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    Adam's DS R53 - General PITA

    Hi all,

    I'm Adam, 24, and living in Dartford.

    Current Mods and Pics as of 12/07/2015


















    Engine
    15% pulley
    Dave F Intake
    Direnza Cooper Exhaust
    Powerflex Yellow lower engine mount

    Suspension
    KW V1 Coilovers
    SPC top mounts
    Hardrace rear control arms
    Lohen fast road tracking and camber set up
    15mm front spacers
    20mm rear spacers

    Brakes
    Yellow R56S front brakes
    Braided hoses all round

    Wheels
    17" Silver Speedline Turinis
    Uniroyal Rainsport 3 all round

    Exterior
    Gloss black Orciari scuttle vents
    TRC front splitter
    Gloss black side vents
    Yellow Orranje 'S' resin decals
    Tinted side indicators
    Facelift rear lights
    Cooper rear bumper trims
    Minitorque rear wiper delete
    Matte black belt line
    De-badged rear
    LED bulb replacement
    Silver indicator bulbs
    Front moustache

    Interior
    Cobra Monaco Pro bucket seat
    Android stick through sat nav
    Royal Steering Wheels Custom Steering Wheel
    Black Outmotoring.com dial faces
    Black Nu Suede headlining & Downtubes
    Matte Black Dash and clock
    Matte Black A, B & C Pillars
    R56 black visors
    R56 black rear roof handles
    Stripped rear
    Cusco Carbon Rear Brace
    Custom Rear seat delete
    Flip Key

    Bits still to be fitted
    Orranje front brake ducts
    Orranje GP rear bumper inserts
    Cobra Monaco Pro GT for passenger side
    Cooper fuel cap

    Plans
    Matte black rest of interior
    Corbeau Clubsport Buckets
    Retrimmed Belts
    Nexus 7 install to replace Nav
    Orranje G wing
    Facelift front lights
    Stud conversion
    Half cage
    Airtec intercooler
    OBX manifold and tomcat
    Last edited by -adam-; 15/07/15 at 16:21. Reason: Thread rework + Update

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    Awsome work on the Nav screen. Any chance of how to?

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    Hi all,

    I'm Adam, 24, and currently living in Dartford.

    Had my Mini for over a year now and changed a fair few bits on it. There is a bit thing missing on my list of mods (coilovers) and hopefully I'll have some asap

    I bought the Mini to replace my 2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec S. Loved that car! It was light and nimble and lots of fun. I was originally going to get an 06 Fiesta ST but found Cooper S's when looking through Autotrader. They were quicker and better specced than the STs and after finding this forum it was a no contest.

    When I bought it it was just a standard pre facelift R53 with sat nav, cruise control and heated seats. Here's a pic I found of my old car and it's replacement, the only pic I have of the two of them.



    First few changes were minor things. LED sidelights, silver indicator bulbs, aero wipers and new gear gaitors. Boring and I don't have any photos of those

    Then I decided to start de-chroming. Belt line was taped up and side indicators were painted gloss black with tinted indicator lenses. Here they are with the yellow resin S's from Yaphetlives



    Next up was a trip to 1320 for an Inspection 2 to make sure it'd been looked after before me. Whilst I was there I got a 15% pulley and they replaced the front wishbone bushes to improve the feel.

    They were brilliant and I couldn't have been happier. I even got a free cherry bakewell!

    Next was the dash. I hated the standard colour and mine was scratched up so I bought a spare set and after a lot of sanding and painting they were matte black. The downtubes, central rings, speedo surround and gear stick surround were all painted matte too





    Then I developed a flat spot in one of the S spokes so decided I wanted to change them. Luckily a set of my favourite alloys came up for sale so I snapped them up. That little change changed the car for the better





    Most recently I bought two bucket seats from eVil (Adam) and he graciously delivered them to me while I was with the AA man in a KFC car park. The drivers side was fitted over the Easter bank holiday along with a Nav Tool interface and a Android stick. This means I get to run the Torque app through the Sat Nav screen. Also means I can run any android app through the screen. I also removed the rear seats and replaced them with the seat delete from the GP2.

    So here's how it looks today with crappy iphone pics









    There's probably plenty of other mods I've forgotten too.

    Thanks for reading my essay lol

    Quote Originally Posted by eViL View Post
    Awsome work on the Nav screen. Any chance of how to?
    Thanks mate. The seats are great!

    It's actually amazingly easy to do the sat nav. I should have taken some pics while I was installing. When I get my new seat mounts ill pull everything out and put a how to up!

    I've added a few more bits to my plans now
    Last edited by -adam-; 04/09/16 at 15:31. Reason: Reworking thread

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    This cars comming along verly nicely the screen is an Awsome option I wish I had

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    COILOVERS BOUGHT!

    Can't wait to get them fitted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -adam- View Post
    COILOVERS BOUGHT!

    Can't wait to get them fitted!
    What did you go for Adam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben2901 View Post
    What did you go for Adam?
    Managed to get a set of KW V1s!

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    Nice, songs great! Are you with stock till fitted? Please share some feedback...I am thinking about those....few months ahead but would like to know as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo23 View Post
    Nice, songs great! Are you with stock till fitted? Please share some feedback...I am thinking about those....few months ahead but would like to know as much as possible.
    Yeah I'm on stock suspension atm.

    I've tried the KW V1s before as I used the 1320 courtesy car when I was there last. They were great! Much comfier than standard but much firmer and less bouncy in the corners. Can't wait to get them died! Hopefully they should arrive on Tuesday!

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    Couple of other mods that are ongoing:

    Rear Flat Floor - Just a wooden frame at the moment. Can't make the top part until I pick up the GP Interior Panels

    GP Interior Panels - Bought and made. Just need to pick up them up from Rich at Orranje

    Interior Black Out - Spare A, B and C pillar trims bought. Need some help/ a guide on how to fill the rear seat belt hole before they get painted

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