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The reverse collar is going to make a big difference to smoothness on track.

At Bedford when I was shifting down into 2nd for the three left-handed hairpins, I was regularly pushing through the reverse gate. Obviously there was no risk of hitting reverse because I was looking for 2nd, but it doesn't inspire confidence.

I don't find heel/toe particularly easy in the Mini either. I have size 11s, and have previously resorted to just rolling my foot and using either side to modulate brake/throttle. The deadness at the top of the R53 accelerator means that you really have to give it a good whack to get any response, and my technique doesn't make that as easy as proper heel/toe.

Has anyone used a Sprintbooster to overcome this kind of problem?
 

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The car comes back from @CarsOrBikes on Saturday. Although I have a hefty bill and a 4hrs of travel ahead of me, I'm like a kid at Christmas! I'm booked on track at Thruxton on the 14th Sept, but I'm hoping to find someone offloading an August track booking (ideally at Snetterton) in the meantime.

Final list of upgrades:
  • BC Racing RM (inverted) coilovers, and alignment (~2.5deg each side at the front and 2deg at the back), with in-car damping adjustment on the rears
  • Coolerworx shifter
  • Newman PH1/2 cam
  • Carbotech XP8 front pads
  • Front lower arm poly bushes
  • Passenger's bucket fitted
  • Driver's 6pt and passenger's 3pt harnesses fitted (standard front belts retained, rears removed)
  • Rear non-structural brace (for running a storage net)
  • Oil temp and pressure gauge fitted in a vent
  • Stud conversion (to make swapping the sexy 15" dry track wheels/tyres I've bought easier)
Final list of fixes and service items:
  • Oil and filter change
  • Gearbox oil change
  • Fuel filter change (holy crap, it was filthy!)
  • New CV joint gaiter
  • Front subframe captive nut fix
  • Full supercharger service (not just the quick drain-and-fill) and new water pump
Things I'm going to do when I get it back:
  • Replace the brake reservoir cap and filter/funnel to stop the tiny weep I'm seeing on track
  • Fit a fire extinguisher and one of these mounts under the passenger seat
  • Fit something like this between the rear brace and boot floor
Writing it all down makes me realise how much of a different car this is going to be!!

Cruise proved to be a bridge too far, sadly. So I'm going to rethink the approach on that one. Sean recommended doing something like this in future (for Set/Cancel), which might end up being the answer:
 

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So, Saturday was a loooong day. I left home in South London at 8.30am, and via two tubes, two trains and a taxi, I arrived with @CarsOrBikes at 1pm.

Sean was, as ever, incredibly detailed in the handover. Which was hugely appreciated, given the number of changes. We even had the benefit of getting up-close and personal while he adjusted the crotch strap on my harness. :LOL:

Luckily enough the 4hr drive home gave me plenty of time to get used to the changes. As ever, the quality of the work is stonking.

The result of the suspension work is truly staggering. Ride height is only ~10mm lower than standard, and being set at half stiffness means that the ride remains very compliant. A little run through the Surrey Hills on Sunday suggested that turn-in and chassis control are massively improved, so I can't wait to get it out on track.

I was a bit underwhelmed by the cam on the brief run-out with Sean. But the drive back demonstrated that the midrange in 3rd gear and beyond is significantly stronger, much more so than I'd have anticipated. The idle is a tiny bit more lumpy, but nothing unmanageable. Very impressive.

The Coolerworx is sensational. Up there with some of the best gearshifts I've ever experienced. The result was lots of unnecessary gearchanges, and lots of grins.

Otherwise, I tucked away my newly-acquired 15" track wheels and R888Rs into storage, ready for my next session. Finding somewhere in London/SE to do the last part of bedding in the XP8 pads (70-10 a few times) is proving tricky. Really need to get that done before I put too many more miles on them. Finally found a spot to mount the GoPro too - above the seatbelt return on the B-pillar.

Finally, my new intercooler diverter plate arrived from WhataGeek. Will stick up some photos once it's fitted.

Blimey. That was a whopper.
 

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Its literally a C or B post in itself lol. Glad all is working out

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CarsOrBikes posts tend to be.....comprehensive
Ah, yes. This is probably why I love having Sean work on my car. I'm also really into the detail of things like spring rates and cam durations.

The contrast with the type of service you'd get from a bigger garage is stark.
 

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Took a quick snap earlier while fiddling with the GoPro mount. Looks quite racy, even though the driver's harness is tucked away behind the seat.

I sat in the passenger side for the first time on Sunday, and realised that the new model Sparco Sprint is slightly smaller than the older (driver's) side. Interesting...

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