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I thought it was about time I posted up about my '03 Hartge MCS:)

Bought in 2005 in standard condition apart from the Hartge 210bhp tuning kit, which apparently consists of a remap & a 15% pulley, a Milltek mani & exhaust was also fitted at the same time by the previous owner. a good starting point.


I joined MINI2 to learn more about the car & at that point there were no plans to do any mods:tongue_smilie:, of course, that didn't happen. 1st off was a set of Fox RS3 wheels


The modding bug struck quite badly so over the space of a couple of years quite a few bits & bobs were fitted/changed. Full Aero kit, leather JCW/Sparco seats, window tints, black tinted rear lights, a couple of visits to Phil at Mini-Pirate resulted in a Roof Zipper decal, carbon look:tongue_smilie: headlight rings/bonnet scoop & belt line. My all time fave wheels were bought as well, Dare X4's, quite rare, I think only 50 sets were ever made with the MINI fitment. Also quite rare (at the time) were the Vented A Panels, bought from an ebay seller in Hong Kong, being cheap old fibreglass reps they were a right bastard to fit, I think they look the nuts though:thumbup1:. Another mod not often seen is the Palo Uber Carbon (real:thumbup1:) Fibre Wing extension. Carbon fibre dash/cup holders/trim rings & a 3 spoke steering wheel also fitted.

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The engine bay wasn't forgotten either, GTT CAI (now replaced by Dave F Hybrid:thumbup1:), GTT upper strut brace, GRS Intercooler, Mini Pirate high performance 'eyes'.


Late last year/early this year the car had a couple more mods, the ride on the 18" Dares + 35 profile tyres was getting too much over the terrible pot holes around where I live (Surrey), so a call to Ben at Rare Rims & a couple of days later a new set of wheels arrived, 17" Rota Sub Zero's:thumbup1:, made the ride MUCH better & also leads into the next planned Mod.....some lovely R56 Jcw Brembo brakes (thanks TDLC:wink:), with the car being lowered on KW springs it looked sooo much better.




Only real track time the car has seen was last year at the 'cough cough' :tongue_smilie: totalMINI Top Gear Run, not a real track day as such (no overtaking:thumbdown:), but at least we got to drive the famous track, did get up to 95mph at one point though:laugh:, commentary by my impatient son :lol:
http://www.youtube.com/user/?gl=GB&hl=en-GB#p/a/f/0/rpZs1o0so80


When up at 1320 to get the brakes fitted the car had a run on the dyno & a pleasing 196whp was seen, I was well happy with that.

Future mods??? At the moment only a set of coilovers are on my wish list.....

Sorry it's a long post guys :tongue_smilie:

Cheers

John
 

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Looking good John! :thumbup1:

looking good! except the gay mirror covers :)
the mirror caps do tell a story... something to do with age! :p
 

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Carbon in the pipeline :laugh:
it will look good! btw if you haven't got them yet, i have a pair of carbon look mirror covers for sale never used!
 
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One of my favourite EB minis:thumbup1:
 
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Looking good John! :thumbup1:



the mirror caps do tell a story... something to do with age! :p
Cheers guys:thumbup1:

Being an old git my age is more than the Mini United 50 mirror caps, they've got to go:laugh:.

Thanks for the offer on the carbon look one's though mate, I'm going for some real carbon though:wink:
 
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