216 R SE 1998 cabrio

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216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#1 Post by mickyb » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:53 pm

Hi guys, I'm back to Rovers after being harassed by a rust on a BMW 316 Baur and running Golf Mk1's (the latter being a weakness of mine)
Bought the Rover unseen, not always a wise move but it wasn't feasible to view. Very content with the car - clean, modest miles.
A couple of things I want to do - re-bush the gear linkages and explore lowering the suspension a bit (4" between tyre top and wheelarch seems a lot?
Has anyone done this, is it difficult, and crucially, is it worthwhile?
Thanks!

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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#2 Post by N1tr0_9 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:48 pm

Hi and welcome. Re bushing the selector definitely a great idea. No idea on lowering. Have you seen the video series on youtube with Matt recommissioning a cabriolet?

This is his latest vid uploaded today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ7c_2aAPYw

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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#3 Post by 961tat » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:12 pm

I used a company called https://www.spring-loaded.co.uk/
Killen springs worked for me , they're not to harsh and lower about 30mm . Gear change i used powerflex Bush make a difference..

Stay away from PI they are cheap rubbish , I know someone who fitted them and we both have the same shocks but his frightening on the motorway at speed .

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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#4 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:06 am

I’ve never heard of re-bushing gear linkages. What symptoms does that improve?
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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#5 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:38 am

Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:06 am
I’ve never heard of re-bushing gear linkages. What symptoms does that improve?
It improves the precision of the gear changes. I poly bushed the red Tomcat, because one of the previous owners clearly lacked mechanical sympathy. Although it's not perfect, at least I can find reverse gear now!
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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#6 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:17 pm

Topcat Tomcat wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:38 am
Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:06 am
I’ve never heard of re-bushing gear linkages. What symptoms does that improve?
It improves the precision of the gear changes. I poly bushed the red Tomcat, because one of the previous owners clearly lacked mechanical sympathy. Although it's not perfect, at least I can find reverse gear now!
Many thanks for that - something to keep in the mind vault!
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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#7 Post by 961tat » Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:14 pm

Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:17 pm
Topcat Tomcat wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:38 am
Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:06 am
I’ve never heard of re-bushing gear linkages. What symptoms does that improve?
It improves the precision of the gear changes. I poly bushed the red Tomcat, because one of the previous owners clearly lacked mechanical sympathy. Although it's not perfect, at least I can find reverse gear now!
Many thanks for that - something to keep in the mind vault!
If its not broken dont fix it 👍

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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#8 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:34 pm

:welcome

Avoid lowering a cabby as the higher spring rates will make it shake even more :*laughs*
I like Twin Cams.... and Single Cams

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Re: 216 R SE 1998 cabrio

#9 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:44 pm

961tat wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:14 pm
Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:17 pm
Topcat Tomcat wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:38 am


It improves the precision of the gear changes. I poly bushed the red Tomcat, because one of the previous owners clearly lacked mechanical sympathy. Although it's not perfect, at least I can find reverse gear now!
Many thanks for that - something to keep in the mind vault!
If its not broken dont fix it 👍
Yes indeed!
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