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GordonW
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Rear Hub Nuts

Please tell me there is an alternative (and cheaper) source of these than the £16 odd quid per nut  Caterham require????

 

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Try Redline, Ford or car spares shop. Or reuse original with thread sealant.
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Anyone tried those from KitCarDirect? Seem remarkably good value almost on the too good to be true scale....

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I did once source cheaper nuts for drive shafts I use in the Mini racing we do. OME where a similar price to the Caterham Item.  After a few failures with cheap ones (failing to stay tight) we just started reusing old ones, or fitting new OE quality, which proved more reliable. After a bearing failure, or two, they don't seem so expensive.

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David, point well made, not sure why I pursue the money saving mission over critical items like this, Redline saved me a few quid and hopefully assured quality.

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Hub nuts £8.40 + VAT each from Redline.

You can re use Nylocs as long as they pass the turn down check. Turn the nut down the respective thread by hand until it stops.  Do not force - just finger tight. If the top of the nut nut is no more than flush with the end of the shaft/bolt it will be OK to re use.

BUT as the drive shaft nut is a 'Jesus Nut' I would replace with new. I always do.

The reason for the name? Because when it comes loose or falls off that is the only exclamation to be heard!

'Jesus Nut' was common slang for the nut that held helicopter rotor heads to the drive shaft. I wonder why?

 

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Geoff, I agree with you on the renewal point. Inflation must be rife, they're now £10.40 + each but still way better than Caterham.
 

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Mine were £8.40 +VAT in October last year = £10.08 so not too much of a price rise.

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I'm not complaining but it was £10.40 plus vat.

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John (ex Redline) once told me that you can re use, simply place the nut on a flat surface and then place a lump of flat steel on top of the nut and give the steel a whack with a hammer. Apparently it compresses the nylon where it has been cut by the thread IYSWIM & can be done to any nyloc. Personally I always replace them. 

 

 

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That is a large price rise.
The reason for the rise is demand from the many Seven owners dropping their BMW/Titan diffs for overhaul!