Wheels

For front brake rod and fittings click here; for chain adjusters click here and select your suspension type; for brake pedal, rods and fittings click here; for brake cables, adjusters and front brake cable adjuster lugs click here; rear brake cable adjuster lugs are listed below.

Each type of wheel has been given a reference number as shown in the table below, which should be consulted to discover which wheel you have but please note that there may be many variations within a type, especially those that were used over many years. There are more details under the individual headings. The wheels fitted to the 1929-32 Colts are not listed, please consult a parts book or enquire. On many early models the entire wheel was painted, chrome rims with painted centres first appeared in 1932 but the all painted rims were still listed until 1938; in 1955 the painted centre was dropped. In the early 1926-32 period several tyre sizes were offered but by the early 1930’s all models were fitted with a WM2 x 19” front rim as standard except for the Red Hunters, which had WM1 x 20” until 1955, although pre-war Colts were fitted with a 20” rear tyre and the OG with a 20” front as well. Rear rims were also WM2 x 19” except for the 1937-58 Square Fours, which used WM3 x 18”. As with any other aspect of Ariel it was possible to order whatever could be fitted and was available.

The “Wheel type” is not required when ordering except where indicated, just the part number. Most brake shoes are exchange only, THIS MEANS THAT WE WANT YOUR OLD ONES FIRST.

Description, all use 7” diameter brakes unless noted otherwise.

Years

Wheel Type

Front

Girder fork, sheet steel or cast iron hub, ½” or 9/16” diameter spindle

1926-46

1

Girder fork, OH & most W/NG, 6 ½” brake, ½” diameter spindle, floating brake cam

1939-45

2

Telescopic fork, cast iron half width hub

1946-55

3

Telescopic fork, aluminium alloy full width hub

1956-58

4

Rear

Fixed, rigid frame, half width hub, taper roller bearings

1932-55

5

Fixed, rigid frame, half width hub, taper roller bearings HT only

1955

5a

Fixed, plunger, ½ width hub, ring sprocket (36 hole rim 1939-48, 40 hole 1948-54)

1939-54

6

Fixed, s/arm, ½ width hub, ring sprocket (36 hole rim 1939-48, 40 hole 1948-54)

1954-55

7

3 stud QD (Quickly Detachable), rigid frame, ring sprocket, (optional)

1935-40

8

3 stud QD (Quickly Detachable), rigid frame, ring sprocket, (optional)

1939-40

9

5 stud QD, rigid frame, bolt on ring sprocket, 5 stud, (optional)

1950

10

5 stud QD, plunger frame, bolt on ring sprocket, 5 stud, (optional)

1950

11

5 stud QD, rigid frame, combined sprocket and brake drum, 8”, (optional)

1951-55

12

5 stud QD, plunger frame, combined sprocket and brake drum, 8”, standard on SQ4

1951-58

13

5 stud QD, rigid frame, bolt on ring sprocket, 5 stud, (optional)

1954-55

14

4 stud QD, s/arm frame, full width alloy

1956-58

15

Fixed, s/arm frame, ½ width hub, ring sprocket, with speedometer drive, HT

1956-58

16

Wheel Bearings: All ball type wheel bearings are now supplied with seals fitted as standard, therefore grease retainers are no longer necessary. If the seals are not required, they can be simply removed by prising them out with a screwdriver.

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