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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:36 am 
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I reason "IF" the same type of Car Parts "Rubber" was also used in Heavy Construction Equipment that Industry would be in a worst state than it is now.. facts are Road Transport & Construction Equipment ( Mostly ) uses the black items that are fit for purpose because their parts supplier is very aware of the potential for financial loss & Litigation.

The issue is what we as buyers of rubber type parts for our so called classic Minis are prepared to pay?.. the UK supplier of my Mini bits knows i alone cannot afford to sue him.. so i do not expect any time soon to get good quality rubber parts :cry:


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:44 am 
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Someone in the know on one of the motorbike forums was explaining that the crap imported stuff supplied to the car restoration market was because it was made from recycled and then reconstituted granular rubber. And because it was reconstituted you'd never be able to identify the mix - or whether the mix was suitable for what it was being used for. Those big heavy rubberised traffic cones was the example. With a life of about 20 minutes on a good day, who gives a fart!


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 10:11 am 
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rich@minispares.com wrote:
Peter Laidler wrote:
Good job that Durex don't use the same suppliers! I


i doubt you would try and get six years out the same durex though peter........

Durex is a single use product 20 strokes and replace :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:39 am 
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Goldbrocade_62 wrote:
rich@minispares.com wrote:
Peter Laidler wrote:
Good job that Durex don't use the same suppliers! I


i doubt you would try and get six years out the same durex though peter........

Durex is a single use product 20 strokes and replace :lol:


Don't forget Peter has a puncture repair kit :lol:

Back to the covers, thanks for all the inquiries - I will post up when I get some more made

Gordon


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:36 am 
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The problem is that like so many once good things* rubber parts today are just crap. Genuine BMW intake boots are the same. One was so bad that if the throttle was snapped open, the boot would collapse in on itself, stalling the engine, going back to shape once the throttle was released. I have them at 3-4 years old with cracks appearing. The originals lasted 20 years.


*Swarfega is one, now utterly useless.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:48 am 
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My friend James, the industrial chemist and Mk1 Sprite owner tells me that the rubber moulding and casting industry has been hit hard by the ban on certain chemicals such as the old CTChloride and some of the ethers. Maybe Catmint has the answer. If we all bought a set of 4x ball joint covers from him...........


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:23 pm 
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Just be aware that anything in a Unipart box now days is unlikely to be OEM. About a year prior to Mini production ceasing, BMW asked Unipart to forecast a 10 year supply for Mini spare parts. I don't know what that included and if all was manufactured, but regardless, we are now 8 years beyond that 10 year forecast. I noticed this with Ball Joints, that the set I managed to get for my Moke and a spare set (purchased in 2012) were OEM, fitted out of the box and proper hard, however a mate bought a set later that same year and they were nothing in the world like OEM. They needed lapping and are turned, not forged like the originals.

However, this goes well beyond ball joints.

Once the spares started to come in, it was put to tender for warehousing and distribution, which went to Caterpillar. They then established a subsidiary company, X-parts to handle this.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:02 am 
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The EPDM cover's are now available. These are the repro style with the lip. If anyone has a good or NOS MOWOG one I could borrow, I will look into making these as well

https://www.catmint.biz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=107&zenid=r07fevfom9s1qm097d5iivhqp2

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:47 am 
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I have an, as new old mowog cover if you want one. pm me if you want it posted.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:42 am 
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Look spot on, great to see a Mowog one. ;)


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