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  • Goodwood replied to the topic TF160 upgrades in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I would recommend the K-Maps remap. It will add about 10% more power. It will not really make the car faster but will noticeably improve initial acceleration (much smoother) as well as improving the flat spots around 4-5K (at least for a 135, not sure if this will be different for a 160). It makes a noticeable improvement in the overall drivability of the car in my opinion. Easy to do as well.

    I do not have much experience with the other items you mentioned. The brakes on the 160 are already good and are significantly larger than the standard brakes. My car came with an upgraded exhaust, so I cannot say how it compares with the standard one. I get the impression that upgraded exhausts have more to do with sound than power for most cars.

    The rev limit on a TF160 is 7200. How much higher do you want to go?
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  • I was using Renovo on my window with so-so results. I read about some people using 'Greygate' on this site so I decided to give it a try. Wow. What a huge difference. I strongly recommend this if you have not tried it already.

    In regard to the cracks, I don't think there is much you can do. It was almost free, so just use it as long as you can. To prevent further splitting you can either: (i) unzip the rear window instead of folding it when you put the top down; (ii) if you choose to fold the rear window, use a (cut) foam noodle at the folding point so that the rear window is not folded too much (i.e. rounded) - this should also slow the cracking.
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  • @minimax - thanks for the reply. Just to be clear: (i) no, it is not supposed to shift directly from 2 to 3rd (i.e. the title of this post); or (ii) no, it is is not how the car was designed (i.e. not shifting directly from 2nd to 3rd,- it should align)? Sorry this is my fault, I realized that I asked contradictory questions!

    If it is supposed to shift directly from 2nd to 3rd, do you have any recommendations of what I need to adjust? What would 'push' the shifter towards 3rd? I have searched the archives but have not managed to find anything on this point. Looking at the shifter mechanism, I do not see anything obvious. I have tightened the 3 bolts (but not much) and I am afraid to overtighten them (there does not seem to be any torque settings for these bolts).

    I would also add that my car shifts very well into 5th as well as reverse since doing this little job. My impression that shift linkage service / lubrication is just part of the not-so-obvious maintenance tasks of these cars.

    In regard to the gearbox, I did change the gearbox oil in 2021. My plan is to change the cable ends at the bell crank later this year when an oil change is done. Visually they look OK but my feeling is that they are 17 years old and the rubber probably has play in it. It is very easy fix, it is just hard to get at without a lift.
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  • Goodwood created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I noticed recently that my gearbox was notchy and hard to put into gear sometimes. I read up in the posts about servicing the gearbox and the bell crank. I tightened up the gearbox bolt a little (they seemed pretty tight and was afraid to overtighten them) and I lubricated the ball joints and rest. I had noticed that the cable end a the bottom of the shifter was not aligned (i.e. twisted to a side), so I adjusted this so that it sits centered with the bal. I purchased a new set of shift cable ends for the bell the crank, but have not yet installed them (I need a lift). In the meantime, I lubricated the bell crank and cable ends with some silicone spray.

    Overall, the car shifts much more smoothly now. My only remaining observation is that when shifting from 2nd to 3rd, I need to make sure to move the shifter over to the right in order for it to go into third (i.e. instead of directly lining up with third gear after coming out of 2nd). It is not really a problem for me (reminds me of an of the old Porsche gearboxes) but I was just wondering if this is how the car was designed? If not, what do I need to do to adjust this?
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  • https://www.the-t-bar.com/forum/54-how-tos/46960-door-speakers-removal-and-upgrade
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  • Try contacting the MGF Centre. They seem to have access to a network of used MGF / TF parts. They may be able to sell you used factory sound deadening material. It would not appear on their website. Just call them.
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  • Try to avoid the very early MGFs hardtops. Plan on having to recover the hardtop liner if it has not been done already. They all sag unless it is a Heritage hardtop with leather. Not a big deal. Also, watch out for the condition of the seals. These are NLA and not easy to source used. Not everyone is a fan, but I find them to be nice to have in the cold weather. Transforms the car into a coupe.
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  • The blurry rear window is very annoying, particularly when backing up. It is not just the oxidation, it is also the deformation to the plastic that occurs over time. I cleaned mine up with Renovo, but I still find my rearview to be distorted even if the plastic is clear.

    If you decide to change the rear window, you can purchase either a replacement plexiglas or glass section from BAS (link below). Replacement windows might also be available from other vendors such as MGMania and MGF Centre (easier to just call them). There is a also a Youtube video (I think from Dave at MGMania) explaining how to replace it, which is pretty straightforward. I plan on eventually changing my plexiglas with glass, which has the benefit of also having a defroster. and does not distort

    https://www.car-hood.co.uk/mg-hoods
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  • Goodwood created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I am not sure if anyone here is familiar with Bring a Trailer (BAT). It is an auction site for all manner of collectibles cars. The audience is mostly US, but there is definitely a European presence as well. Anyhow, one thing I notice is that there is never an MGF / TF for sale on that site (well maybe once for an imported MGF with unclear documentation). It certainly seems to me to be a much better venue to list an MGF / TF than eBay.
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  • Goodwood created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Does anyone have a source for hardtop seals? Specifically, I am looking to replace the LH window seal. It works OK but it is torn at the bottom due to wear. It seems that these seals are NLA. Any advice?

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