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rubber ring / gasket

Postby Lotussi » Fri 31.01.2020, 10:19

Hi All,
Anyone know what the rubber ring / gasket that goes around here is called?
How does it look like?
and where to get it?
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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby Bern » Fri 31.01.2020, 11:04

I think I got one of these for mine:

Austin Healey Sprite Tank ring

I'm not 100% sure, but I think I got the tip from here so somebody will probably correct me if I'm wrong! It's not a perfect fit, but it's OK!
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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby MPx » Fri 31.01.2020, 11:32

Its the air intake pipe (or plenum) grommet. SJ Sportscars do a replacement part SJ100L0001 and you may even find they have a real Lotus one but most of us have found that they are old and don't last very long. I learnt on here that the Sprite/Midget fuel filler neck grommet is the same size, and cheaper, and more robust and usually available on Scambay.... here. That's what I've had fitted for the last few years.


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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby Lotussi » Wed 05.02.2020, 11:38

Awesome!
Thank you
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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby dapinky » Wed 05.02.2020, 15:32

Many (many many!) years ago I did a Group Buy for these rubber rings from SJ's (ended up with about 60 of the bloody things for distribution at Donington)....

... they were not as robust as the OE ones fitted to the cars, but better than a cracked or mnissing original.

Mine lasted about 5 years before showing signs of cracking - it is still intact, but looking a little past its best.

I intended to get another one, but it got put into the 'I'll do it one of these days....' basket and promptly forgotten.

This thread has spurred me on to search the internet tirelessly for nearly 3 minutes, and i have seen the part advertised from "MGB Hive" for £3.

Obviously, to buy one leads to inflated P&P charges (as is standard!), but as with many sellers, they will offer a 'free P&P' subject to a minimum order.

Now, the astute amongst you will know where this is going (yes - to somewhere I never wanted to venture again!!!!).

Just to clarify, I have NOT spoken to the company, I cannot claim that the item is brilliant and will last forever - and I don't know if they have 1 unit or a box with 5 gross sitting on the shelf (you youngsters, and non-Brits may need to google what that means :lol: :lol: ).

I know that I can fit one in an envelope, but whether that envelope fits through the slot in the post office for a letter, large letter or small parcel, I cannot say. (well, I can have a good guess, as it won't be less than 5mm thick.... up to 25mm will be a 'large letter', and over that is a parcel.... so i would expect it to be a 'Large Letter'. Up to 100g attracts a postage charge of 83p and if it is over that, then £1.32.

Add in the cost of an envelope (not a lot) and I would expect it to be either a quid, or maybe a quid and a half (if over 100g).

Bulk orders charged at rate of postage, NOT necesarily as above. (or collect at Castle Combe for no postage option).

So.....

before i contact the company to see about stock availability, how many am I looking at? Is it just one for me, or does anyone else want a replacement? I will need at least 8 buyers to benefit from free delivery to my address.

Oh, and before it starts to get too complicated, I am prepared to post overseas, but would need to research costs for that, so it may be better to buy one in your own country if they are availlable for a reasonable cost...... Part number is AHA 5445.

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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby M100TURBOFR » Wed 05.02.2020, 17:19

I'll take one. Postage would be to France.


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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby esprit888 » Wed 05.02.2020, 17:53

I'll take two! Postage would be to Canada.


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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby TorqueHorse » Thu 06.02.2020, 06:07

Looks like there is another signup thread under group buys here
So, I'll take myself off this list and I can run point on the North America buy

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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby Rambo » Thu 06.02.2020, 08:29

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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby Lotussi » Thu 06.02.2020, 12:50

Hi Dapinky

I'll take 1!
-postage to Germany
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Re: rubber ring / gasket

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Thu 06.02.2020, 22:59

Not trying to kill the enthusiasm for the Sprite part, I want to point out that all of the cars have their HVAC air intake on the left hand side of the area behind where the induction pipe goes through.

Because the Sprite ring does NOT seal the to the pipe (and the seal at the body is also not very good), the potential to have the HVAC system pick up "contaminated" air from the engine compartment is highly possible.

I bought 4 expecting to have a few spares for future needs. There are only 3 or 4 of them now - I don't remember where I put the one I tried and rejected. I assume it is a box with my MG parts now.

If anyone in the US wants one of the Moss Motors "280-105" grommets, I would be willing to offer them for $3.00 each plus $5.00 first class postage to any of the 50 contiguous states.

If you want more than one, fine, but I would have to recalculate the shipping cost. .

UK/Europe shipping is too crazy for a small package since the customs and duty forms are a pain.
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