1. R53 engine to body connector

    MiniTorque Threads
    Hi all, Newbie here trying to get an ‘04 Cooper S engine to run in an ‘05 Cooper convertible. The hardware took 3 days to bolt in but I’m running into issues with the round connector near the tranny mount. Can anyone please share a pinout of this? Although the colors match the car’s connector...
  2. OIl top up again

    F56 General
    Hi Has anyone else's cooper s needed a top up of oil more than just at the services? I have had it before and its back again just before the service is due, but i don't want to wait until the service as its about another month away. also which oil's have you used to top up your car, mini or...
  3. HELP! Super annoying mechanical whine

    Faults & Fixes
    OK, I need help or I'll go crazy if this is not fixed :mads: Some people do not hear it, MINI dealer is telling me it's OK and this is a normal operating sound but this f**king whining noise is driving me crazy! I remember driving a brand new R56 and the whine was definitely not there. Even...
  4. Engine sounds a bit rough to me help......

    Faults & Fixes
    I've got a video how do I post it so you lot can laugh at my engine noise? (then kindly advise me on how to fix it)
  5. Death rattle?

    Engine & Drivetrain
    About 5m:40s in to the video? As I haven't had a chance to see or drive the car, I'd like to make sure that I avoid any issues. It is the N18, with just over 10k on the clock and has been through the Mini Approved Used process. Also, what sort of cover is...
  6. decoking manually

    R56 General
    removing carbon buildup manually Is there a guide on how to removing carbon manually from the valves and everything that has carbon buildup in the R56 engine? When i say manually i mean without using a carbon blaster machine or sea foam or whatever, but to open up the engine and clean it all up!
  7. On a hot day engine will not start properly

    Faults & Fixes
    engine will not start properly Car will not start properly when starting it! Revs are not stable, they keep coming up and down, engine is close to stop but eventually after a minute (of ups and downs) comes back to normal. If i press the throttle, the issue gets fixed instantly and the engine...
  8. BMW 3.18 Compact (Advice needed)

    MINI Free Zone
    A close friend of mine owns a bmw 3.18 SE compact 2003 model. He got the car about a year ago only to find out a few months later that it needs a new timing chain. He has been quoted about £700 to fix it. Although, his wondering if it is worth it or he will better off selling it as is and ending...
  9. R53 Cooper S May 03 EML always coming on and nothing will connect to the OBD port

    Engine & Drivetrain
    Hello everyone. This is my first post on here, having read through some of the other posts I felt I needed to get mine on here, as I'm having trouble with a few things. I bought my Mini Cooper S, 03 plate August last year. It has only got 87,000 on the clock. The poor bugger keeps going into...
  10. ZRP Forged Rods too cheap???

    Engine & Drivetrain
    So come across these forged rods for the N14 engine and from the UK distributor they are £331 (including VAT), FOR A SET OF 4!!!! Mini Cooper : Peugeot Rally 207 & Mini Cooper R53 . R-PEU-002H The company is called ZRP (Zebo Racing Parts) and the manufacturing base seems to be in China which...
  11. mcs' project

    The Projects
    Well, after some thinking and a few mods I've started modifying my '06 JCW R53. Big mods started some weeks ago when I ordered the 4-2-1 with 100 cells cat to Mini Motorsport UK. I also got the 225hp remap soon to fit a camshaft. Hope to get after that around 235-240hp. Dry battery's been...
  12. Too much engine oil.

    Engine & Drivetrain
    I've had a bit of an issue and am quite worried... I did an oil check the other week and there was no oil whatsoever on the dipstick (not too worried since I rarely drive the car), so I bought a 4 litre bottle of oil to fill it up. Being rather clumsy and with little thought I just poured the...
  13. tweedbean's R53 MCS

    The Projects
    As project orange was completed, I have decided to start a new thread around my car showing where it started, what it looks like now and what my future plans are. This is less of a project and more of an ongoing thing. Its a 2004 facelift MINI Cooper S. I was bitten by the modding bug after a...
  14. Dave F Fitting

    R53 General
    Shall be fitting a Dave F this weekend (yes replacing the Alta:cursing:) Quick question, I take it I will have to refit the plastics engine bay/bulkhead divider, but will i have to cut a hole in it to provide direct flow into the back of the Dave F or does the OE hole do the job?
  15. RaffaIsOnFire: R53 Cooper S Facelift

    The Projects
    RaffaIsOnFire: R53 Cooper S Facelift powered by krumm! hi there, my name is Raffa and i'm from Germany! some of you may recognize me from motoring-underground or the german MINI-boards. decided to join you guys to keep an eye on the scene in GB! here are my MINIs! sold my R50 Cooper (...
  16. 2011 Rolling Road League Table

    Dyno Figures
    Welcome to the 2011 Mini Torque Rolling Road League Table. This thread has been created to find out what sort of power, both at the wheels and at the fly, is being made by Mini Torque members in 2011. To be added to the table please post up a copy of your dyno graph as an attachment to your...
  17. Why the R56 should be fitted with a catch can/oil separator from factory...

    MINI Chat
    Why is it not the case that direct injection engines use a catch can/oil separator from factory?
  18. Genuine Xenon headlight retrofit - Help required! Scraggles?

    Hi Guys First post so please be nice :D I've got a 06 Cooper (R50) but I have a small dilema. I've bought a set of genuine and complete Mini xenon headlights (The facelift ones with projectors): I've followed the instructions given by "Scraggles" in this the below thread but my xenon low...
  19. Loz's Well Trimmed Blue Minge

    The Projects
    Here we go then, first a bit about me. I started working at BMW MINI Stephen James Enfield in 2003 when I was 16, got to BMW tech status then was made redundant in April 2009, since then I've moved onto better things. I now work at a trimmers called Btrim in Enfield, much prefer the work, much...
  20. Larger injectors for the R50 now available !

    Engine & Drivetrain
    For all those of you who spend time and money for your N/A R50, i have good news. The stock R50 injectors are very small, at 178cc/[email protected] bar (Bosch part number 0280155991). Anything more than a full exhaust system and intake, like a camshaft, will take them to 100% duty cycle at high rpm if...