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MG MGF Technical - Bump stop kit and 16' wheels

Is the bump stop kit actually required or is it safe to run the car on std bump stop kit as I am taking the plunge and going for 16" MK2 type.

What I understand the bump stop kits are only for in emergency i.e the suspension unit fails and the car sinks, you can still drive it safely but with 16" wheels the front tyres will rub only on corners due to a lack of clearance.
Is this correct?

Tom
P305 DPB
Tom Randell

Hi Tom

I drove my F without the bumpstop kit for ages after fitting 16" wheels. I had no problems. I did finally give in and have the kit fitted when lowering knuckles were added. I think you will find there are several people who have not bothered with the bump stop kit, including Scarlet Fever. I have not heard of anybody having problems yet.

Hope this helps.

Stephen

P.S. If you are getting 16" wheels, will you be painting them red so we can all recognise you on the track?
Stephen

Hi Tom
Had lowering knuckles fitted on Sat at B&G, they recommended fitting the bump stop kit at the same time as they told me there was an increased risk (with knuckles fitted) of damaging the hydrogas unit if I hit anything hard. Also 16" wheels no longer rub on inside of the wheel arches, not that it bothered me much anyway.

Regards Tim
Tim Sheppard

Tim

Nice one!! What about the windstop for Kate??
Whoops. Hope I haven't caused a domestic!!

Stephen
Stephen

Hi Stephen,

Kate would rather have a dishwasher than a windstop at the moment - I don't see what the problem is, I buy wheels lowering knuckles etc. and kate gets 1 beanie babie (husky). Seems fair to me.

Regards Tim
Tim Sheppard

Cheers guys,

Well it looks like I will get the bump stop kit fitted as well as I am getting the car lowered at the same time .

My cars going to love its 3rd birthday with a nice set of wheels and lowered, the only bummer is that it is time for the dreaded MOT HEY HO its only money!

Tom
P305 DPB
Tom Randell

Tom,

Its good to sse that you have finnally got round to but 16" wheels, how many K&N brackets did you have to sell to there, you must have sold a bundle at Stonely.

Anyway, I don't know what the problem is with this bump stop, they came fitted with my F, along with the 16" wheels :-), told the wife I was having them for safety reasons ;-) Stephen kept trying to get me to leave him alone with my car so he could swap the wheels, as if I wouldn't notice !

All you need now Tom new tail pipes !

Mark

Mark

Mark

> Its good to sse that you have finnally got round to but 16" wheels, how many K&N brackets did you >have to sell to there, you must have sold a bundle at Stonely.

I'm afraid to say I had a very dissappointing day with only one bracket sold.

>All you need now Tom new tail pipes !

What do you mean I have a Miltek exhaust so why new tail pipes.

Tom
P305 DPB
Tom Randell

Of interest perhaps.

When I was waiting for delivery of my MY2000 VVC I read some conflicting information about bump stops and 16" wheels.

I rang MG Customer Service to find out more, e.g. are bump stops a standard fit on car with 16" wheels?

The guy I spoke to was really helpful. He told me that they are infact a factory fitted option costing cú300 and they have nothing at all to do with wheels.

He went on to tell me that bump stops were actually a parking aid which could be fitted to the MGF. A number of sensors are inset into the rear bumper, and they assist safe parking by triggering an audible warning in the cabin when the rear of the car comes into close proximity to an obstacle.

Isn't it good to know that MG Customer Services are on the ball about these things?!!

Re: 16" wheels rubbing on full lock, the MG technician at my local dealership solves the problem by heating the wheel arch liner and re-moulding it. It works, as I haven't had any problems since he did the mod on my car.

Brad
V3 VVC
Brad Stubbings

>>He went on to tell me that bump stops were actually a parking aid which could be fitted to the MGF. A number of sensors are inset into the rear bumper, and they assist safe parking by triggering an audible warning in the cabin when the rear of the car comes into close proximity to an obstacle.<<

Oh my gawd!!!! ROFL!!!

And what was your reply to that Brad? I hope that you were able to educate the MG helpline man.

Rob
Rob Bell

>>He went on to tell me that bump stops were actually a parking aid which could be fitted to the MGF. A number of sensors are inset into the rear bumper, and
they assist safe parking by triggering an audible warning in the cabin when the rear of the car comes into close proximity to an obstacle.<<

I suppose he thinks that a windstop is windscreen!
JFK

This thread was discussed between 28/02/2000 and 03/03/2000

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