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Wish Me Luck #1649228
09/03/2021 19:11
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Hi everyone, back again after being without for 10years, will be treking across country this weekend to look at a couple of 20v vis's. Can't wait to get my hands around that meaty steering wheel again and bring back those memories smile Cheers

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649229
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Good Luck and have fun !

Paul

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: PaulL] #1649230
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Thanks, just hope there better than the last one I looked at!

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649236
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Good luck. If you want to talk VIS I'm all ears.

wink

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Gripped] #1649239
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Thanks! Is there anything I need to be aware of on the vis engine?

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649242
10/03/2021 11:56
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Mechanically they are much the same but they have a few 'exclusive' aspects which result in a lot of 'all models except the VIS' comments when looking at tuning/electrical parts etc. They have slightly more modern (insomuch as anything 20yrs+ is modern) electrics and some say they are more reliable as result.
They are good, very torquey, free revving and fun. They are definitely a lot cheaper than a turbo and probably cheaper to run, some parts seem to be more readily available eg radiators than the turbo.

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649245
10/03/2021 13:29
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Yep. The ECU is different so you can't just 'chip' it but overall the VIS is great as it's got a few more refinements over the standard NA. There are stories of the VIS (plastic inlet) unit failing but not had any problems with mine. The MAF seems sensitive so any rough running or loss of top end could mean a new MAF. Luckily these are much cheaper than the older MAFs (assuming you can still get them).

They are not particularly fast, but you can rev the nuts off them and have fun. Not too bad on fuel either.


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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649250
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Great thanks for your help guys! Just hope there's no rossers on the way home!

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649290
12/03/2021 08:32
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Do the non turbos have a gearbox dipstick? Because I couldn't find it on the last one I looked at.

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649294
12/03/2021 12:02
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No I don't think the NAs have one.

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Gripped] #1649303
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Ok thanks!

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649310
12/03/2021 21:47
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And no fuel filter (at least not one you can change) and no throttle cable either.

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649313
13/03/2021 08:54
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I wondered why there was no plastic cover at rear, good stuff less to maintain. One other thing is that one of the coop's I'm looking at tomorrow hasn't had a cambelt for 9 years should I be worried about driving it home or is it like playing Russian roulette!

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649315
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Ooerr - tricky one. What distance back to your HA and cost it up for a trailer? You spend a few k on the Coupe then it snaps on the way home (prob unlikely but who knows) and that will kill your love affair with the car right from the start. Alternatively spend a few 100 to trailer to a coupe friendly garage to get it done pronto. Or if you have a mechanic mate take them along for a thorough inspection and opinion but ultimately it's your shout. Good luck thumb

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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649322
13/03/2021 12:32
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I drove mine back from the highlands of Scotland during Storm Doris with no belt change evidence in the 19 years previous to that point although I did inspect the belts as best I could and they seemed in good nick. She performed admirably.

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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649323
13/03/2021 13:06
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Ok cheers guys. thumb

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649328
13/03/2021 17:19
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Point to remember: the belt is under maximum stress when you're accelerating - i.e. when the belt has acceleration loads as well the normal valve spring loads to cope with.

That said - the 20 belt is much wider (= stronger) than the 16 belt. From what I've seen over the years here, a 20 belt is unlikely to break unless an auxiliary belt snaps and gets tangled in the works - which will kill it every time. So check the condition of the aircon and alternator belt too!


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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649331
13/03/2021 23:37
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How did you get on, Sheep’s?
Been thinking about your Coupe buying today whilst pottering on my mg tf.
Used to have a Vis back in the day.
Green she was. Lovely sound.
Hope you bought one.

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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649343
15/03/2021 08:22
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Hi everyone, I'm now a proud owner of a broom yellow vis pics coming soon when I get a chance smile

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649344
15/03/2021 08:36
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woohoo woohoo woohoo

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649345
15/03/2021 08:42
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Originally Posted by Sheepshead
Hi everyone, I'm now a proud owner of a broom yellow vis pics coming soon when I get a chance smile



Excellent news, look forward to seeing them!


BumbleBee back:)
Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649349
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Top man smile Get yourself to some of the meets later in the year thumb


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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649350
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Excellent! I love my VIS, its probably been the most reliable car I've owned overall (fingers crossed) . Had it 16 years and it'd be the one I'd keep if push came to shove laugh
Enjoy!

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649355
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Whooopie!!

Another VISigoth joins the fold!!


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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Gripped] #1649356
15/03/2021 16:41
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Originally Posted by Gripped


Another VISigoth joins the fold!!



laugh laugh


BumbleBee back:)
Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649394
16/03/2021 20:07
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I cannot for the life of me load the images, as I only have my phone at the moment. Is there a way of attaching them?

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649395
16/03/2021 20:44
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Press the "Use Full Editor" button (bottom right-ish) then click on "Attachment Manager" link, then press "Select a file to attach" and using whatever "file / photo manager" app you have on your phone, select the picture you want, repeat for additional pics.

Note that pics are limited to 2Mb each so you may need to resize first.


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Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649399
16/03/2021 21:30
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Thanks, the problem I seem to have is that I can't drag the pics into the box.

Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649403
16/03/2021 21:39
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Originally Posted by Sheepshead
Thanks, the problem I seem to have is that I can't drag the pics into the box.


Select a file?


BumbleBee back:)
Re: Wish Me Luck [Re: Sheepshead] #1649405
17/03/2021 08:33
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Yes, just select the file, then it should go back to the "select afile to attach" box and after a short while your uploaded pic file name should appear, add more or press ok


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