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Before I loose all track of time I thought I should document the current progress of "Project MAFFAs Mini" :) Nah just kidding but I thought you might like to know what i've been up to since I bought it in August.

Okay so I only picked up my 2002 R53 MCS on 2nd August 2008 but as with a number of my previous cars I got bitten by the modding bug pretty darn quick. When I bought it it came with a set of 18" Jordan R alloy wheels and looked like this:

2nd August 2008







15th August 2008

First thing I did was just to add a little visual touch with a set of replica Lohen graphics that cost me the vast sum of a tenner :)





22nd August 2008

Fitted an M7 Induction kit supplied by James at Full On Motorsport. The increased supercharger whine is awesome.

29th August 2008

I eventually saw sense & got rid of those horrible alloys :) The combination of the look, the rubbing, the handling etc...etc... prooved too much in the end and I chopped them in for a set of replica 17" R90's & I was dead chuffed with the result:





16th October 2008

Took a trip to Minispeed and got them to fit my NGK BKR7EIX Iridium plugs & KMT 15% reduced pulley that I purchased from Slovenia......yes Slovenia!! This pulley was £40 delivered so I had to give it a shot. If you want to read all about it there is a real long thread here about it:

Guinea Pig - KMT 15% Reduction pulley - MINI2 - MINI Forum

6th November 2008

Burnout catback exhaust fitted by my trusty mechanic. This was $175 from the states ;)

5th December 2008

KW springs fitted. These were £45 brand new & cost me £40 to get them fitted thanks to my trusty mechanic :) This made the car look like this :nice::nice:







14th January 2009

12.2 Wilwood BBK fitted with the optional GT discs that are directional gas flowed. Thanks to Todd at TCE for these :)





5th February 2009

Fitted a 20mm Whiteline adjustable rear anti-roll bar.

£130 delivered from Balance Motorsport. My trusty mechanic fitted it for me for £80 which is a result as the book time is just under 3hrs.

4th April 2009

Decided to get all hi tech inside the MCS by buying an 8GB iPod Nano & a Dension Gateway 100 interface.

With the use of the BMW TIS program on my PC I was able to take the dash apart & fit it myself. I also fitted a mount & cradle to the side of the stereo that looks really neat. Took about an hour in total and was all bought from NewMiniStuff.com .

I'd recommend one of these kits to anyone looking to get some more tunes in their car without the need of 100's of CD's cluttering it up. Can all be controlled from the MFSW as well.

14th April 2009

Fitted upper & lower OMP front strut braces.

28th April 2009

Fitted MSD ignition coil & MSD Ignition leads



7th May 2009

GTT intercooler & red snoot boots fitted



29th May 2009

Quicksilver Supersports cat-back system fitted to replace the Burnout one

2nd June 2009

Went to 1320 for a Newman cam & a remap. They also fitted my Helix 380 injectors. The results were:

223 BHP
181 lb/ft

The only things that held it back were that it was 27 degrees, the clutch was slipping over 6000rpm & that I don't have a manifold.

13th July 2009

Had the following fitted

1) JB Racing aluminium flywheel (4.5kg)
2) Clutchmasters FX 400 clutch kit (6 paddle)
3) Superflex control arm bushes

Man what a difference! The FX 400 is light...so light in fact that we initially thought it was broken. I'm used to it now though & it's awesome.

Did have a real mare bleeding it through though. Ended up with a new slave cylinder and even after that it took a week or so to settle in properly. The biting point was initially mm from the floor & it was either on or off with no forgiveness. I did think i'd made a mistake & ruined my car but nearly 2 weeks on I know I didn't.

The flywheel makes one hell of a difference. More than I could have ever imagined. The engine revs so fast it's almost bike like. I was on a damp road the other day & the traction control light was still blinking in 4th!!!

God knows what's next.....watch this space.

8th October 2009

Engine blows up!!!!!!

http://www.minitorque.com/forum/f24/help-blown-engine-cylinder-4-a-5620/

23rd October 2009

Purchased a low mikeage (26k) engine for £650 on 15th October that got delivered to my mechanic today.

28th October 2009

Got my car back on Monday (26th) & took it to 1320 today for a re-tune. The results were pretty impressive:

239.4 BHP
182.8 lb/ft

That's 16 BHP more than the old engine

31st October 2009

After 250 miles engine no.2 blows up!!! Cylinder no.3 Misfire (Error code P0303)

Diagnosis - Garage who fitted the engine didn't fit the hose to the FRP properly & when I looked for it it wasn't there!!!

25th November 2009

After sending the car back I got the garage to rebuild by engine because of their neglegence. I got it back today.

19th December 2009

After 750 running-in miles engine no.3 blows up!!! Piston through the block.

Diagnosis - None as yet. Garage refuses to touch the car as they say it's my fault due to either my driving or being too highly tuned!! Pleasant of them just before Xmas!!

19th December 2009 - 8th February 2010

Car sit's outside my house in the snow!!

9th February 2010 (My birthday...yay)

Car is transported to 1320 Mini to get the job done properly. They diagnose the failure as reused rod bolts & find numerous other horrors that the cowboys in my local garage did.

9th February 2010 - 3rd August 2010

Car remains at 1320 Mini & is Thomas's own little project. Other goings on are:

  • Purchased a TPR-1 head (Thanks Brownpants)
  • Purchased 0.5mm oversized JE pistons
  • Purchased ARP head & rod bolts
  • Purchased 550 injectors after selling my 380's
  • Purchased a GRS Intercooler after selling my GTT one
  • Purchased an OBX LSD
  • Purchased a Janspeed Manifold (for a Tomcat)
  • Purchased a complete new crank kit from BMW
  • Got a DEKRA independent Inspection carried out on my car
  • Instructed a solicitor to sue the cowboys at my local garage for all costs during their work & during 1320's work.

4th August 2010

After 225 non-running days I get a call from Thomas with the sound of my car running in the background. It's enough to bring a tear to your eye!

25th August 2010

Got the car back from 1320 Mini. The result was:

210WHP at 7400RPM
163WTQ

29th August 2010


Changed the bonnet stripes for something different:



22nd October 2011

After a long stint & them being replaced in March by the insurance company the R90 replicas went & a set of 17" Lenso D1R's went on.

29th October 2011

The KW springs were replaced by some Meister R coilovers. I didn't go mental low as I dont have adjustable rear control arms. The fronts could possibly go a little lower (only a couple of turns left) but i'll wait until next time I go on the track to decide if it will compromise handling.



MAFFA
 
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Mate sweet looking car, been trying to find some photos of the willwoods fitted on a mini!

Saw a set when i was at MiniMania last and thought they looked pretty cool, they were black like yours.

Alex
 

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I love the MINI mate and good choice on the alloys.
 

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Mate sweet looking car, been trying to find some photos of the willwoods fitted on a mini!

Saw a set when i was at MiniMania last and thought they looked pretty cool, they were black like yours.

Alex
Had to get black...so the misses wouldn't notice :scared::scared:

MAFFA :)
 

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Funny thing is the only bits she knows about are the exhaust & wheels :laugh::laugh:

I can't believe she didn't notice my car almost hit the floor on those springs :laugh:

MAFFA
Glad Im not the only one who is stealth modding!!! lol:thumbup:

New wheels are a great improvement - looking there matey :)
 

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Good choice on the OMPs :thumbup1: I bet you noticed the difference straight away!!
Not had a chance to test them yet. Fitted the top strut in my lunch break & the lower one after work....both on the sly of course :wink: I'll see when I drive it tomorrow but the real test will be at Cadwell Park on Monday :cools:

The Whiteline rear bar made a huge difference so hopefully these front struts will stiffen things up a little :)

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Good choice on the OMPs :thumbup1: I bet you noticed the difference straight away!!
Certainly noticed the difference on the track...but the huge difference was running the slicks!!

I did manage to dent the lower one pretty badly when I went over one of the kerbs at Cadwell....might need another one now LOL :lol:

Got a couple more bits coming in the post:

GTT intercooler with red snoot boots
MSD Ignition Coil
MSD HT Leads

I'll keep you posted on their fitting. I'm nearly in need of that remap as I think everything is in place....Mmmmm maybe bigger injectors? :laugh:

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stock 330's are ok until 230ish bhp, anything above and you really should be looking at bigger :)
 

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stock 330's are ok until 230ish bhp, anything above and you really should be looking at bigger :)
Would I be getting anywhere close to that with a 1320 map on the following engine mods:

15% pulley
M7 Induction
Cat-back exhaust
GTT Intercooler
MSD Ignition coil & HT leads

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Would I be getting anywhere close to that with a 1320 map on the following engine mods:

15% pulley
M7 Induction
Cat-back exhaust
GTT Intercooler
MSD Ignition coil & HT leads

MAFFA
I give up, all depends on the engine at the end of the day, i would think that you will be under 230 though...

Are you planning any more engine mods in the future? If you are then it might be worth knocking the remap on the head until such time you can tune for more goodies
 

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I give up, all depends on the engine at the end of the day, i would think that you will be under 230 though...

Are you planning any more engine mods in the future? If you are then it might be worth knocking the remap on the head until such time you can tune for more goodies
I don't think so. It's a daily runner & a track toy so I really only want to take it to the point before I start taking the engine apart. Maybe a smaller pulley with a map but i'm undecided really.

Just trying to get all the ancillaries in place.

MAFFA
 
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