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Default My new FJCW roadster - 23rd March 2014, 03:24 PM

So... After picking up my new FJCW roadster 2 weeks ago, I thought I would start a build thread for somewhere to keep some pictures and track the changes to the car etc.

Here she is on collection day, with just 6 miles on the clock...





  
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Default 23rd March 2014, 03:31 PM

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Default My new FJCW roadster - 23rd March 2014, 03:32 PM

First impressions are... How much fun!!!

Coming from an E89 Z4 3.0 I was concerned that I might regret changing to a Mini. However I have since realised that you cannot compare the 2 as although they are both 2 seater convertibles, they are completely different machines. The Z4 was very good at eating up the miles, more of a tourer. The FJCW could be compared much more to my older Z4M roadster which was much more raw.

Despite the continued hairdresser comments from friends and colleagues, I am more than happy with my choice as it puts a grin on my face every time I drive it!!

2 weeks and the car now has 760 miles on the clock, trying to work my way through the running in period so I can open her up properly, another 2 weeks should see those completed!
  
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Default My new FJCW roadster - 23rd March 2014, 03:39 PM

So... Having decided not to take the seal and protect option and instructing Mini NOT to polish her before acceptance, yesterday saw her receive a full detail and car prep from Ultimate Reflections in Peterborough.

Fantastic service and Grant there really knows his stuff. Top class service and car looks amazing. I would highly recommend them to anyone in the area!

Managed to get a few pictures before the drive home, which is fortunate as it had rained whilst in their workshop and now the car is covered in road spray already!!







  
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Default My new FJCW roadster - 23rd March 2014, 03:46 PM

Well, after swearing blind to my better half that I wouldn't modify this one... The itch has started and the first few bits have gone on...

I've never been a big fan chrome, so first up was to swap the headlight rings, grill surrounds and tail light rings.

Only have a really bad picture taken in my garage last night, but it's a vast improvement and makes the front end look much more aggressive.



Also have carbon/leather gear knob and handbrake grip to fit, but waiting on alcantara gaitors so I can swap them all at the same time.

Does anyone know if you can get gloss black door handles and side scuttles for the JCW?

Also, what's the best way to de-chrome the belt line?
  
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Default 23rd March 2014, 07:33 PM

For the beltline I used a vinyl kit from ebay cost about a fiver. Most things on the mini can be de-chromed.
  
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Default My new FJCW roadster - 23rd March 2014, 07:45 PM

Hi. Your new FJCW looks amazing, hope you enjoy it.


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Default 23rd March 2014, 08:53 PM

Looks great. :-)

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Default 23rd March 2014, 08:59 PM

Lci cooper and one scuttles are all black so would look cool as for handles you could buy a new set and get them sprayed or do what I did and buy a set of stick on covers and have them painted
  
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Default My new FJCW roadster - 23rd March 2014, 09:25 PM

Just found a better picture of the de-chromed front and rear and my new tax disc holder on my other phone!





  
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