Sunday 18 November 2018

Tyre Pressures

Also re-learnt another lesson this week    When I fitted the new sump I decided to wind up the front suspension another couple of turns to improve the ground clearance.  Have to be careful of doing it too much or the suspension will become coil-bound (i.e. the coil will totally close up and possibly bend the wishbone if you hit a bump).   Took her out for a ride and realised there was something wrong as she was wallowing a bit, the steering was a bit vague and generally didn't feel right.  
Luckily, before changing anything I remembered I hadn't checked the tyre pressures for a couple of years so although they looked OK I checked them.  Turned out they varied between 12psi and 15 psi !!    So blew them all up to 18psi.   Took her to Grantham Hospital for my catheter change and she was transformed.   Steering absolutely solid, handling improved and generally a vast improvement all round.  I'd better start checking them more regularly    Trouble is, unlike a normal car when you can see the tyres a looking a bit squashy, the Tiger is so light the tyres always look OK.

Off on holiday now so no more driving till mid-Dec.

Sun Visor

I've been driving her now for over 5 years and I always suffer this time of year when returning to the village in the afternoon as the sun sits just above the windscreen bang in the middle of the screen.  Makes it very dangerous as I cannot see anything.

Been trying to think of a solution for a sun visor but always hit the problem that anything permanent would prevent the roof clipping on to the windscreen.   

 Then found this last week:

Clips onto the windscreen so I can leave it off in the summer or if rain is forecast.   Very stiff hinges so it ought to stay in position with the wind. 
I also like the fact that it has an extra filter (at the moment in the middle), which you can slide sideways to actually block the sun even more.   Haven't tested it yet so fingers crossed.  Although at £12 it was worth a gamble.