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

richard mayor boyracer466 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 20 09:32:15 MST 2020

The panhard bar is there to keep the rear axle centered  when cornering.
Check your panhard bar bushings. I put the Michelin 180 XAS tires on my BT7
last Spring and I drove it all summer with no rubbing. Even entered the All
British Field Meet autocross at PIR in September. Drove the car really hard
and took first place. No rubbing.

On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 1:43 PM Robert Begani <rfbegani at gmail.com> wrote:

> Listeners:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Bob Begani
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