The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

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Cromp85
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Re: The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

#16 Post by Cromp85 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:21 pm

Im 99% sure at least the R8 exhaust back box will fit. I fitted the OE backbox off a 1.8 MGZS to my 220GSI as a cheap mot fix. The ZS mid pipe looked the same as mine, but im not shure of the front flange as i did not need to replace that pipe.
My Rovers to date:
1994 Rover 220GSI in Tahiti blue (On the road)
2002 MG ZR 105 in Solar red (On loan)
1995 214i (On SORN)

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Re: The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

#17 Post by The Origina lNom » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:58 pm

All pipes have arrived. So has Christmas and the lower temperatures, I'll try and get the interior swapped over during the break. Also got an R 25 that needs suspension mods to take it to GTi spec.

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Re: The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

#18 Post by The Origina lNom » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:32 am

After the Christmas break, I have now obtained a pair of rear Spax springs to suit my car which I hope will not lower the back of the car by too much.
I have a garage full of other parts waiting to be fitted but I am saving my enthusiasm for slightly warmer weather.
I really need to fit some parts to regain garage space but all in good time.

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Re: The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

#19 Post by The Origina lNom » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:56 pm

Spring is here and I now have my Bilstein shock absorbers fitted all round.
I used the ZS120 front springs and rear Spax SO32002 springs for the 400RT.
Initially, I lost sharpness in the steering and the front was far too prone to understeer.This was because the rear of the car was far too low.
So I fitted 1cm spacers between the top cup and the spring which put a lot of tension on the spring and made the rear quite hard at the moment but it was always going to be a compromise using different springs front and back.
The 1cm lift of the rear dramatically improved the sharpness in my steering. The springs were a flowery hanging basket to fit to the shocks and I eventually borrowed a mates three claw spring compressors to enable me to get a turn or two on the top nut.
I live in an area where speed bumps are common and they are planning to introduce a 20mph speed limit so I needed the front to be controlled but fairly gentle which was why I did not buy a full Spax spring kit in the first place as it would have been too low as I run 55 profile rear tyres on 16" Hairpins and too hard for my old back.
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Re: The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

#20 Post by Vinny1979 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:48 pm

Bilstein make shocks for the r8? :o
1993 Rover 220 GSi Turbo , 2005 MG ZS 180 mk2

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Re: The Hunt For Driveability in a 416

#21 Post by The Origina lNom » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:01 pm

No its a 400 RT bubble. :)

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