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alcoa7v8
thomas vagasy

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Panasports for mgb
Posted by: alcoa7v8
Date: September 03, 2018 02:58PM

What is the widest 15" panasport and tire combo that can be used on a rubber bumper 1980 B


RDMG
Dave R
Northern Virginia
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1979 MGB 4.6L Rover V8

Re: Panasports for mgb
Posted by: RDMG
Date: September 20, 2018 10:34AM

Id look on mgexp for several threads on this, but I think the safe answer is 15x6 with 195/60r15 tires.

Some MGBs can handle 15x7 wheels, but not all. Apparently the factory was not precise when welding brackets onto the rear axle, and some cars have rear axles that are up to 1/2 off center. In any case, 15x7s require a very specific offset, but Im not sure what that is. Turning up the rear fender lips may be required.

Theres a guy selling VTO wheels that are a very close match to panasports at a fraction of the price.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Panasports for mgb
Posted by: rficalora
Date: September 20, 2018 11:08PM

Wait for Graham to chime in. Pretty sure he fit 205's or maybe 225's on his before he switched to a 4-link rear. He should be able to give you the wheel size including offset or backspace and tire size.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Panasports for mgb
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: September 21, 2018 10:16AM

As Rob has mentioned, I have 15x7 Panasports with 22mm offset and currently shod with 205/55R15 Yoko S-Drives. Prior to these I had 225/50R15 Goodrich T/A's.
In a perfect world with the axle centred between the wheel wells, 195's should work with no fender lip mods - anything above (205/215/225) , I'd expect some lip removal/rework....but no rework to the axle bump stop.
If your axle is not centered, then the above does not apply!
On the front, depending on tire size, I'd expect some possible interference with the front sway bar at full lock (I have that condition on mine)
15x7 Panasport.jpg


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
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10/25/2007 11:30AM

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1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Panasports for mgb
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: September 21, 2018 10:54AM

Hi Graham,

What is your rear axle width out of curiosity?


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Panasports for mgb
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: September 21, 2018 12:49PM

Per my old notes: 51-11/16" across the rotors.
IIRC I had Moser essentially duplicate the std MG bolt on axle width.

EDIT: Found some other notes that suggests 51.0" across axle flanges - that implies that rotor hat thickness is 11/32".



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/21/2018 01:31PM by ex-tyke.


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