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by Rob Bell
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: Buying an MGF
Replies: 23
Views: 261

Re: Buying an MGF

It'll help pedal feel. The original rubber brake hoses may be past their best too: I replaced with braided hoses years ago :) To improve braking further, consider different brake pads. Chances are you've got eBay cheapies. Plus they may be glazed. My preference is towards grooved discs as this reduc...
by Rob Bell
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: Taipan air filter
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Re: Taipan air filter

I agree: you could mount it in either location, but under the car is much dustier (you'll frequently need to clean the filter) and there is the risk of drawing water if you encounter deep standing water...
by Rob Bell
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: Full body tonneau cover
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Full body tonneau cover

I had one of these on my triumph and loved it. Would like to get one for mine too: if anyone gets one made, let me know! :D
by Rob Bell
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: How do I replace the rear subframe mounts?
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: How do I replace the rear subframe mounts?

I dare say that it wasn't a prime design consideration, as replacement of the mounts would only be necessary well after the end of the specified design life of the vehicle, which I reckon is typically 10-15 years... Actually, they might have designed the car so it lasts until the end of the warranty...
by Rob Bell
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: VVC Head Cambelt
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: VVC Head Cambelt

Cam or crank Matty?

I sympathise with your predicament - and many on-line instructions are misleading bodges I fear...
by Rob Bell
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: How do I replace the rear subframe mounts?
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: How do I replace the rear subframe mounts?

MGF mounts tend to last longer because the rubber fills the void that on the TF remains exposed and fills with water and mud to rot it out... :( Getting into the enclosed box section is no easy task. Next time I drop the subframe, I'll drill some exploratory holes - and may be tap for a grease nippl...
by Rob Bell
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: Lucas 5AS fob programming
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: Lucas 5AS fob programming

flyingbanana wrote:Anyone with pscan could do it.

As above: a pscan can pair a mismatched 5AS and MEMS combination without problem :)

Worth getting one of these widgets for diagnostic uses anyway, and it covers all the ECUs on the car (including EPAS!)
by Rob Bell
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: MG TF : deactivate power steering
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: MG TF : deactivate power steering

Oh, and yes, EPAS is speed sensitive, and supposedly switches off at over about 50mph, but there is a discernible difference between the EPAS being on and being actually switched off by cutting the power - I wonder whether although the EPAS column motor is not actually "assisting" at speed...
by Rob Bell
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: MG TF : deactivate power steering
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: MG TF : deactivate power steering

The Shed runs the even faster TF rack with a non-EPAS steering column :) I use sticky tyres too, but the car does weigh a little less than standard, so I don't find that the steering loads are too bad. But yes, it reminds me of an early 90s hot hatch (I had a Mk2 Golf GTI and a Peugeot 205 GTi back ...
by Rob Bell
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: Exhaust repair
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Exhaust repair

:lol: I know what you mean. The paste may silence things for you to get the mojo back to have another look at it! :)
by Rob Bell
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: MG TF : deactivate power steering
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: MG TF : deactivate power steering

Good idea!

For Project Shed, I went the whole hog and ditched the all EPAS hardware and fitted a non-EPAS steering column (surprisingly difficult to find!). Saved over 6kg in weight in the process though. :)
by Rob Bell
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: Overheating Issues MGF VVC
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: Overheating Issues MGF VVC

For the past 6 months the engine temp gauge has been intermittently increasing when stationary after a long run. The temp gauge has also risen to about 3/4 a couple of times if I have left the car to warm up. The car normal temp (well what I have known) is just under half. The front fan does kick i...
by Rob Bell
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: Buying an MGF
Replies: 23
Views: 261

Re: Buying an MGF

Is it possible to pump a lowered car up too high and get the normal ride-height? Don't want to do that by mistake.

Yes, but you'd need probably 500+psi to achieve that with lowering knuckles. I've known that mistake to have been perpetrated before... :o
by Rob Bell
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: Exhaust repair
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Exhaust repair

I brought a used mk2 exhaust with an adapter joint to fit a mk1 and it's that joint that is blowing slightly, I don't really want to start undoing the bolts as they'll probably break, so thought it would be easier just to apply some paste to fill the gap... I'll have a look at firegum Sadly, that's...
by Rob Bell
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: SP performance exhaust
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: SP performance exhaust

Not so rare, but the SP Supersport exhaust (later sold under Milltek branding by Brown and Gammons et al) is a lovely thing and gives a useful extra 5bhp when we did the rolling road tests for MG World Magazine back in the day :D
by Rob Bell
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: Buying an MGF
Replies: 23
Views: 261

Re: Buying an MGF

Exactly as Geoff says - if the hydragas cone has been shortened, or lowering knuckles have been fitted, then the final ride height when you have 400psi of pressure in the system will be the clearest evidence you need without having to look at the suspension in any detail. Lowered cars typically sit ...
by Rob Bell
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: MGF MK1 wheel nuts
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: MGF MK1 wheel nuts

I seem to recall seeing this information on a thread on here - might be worth a quick search dunkle?
by Rob Bell
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: MGF Trophy rebuild
Replies: 50
Views: 1548

Re: MGF Trophy rebuild

I have their 280mm rotors all round on the Shed - been really impressed with them so far :) :thumbsu:

My other MGF has 304 front, and VHS 266 rear. I'm wondering about either 304/280 or 304/304 front/rear...
by Rob Bell
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: EBC Yellow Stuff brake pads
Replies: 11
Views: 191

Re: EBC Yellow Stuff brake pads

I didn't fit them last week in the end: racing on Sunday and figured that there was little chance of getting them bedded in on time. Will do them this week. There also feels like there may be some air in the system, so a re-bleed is also on the cards... And at the risk of this thread morphing into a...
by Rob Bell
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: General Board - Sponsored by MG Rover Solutions
Topic: TF Race Car Build
Replies: 214
Views: 5953

Re: TF Race Car Build

An now my inevitable question: where did that lip spoiler come from? It looks like one of the universal spoilers on eBay? Looks good to me, and should do the job. Although, as you have the same racing hard top as I do, I don't know what the airflow down to the boot lid surface is like. I've been mea...

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