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Hub seal - rubber or leather?


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I have just been replacing the front hub seals on my series 2a. Previously, I have only been able to get hold of rubber seals which always seem to be a bit hit and miss to fit squarely, and without distortion.

I managed to get hold of some original spec leather seals, which are housed in a much more robust steel housing, and which seemed to fit very nicely into the hub. They were soaked in oil for a week prior to fitting, and whilst they were tight to fit over the seal track when the hub was fitted, they appear to be sealing well so far.

Whats the forums opinion on leather vs rubber? Do you reckon I will be doing the job again in a short space of time because leather is old fashioned?

Opinions please.

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