suspension and crossmember
Julian Holmes (Red 1541) from Hampshire fitted an RV8 crossmember
and front suspension to his Factory MGBGTV8 a few years ago
but during a recent tyre change at a local tyre fitter a problem
occurred - the result is a useful a warning for fellow members
with an RV8 front suspension upgrade. (Mar
Owners of MGBV8s fitted with an RV8 front cross-member beware!
The threads on the original Factory MGBGTV8 wheel nuts are 1/2"
imperial and the threads on RV8 wheel studs are 12mm metric.
Although the wheel nuts will tighten up, the difference in threads
does pose a potential safety issue that owners need to be aware
MGB studs can be fitted to the RV8 hubs. However, the removal
of the existing hubs from the car can turn into a bit of an
epic, if the sealed bearings dont
come off in one piece! After stripping a wheel nut and stud
during a Kwikfit tyre change, Steve at Clive Wheatley mgv8parts
highlighted the difference in threads and has supplied a new
hub which he has fitted with original MGB studs. My intention
is to remove the hub with the stripped thread, fit the new
hub, then replace the studs on the original hub and in turn
refit that one to the other side of the car. I hope this highlights
a possible problem as a warning for fellow members with an
RV8 front suspension upgrade.
Remember an earlier V8 Workshop Note from Jeff Ward
on the importance of using a protective Wall Drive socket
on the special plated sleeved wheel nuts fitted to the original
Factory MGBGTV8 model. V8NOTE291