At Wolfitt we don't just talk racing...

As a direct result of demand we have put together a number of simple kits designed to improve your Triumph sports car.

It is assumed you have a degree of mechanical understanding and competence. All kits are supplied with fitting instructions and if you are in any doubt about fitting any of these components yourself, you should refer to a qualified mechanic for assistance. Alternatively please ask if you would prefer for us to fit them for you.

Small Triumph = Spitfire GT6 Herald and Vitesse (includes Small Triumph based production cars and kits).

Please note: Because of change in my VAT status, I can no longer deduct VAT for non-UK sales, sorry.

Email or phone on 07734 360963 or 01462 713690

Description

For which car?

Competition wheel stud and nut kit TR7, TR8 and small Triumph with some modification
Front suspension bolts Small Triumphs
Adjustable radius arm Spitfire and GT6
Anti roll bar drop links Small Triumphs
Adjustable rear vertical link kit Small Triumphs
Front subframe spacer kit TR7, TR8
Long-bolt front suspension mounts Small Triumphs
4-Link suspension arms TR7 and TR8
Racers' consumables Any and all

 

Competition wheel studs and nuts - stronger and longer

Triumph TR7, TR8 - these are longer than standard fitment and have taper nuts.
Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Herald, Vitesse and small Triumph chassis based kit cars - longer and stronger.

The problem (1) It is very common to see broken wheel studs on Spitfires and GT6s - the cars came from the factory on rather small 3/8" UNF studs and over the years many have become fatigued and they can break (see below). (2) Alloy wheels often require longer wheel studs.


Typical sheared Spitfire wheel stud on a road car

The solution The kit consists of 16 x M12 thread wheel studs and chromed, open backed nuts. They are a straight replacement on all the cars listed and as well as being longer, are far stronger than those originally fitted on small Triumphs. Highly recommended for any form of competition use. Longer studs also allow the use of spacers behind the wheel or alloy wheels, where the wheel is often much thicker than on the steel wheel it is replacing.


Top is a standard Spitfire wheel stud and open backed nut; bottom are those supplied in the kit.
The kit consists of 16 new studs and 16 new chrome plated, open-backed nuts
(dome nuts are available to order at the same price)

Beware: Wheel trims may not fit if this kit is used, however most forms of competition forbid the use of nave plates, hub caps, trim rings etc. I don't like dome nuts as they can bottom out on the stud giving a false torque reading (if this happens the studs would need to be trimmed to suit). Also scrutineers don't like dome nuts as they cannot see how much thread is entering the nut. Front hubs will have to be separated from the brake disc and rear hubs pulled from the shaft to fit this kit.

In order to fit these to a small Triumph you may need to grind a chamfer on the retaining head, to ensure the stud clears the brake disk (front) and shoes (rear). This can be done for you by any engineering company local to you, however I have fitted loads of these as-is without any problem whatsoever.

Wheel stud and nut kit: 70
(which is less than reproduced standard ones!)

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Front suspension bolts (upper and lower)

Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Herald, Vitesse and small Triumph chassis based kit cars

The problem The standard bolt is not long enough, so the thread is used as a bearing surface which can lead to appalling and dangerous wear on the bolt. (see pictures)


Standard bolt (unbelievable that this was acceptable to Triumph)


Typical bolt wear - this came from a car which had passed an MOT!


Wolfitt spec bolt with the shank passing through the entire mounting bracket.
Each bolt is supplied with a new nyloc nut and washers to ensure that the bolt does not stall
on the shank. Bolts can be trimmed to length if required.

The solution Bolts which are the correct length! For this application, we do not supply 'bright' bolts which have been zinc plated. The plating process weakens the bolt as it goes through two heat processes - zinc application then de-brittling.

These bolts can also be used on the rear radius arms on non-rotoflex small Triumphs but more washers may be required, as the mounting bracket on the body and front of the vertical link is typically slightly narrower than those on the front suspension. 

Front suspension bolts:
 Kit (8 bolts, 8 nyloc nuts and 16 washers) 4.00

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Adjustable rear radius arms

Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Herald and Vitesse

The problem The standard tubular radius arm has a rubber bush each end and, in the case of the Spitfire, is not adjustable in length other than by adding or removing shims behind the body mount. 

The solution This kit provides a pair of adjustable radius arms allowing fine adjustment of the length of the arm which is essential for accurate setup of suspension. The compliance offered by the rubber bushes is replaced by the control of rod-end bearings. Each arm is fitted with a left hand and right hand rod end, so the length can be adjusted in-situ by slackening the lock nuts and twisting the bar. 


Standard Spitfire radius arm with adjustable unit shown below

The Spitfire arms use high strength, three piece 3/8" x 3/8" rod-ends and are constructed such that with the rod-ends set to their mid position, the fitted length of the arm is the same as the standard rubber-bushed item. 

The GT6 Roto-flex arms use high strength, three piece 7/16" x 7/16" rod-ends and are constructed such that with the rod-ends set to their mid position, the fitted length of the arm is the same as would be required on a GT6 to set roughly parallel rear wheels.

Alternatively the radius arms can be supplied as a weld-it-yourself kit


Available as a weld-it-yourself kit if you prefer - just state how long you want the tube to be
(can work out cheaper as you just buy the parts you want - see unit prices bottom of page)

Bespoke length items can be made to order, such as for Herald, Vitesse, kit cars or for use as Panhard or Watts linkage rods. Rods/arms using 1/2" x 1/2" rod-end bearings are also available.

Adjustable rear radius arms kits (pair) - includes arms and all nuts, bolts, washers and spacers.
for Spitfire (or Herald / Vitesse / GT6 with swing axles): 92
for Roto-flex GT6: 104
(spares parts are available individually)

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Anti roll bar drop links - rod end conversion

Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Herald, Vitesse and small Triumph chassis based kit cars

The problem The anti-roll bar drop links on a small Triumph are fixed length which makes it impossible to set the anti roll bar correctly (unless you are unbelievably lucky) and one end has a simple rubber bush which is perfectly OK for the road but not suitable for racing and the other end has a weird ball-in-rubber joint!

The  solution This simple kit gives you the parts you need to adapt your current set up to use a pair of rod end bearings each side. The kit includes four rod end bearings and all the nuts, washers and spacers needed to fit them. It requires the use of your existing studs in the end of the anti-roll bar or alternatively longer type inlet/exhaust manifold studs.


Showing one side only - the kit has all the parts for both sides.

Anti roll bar drop link kit: 45
(spares parts are available individually)

Note: These rod-ends are extremely strong, however please do not use these rod ends on other suspension applications - they are designed for use on applications such as anti-roll bar links and gear linkages.

Anti-roll bar drop links are back in stock - same price 45 per set plus delivery

Buy 1 set with UK/BFPO delivery (48)
Buy 1 set with Europe delivery (50)
Buy 1 set with USA, Australia or New Zealand delivery (53)

 

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Adjustable rear vertical link kit

Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Herald, Vitesse and small Triumph chassis based kit cars fitted with swing axles
(Not suitable for roto-flex cars)

The problem Setting the rear wheel camber on a swing axle car (whether swing spring or fixed spring) can be a tricky affair. To get the best from your tyres you need to set the amount of camber fairly accurately and the standard setup has no method of adjustment. Several methods are already available, typically by using a de-arched spring, a spacer between the diff casing and spring or by using shortened rear vertical links, however these do not give you the ability to make fine adjustments.  


Adjustable rear link kit once welded in place

The solution Rather than simply shortening the rear link, this weld-in kit allows you to modify your existing rear vertical links to make them length adjustable. You'll simply need to trim the tops off each existing  vertical link and slot them to receive threaded inserts (two inserts per vertical link). The inserts are carefully positioned using the spring as a guide and welded into place. The exact position you choose is up to you, but the instruction sheet provided gives some suggestions and explains how to calculate geometry changes. Once the kit is fitted you'll have about 15mm of length adjustment.

It goes without saying that the welding should be of a good quality and undertaken by a suitably good operator. 

Adjustable rear vertical link kit: 80
4 threaded inserts, 4 high strength rod-end bearings with locknuts
2 'long' top bolts with nyloc nuts
(spares parts are available individually)

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Front subframe spacer kit

Triumph TR7 and TR8

The problem: When fitting a Rover V8 engine to a TR7 the upper part of the engine (normally the carburettors or air filter) can foul the bonnet. 

The solution This kit lowers the subframe by 12mm giving that all-important extra clearance space. The knock-on effect is that it also lowers the car's centre of gravity (COG) which is good for handling. 

For racing it's possible (and not uncommon) to space further - up to 30mm is possible without having to alter the length of the lower steering column. More than 30mm and you may have to increase the length of the steering column which involves getting a proper welding job done. You will need to ensure that you do not introduce bump-steer or more likely, foul the top of the inboard end of the lower suspension link on the subframe.

The off-the-shelf kit spaces the subframe by 12mm, if you want to go further then please contact us so we can understand your requirements and make up spacers as required and ensure we supply suitable length bolts which you can trim to length as and if required. Stacking multiple spacers is generally not a good idea unless they are pinned together, as shear forces can make the stack slide like when you push the top of a deck of cards.

Front subframe spacer kit - 12mm
4 longer HT bolts, 4 nyloc nuts and 4 aluminium spacers  20
(Bespoke length spacers and bolts made to order from 30)

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Long-bolt front suspension mounts

Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Herald, Vitesse and small Triumph chassis based kit cars

The problem If you want to increase the amount of negative camber on the front of the car by using more shims it does not take many before you run out of thread on the mounting bolt - I have seen more than a few cars where the front suspension is held on with only 2 or 3 thread turns.

The solution These long bolt mounts are modified with an over-length bolt allowing for plenty more adjustment.

Long-bolt front suspension mounts
40 for a set of 4 (exchange unit required or surcharge applies) - supplied with new nyloc nut and washer
(There is a 5 surcharge for each mount if no exchange unit is supplied)

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4-link rear suspension arms

Triumph TR7 and TR8

The problem The standard TR7/TR8 has very heavy, non-adjustable rear radius arms and tie bars fitted with very compliant rubber bushes.

The solution These rod-end suspension arms replace the standard radius arms and give much better axle location and they can be adjusted in length too. Fitted with a pair of high strength 1/2" x 1/2" rod end bearings (one l/h and one r/h) they are ideal for competition cars where axle setup accuracy is important. These tubes are made such that at their shortest length they are the same centre-to-centre length as the standard arms and each one is supplied with the necessary bolts, washers and side spacers. Other lengths available to order.

Note To use these arms your car MUST be fitted with coil-over-shock rear suspension and should have the location points on the car's body shell reinforced. The existing body mounting holes will have to be enlarged from 7/16" to 1/2".

4-link rear suspension arm kit
Contact me for a price...

Available as a weld-it-yourself kit if you prefer - just state how long you want the tubes to be
(can work out cheaper as you just buy the parts you want - see unit prices at bottom of page)

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Racers' consumables

Steel tube
General purpose CDS (Cold Drawn Seamless) tube. Available in lengths up to 4 metres but the longest which can be sent by post/courier is 1.5 metres. Sold by the metre. 

1" o/d 12 swg wall thickness - 7.60 metre
20.64mm o/d 16.64 mm i/d  - 7.35 metre

Rod end bearings - 3 piece, precision high strength (tech spec available)

3/8" x 3/8" UNF l/h or r/h male

12

3/8" x 3/8" UNF r/h female

14

   

   

Rod end accessories

Jam nuts - zinc plated, left or right handed

40p each

Side spacers - zinc plated

1.00 each

Threaded tube inserts - 40mm length. 3/8" UNF, 7/16" UNF or 1/2" UNF left or right hand thread available

4.90 each

 

Nyloc UNF nuts

1/4" UNF 

(7/16 AF spanner)

pack of 10

1.10

5/16" UNF

(1/2 AF spanner)

pack of 10

1.10

3/8" UNF

(9/16 AF Spanner)

pack of 10

1.60

7/16" UNF

(5/8 AF Spanner)

pack of 10

2.10

1/2" UNF T-nuts

(11/16 AF Spanner)

25p each

Metric plain nuts

M8

pack of 20

1.30

 

Steel BZP washers

Type

Thickness (approx)

o/a diameter (approx)

5/16" light

1.25mm

19mm (3/4")

pack of 40 

1.25

3/8" heavy 

1.9mm

22mm (7/8")

pack of 40 

1.50

7/16" heavy

   

pack of 20

1.00

1/2" heavy 

2.5mm

27.5mm 

pack of 20 

1.50

 

Notes:

Bolts and set screws A bolt has a shank, a set screw has thread all the way up to the head.

BZP Bright Zinc Plated

All prices include VAT

 

 

 

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