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b x front hubs

Post by mikesg » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:13 pm

Hi folks
Can anyone tell me if's ok to fit an ABS front hub to a non ABS hub, please?. Would the abs ring impede fitment?
Thank you in advance
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Re: b x front hubs

Post by Kitch » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:50 pm

Fit a hub to a hub? :? :lol:

If you mean, can you fit an ABS driveshaft to a non-ABS car, then yes, provided you've got the splines matched etc.

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Re: b x front hubs

Post by mikesg » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:52 pm

Thanks for reply. I need to replace front o/s hub on my Cit 19d tgd, which has non abs brakes. I have the chance to buy a new, old stock, complete unit but the part number of the new hub is that of an abs fitted bx. Before I buy this hub I need to make certain if poss, that it would be suitable for my non abs car? That is the question. I hope that makes sense.

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Re: b x front hubs

Post by JayW » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:58 pm

There is no technical difference between the two, except that possibly the non has no sensor hole drilled.

In any case, it will fit just fine, they are the same.
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Re: b x front hubs

Post by Kitch » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:58 pm

Ok, and is it actually the hub (flange - bit the disc and wheel bolt to) or the upright/knuckle (at the bottom of the strut) you're referring to?

AFAIK, the hubs are all the same (other than the number of splines, only way is to count yours and compare) and as Jay said, the upright would have a hole in it for the ABS sensor, but that wouldn't stop you being able to use it.

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Re: b x front hubs

Post by themildbunch » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:58 am

..that_

But possibly a bit of a waste as ABS hubs are likely more rare than non ABS hubs..
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Re: b x front hubs

Post by KevR » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:13 pm

AFAIK it'll fit, but why do you need a whole hub? Unless it's physically damaged, then surely it'll be cheaper to just replace wheel bearing and ball joint in the one you've got...?
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Re: b x front hubs

Post by mikesg » Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:24 pm

Right, here we go. I have fitted both arb links also the n/s ball joint to my car. The problem is the o/s ball joint. Despite using a 6ft scaffold pipe, heat gun & a chisel, it will not budge and I don't have the facilities to use other methods (vice, bench etc). As it happened when doing a web search I came across 2 new old stock complete units ( bearings & ball joints) for £80 each. So I thought i'd have one to fit to my car after removing the old hub. On checking the part number with my local Cit agent, it came up for models with ABS' As my tub doesn't have ABS, I needed to confirm the suitability for a non abs BX. Having been assured by the good old Forum, I decided to buy one of the pair only to find that they've both been sold.
That is the reason for my post. so now I have to find some one with a strong bench and vice etc to remove the ball joint, then I can fit the new one

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Re: b x front hubs

Post by Tinkley » Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:35 pm

AFAIK the hub design was unchanged throughout the model life. The only difference was the introduction of the ABS version, and this may be fitted to a non ABS car. Now vice-versa..... :wink:

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Re: b x front hubs

Post by KevR » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:52 pm

mikesg wrote:Despite using a 6ft scaffold pipe, heat gun & a chisel, it will not budge and I don't have the facilities to use other methods (vice, bench etc).
Ah, that makes sense then. I've never had much luck trying to remove/replace the ball joints in situ - it's soooooo much easier to just take the whole thing off and put it where you can give it a proper clobbering at.... Last pair I did, they'd been on there so long the only way was to use a thin cutting disc to shave away the exposed bit (guts of the ball joint included) which allowed judicious chiselling to shift the rest.

My solution to avoiding having attack it at the car's (or the MoT man's) convenience rather than my own has been to source a spare pair of hubs (cost peanuts) and change wheel bearings and ball joints, and shove them on the shelf. Then when I need to change one in a hurry it's already sorted and I can re-con the old one at my leisure.
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Re: b x front hubs

Post by Jaba » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:46 am

Why don't you just take the removed hub to a garage and ask them to get it out. I have done this a few times when all else has failed.
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Re: b x front hubs

Post by Kitch » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:01 pm

Right, I'm with you now. The problem was the terminology, and using the wrong names for things. Common mistake, in fairness. Also, talk of the ABS ring confused me a bit, as I couldn't figure out why it could be a problem.

So:

Upright (aka Steering Knuckle): The bit you need. Clamps to the bottom of the strut, wheel bearings pressed into it, lower ball/swivel joints screwed into it etc. Non ABS unit and ABS unit the same, except for a small hole used for locating the ABS sensor.

Hub (aka Hub Flange): The bit the wheel and brake disc bolt to. Presses into the inside of the wheel bearing. ABS or non-ABS makes no difference, but there are two versions with different numbers of splines fitted (e.g. if you bought a used one complete inside a used upright, you might find your driveshaft doesn't fit)

Stub axle/outer CV Joint (same thing on a BX): The splined bit that passes into the hub, houses the outer CV joint on the driveshaft.


Back to the issue, get it down to a garage, leave it with them and tell them you'll bring them some cash. They'll get it out. I've managed to get some real rotters out over the years, but I'm assuming I'm miles away from you!