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  • SundanceUK created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Just a brief comment on the new Toyo TR1 tyres I have recently fitted on my TF (16 inch wheels).

    Previously I found a bit of wander on the Falken 914's that I had fitted before I replaced them with the new tread pattern TR1 Toyos. That has completely disappeared with the new Toyo treads. The Falkens were good in the wet and dry but the slight wandering did get me thinking that I may have had an issue with the car....

    I replaced the rears first and last week I had the fronts changed over so I had a full set.

    When I had the tyres fitted, I inspected the sidewall on them and found it to be extremely substantial, much improved on the T1-R tyres that the new TR1's replaced.

    I have just completed the FRL 2020 run, travelling down from Staffordshire, driving around the M25 and returning back up the M1 and M6 all during the extreme conditions of storm Denis.

    The new Toyo tyres performed absolutely fantastic with superb road holding and stability, even with the excessive surface water experienced over the last couple of days. I have total confidence in the wet and dry performance of these tyres, much better than the Falkens and a mile better than the old pattern T1-R Toyo tyres.

    I can fully recommend these tyres on the 16 inch wheels. In 16 years of TF driving, these are the best tyres I have driven on.



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  • Hello and welcome to the T-bar.
    Enjoy your time here with some of the best MG peeps in the known universe!

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  • I had a similar issue on my old TF 135 a few years ago, to the excess of the accelerator cable actually sticking with the pedal on full press!
    It was due to the ambient temperature and I found that water ingress was freezing up the cable on the inside. With temperatures over 3 degrees and once the car had warmed up, everything was ok.
    May be time for a new accelerator cable......

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  • SundanceUK replied to the topic Tired of Tyres? in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I have had a couple of Toyo TR1's on the rear for the last few months and they seem fine. Currently still got Falkens on the front, but I have two Toyo's on order for the front and these will be fitted on Tuesday along with a new wheel - courtesy of the local council potholes!

    I find the TR1's a much better handling and driving tyre than the predecessor T1-R which I tried on my 16" wheels and removed after about a month, I had no confidence in them at all.
    I am thinking Toyo were aware of the sidewall issues on the new Malaysian T1-R's and have superseded them with the new TR1 pattern.
    Only downside is the tread pattern which does look a bit awkward as the asymmetrical tread does not mirror image itself between left and right hand wheels.

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  • SundanceUK replied to the topic Sods Law in MGF/TF Pitstop
    MGFnTFbitz will supply and fit a door, they will more than likely have one in your colour and they have a regular mechanic who works for them who will swap them over. Think the doors are not too pricey either, so you may be able to get a bit more inconvenience money in your pocket.

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  • Had my coolant level alarm starting to flash when cornering, so looks like a slight drop in the level. My alarm is a homemade contactless sensor that fixes to the outside of the expansion tank and will activate when the level drops to exactly just under the halfway seam on the tank.
    I put in half a cupful to get the level back up to where I normally like it.
    As a precaution I decided to check the integrity of the coolant system with my pressure test kit.
    Pumped up to just over 1 bar pressure and left the system pressurised for 15 minutes. Happy to report no loss in pressure, so will put the loss of coolant down to venting of the expansion tank cap over the last 12 months or so.
    The testing kit is a great item and cost me less than £30 from Ebay. Well worth the money and it will do most makes of cars.

    Sundance

    Testing the system...


    Pressure test kit...
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  • SundanceUK created a new forum post in The T Bar
    Just a quick mention of a chance to bid on a unique painting of your F or TF in aid of the FRL 2020 charity run.
    An artist friend who painted my TF for me has agreed to do a commission for the winning bidder of the auction listed on the FRL Facebook page.

    I attach a couple of pictures of my painting so the bidders know what they are bidding on. This is a fantastic opportunity to obtain a lovely and unique water colour on canvas painting of your beloved MG. A link to the Facebook page is below.

    Sundance

    www.facebook.com/groups/263347754076335/?ref=bookmarks



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  • SundanceUK replied to the topic TF Woes :-( in MGF/TF Pitstop
    At fifteen years old, I would think that your TF is due a new set of coil packs and plug leads, new plugs too if they have not been replaced in the last five years. If you old battery has failed, then you are in a majority club, my battery is only 6 months old and will drain this time of year if I do not start it at least once a week and let the engine run for a while to keep the charge up in the battery.
    If you have a more serious drain on the battery then I would first be looking at the wiring in the boot where it hinges. A simple multimeter test on the battery will tell you if your alternator is working ok. Test the battery with a DC voltmeter when the car is not running, you should have a reading of somewhere between 12 and 13 volts.
    Start the engine and the voltage across the battery terminals should go up to somewhere between 13.5 and 14.2 volts. This tells you that the alternator is charging the battery at a higher voltage than the battery's nominal potential.
    Regarding the coolant tank, get the engine cover off and have a real good look for leaks, if you can get the system pressure tested which will tell you if you have got a leak straight away. There are a lot of hoses on a TF and any one could be the culprit, but usual suspects are the plastic tee connector close to the coolant tank, the water pump, heater matrix and radiator. I bought a pressure testing kit fro Ebay for £27 and it will do most cars on the market, so will come in good use for many years to come.
    Finally if you are really struggling, the mobile mechanics are probably the cheapest and best way to get your car back up and running, they carry a comprehensive stock of parts and are usually a lot cheaper than local garages, who may not be that familiar with the brand.

    Good luck, oh if you are close to stoke on trent, you may pop over and use my pressure tester if you like.

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