[Healeys] Michelin 180/ R15 XAS tires Fill up the wheel well too much and rub on late 67 BJ8

Keith Pennell llennep at verizon.net
Wed Feb 19 15:54:51 MST 2020

FWIW; I have been running 1/4 inch spacers behind the hubs on the rear of my BJ8 for over 40 years.  No problems - no lost wheels either!!  :)  On really hard cornering the tires have slight rub on the two bolts which mount the bump stop boxes.I run Jaguar 72 spoke wires which have more/less offset (not sure which) than stock Healey wheels so the need for more clearance for tires.  For many many years I ran 185/15 Michelin Redlines but now have 185/15 Vredenstein from Hendrix.Again FWIWKeith

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Begani <rfbegani at gmail.com>
To: healeys <healeys at autox.team.net>
Sent: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 5:39 pm
Subject: [Healeys] Michelin 180/ R15 XAS tires Fill up the wheel well too much and rub on late 67 BJ8


I decided to use the larger 180/R XAS because those of you who owned them
indicated they fill up the wheel well and do not rub.  The first 100 miles I
did not hear or feel any rubbing until  I took a couple of sharp turns and
heard rubbing on the rear tires.  Because I am replacing the fuel pump, I
had the opportunity to look carefully at the cause of the rubbing.  On the
right rear wheel the rubbing is evident at the edge of the dog leg as you
can see in first picture.  My dog legs have been repaired during the frame
off restoration with a skin panel and the dimensions may not be original.  

Last picture the lower part of the panel is 9 1/2 inches to the door frame.
The  one on the other side is 9 1/8 inches long. As you can see the gap with
the wheel in the second to last picture.  It has a larger gap than the right
side.  However, that dog leg shows wear also.  As you can see in the second
picture inside the dog leg skin on the right side attaches to the frame on
an angle.  I am proposing slicing off one inch of skin.  I have a friend who
is an artist with a cutoff saw, can weld a bead on anything and create a
rolled edge.  What would you say to this fix?

Also, on the inside of the wheel well you can see the nut holding the radius
arm sticks out from the indentation into the well and shows light rubbing on
the tire.  I am proposing cutting off the excess thread and then giving it a
smooth dressing which would not disturb the strength of the bolt and or
cause it to unscrew.  What do you think of this fix?

Of course, a little paint afterwards.  

I like the ride of the tires and the feel of the road.  I want to keep them.


Bob Begani

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