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Pistons should go back with reasonable ease, if they won’t without high force they’re probably binding internally due to some corrosion behind either seal and would need stripping and cleaning or service kit etc, maybe renewal.


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Discussion Starter · #23 ·
Bought tool to compress pistons and they felt pretty smooth going back in.
 

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I didn’t have an issue with the fronts of either of ours, (beyond the fecking holding screw) but the rears I’ve read are more tricky and need the tool for the callipers, as they’re the next job on both
 

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Do the new drop links make a difference to the rear end?
Not so you would notice. Would need to change arb for a thicker one to feel any difference I think, not just the end links.
I changed them to try and get rid of knocking from rear end.
Unfortunately its still there. Passenger side. Over bumps.
 

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Ah ok, ARB is the way forward

interesting that the NSR knocks, my wife’s R56 did that too, regardless of someone sat that side or not, although it was just only over bumps
 

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D bushes probably
 
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Fitted pads today. Carriers just needed a damn good clean under the pad retaining clips.
Rust build up was stopping pads sliding in fully.
Was only a mm or 2 but made all the difference.
Wheels now rotate freely.

The braided hoses on the other hand I gave up on.
Original hoses were rusted to metal brake lines all round.
Didnt want to mess with them in case I broke something.
Can see myself sitting in a pool of brake fluid and tears.
Will leave it to the pros in case I need new metal brake lines too.
 

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you possibly will
 

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Minis are like a drug, after wanting one for years and never buying one, to having had three (R50 Cooper, R53 S and a R50 One Convertible running Cooper power) in about 3 years and again not having one, I still pine for all three cars in some way shape or form (the S and the Convertible the most).

I still maintain no modern car for the money drives as well as (in an analogue respect) or is as fun as an R50/R52/R53 Mini. BMW absolutely nailed it.....later cars definitely more refined and easier to live with but I dont think are quite the same, still brilliant tho (y)
 

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I still maintain no modern car for the money drives as well as (in an analogue respect) or is as fun as an R50/R52/R53 Mini.
Having never driven one of the Gen 1 cars I cant really comment.
I think the changes made for the R56 at least, are subtle enough to retain the original styling, and I think you would have just as much fun in an R56 MCS.
 

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Having never driven one of the Gen 1 cars I cant really comment.
I think the changes made for the R56 at least, are subtle enough to retain the original styling, and I think you would have just as much fun in an R56 MCS.
R56's are better than the earlier cars in alot of ways, refinement and comfort for sure (the interiors in the 1st gens are shit by comparison). S's are definitely faster stock too but there is just something about the analogue feel of the R50's and R53's, if you havent driven one definitely worth a go to see what you think (y)
 

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if you havent driven one definitely worth a go to see what you think
I have driven a supercharged car in the past (1978 Lancia Beta volumex spyder) and would say power is more immediate with a supercharger.
Turbocharger power is almost a surprise sometimes. Oh ....there it is....
Think maybe Im driving it wrong or need heavier shoes :ROFLMAO:
 

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just drove my 53 locally today and the 55s last night, that was no different really than the 56s, not by a lot anyway, bit more weight at the back, point is the 56s isn't the same car at all as the 53 which is more direct and involving, the 56's I like because they're a lazy drive, getting in the 53 today once it'd warmed a bit was just a reminder of its potential potency, didn't put my foot down in it at all really, it's just glaringly obvious, of course it's modified and the others aren't but the direct feel doesn't change much, was nice to use with the standard gearbox for a change, still think it's going to go though, never really used now, was due a full dyno day at 1320 last Friday but had to cancel it due to C19, deferred to Feb 14th, after that assuming it survives what we're doing, it might well get detuned. Jury is still out.... I'm probably going to use the R55S for a bit 'cos it's layyzeee, but might map it....
 
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the 56's I like because they're a lazy drive
Wow! and heres me thinking how hard I have to work through the gears.
My old Fiat Stilo diesel estate was a proper lazy drive. You could pull away in third :D
 

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OK. In the garage having Powerflex front control arm rear bushes, front outer ball joints, front arb bushes, front drop links and braided brake hoses fitted all round.
Looking at refreshing suspension all round. Can't decide whether to go with coilovers or just new OEM struts.

Wifes One had a new clutch about a month ago too.
 
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