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    Looking good and great work on the new wheels, those are one of the best OEM options.
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    Ok so the rear suspension is toast. Its fine and tolerable under normal driving but can be made to hit its own bump stops in the rear when hitting adventurous road while driving spiritedly. I might as well just get Coilovers and Ill look in to replacing all the bushings while Im at it.
    Its fast, but its not as quick as it could be. I doubt plugs have ever been changed. Theres a bit of oil weeping from the top of the block and so Ill do a head gasket. While in that far I might as well take care of the broken / leaky engine top mount and a few other bits. Maybe replace the ignition leads and service a few of the items on the supercharger like the pulley tensioner - they dont last forever on these cars and are often overlooked. Its hard not to go overboard with - night as well do this, then that etc. Its such a lovely clean car body wise, its just lacked a living keeper for the last 4-5 years.

    I found a few neat NLA pieces in the classifieds including the thicker Alcantara JCW Steering Wheel and shifter so I grabbed them while they were still available.





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    Love the shifter and the chunkier steering wheel Nick!
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    Cheers Rod! More to come

    While Im waiting Ive added some after market rear grilles.

    The OEM ones are missing (quite common that they were never applied at the dealer) and are stickers. These are metal and have really nice detail.
    I initially didnt paint black behind them and they looked like **** - so as you can see I went back and corrected them. Pretty happy with how theyve turned out.







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    Grilles look good. Back to your film removal, yeah, that is a terrible job! I re-did my passat a couple years back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stefan View Post
    Grilles look good. Back to your film removal, yeah, that is a terrible job! I re-did my passat a couple years back!
    Im glad you agree with me because when I was 20%if the way through the job I wished I havent started it. Just brutal!

    I hit a new hood scoop to see if I can stuff more air in to the top mounted intercooler. From memory, these suffer heavily from heat soak in bitter weather so anything you can to to force cool air in to that intercooler is helpful. It came primed but needed a little sanding and reprising before a test fit.



    And here it is, painted and out back on the car. A lot of folks would have done this in a contrasting colour like black, but I like that this mini is fairly unique without having the bonnet stripes or contrasting roof / mirrors.


    Ive also added grilles in front of the fog lights in the lower corners of the front bumper. While at it I added quite a few bugs to the front bumper too.



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    Ive been stocking up on a few things. Ive gone overboard but I think its worth it. Well see.

    Alta adjustable Rear Sway Bar - thisll really help in the fun department
    Powerflex Bushings: Front Control Arm Bushing, Lower Engine Mount Small Bushing, Lower Engine Mount Large Bushing, Rear Trailing Arm Front Bushing Set, Rear Shock Top Mount Bushing Set - all bushings on the car are original
    Flat-out Coilovers - KW Clubsport feature equivalent
    Front turn signal replacements (mine are cracked)
    Brembo JCW Big Break Kit (Calipers, Rotors, Pads, Fluid, aluminum lines) - this is the 4/2piston kit which was an upgrade from the next generation car (this car currently has a 2/1 kit)
    R56 Rear Trailing Arms - lighter aluminum trailing arms from the next generation car
    OEM replacement End Links
    Detroit Tuned Bypass Valve - will help spool faster
    Craven Speed 17% reduced size Supercharger pulley
    Replacement belt tensioner
    Serpentine Belt
    Kingsborn Ignition Wires
    Brisk plugs - colder running plugs
    Screaming Deamon Coil
    Canton Coolant overflow tank - stock plastic ones tend to split and dump fluid while driving
    Upper Hydraulic Mount - need to do quite a bit of clean up where the old mount has leaked everywhere
    Helix Short Shift Adaptor
    OEM Radiator
    OEM AC cooler
    OEM Power Steering Fan
    OEM Rad support
    New Bosch Battery
    Hood and Trunk Struts
    15mm spacers and matching bolts all around
    Replacement side markers


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    It will be a nearly brand new go kart after all that!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Turbo View Post
    It will be a nearly brand new go kart after all that!!!
    I agree! Should be a nice setup!
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    Work is underway.

    The gunk in the second picture is hydraulic fluid from one of the engine mounts that had leaked everywhere. Got it sanded down and repainted while in there.


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    Engine bay is back together. Looking and feeling really fresh with the new ignition cables, coil and coolant reservoir. Gave everything a really good clean while in there and its mostly shined up like new.

    Next up is the brakes, suspension, trailing arms, ball joints, bushings etc. I love the design of these R56 OEM JCW brakes made by Brembo - they aped the Mini badge with their shape - not sure Ive ever seen that done before.

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    Awesome. Yeah, those breaks will look great!
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    The rear 2 piston brakes are on. They also needed different handbrake cables which I didnt account for ahead of time. Id ordered some drilled/ slotted rotors to match the fronts but they sent the wrong size so in the meantime Ill use these that came in the OEM kit. Also visible here are the R56 aluminum trailing arms, new coilovers and the new adjustable sway bar.


    Im loving the front set up and hope the 4piston upgrade stops as good as it looks. New coilovers in too. Its a bit goofy that you cant dial in camber without unbolting them from the strut towers but Ill live.







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    Coming along well!!!
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    Oh boy this is so cool. Add me to the "almost bought a 1st gen BMW mini more than once" club. Super jealous of how much you picked this JCW up for!

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