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MG Midget and Sprite Technical - Rear Spring Part

There is a part that holds the leaves of the rear sping together. Its steel with rubber inside it and wraps around the layers at intervals on the spring.
Does anyone know where I can get the part from? looked on the usual Moss, Sussex, Hive, MGOC, and in general to no avail.
I know that they are not absolutely necessasary for MOT pass however I also know that in my youth old lany owners replaced them when they broke.
Any leads or even pointers for what they are called so I can search for them much appreciated.
Dave Squire - Notts

there was a thread that included this information so I'm afraid it's an Archive search
Nigel Atkins

Hi -

Those are called rebound clips, and no, they aren't accessible from the usual suspects. But you can get them from sources like this:

But unfortunately, the midget springs are narrower than their narrowest pre-bent clips. SO...

I was able to get some flat clip stock from those folks and bend them to shape as needed. It wasn't that hard, as I used cardstock to make bending templates for each location, then marked the clips and bent them in my vice. I also had to drill a hole in each one for the locating pins, then form the end so I could insert it into the lock hole and bend it over.

They also have rolls of the rubber pad material.

But they're in the US of A, so you may want to check with a similar source "over there."

Gryf Ketcherside

Why do they have the rubber material fitted?

For example pre-war cars usualy don't have the rubber material.
And I think it would give less sideways flex without
Onno K

Great Gryf, rebound clips it is.
I am sure I will find someone over here. I originate from the place that made parts for the old Britich Car manufacturers and family is still there. If I can't I am used to dealing with the time difference.
It would be a good story line 'I dealt with Motown companies for Midget parts' ;-).
Thanks all once more.
Cheers, Dave
Dave Squire - Notts

The spring place (in another thread, can't remember the name of them but they're well known) would probably have/make those clips
Nigel Atkins


These may be able to help:

Clive Berry []

Brost Forge Motorspring Service, Islington, N7 [0207 607 2311]

or point you in the right direction.

Doug Plumb

Thanks all,

The penny dropped in my braincase that I need a road spring manufacturer to make the part and Midland Motor Springs are just a few miles away down the main road. In fact I go past the buildings they are in at least twice a week!
If I take them a clip they will make some to match for me that I can put on while the springs are still on the car.

Thanks for all your efforts; its always the interaction with you guys that helps my brain work to find a solution.
Dave Squire - Notts

Not sure if Clive can be of assistance.
He offered to make a new batch of springs a long time ago and has never been heard of again....
Onno K

This thread was discussed between 23/10/2012 and 24/10/2012

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