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UJ Mini Cooper S Chilli Red First Time Owner - 8th February 2014, 11:43 AM

Hi everyone

Bought my first mini cooper s in chilli red about 3 months ago. Absolutley love it. Went for the facelift model due to the sound of extra build quality, projector hid lights and seems to have some of the earlier problems ironed out. Decided to stick with a r53, was looking into the r56s but just couldn't live with the idea of the tensioner problems, have they actually been ironed out now ?



Options
Has the chilli pack had to have this!

Dimming rearview mirror and heated front screen - im assuming this is a option pack?

S spoke wheels seem to have been sprayed white, maybe another option on buying the car?

Ive learnt to live with the mpg now get around 280 ish a tank doing a 50/50 mix of town and urban driving. Nice and and nippy compared to my previous megane diesel.

Only thing im unsure about doing to it a the moment is fixing the little oil leak it has, believe its the sump gasket at the back of the engine. Not bothering me to much at the moment.

Future upgrades and Job List
Armrest
Upgrade to sound system - harmon kardon or speakers and headunit
Claybar and get rid of tar spots
Service - Oil change, pollen filter etc
Sort of alloys - respray kerbing
New hid bulbs - one seems slightly brighter than the other any recommendations?
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Default 8th February 2014, 12:41 PM

Welcome to tM.

MINI looks great


  
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Default 8th February 2014, 12:43 PM

Welcome to tm your new mini looks cracking bet them white wheels take some looking after to keep clean
  
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Default 8th February 2014, 12:57 PM

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any recommendations?
yes, I recommend any of these.....

so far my mods are:
fan resistor mod
vacuum gain system mod
dave.f hybrid
BBS RS 17`s.
16% kavs pulley
black beltline
black cades aero style grille
black scuttles with smoked lenses
ociari cowl scoops
m7 vortex bonnet scoop
orranje wiper delete
custom blue dash lighting
front strut brace
D2 racing coilovers
brembo max brakes
interior sound deadening
upgraded speakers
GTT re-route exhaust
kavs 2% crank pulley
rear arb poly bushed
alta tensioner stop
colour coded joeyed headlights
joeyed rear lights
jcw 380cc injectors
p-torque custom remap
optimised bypass valve
silver airtec intercooler
colour coded jcw aero skirts
JCW/bilstein B8 shocks with GTT springs (GT tuning)
JCW exhaust rear section non-res
JCW carbon/alcantara gearknob
scangauge 2
forge intake hose
JCW sparco seats (thanks to chris @ lloyds mini, forum sponsor)
swapped JCW exhaust for direnza exhaust
powerflex rear top mounts
powerflex lower engine mount



my electric blue

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Default 8th February 2014, 01:04 PM

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yes, I recommend any of these.....

so far my mods are:
fan resistor mod
vacuum gain system mod
dave.f hybrid
BBS RS 17`s.
16% kavs pulley
black beltline
black cades aero style grille
black scuttles with smoked lenses
ociari cowl scoops
m7 vortex bonnet scoop
orranje wiper delete
custom blue dash lighting
front strut brace
D2 racing coilovers
brembo max brakes
interior sound deadening
upgraded speakers
GTT re-route exhaust
kavs 2% crank pulley
rear arb poly bushed
alta tensioner stop
colour coded joeyed headlights
joeyed rear lights
jcw 380cc injectors
p-torque custom remap
optimised bypass valve
silver airtec intercooler
colour coded jcw aero skirts
JCW/bilstein B8 shocks with GTT springs (GT tuning)
JCW exhaust rear section non-res
JCW carbon/alcantara gearknob
scangauge 2
forge intake hose
JCW sparco seats (thanks to chris @ lloyds mini, forum sponsor)
swapped JCW exhaust for direnza exhaust
powerflex rear top mounts
powerflex lower engine mount



my electric blue

well you did ask!
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Default 8th February 2014, 01:11 PM

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yes, I recommend any of these.....

so far my mods are:
fan resistor mod
vacuum gain system mod
dave.f hybrid
BBS RS 17`s.
16% kavs pulley
black beltline
black cades aero style grille
black scuttles with smoked lenses
ociari cowl scoops
m7 vortex bonnet scoop
orranje wiper delete
custom blue dash lighting
front strut brace
D2 racing coilovers
brembo max brakes
interior sound deadening
upgraded speakers
GTT re-route exhaust
kavs 2% crank pulley
rear arb poly bushed
alta tensioner stop
colour coded joeyed headlights
joeyed rear lights
jcw 380cc injectors
p-torque custom remap
optimised bypass valve
silver airtec intercooler
colour coded jcw aero skirts
JCW/bilstein B8 shocks with GTT springs (GT tuning)
JCW exhaust rear section non-res
JCW carbon/alcantara gearknob
scangauge 2
forge intake hose
JCW sparco seats (thanks to chris @ lloyds mini, forum sponsor)
swapped JCW exhaust for direnza exhaust
powerflex rear top mounts
powerflex lower engine mount



my electric blue

well you did ask!
big list!

what are these two mods zirconmr2?

fan resistor mod
vacuum gain system mod

is the optimised bypass valve worth upgrading mine has done about 70,000 im guessing on the orginal bypass valve.


Yes white wheels are a pain to keep clean, they seem to have a yellow tinge to them have found t cut gets rid of this well.

thanks for the comments
  
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Default 8th February 2014, 01:27 PM

the fan has 2 speeds, low speed is a common failure, to fix you can either buy a new fan assembly or place an external resistor to cure the fault.
to check your fan:
first see post 5 on this thread Resetting ECU! Like giving my MINI Viagra - North American Motoring

get into the test mode and go to test 7.0 (actual coolant temp)

when the temp hits 105 the low speed fan should come on
if not check fuses under bonnet if they are ok chances are your resistor in the fan is shot.

another way to check is to get up to temp and switch on the aircon the fan should run for a few seconds and then stop, it comes for a few seconds on and switches off in cycles of about a minute.
this thread explains the issue in great detail
Low Speed Fan Resistor - we need solution - Page 31 - North American Motoring

the VGS mod, this basically slams the bypass valve shut by taking the feed to the valve from after the charger rather than before, it helps eliminate yo-yo effects. apparently.
I have now fitted an optimised valve so removed the vgs, they do a similar job.


  
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Default 8th February 2014, 01:32 PM

the optimised valve is only different in that it has a stronger spring making the spring more effective for longer, when new both valves will be as good as each other, over time the standard spring will slacken and it wont shut as effectively (hence the vgs I did), there is 20 quid difference, for the amount of miles I do I could have got a standard one, I got the optimised as I was buying other things from the place and just added to the basket. that's the only reason, It wont give extra performance.


  
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Default 8th February 2014, 09:04 PM

Hello, the VGS mod is well worth doing I suffered the yoyo effect with mine until I did the mod now its really smooth and really responsive. Also if you have runflat tyres fitted changing them to non runflats makes the car much nicer to drive, the difference between the two is night and day

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