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Gear lever grommet

Postby Martin Cridford » 15 Feb 2017 12:10

My RV8 is in need of a new rubber gear lever grommet as the original has now died after 22 years of faithful service. With the console off I've removed the old one which had basically perished into several pieces, but how do I fit the new one?

Under the gear knob there is a thickened section with a cross on the top which I believe to be a rubber filled vibration damper. Because of the diameter of damper I can't see how the new rubber grommet will pass over it to its proper resting position just below, unless I just lather it with Vaseline and give it a hearty shove!
Does the vibration damper come off?
I can't see it being easy to remove the gear lever as a whole either as the bolts are pretty inaccessible and there is an even larger 'ball' on the bottom end.

Can someone advise?

Thanks Martin.
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Re: Gear lever grommet

Postby Max Porter » 15 Feb 2017 17:24

Hi Martin,
The rubber gaiter will go over the vibration damper, it just needs some lubrication and a bit of careful but determined persuasion. As the gear lever is not central to the hole in the gearbox tunnel, I found the tight new gaiter tended to pull the car out of second gear occasionally but this wore off after a while when the gaiter settled in
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Re: Gear lever grommet

Postby Martin Cridford » 15 Feb 2017 17:34

Thanks Max, that helps.
I will now attack it with gusto and ...er..care...if the two can go together!"
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Re: Gear lever grommet

Postby Dave Morris » 16 Feb 2017 23:00

Care is certainly needed Martin. I ended up splitting the first new one I tried to fit...it is quite tricky and a bit more patience than I showed would certainly help. I eventually found two things useful, I used washing up liquid as a lubricant and a couple of thin, blunt rods to help ease the collar over the gear lever...
Good luck!
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Re: Gear lever grommet

Postby Martin Cridford » 17 Feb 2017 08:13

Thanks for your words of wisdom and caution!

I've not tackled it yet but wonder if there is something that will soften the rubber before my attempt?
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Re: Gear lever grommet

Postby Jonathan Buckley » 17 Feb 2017 18:11

Hello Martin,

I'm not sure if this would be of interest, but when I replaced my gear lever gaiter, I used one for a Mini Moke. The base shape/size is the same (just needs some holes made for the fixing screws), and the 'corrugated' section is looser than the the MG B version so allows easier installation, more flexibility and smoother gear changes. I thought that I had posted an article with some photos on this topic, but cannot seem to find it from a search on the Bulletin Board. However, if you would like me to dig-out these details, please let me know.

Regards,

Jon
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Re: Gear lever grommet

Postby Martin Cridford » 17 Feb 2017 19:29

Thanks Jon.

I found this on the old V8 BB.

http://www.v8registerdata.net/viewreply ... ,3,4,7,8,9)

Part No is 24A1443 and is available on eBay for £13 with free delivery.
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