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Thread: P38 Transmission Viscous Coupling Supply

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    P38 Transmission Viscous Coupling Supply

    I had a chat with Dave Ashcroft re the supply of the transmission viscous couplings for P38s.


    He tells me they are looking at remanufacturing them ie making a new side plate to replace the worn female spline and refilling with fluid.

    This is good news.

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    I was told the same thing a few months ago and that is indeed good news! I drive around with a second hand unit right now and I do not feel comfortable not having spares

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    I had a chat with Dave Ashcroft re the supply of the transmission viscous couplings for P38s.


    He tells me they are looking at remanufacturing them ie making a new side plate to replace the worn female spline and refilling with fluid.

    This is good news.
    So, this will also fit/work on the LSE and other so fitted RRC?
    Dan - MY04 D2a TD5 auto Classic (2nd engine @ 153K) set up for touring
    Bessie - MY95 RRC LSE Vogue SoftDash with MY99 TD5 and 4HP24 transplant

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    My understanding is that they are interchangeable. Perhaps some one in the know may post a definitive answer.

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    Yes they are interchangeable, they've the same part number.

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    Yes indeed, my information is that they are the same VC. Both murder the VC. The only difference being the Classic will also kill the output shaft, but leaves the chain with only "normal" wear, whereas the same box in the P38 is easier on the shaft, but stretches & chews the chain. And cogs.

    Nobody knows 'Why' ...

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    They are different boxes, but the p38 being heavier with more torque is likely the culprit.
    I hate to think how much torque is going through the chain in lowrange sometimes!

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    Bit of an update here.

    I had a bit of a decko at the Ashcroft website wondering where they were up to with their re-manufactured Viscous Couplings project. The good news is that these are now available and listed on their website.

    See - Ashcroft Transmissions

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    I... can't find the VC's? The link you provided shows us torque converters which is not the same thing

    I tried a quick search but it only turned up a freelander unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prelude View Post
    I... can't find the VC's? The link you provided shows us torque converters which is not the same thing

    I tried a quick search but it only turned up a freelander unit.
    You are spot on Prelude. I saw what I wanted to see and got it wrong. Appreciate the correction.

    However there is some good news from Superquag re the Viscous Coupling availability.

    3rd May 2017, 06:12 PM #23
    Quote Originally Posted by superquag View Post

    Good News !
    Received a reply from Ashcrofts UK, they plan on re-building the VC, so check their website next week, when they hope to have them listed.
    Yes - that is good news. Thanks for the update.

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