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Micke's summertime shitbox R53







Specs

Engine

  • Kavs 17 % pulley
  • Airtec intercooler
  • Orranje stealth intake
  • Samco intake hose
  • Janspeed manifold + tomcat
  • Jetex resonated 2,5” cat back
  • Bosch 550cc injectors (not installed)
  • Cat Cams 469 cam (not installed)
  • Bytetronik
Suspension
  • ST XTA coilovers
  • Whiteline rear ARB
  • Hardrace rear control arms
  • Powerflex front control arm rear bushes
  • OMP lower strut brace
  • OMP upper strut brace
  • R56 trailing arms (planned)
Drivetrain
  • Quaife LSD
  • Powerflex lower engine mount inserts (big & small)
  • Powerflex gearbox mount inserts
Brakes
  • R56S Brake Calipers
  • HEL braided brake lines front & back
  • Slotted and drilled discs front
  • EBC Red stuff pads front
  • Carbotech AX6 rear
  • Carbotech XP8 front (planned)
Wheels & Tyres
  • Work Emotion CR Kai 7x17 et42 + Advan AD08 215/45
  • Kavs 11mm spacers
  • Orranje stud conversion
Exterior
  • Aero front grills
  • Rear wiper delete
  • Rear debadge
  • OEM short antenna
  • Reg plates without EU sign
  • Black belt line
  • White mirror covers
  • Aero spoiler
  • Dechromed tail lights
  • Cooper side scuttles
  • GP rear bumper trim (planned)
  • Color coded headlight trim (planned)
  • Painted gas cap (planned)
  • Painted door handles (planned)
Interior
  • Coolerworx Shifter
  • JCW handbrake lever
  • Ultragauge
  • 3D printed phone mount
  • R56 GP2 seat delete
  • R50 shelf under steering wheel
  • Union flag rear view mirror cover
  • Innovate MTX-L AFR gauge (not installed)
  • Recaro SP-JK seats (JDM Evo 7)
  • Momo Montecarlo steering wheel with OMP hub (not installed)
  • Rear cage (planned)
Hi!

I've owned the mini for couple of months and couldn't be happier, let's see how long that will last :lol: I've been looking for a DS/W r53 with a sunroof in Finland but with no success so decided to look for one abroad and found this one in Poland. First owner, not in bad shape, 130kkm in the clock and all the equipment that I wanted. (Sunroof, climate control, H/K)

Here are some pictures of it before bringing it home





After buying it I took it to a known Mini specialist near Warsaw and had all the gaskets that are known to fail replaced. Also it got a new clutch and rear main seal, wishbone bushes replaced with Powerflex and supercharger filled with new oil and a new waterpump. That should be enough for now hopefully. Maybe some things were not needed but repairing anything in Finland would probably cost me a kidney :crying:

When the car was ready it was time to bring it back home so I drove it from Warsaw to Tallin and there in a ferry to Helsinki and I was home after a short drive. Couple of days later the registration MOT has been made and the needed papers sent to the tax office and I had to patiently wait for the decision of how much I should pay. After paying the taxes I got the Finnish plates and the Mini was ready, almost :)

There were some issues I had to take care of, for example the interior. It looked clean but still I decided to take it apart and give it a good clean with a Karcher water vacuum cleaner. it was worth the time spent as the water came completely black. Afterwards I took care of the side bolster of the driver seat as it had the typical marks of getting in/out, here's a before and after shot. In my opinion it looks way better than before.



The only thing a was missing was a bluetooth connection but a CD changer emulator took care of that and it works like a charm even if the install took a little more time than expected :D



As I don't like to do the same things twice, I replaced the down tubes and other trim parts that were scratched. I still have the old one's, maybe 1 day I'll paint them black.



For some odd reason the plastic bit that covers the headlight adjustment knob was missing, nothing that a BMW can't help with



The PCV valve has been in hands of a shitty mechanic and was broken so I replaced it



And the fugly stock antenna had to go, no more RC car look!



And much better with a OEM replacement :)



And here's a random picture of a order that I received from a BMW dealership, felt almost like christmas



First I mounted the upper aero grill as it is very easy and take only couple of minutes, the lower one is now on as I took care of it during vacation.

And even before having the Mini I bought a set of 7x17 et37 OZ Ultraleggeras with shitty 215/40 wrapped on them. I was happy to ditch the heavy s-spokes. According to a home scale the difference per wheels was of 6kg, much more than I thougt



Please mind the wheel gap, coilovers will be bought in the following months and mounted in the spring. In the meanwhile I bought a set of some Team Dynamics rims (probably Monza) in 7x16 et45 to be used as winter wheels. They're not in bad shape and were quite cheap. I'll upload some pictures when the Mini will be in the winter setup (most probably soon).

As for the future plans, I want to get some daily friendly coilovers, top mounts and rear arms for the handling and a pulley and airbox for the performance. I know it won't be a rocket but you got to start with something :) And some exterior enhancements will also come, cant stand the chrome mirror covers...

If you did read it to the end, congratulations :laugh:
 

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Well done Micke, a great start. The white OZs were a good call, your car looks very clean and fresh for 130k.
 

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Here I was about to compliment you on keeping the S-Lites. Clean car nonetheless. The pulley and airbox really change the feeling of the car. Not a whole lot faster, but the whine and the whoosh of the air into the intake, even at partial throttle... awesome!
 

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Thanks tcbw. Seeing your car gave me some new ideas, good that the winter is coming there'll be enough time to make a plan.

The wheels really made a big change, not only in weight but also ride quality. Even if the profile is lower, the ride is smoother as they're not runflats. And also now it looks different from the other Minis I see on the street.

As I first car years ago I had a Polo G40 already stock was a lot of fun but with a pulley, schrick cam and a tune (or chip back then) it really was a pocket rocket. Unfortunately I was young and stupid and the handling was not the most important thing back then :)
 

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I bought a repair set from Lederzentrum in Germany. Their distributor in UK is www.colourlock.com
I'm really pleased with the result. The after picture was taken just after the dye dried, after some time you I don't notice the difference. Of course it also depends how badly your bolster is worn, mine had some pretty wide cracks so it wont be perfect unfortunately.
 

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Very nice looking configuration you have there, Micke, and top work you've done so far :)

When you refer to having lost 6kg per wheel, you mean in the whole set (wheel plus tyre), right?
 

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Thanks citro. There are still some small things that bother me and require attention, after that I'll start thinking about the mods.

ABout the wheels: yes, it the difference of 6kg was between a set of rim + tyre. To be exact, it was the following configuration:
- S-Spokes (7x17) + 205/45/17 Continental runflat
- OZ Ultraleggera (7x17) + 215/40/17 Nokian Z Line
 

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Today by mistake I found out that a company not so far from where I live is the importer of Powerflex, quite a surprise. I checked their website and the have some bushes for the Mini in stock also. On my way from work I stopped by and bought this, no need to order it abroad.



I also have a new Lemförder lower mount waiting so without waiting too long I popped it in. Now I just have to find a suitable moment to fit it and enjoy the vibrations

 

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Kiitos JKo! I laughed with tcbw that the amount of Finns here just raised by 50% :lol: Ah yes, the wheel gap. It really hurts my eyes but I don't really want to put any coilovers for the winter but they're on the top of the prio list. At the moment I'm leaning towards ST XTA, seems to be a good allrounder as I have thought about some track days during next year.
 

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Not much going on lately, making already plans for 2018 and thinking where to get money for them :crying:

Couple of days ago I got a parcel from amazon which contained this:


I have to say that the bulbs made a huge difference, probably because it looked as the ones on the car were from 2004...

Also during the last morning I noticed that it was hesitating a bit while starting, probably because the mornings are getting colder. Picked up a new Exide 64Ah battery and the problem is gone. The old one probably would anyway die during the winter.
 

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Unfortunately winter is around the corner :scared: On Saturday it was time to get the winter tires on some wheels that I have bought not so long ago. They're not the prettiest but for 1 winter I can live with them. They're Team Dynamics Monza 7x16 et45



At the same time the tires were taken from the Ultras and checked on the balancing machine and unfortunately 1 needs repair :crying: Fortunately it can be repaired, today I should have an estimate. Also called a placed to have the whole set stripped and powdercoated. I have thought to leave them white, in my opinion they look really well.

Also I received a nice surprise today in the post :laugh:

 

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Those TDs might look better without the centre caps?

Let me know how you get on with the repainting of the OZs, as I have some black rims that need some paint. They look so dull in black on a DS car...
 

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The TD's have a double PCD so they look like crap without the caps. Probably going to use them only for 1 winter as I'm looking for some super or ultraleggeras in 16".

Yesterday I picked up the bent OZ from the repair and it looks good. The only problem I had with all the wheels where the centre spigots as they have been sitting there since 2010 and never been taken out or greased. The spigots are from aluminium but they have a securing ring which is probably made out of steel and was all rusted...



After soaking them in WD40 it was hammer time. After struggling for a while I managed to get all the rings out from the wheels but the hammer and other tools didn't do any good to the spigots and they're bent so I'll have to get a new set from somewhere.

I talked to a guy about stripping and painting them. I'll let you know when I get them back (it seems that there's a waiting time of few weeks at the moment)
 
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