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SILENTBLOC BUSHING is Too Short -- FT-017
At 08:19 PM 6/17/04 +0200, Jørgen Hedetoft from Denmark wrote:
>"In process of renovation of the leaf spring [on MGA] I fit a new silentbloc bush [purchased from Moss Europe, London] ...., after refitting the spring, I can now move it sideways from site to site! ....
>".... the old bush measure 2 , the new one only 1.907
>"After fitting a flat steel washer in both site of the silentbloc I can now use it without any play, but it is not a complete satisfactorily solution."
Original part = 2.000 inchs long
New part = 1.907 inchs long
Space left inside of front spring mount
Flat washers used to take up loose space
Moss Motors, US, notified on June 17, 2004. Moss Motors, Europe also to be notified.
ADDENDUM August 12, 2004:
Report from Moss Motors. Parts in inventory have been measured, and it is confirmed that they are too short. Parts from Victoria British have also been checked, and are also too short, also from the same supplier. This part is procured from "the British Motor Heritage approved supplier of leaf springs". It is also included as part of the MGA springs from the same "approved" supplier. It is not clear if there will be any correction from the supplier in the near future (but we will keep trying). Alternative source has not been found (yet).
It is also checked and confirmed that the frame brackets on the MGA will not bend inward enough to capture this foreshortened bushing, leaving the spring free to float sideways when the bolt is tightened, which is definitely not acceptable.
For an interim fix Moss Motors will measure the bushings in inventory, and also the bushings in any springs in inventory. They will then include with every part shipped an appropriate thickness hardened steel spacer washer to make up the correct length for the bushing center tube, and an instruction sheet explaining how to use the spacer.
A single spacer on one side will suffice. A latteral displacement up to 1/16" will not affect the function of the suspension. This appears to be the best and only reasonable solution at this time. If you have any of these parts in your posession, please check the length, and use an appropriate spacer for assembly. I will post any additional information here as it acrues.
ADDENDUM April, 2006:
At 12:58 AM 4/26/06, Tommy Baker in Tokyo, Japan, wrote:
"I picked up a pair of the Silentbloc bushings from Scarborough Faire and they are too short as well."
That's three for three, so the distributors.must be all using the same supplier, and it'a not fixed yet.