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RV8 Gear Lever Gaiter Problem/Solution
I thought members may be interested in a solution to a gear lever gaiter problem on my RV8.

Following fitting of a new rubber gaiter, I was having trouble with my gear lever getting into/jumping out of 2nd/4th gear. I was provided with some valuable advice to resolve this problem by V8 Register/Burblers members Terry Starkey and his colleagues Max Porter & John Cumming using David Sutcliffe’s system of fabricating an aluminium plate to move the rubber gaiter backwards. At the time I decided to do some research into other rubber gaiters that are available, and was fortunate to come across one that was more or less identical in the shape of the base, but taller and more flexible, than the standard MG B version used on the RV8. The gaiter is from the English/early Australian Mini Moke, which do not have a remote type gear lever. These are generally available on eBay, or directly from the following company:

M Parts Ltd
Albion Works
Vale Business Park
CF71 7PF
Tel: 01446 775293

The base only requires the drilling of four holes in the rubber (using the securing ring as a template) to push the fixing screws through. The gaiter slides relatively easy over the larger diameter section/joint on gear lever, with a little WD-40 for encouragement (rather than the normal ‘grapple’ with the tight MG B gaiter), but provides a tight fit/seal onto the shaft when in place. The gaiter sits nicely in its final position on the gear lever, with no stretching or stress caused to the rubber when moving the gear lever. The cost for the gaiter (approximately £22 plus postage) is somewhat higher than for the standard MG B gaiter, but it certainly represents a worthwhile investment, and hopefully it should not split towards the base like the standard gaiter often does.

I have driven the RV8 a few times since making the modification and changing gear with the new gaiter, and Terry’s lovely Burr Elm gear knob, is just ‘sublime’!
Jon Buckley
16/06/2012 @  15:45
Under topic: RV8
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