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Default Hello - 10th March 2018, 12:13 PM

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Quick intro. Just got a black '55 plate R53 for the Mrs (I thought it was a fair swap hehe).
It's on 43k and drives really sweet. Reminds me of the Ford Racing Puma I used to have.
Got a few servicing jobs to do on it but nowt serious.
I'll be fishing around on here picking up advice and tips.
One of the first jobs is a wheel refurb and a new set of tyres to replace the runflats. I've been doing some research and narrowed it down to either Good Year Eagle F1 or Toyo Proxes Sport. I'd be interested to see opinions on these. It's not going on track and will not be driven like a loon so I think these should be OK.
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Default 10th March 2018, 12:42 PM

Only 43k? Nice one.

I had them bullett alloys when I had a '54 R50 once, and loved them!


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Default 10th March 2018, 05:08 PM

Thanks, yeah there's only 3 stamps in the service book. But as far as I can see it has been looked after.
I've just done a full service and could tell things had been done fairly recently, including the cabin filter.
I like them wheels too. They're easy to clean with no small nooks and crannies :-)
The picture makes them look better than they are though. There's some bad kerbing and bits of corrosion on the fronts .
It needs a good detail as well. I'll attack it with the DA polisher when the weather improves. Looks like it's never had a proper polish and wax.
There's a few dings and scratches on it, I may need to call in the chips away guys. Should be easy enough to match up the paint 'cos it's the solid black, 668 I think.
  
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Default 10th March 2018, 05:56 PM

I believe the paint code is in the plaque thing in your bonnet or on the inside of the drivers door

Loads of places can sort your kerbed wheels out, if I was you get them done in a few months when you are both used to how to car drives

Black is one of the best colours on the MINI for sure

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Default Hello - 10th March 2018, 06:23 PM

The Proxes are naff in the wet.
F1s are good, though next time I'm going for Michelin Pilot Sports - they're becoming quite popular.

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Default 11th March 2018, 11:35 AM

Hi and welcome.
Great looking car, the best colour too!
  
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Default 11th March 2018, 03:01 PM

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Hi folks.
Quick intro. Just got a black '55 plate R53 for the Mrs (I thought it was a fair swap hehe).
It's on 43k and drives really sweet. Reminds me of the Ford Racing Puma I used to have.
Got a few servicing jobs to do on it but nowt serious.
I'll be fishing around on here picking up advice and tips.
One of the first jobs is a wheel refurb and a new set of tyres to replace the runflats. I've been doing some research and narrowed it down to either Good Year Eagle F1 or Toyo Proxes Sport. I'd be interested to see opinions on these. It's not going on track and will not be driven like a loon so I think these should be OK.
Here's a pic....
Welcome.

Racing Puma, please say you still have that, they are very nice, and hold the value fantastically.

Eagle F1 would be my choice on tyres


  
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Default 13th March 2018, 12:46 PM

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Racing Puma, please say you still have that, they are very nice, and hold the value fantastically.

Eagle F1 would be my choice on tyres
Unfortunately the FRP was sold last year. Not one of my better decisions
In the end the tyre decision for the MINI came down to economics..the Toyos were quite a bit cheaper than the F1s and the car is mainly for the Mrs to tootle about in so I expect them to die of old age before wearing out.
I got them from Camskill, ordered Sunday, delvered this morning (Tuesday). Can't complain about that service.
They will be fitted by the wheel refurbers, I'm sure they will be a big improvement on the crappy runflats which are on there at the moment
  
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Default 15th March 2018, 05:16 PM

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Unfortunately the FRP was sold last year. Not one of my better decisions
In the end the tyre decision for the MINI came down to economics..the Toyos were quite a bit cheaper than the F1s and the car is mainly for the Mrs to tootle about in so I expect them to die of old age before wearing out.
I got them from Camskill, ordered Sunday, delvered this morning (Tuesday). Can't complain about that service.
They will be fitted by the wheel refurbers, I'm sure they will be a big improvement on the crappy runflats which are on there at the moment
You'll be surprised that tootling about will increase, as you'll just love driving it and take the longer routes to where you're going

Shame about the Puma


  
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