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  • I just replaced the rear panel in my TF for one with a heated glass window - you can get a switch and relay for about thirty quid if you need extras. Check to see if the relay's already fitted as I ordered before I checked the fuse panel and I could have saved the cost of the relay...
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  • Immo1282 replied to the topic Led headlights in MGF/TF Pitstop
    That's true, I will put my hands up and say I've only just realised that this forum is global rather than UK only, so my bad if Keith is not in Europe...
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  • Immo1282 replied to the topic Led headlights in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Just to point out here, aftermarket LED headlamp upgrades are not road legal. You risk invalidating your insurance by fitting LED headlamps, which would cause you a lot more problems than not being able to see as well in the dark... (The law is outdated and I don't agree with it but it is what it is for now). Perhaps a compromise would be higher performance bulbs (which are perfectly legal). There are multiple manufacturers producing halogen lamps with claims of them being much brighter than standard.

    Not the answer you wanted, sure - but a compromise might be the best overall solution for you.
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  • I realise it's a fairly moot point cause the Bugatti doesn't have a boot either - but they've sealed the boot lid in under all that hideous lumpy body-filler :)
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  • Immo1282 uploaded a photo in the album TF 2003 - EV Conversion
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  • Keeping the gearbox is not a necessity - but I'm mostly doing it to save cost & complexity. As opposed to buying or engineering a custom reduction box - I can use the stock gearbox just always set in 3rd gear for a small weight penalty. Additionally, I've got my eye on a motor that's already mounted to a rover PG1 gearbox from an Elise - used initially in another conversion but later upgraded hence it being spare.

    I will be using Lithium batteries - Not sure where you picked up point B from - but my plan is to use around 90% of the battery pack from a Nissan Leaf, for a capacity of around 20kWh and a weight of only a hundred or so kilos. Pb-Acids are dead as far as conversions go, as there is enough availability of used Lithium cells even now to make the slightly cheaper price (of new batteries mind you) irrelevant. Also a factor that kills Pb-Acids is degradation - A lead acid pack will be badly degraded after a few years, whereas a Lithium pack properly looked after could last ten or fifteen.

    Anyway thanks for your comment :)
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  • Immo1282 thanked the user talkingcars in the forum post, Hello - A newbie with (controversial?) ambitions :)
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  • I'm sorry if double-posting is not good etiquette here, but I'd rather not make a new thread for it!

    Picked up my TF today. There's a few things that need attention but nothing massive (thankfully...).
    • The hood leaks at the back (The panel with the window is torn at one corner), but I need to replace the back window anyway, so can do that job at the same time...
    • Someone's bodged an unmarked button to the left of the steering column, seems to activate the horn - and the normal horn buttons don't do anything - so I'll hopefully wire that back in normally...
    • A few lights are out (reversing lights switch?, one brake light) so those need fixing.
    • Fan seems to only work on settings 3 and 4, and remains off in settings 1 and 2 - Sounds like the resistor pack is partially gone, but I might leave it alone for now as it still works when it's needed and I can't really be bothered to tear apart the interior to fix a mostly-working heater :)

    Apart from that though, it drives beautifully and will convert wonderfully once I get that going.
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  • That makes sense - I guess I'd misinterpreted your plans - cause there's no room for a PHEV style hybrid system with any decent range - but if it's a prius-style supplementary hybrid then that's a lot more feasible. You could build a small battery pack in the spare-wheel well, and if you relocated some of the other under-bonnet parts - a direct drive motor could fit.

    I'll definitely be following your project closely as and when :)
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  • Immo1282 thanked the user Postman87 in the forum post, Hello - A newbie with (controversial?) ambitions :)
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