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As you may know I’ve decided to sell up the R50 convertible and blue 03 cooper S to fund a newer 06 plate cooper S supplied by carsorbikes

the blue car was starting to become a money pit and I’ll be honest I didn’t really want to sell the convertible but I needed to find the new car, the convertible has (or will be soon be) going to a forum member as a summer car

as for the my new one, it’s an 06 facelift R53 with factory fit LSD, Sean has taken a few bits off the blue car and refitted the to the new one for me, i went over and ‘helped’ last Sunday with things like the exhaust, I’m sure I was a helpful 2nd set of hands!

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so off came the bilstein coilovers, miltek exhaust, janspeed manifold and wheels, all of which Sean refitted in the day, it then went back later in the week for the airtek intercooler, MSD coil pack, magnecor leads and catcam to be swapped as well as having a vibratechnics engine mount and my powerflex mounts fitted

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This was it at the weekend before I returned it to Sean while I was experimenting with dechroming it, used the black door handle covers off the blue car and a piece of belt line tape I had left over, you can see it covering the door chrome, also put black scuttle vents on too, I like the look of it so have ordered a new roll from kill all chrome to do the job properly when I pick the car up
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cosmetically I’ve got the carbon G-wing to go on, got to remove the cooper spoiler though, the atomspeed scoop needs to be fitted too but I may get that professionally painted red to match the car before I refit it (or run it black for a bit), just going to put 2 black LED spotlights on this one as opposed to 4 on the old car I recon, keep this car a bit stealthy!

Internally it will be just the headunit swap for now, putting the double din front/single din rear pioneer unit in it so I don’t need to start cutting the centre console up like I did for the Sony in the blue car, I’ll also upgrade the speakers and fit an so and sub box, again going to see about going stealthy in the front and using the original grilles, mount the speakers behind the door card

performance wise as well as the stuff already swapped over I picked up a pipercross panel filter new off eBay for £13 and last night grabbed me a new 15% Kavs pulley and belt this evening for £70 plus postage, that can be fitted by carsorbikes when I get it back to him in the new year for a supercharger service

Not going to add the superchip bluefin to this one but put the money toward a proper dyno tune/map at 1320 as well as getting them to fit the 550 injectors I had in stock for the blue car

the other major thing I need is the decat removing and a tomcat putting in its place as it’s a bit to noisy for my liking at the minute

so there we have it, just need to pay for it fully on payday and it’s mine, hopefully this thread won’t be like the blue one where I describe how it’s broken again or somethings snapped or gone pop on me in every other post!

And there we have it, new car, new thread, when I collect it, watch this space
 

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all being well i should be collecting the car tuesday, the old cooper S and convertible have both gone now

the black atomspeed scoop off the blue S is with sean to get resprayed red to match this car, he has done a few final touch bits and bobs like replacing a couple of blown bulbs so its ready to roll

the first (non sean job) under my ownership is a trip to 1320 on friday to have a tomcat made and fitted as the decat on the car is annoying (and sean agrees!) just a drone around 70mph and compared to the old car a lot more pops and bangs under decelleration which i dont like

im then off for the weekend so weather dependant its dechrome time on the beltline and door handles, going to keep the grille surround, light surrounds and fuel cap chrome, i was going to spray a spare grille i have black but ive decided against that now, again if i have time i’ll remove the roof spoiler and fit the carbon G wing

i may fit the pioneer stereo to it too if i have the time, speaker wise im going stealth with this one with upgraded speakers behind the existing grilles both front and back, of course selling 2 cars means i now have 2 sub boxes, do i dare fit them both!!
 

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I want it 🤣👍
you can’t have it, there is nothing on this one for you to clean or tinker with!

collecting it tomorrow morning after the school run, definatly booked in with 1320 on friday for the tomcat, as long as sean doesnt find anything dodgy with the spare cat/manifold ive got for them to make it out of

1320 said they may be able to give it a dyno run depending on time as id be interested to see what power its putting out with just the cam, bigger intercooler, janspeed manifold, miltek exhaust, pipercross panel filter, coilpack and leads, any guesses? (it wont have the 15% pulley or superchip compared to the old car)
 

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She’s now with me, lovely drive back from carsorbikes, it feels quicker than the blue one even without the pulley and map!

first job, de-chrome the beltline




Then i fitted the pedal boost chip




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cracking little mod that one, reduces throttle lag in different stages
 

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Went to do the head unit today only to discover this car has a different wiring loom, flat connectors as opposed to pins, ordered the correct one from eBay so hopefully get that done at the weekend if it arrives

So with that job stuffed I took the old spoiler off and fitted the G wing, the old spoiler was a swine to get off, bolts simple enough, but the double sided adhesive was solid, ended up using a hair driver to loosen it a bit and a Stanley blade under the spoiler once lifted a touch to slice through the glue, once one side was up i was able to gently rock the spoiler side to side to break the clue seal on the opposite side

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I then cleaned up the mounting points with isopropyl alcohol, I took the top trim off so I could get to the hnderisde
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next up, using a small clamp as a spacer i butted the spoiler side to the boot lid
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marked up the hole centres
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and drilled the holes, 4mm pilot hole first then a 9mm hole for the rivnut to slip into
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And on with the side of the spoiler
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the same on the other side, however on that side I fixed the blade to the spoiler side so when I offered it up the blade slid over the mount on the opposite side where I bolted it to the side

a nice easy mod, not helped by the cheap rivnut tool breaking after a mere 6 rivets fitted between this car and the blue one

I’ve got 2 blanking covers to go over the holes on the bootlid but I’d not fitted them in the photos incase the standard mini Cooper spoiler I’ve bought turned up today while I was fitting the G wing

finished Result minus the small Spoiler
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Just a generic one off eBay, you get what you pay for though, it may as well have been advertised as ‘I can’t believe it’s made of butter’ the metal was so soft!

the thing just fell apart on me, I ended up having to bash it back together with a hammer then clamp it with a G clamp to stop it spreading as I pinched the arms together to crush the nut!
 

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Currently sat in 1320 drooling over the fine pieces of machinery in the workshop and outside!

mine looks decidedly plain and stealthy compared to most of the cars here, apart from the G wing
 

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Discussion Starter · #23 ·
So here we go

from rusty old manifold to this.....


Scott has done a fantastic job creating a tomcat from my existing cat cut out from the old manifold




after that was done and fitted the car was strapped down for a dyno run to see what sort of power it was putting out before the 15%pulley is fitted along with a proper bytronic remap and 550 injectors


The final result being 165 bhp at the wheels which equates to 195 bhp at the crank



had a little friend keeping an eye on me today as well
 

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Stereo swap today, this one as good as it is is an absolute swine to get into the dash as you have a big cage and have to get the wires in place before you start to push it in, took me about an hour to eventually get it into place, worth it though!




Then it was onto the rattly speaker, sure enough it was pretty wet/rusty connections, however before I got the car the window on that side wasn’t correctly aligned, there doesn’t look to be fresh water in the bottom of the door so I removed the old speakers.....


and fitted an Edge 6.5 component speaker and tweeter as well as putting a bit of sound deadening in the door




That’s as far as I got as it wa s getting cold and dark, don’t need the car this week so I may try and do a bit in the afternoons after work but it may have to wait until next weekend to get the drivers side speaker and the rear 6x9 in place


some better pics of the G Wing and cooper spoiler




And some subtle1320 decals
 

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The speakers are fitted in the drivers side now but taking the door card off appears to have buggered up the central locking, I think maybe the door pin is not sitting right as it’s not moving up enough, when you push the button on the key the door won’t lock or unlock, it will do both with the key in the lock though (but that is very stiff too, may have to WD-40 it)

I’ll take it back off tomorrow and have a tinker with it if I get a chance, may remove the back seats to get to the 6x9s in the rear quarters too, the only issue I have is when I get home from work I only have about an hour of daylight to work with

also got a black fuel cap on the way too
 

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Planned on doing the spotlights I got off dave^ today and then do the wiring from the headunit to the amp but it went cold very quickly once the sun disappeared behind the houses so I just fitted the amp for the sub ready for the wiring between Christmas and new year

going to keep this boot build as minimal as possible just a board for the amp and a single bass box, Im was big fan of Rockford Fosgate equipment in the 90s so I thought I’d go back to them with a classic amp, not the mid 90s ‘landmine’ type I used to have but the later model from 1999-2000 era
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I’ll most likely use the black bass box I have instead of the red one (which was the first to hand for photos), if I mount it on a couple of pieces of 1 inch square runners it will fit further back under the corner shelf than in the pics
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I’m also planning on swapping the JBL sub for a Rockford Fosgate dual voice coil sub running at 4ohm from the amp in mono which should sound awesome
 

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And on with the spotlights, just need to wire them up next, I originally fitted them with self tappers but the screw heads were showing through the grille so I drilled out the hole slightly and fitted some nuts and bolts
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wire them in tomorrow hopefully and maybe get the amp up and running too
 

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bought myself a pair of front seats last night, sparco R100 in faux black leather from the demon tweeks sale, 10% off when you bought two, plus £18 odd cashback via topcashback website, got subframes off ebay for them that use original runners and pre tensioner brackets

hopefully ill be able to fit in them, they dont appear to be much narrower than the standard seats and having sat and just about fitted in carsandbikes narrower non reclining bucket seat i should be ok, if not its a good incentive to lose some weight!

i was going to wire the spotlights today but its snowing now, also need to get the doorcard off to sort the central locking pin
 
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