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We have a wandering TF160.
The car had replacement tyres fitted on the rear and all this started from this point.
The car was then set up - 4 wheel alignment by an MG specialist workshop but it still wandered. We managed to buy some replacement Goodyear rear tyres to the OEM spec which has improved matters but it still wanders particulary on the motorway.
I have carefully checked that there is no play in the suspension front and rear.
The car has covered 22,000 miles and is in excellent overall condition.
It has been fitted with Bilstein dampers by the original owner but these are not set particularly hard.
This car did not exhibit these symptoms when we first got it at around 9,500 miles.
It is now not a pleasure to drive but I am now at loss to know where to go next. You have to be correcting with the steering all the time and now is not a car to drive long distances.
We also have a TF135 in the family with 56,000 miles on it which is absolutely fine which makes this all the more puzzling.
Any ideas or advice would be appreciated as we have exhausted all the normal avenues.
This must be solveable I will not be beaten by it!
 

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I know the F is very sensitive to tyre choice, what are the fronts?
 

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The fronts are Goodyear OEM fitment as are the rears now. We have been round all the usual issues - 4 wheel alignment by B & G - almost new Toyo rear tyres replaced with correct Goodyears when they became available - checking for play in the suspension components.
I am my wits end with this now and my wife says if it can't be sorted soon it's got to go!
I have to admit it can be really scary. But the car was not like this when we first got it. I've never had any car behave like this before.
 

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Does it wonder when you let go of the wheel or hold it lightly?

If you jack the car up when its running somtimes they turn the wheels on lock and wont stay in the straight ahead position without holding the wheel there.
This is due to EPAS needing reseting.

Not sure if this will really cause a noticable problem on the road but its a possibility
 

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How many miles have you done on the new rears?
They can take some time to bed in and for the release agent to wear off.

I'm sure B&G would have checked, but they are fitted in the correct rotational direction?

Also what tyre pressures are you using? (I find the handbook figure is a bit high, so run 28psi front & rear).
 

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Back to the wandering TF saga.
The TF160 is still almost undriveable at speed despite all checks being made on settings and no sign of wear in the suspension components.
Good job it's used mainly for local journeys. We daren't take it any further like we used to.
Tyres are Goodyear GSD2's all round. The rears from a batch made by Goodyear last year.
Now our second TF a 135 has been fitted with new Goodyear GSD2's on the rear and guess what! This car is now exhibiting the same wandering tendency. No changes were made except the tyre replacement.
Both cars have had time to scrub the tyres in.
These cars are on the OEM fitment tyres and neither of them had this problem to start with on the original tyres.
I have spoken to Goodyear Technical and they say nobody else has complained about this.
Is there anybody out there who has recently fitted new 16" Goodyear GSD2's and in particular to the rear of a TF.
Is anybody else experiencing this problem?
The clincher on this is the change on the TF 135 from OK to a problem merely with a change of tyres to new ones of the same type, size and pattern.
My wife owns the TF160 and she is about to trade it in because of this for an MX5!!!!!!!!
 
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