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MG Midget and Sprite Technical - Axle Strap quality

Just been doing some pre MOT checks and for the second time the drivers(right hand) axle strap has snapped. Not sure where I got the lady one from but wondered if there are /have been issues with the quality. Either way who would you suggest as a preferred supplier?

Cheers

Tony
Tony Brough

Strapping Lad:

https://sites.google.com/site/strappingladshop/mgb-axle-straps



Norm

Norm Kerr

Nigel has often reported problems with his rubbers
Guy W

The quality of new straps is cr@p, by all accounts.

John Twist is also selling the on ebay.

The problem with importing from the States is the cost of shipping, not to mention the import duty.

I had thought about getting some made locally.
Dave O'Neill2

Thanks for the link Norm.

Dave, let me know if you get a local source to manufacture some.

Tony Brough

http://sites.google.com/site/strappingladshop/mgb-axle-straps


Here is your modified link without the troublesome (s)

Granted its expensive shipping and taxes, from usa to the uk but the currancy exchange rate is almost criminal...on thursaday it may have hit $1.70 in your favor

Why buy china, when you can just take from us at will, cor next to nothing on your end

Prop
Prop and the Blackhole Midget

http://sites.google.com/site/strappingladshop/mgb-axle-straps


Here is your modified link without the troublesome (s)

Granted its expensive shipping and taxes, from usa to the uk but the currancy exchange rate is almost criminal...on thursaday it may have hit $1.70 in your favor

Why buy china, when you can just take from us at will, cor next to nothing on your end

Prop
Prop and the Blackhole Midget

Looks like strapping lad is $30, converted to GBP... comes to 17.76 £

Almost half off

Prop

Prop and the Blackhole Midget

Hmmm, shipping to UK comes up at a mere $3
Dave O'Neill2

I've just ordered some, I'll let you know more when they arrive.
Tony Brough

axle straps are on my list of confirmed rubbish rubber parts

I've not bought any new so have no personal experience with these particular p*ss poorly made modern parts but IIRC at least one person that used them said there was no reinforcing in the ones they got (IIRC)

you certainly need to check any modern made rubber parts you've fitted well before the MoT for crazing, cracking and splitting

some of these parts only last a matter of hours, days and weeks others can last months before showing any signs

I don't know what difference daring to actually use the car makes to the longevity of these parts but it can't help so keep your use of the car to a minimum to help extend the short life of these parts
Nigel Atkins

I bought some from Sports Car Supplies about 3 years ago. They're still fine, one of them was strong enough to bend the axle strap bracket on the shell.
Rob Armstrong

Those nylon axle straps look the just the job, I have a MGB based kit where the circa 1992 straps have failed and I think I'll have a set for the Sprite as well

Thanks for the link Norm.

Malc
Malc Gilliver

Two sets on the way - midget and frog.
Seems a good idea and should last for "ever"
d brenchley

anybody used these

http://www.richmondclassicscarparts.co.uk/?Page_ID=3610&refpid=11986&id=20119
mark 1500 Lights on at the end of the tunnel

ooh those are interesting. Wonder how strong poly is in tension?
Rob Armstrong

Wow... ive not seen that before

Very interesting, red poly straps
Im liking it

Prop
Prop and the Blackhole Midget

Tarty red suspenders for my car, gotta have - lolol !!!
Malc Gilliver

Will nylon strapping give a harsher / more sudden stop than rubber, potentially stressing the mounting points?
Jeremy Cogman

Like your thinking - maybe the red poly ones would have more 'give'.
Malc Gilliver

I wonder how long poly would last when used in tension. Soft resins that work well in compression might not lend themselves to much durability in tension.

The strength in the OEM straps was their fibre webbing inside. The rubber on them was mostly a coating to protect the fiber mesh. Strapping Lad's straps are similar, but with modern nylon webbing (and nylon thread coating against environmental exposure) they can do well, without the rubber coating.


Norm
Norm Kerr

Tony

Did you get your axle straps?
Dave O'Neill 2

Hi Dave

Yes I did, hopefully I will get round to fitting them soon!



Tony Brough

This thread was discussed between 11/05/2014 and 09/06/2014

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