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Subject: RB Mods
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 10:49:04 EDT
<<Two things....keep in mind the rubber bumper cars are slow and handle 
poorly...I speak from experience....not prejudice.....I axed the single ZS 
carb went to dual SU's with a header and lowered mine to chrome bumper height 
with new springs, and added telescopic shocks all around.  A highly 
recommended modification.>>

Well, you have the right idea, at least as far as the engine mods are 
concerned, but the spring change leaves something to be desired. Lowering by 
simply fitting shorter (often stiffer) springs also adds (sometimes 
considerable) bump steer to your suspension. It is not the best way to do it 
- whether the result is something you can live with depends on your driving 
experience with MGs and what you use them for.

And while a tube shock conversion will often make a considerable improvement, 
especially over worn original items, there are some caveats here too. The 
front conversions that offset the shock are best avoided, while the ones that 
mount the shock concentrically in the spring seem the rarest and hardest to 
find. There is nothing wrong with a new original set of shocks, by the way. I 
race with Armstrongs on one race car and Konis on another, and have no 
problem living with new Armstrongs with competition valve bodies in them.

Bill S.

PS - you are right about the so-called LE version - they made more of these 
than the total production of just about every car I own. Limited indeed, but 
only by the number of gullible shmucks willing to pony up the dough for a 
badge engineered wannabe in order to feel 'exclusive' (I'm referring to 
original buyers, not current owners here, so don't get your knickers in a 

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