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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - Rear Telescopic Kit

I have found a very neat kit that allows the use of Monro or adjustable Konis. The main advantage is that it permits a dead straight vertical mounting which gives the best possible performance of the shocks. Anti-tramp kit also from same source fits neatly to it. Picture is available in jpg format
Barrie Robinson

I would like to see /or hear more about this. Is this kit available in Canada?

Pete 67gt
peter plouf

Me too! And with anti-tramp bars no less. Sound way cool. Who offers this kit?

Tom Ammer

The most common complaint regarding rear tube shock conversions is the excessive stiffness of the supplied shocks. Bob Muenchausen has found shocks that give a better ride - I believe they are Monroe "Sensa-Trak", but perhaps Bob will see this and comment.

Anyhow, in my observations, one rarely sees rear shocks mounted vertically in OE applications, and the factory engineers certainly had that design option available to them. Vertical mounting gives the shock/damper maximum leverage on the axle, so in the MGB application the shocks will have to be chosen carefully to avoid the excessive stiffness.

There are a lot of things to do to the rear suspension more important than fitting telescopic shocks.
First do the bushes and then fit a Panhard rod. The racers all use uprated Armstrong lever arms - but if you want to go crazy - try and find some adjustable Armstrongs.
robert pulleyblank

Bob is correct. Vertical is only good in conjunction with the correct shock damping coefficient. This idea of vertical shocks that has gone on for several months is, IMHO, off the mark. A balance between shock (not wheel) travel and damping rate is what is important. The only time a vertical shock could really make a difference is when the shock acted directly through the centerline of the axle, and I have never seen a setup such as this, due to space limitations. If you look at most modern rear wheel drive setups, you will find that angled shocks deployed in a staggered configuration are the most successful, since they control provide damping and control axle windup/tramp.

If a vertical setup is achieved by offsetting the axle mounting points farther from the axle centerline on the same side of the axle in order to utilize the upper mounting points, chances are excellent that the system will suffer severe wheelhop if significant horsepower is applied.
Arthur Shaffer

This thread was discussed between 08/01/2000 and 10/01/2000

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