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Postby Daz » Thu May 16, 2013 11:31 am

What are those abbreviations that turn up in the old manuals, OS NSF when refering to position on car & wheels?

is it Near Side & Opposie Side ? and just for me is the drivers side near or opposite?
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Postby MM » Thu May 16, 2013 12:01 pm

OS = Offside (i.e., driver's side)

NSF = Nearside Front (i.e., passenger side front)

I suppose the Nearside bit refers to the side nearest the kerb.
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Postby Big Al » Thu May 16, 2013 12:39 pm

MM:93772 wrote:OS = Offside (i.e., driver's side)

NSF = Nearside Front (i.e., passenger side front)

I suppose the Nearside bit refers to the side nearest the kerb.


Can't use left side or right side as some choose to drive on the wrong side of the road...  :wink:  :lol:
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Postby Custard » Thu May 16, 2013 1:08 pm

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Left and right would be the same in any country, whereas nearside and offside is not.

However if you use left and right you then have to qualify whether it is from the drivers seat or stood at the front looking towards it.

Nearside or offside is the same whichever way you look at the car.

So I suppose it depends on where the manual you are reading was written/printed.

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Postby Daz » Thu May 16, 2013 1:10 pm

but thats exactly where it starts to do my head in, Left and Right are always the same when seated in the car no matter what country. however near side is the one that changes according to side of the road, but is it near kerb or near driver? I agree with MM but does the guy in the spare parts supplier know that?
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Postby Custard » Thu May 16, 2013 1:21 pm

Nearside, is near the kerb as far as we are concerned in Britain.

All our MOT sheets that use NSF and OSF etc are used on that basis.

However not being "well travelled" I am not sure what happens in other countries.

Obviously if you are using the same manual as us when it quotes NSF it is our Near Side Front i.e. passenger side of a Right Hand drive car.

In most cases the parts would be the same as things where a left hand thread are used would be the same irrespective of what side the steering wheel was, because they are dependent on the direction of rotation.

Other parts that are specific are usually marked in the parts books as for LHD (left hand drive).

You could always check with the parts suppliers to see if the numbers differ for the opposite side and if they don't you have nothing to worry about.

Any local suppliers may have a cross reference to the original part number.

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Postby Davidward » Thu May 16, 2013 1:49 pm

Big Al:93775 wrote:Can't use left side or right side as some choose to drive on the wrong side of the road...  :wink:  :lol:

Thankfully Daz drives on the same side as us but upside down...

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Postby Ian McDougall » Thu May 16, 2013 3:02 pm

volkswagen and audi parts ( and i would assume all other manufacturers )  are listed as l/h and r/h as sitting in the car, whether driver is on the left or right of car
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Postby MM » Thu May 16, 2013 3:55 pm

Daz:93781 wrote:but thats exactly where it starts to do my head in, Left and Right are always the same when seated in the car no matter what country. however near side is the one that changes according to side of the road, but is it near kerb or near driver? I agree with MM but does the guy in the spare parts supplier know that?


I tend to double-check with them when ordering parts, stating driver side or passenger side, etc. :wink:
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