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Hi

In October 18 I bought myself a Mini R53 as a budget busting wheeler dealers style project second car, to keep the miles and worst of winter off my other car, a pristine Focus ST225 running 320BHP. Of course, despite my intention not to, I have spent some time, money and twice as much effort smartening up my Mini and it is turning into a Mini (ahem) project of it's own.

Done prior to this post on 25/04/19:
  • Good clean up inside and outside
  • Binned ghastly chequered mirror covers
  • Polished headlights - Now swapped for facelift lights
  • Silver repeater bulbs
  • Removed window tints
  • DAB mech-less stereo and new speakers
  • Lubricated gear linkage
  • Facelift steering wheel
  • Painted interior door handles
  • Replaced broken passenger door lock mechanism
  • Valeo rear wiper upgrade kit
  • Front bushes fitted by local garage
  • Four tyres all of the same, non budget, make
  • Tidied up scuffs on wheels
  • Recovered roof liner myself
Done since this post:
  • Modify air box to fit cone filter inside - DONE 26/04/19
  • Rear lights with clear indicators and diadem (blue effect) indicator bulbs - DONE 13/05/19
  • Install sub woofer - DONE 15/05/19
  • Face lift projector headlamps - DONE 02/06/19 (wasn't even on the to list!)
  • Silicone induction hose - DONE 22/06/19
  • 17% pulley & remap & cooler plugs - DONE 22/06/19
  • New coolant expansion tank - DONE 22/06/19
  • New radiator and condenser - DONE 22/06/19
  • Supercharger oil service - DONE 22/06/19
  • Cam chain tensioner - DONE 22/06/19
  • Drivers door check strap - DONE 26/06/19 - DONE AGAIN (NEW PARTS THIS TIME) 08/08/19
  • New air con pipes and re-gas - DONE 07/08/19
  • New headlight levelling sensor - DONE 05/10/19
  • Get body shop to fix rust below rear light - DONE 11/01/20
  • Rocker cover gasket - DONE 06/03/20 - DONE AGAIN (PROPERLY) 20/06/20
  • Remove chequer decals from roof - DONE 31/03/20
  • Prepare and fit aero side skirts - DONE 10/04/20
  • R56 front brakes and new rears - DONE 07/05/20
  • New wheels - DONE 07/05/20
  • LED strips inside boot - DONE 16/05/20
  • Passengers door check strap - DONE 29/08/20
  • LED number plate lights - DONE 11/10/20
  • New belt tensioner and idle pulley - DONE 04/11/20
  • Clear third brake light - DONE 06/11/20
  • New external o/s a pillar trim - DONE 01/12/20
  • Alternator replaced - DONE 24/04/21
  • Seals and o rings replaced on oil filter housing and cooler by local garage - DONE 30/04/21
  • Removed, cleaned and refitted door rubbers to cure small leak - DONE 03/05/21
  • New cooling fan (resistor and wires rusted away on old fan) - DONE 20/08/21
  • Valeo SMF and clutch kit - DONE 20/08/21
  • BKL Gearbox and rear crank seal - DONE 20/08/21
  • New PAS pump (pins in connector rusted away) - DONE 20/08/21
  • Replaced coolant expansion tank - DONE 17/09/21
To do/fit:
  • Booked in for Newman PH2 cam and re-map in January 2022 (blimey people are busy)
  • Paint centre of all brake discs and rear callipers (if I can be arsed)
I'm sure there will be more to do.

Over time I will update and add to the list.

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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
Here's a picture of both cars together, little and large and picture of the Focus on it's own.

I'm lucky to have the chance to have a choice of two different cars to use.
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Here's a picture of both cars together, little and large and picture of the Focus on it's own.

I'm lucky to have the chance to have a choice of two different cars to use.
Blimey, mini looks like a hot wheels car next to the focus! Both look very clean though :thumbup:
 

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cone air filter won't help you, keep it plastic enclosed

fit a cam … from me ;O)

focus looks smart

won't take much before the Mini is quicker haha
 

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The cone is going inside the airbox Dave F style.

The Focus is on another planet performance wise compared to the Mini.
 

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It is fitted to newer Minis from the gen1 facelift onwards and replaces the dire old trico kit.
 

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Airbox done. Cone fitted and happy with results. Only difference outside are four black bolt (button) heads. Didn't touch the bottom half or attempt to add a feed to the back of the lid.

Only took one hour, start to finish. Simple job.
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
As you asked nicely, I will oblige!

Only one picture of the finished article. All you can see are four bolt heads (hence using black button headed bolts).

The cone is mounted into the lid. I did not touch the bottom half or add a rear feed to the lid.

Going to finish it off with a new silicone induction hose.

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Having driven the Mini a few times since the air box mod, I can only say 10 out of 10!

Much better mid range pull, slight increase in charger whine and a nicer exhaust note. All for £55, £43 of which as the air filter! Only took me one hour from start to finish (including getting tools out and putting them away).
 
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