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Old 10-10-2016, 07:57 PM   #31
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Thanks, that's clever. So I could have a holder for the key fob in my mini with that gadget stuck to the other side? Sounds cool
Basically disarms the imobiliser when you put the key in. Makes sense to me as these zrs just start where as my old metro used defiantly have to press the fob each time
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:47 PM   #32
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I fitted that coil to mine too, quite handy

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Old 11-10-2016, 11:39 AM   #33
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I fitted that coil to mine too, quite handy

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Clever. Does it work purely on proximity to the key fob? I will be using the original mini steering column and ignition switch so hope to integrate this gadget inside the mini column shroud. Do you see any issues with that?
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Old 11-10-2016, 12:29 PM   #34
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You can use either the button press or the coil. Either works. It's a good convenience option. The ring fits around the ignition barrell

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Old 12-10-2016, 03:29 PM   #35
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Those 6 bolt downpipes are a proper pain! Only possible once you have the alternator, air con and bracket out the way.



Sounds like that's one to go at while it's all still attached to the car so it isn't jumping around all over the place when I start swinging on the breaker bar. Anything else worth loosening while it's still well anchored?
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:31 PM   #36
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If you are wanting to do a timing belt, loosening the crank shaft pulley bolt is easier with engine still in the car. Engage 5th and handbrake on with long breaker bar. It's very tight!

Torque it back up in the car once refit.
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:51 PM   #37
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Thanks. It has had the belt done but I think about 4 years ago. Worth doing?

I will explain my thinking. The head gasket was uprated, belt changed and remap done all at the same time and it works perfectly. I know it's only a belt swap but for the initial build I'm intending to interfere with as little as possible so if it doesn't work properly I can narrow it down to the things I have done. Offset against that I have seen the mess that is made when the belt snaps!

My thinking was to remove the covers and visually inspect for signs of wear or rubbing and if looks ok, leave it alone.

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Old 13-10-2016, 07:25 AM   #38
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I agree with your thoughts but the belt has a recommended change ar 5 years old. By the time this gets running again it's gonna be about that and it's a lot easier out of the car!
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Old 13-10-2016, 08:40 AM   #39
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A year sounds a long time but I know it will fly by. On reflection I think I should bite the bullet and get it done. Thanks
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Ok. I can get a continental belt and genuine tensioner kit for 50 sounds ok. Also I have tracked down a low mileage MGTF MPi gearbox (35000 miles) but the guy wants 60 for it. Sounds steep. Also he mentioned the MPi gearbox takes a different size shaft than the vvc box - anyone come across this?
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You must get a VVC timing belt. It will be the later one with auto tensioner. The cost is not relevant if it doesn't fit.

Also these are age related so buying old stock isn't good either.
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Ok, good point. I'm still getting my head round cars using rubber bands instead of chains
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Old 15-10-2016, 03:56 PM   #43
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Getting there..... Does anyone know if the ZR fuel pump is usable in my SPi tank. If not I won't bother removing it! Cheers

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Old 15-10-2016, 07:04 PM   #44
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Ok. I can get a continental belt and genuine tensioner kit for 50 sounds ok. Also I have tracked down a low mileage MGTF MPi gearbox (35000 miles) but the guy wants 60 for it. Sounds steep. Also he mentioned the MPi gearbox takes a different size shaft than the vvc box - anyone come across this?
I have this box, well a 1.6 MGTF box on mine so not sure what that guys on about.

I would also change the belts at this stage ( the small vvc belt the other side of the head) and replace all camshaft/ crankshaft oil seals
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Old 16-10-2016, 11:45 AM   #45
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I've just bought a C6BP from an MGF/TF specialist and he showed me the shafts from a 1.6 which my box was from and a VVC and they were definitely different sizes, I said I wasn't bothered as I was changing the diff anyway.
Edit: he also only charged me 20 for the box as everyone wants the VVC boxes, shame he won't courier the gearboxes!

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