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This is my slowly evolving 2006 R53 JCW, a.k.a the alcohol problem, running on E85... ethanol, one of the oldest recreational drugs known to man, now at your local gas station. (y) I bought the car from Germany in December 2012 and had already bought the first mod (cabrio braces) before the car actually arrived in Finland. This was my short shopping list for the Mini:

# R53
# JCW (with the JCW brakes)
# facelift (LSD & shorter gearing)
# no sunroof
# automatic A/C
# full leather seats

I would've preferred Recaros, but finding a JCW with Recaros but without a sunroof seemed impossible. Later on it became obvious that the leather seats were not the best choice for track driving, but they did smell nice...

The car was pretty well equipped on top of the forementioned mandatory bits:

# MFSW
# PDC
# DSC
# satnav
# automatic headlights
# heated seats
# heated windshield
# tinted rear windows
# center armrest
# carbon JCW wing
# shitloads of chrome inside and outside

Harman/Kardon was one of the few options that was missing, but I was going to upgrade the audio anyway. In retrospect I should've added Aero kit on my list of must-haves.


Current Mods / Plans:

Engine:
# KAVS -17% s/c pulley
# PRW FluidGel dampened crank pulley (previously KAVS +2% with -15% s/c)
# OBX manifold /w tomcat
# Catcams '469'
# BVH
# 960cc injectors
# Bytetronik FA53
# tuned for E85 by me
# colder plugs; BKR8EIX
# ITG air filter in de-flapped JCW airbox
# Aluminium coolant tank /w proper pressure cap
# Mishimoto radiator
# Teflon intake manifold gasket

Handling:
# Quaife LSD
# cabrio braces
# HEL brake lines
# Nitrac DCT front rotors
# Carbotech XP8 pads
# Hobo brake ducts
# Bilstein B14 coilovers
# SPC camber plates
# Hardrace rear control arms
# M7 front strut brace
# Powerflex lower engine mount insert
# Powerflex gearbox mount insert
# Vibratechnics upper engine mount
# Powerflex front lower arm rear bushes
# OMP lower brace
# R56 rear trailing arms
# Whiteline adjustable rear ARB
# Greene Performance short shifter (waiting in the parts pile)

Exterior:
# M7 ram scoop
# rear wiper delete
# JCW wing delete
# Aero spoiler
# 16x8" ET34 Rota Slipstream for track (205/50 Yoko AD08R)
# 17x7" ET45 (+ 11mm spacers) TD Pro Race 1.2 for street (215/45 PS4)
# Stud conversion kit
# Beltline de-chrome
# De-badge & de-stripe
# Clear third brake light
# 2" stubby aerial
# Rear calipers painted red to match the front JCW's
# R50 side scuttles with 'Supercharged' badges
# Classic Mini style [MINI 1600] boot badge in place of the winged MINI emblem
# Nürburging sticker...
# non-EU license plates
# ebay aero grills (waiting in the parts pile)
# front aero bumper (waiting in the parts pile)


Interior:
# JCW Sparco seats
# JCW carbon/leather gear knob
# JCW carbon/leather handbrake grip
# Sticker bombed dash
# Innovate MTX-L AFR gauge
# OEM center console gauge pod with
Innovate MTX-D oil temp & pressure dual gauge
Innovate MTX-D water temp & voltage dual gauge
# Center armrest delete
# Rear seat delete & clubsport net thing
# All sorts of sound deadening, especially at the back


As it was when purchased in December 2012, stripes galore and JCW wing




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Summer 2013, de-striped, de-winged and wheel gap issue sorted




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Winter look, January 2015




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Summer 2015

 

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Good list JKo, looks tons better without the checkers. Those studded tyres must be at the top of your list by now!?
 

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Got the winter tyres fitted today! And immediately went for a drive! And got a smile and a wave from a girl driving an R56 Cooper on the next lane. :laugh:

Still no daylight pics, sun sets at about 3:30pm this time of year... :bored:




Orranje rear wiper delete sticker arrived in the mail today, so tomorrow it's rear wiper delete time :)
 

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No rear wiper delete yet... customs wanted more documents to be able to determine how much tax I should pay, so I went on a search for a Certificate of Conformity, and ended up having MOT test done while I was there... at least they didn't find anything wrong with the Mini. Apparently the main dealer is the cheapest option to get a CoC from, charging "only" 100€ for a piece of paper... basically all I (or customs/registration) need is the last two digits of the type approval number which determine variant and version of the car. Oh coc...!
 

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No rear wiper delete yet... customs wanted more documents to be able to determine how much tax I should pay, so I went on a search for a Certificate of Conformity, and ended up having MOT test done while I was there... at least they didn't find anything wrong with the Mini. Apparently the main dealer is the cheapest option to get a CoC from, charging "only" 100€ for a piece of paper... basically all I (or customs/registration) need is the last two digits of the type approval number which determine variant and version of the car. Oh coc...!
For a wiper delete? Couldn't they just put it in an envelope?
 

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Clear third brake light installed, looks just about perfect with the white roof. :) Also put in LED front parking lights (or whatever they're called) to match the HIDs. I found them when I was shopping for a puller, which brings me to...

I attacked the rear wiper today. The nut came off easily, the wiper arm not so much. I didn't have a forklift at hand, so I went shopping for a suitable puller. Nowadays I use any excuse to take the Mini out for a drive, and this was as good an excuse as any. LSD, snow and proper studded tyres are an amazing combo. Gotta love throttle steer. Anyway, I found a puller, but still could not get the wiper arm off. Luckily I have a hacksaw, and no plans to use the rear wiper again. Ever.



Job done.
 

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Rustproofing is booked for next week, and it'll take almost four days... properly washing the underside, letting it dry, blasting possible surface rust areas, applying primer, letting it dry, spraying the first coat of rustproofing, letting it dry, spraying the second coat, letting it dry... meanwhile I'll be enjoying the smooth ride of my Xantia estate diesel, which I bought just to have some means of transport after the Jag was sold and before the Mini arrived from Germany. Not a completely awful car considering the price and the fact that it's done 382,000km. :D

Fascia adapter for the new head unit finally arrived yesterday, and that was the last missing part of long list of adapters that I needed. So hopefully I'll have my iPhone playing music and charging in the Mini today.
 

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Drove the car back home from rustproofing, and there was a bit of snow on the roads... yeah, no need for a rear wiper. :lol:



The Pioneer stereo that I installed is working great, but the factory satnav voice is loud as hell. The volume control in satnav's settings does nothing. I have the navigation interface box from NewMiniStuff, and it's supposed to have volume adjustment built in, but I have no idea how it works, and NewMiniStuff is not answering my emails... :confused:
 

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Drove the car back home from rustproofing, and there was a bit of snow on the roads... yeah, no need for a rear wiper. :lol:



The Pioneer stereo that I installed is working great, but the factory satnav voice is loud as hell. The volume control in satnav's settings does nothing. I have the navigation interface box from NewMiniStuff, and it's supposed to have volume adjustment built in, but I have no idea how it works, and NewMiniStuff is not answering my emails... :confused:
Post this on total mini,mike from newministuff is always on there,I'm sure someone on there should help,it's there type of topic that they deal in,
 

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Got an answer from Mike, but no luck with the nav voice situation yet...

I installed a Brodit pass-through iPhone holder today. Now I just have to slip the phone in to the holder and it instantly starts charging and playing music. :cools: Also put the handsfree mic in place on top of the steering column. Now I just have to figure out how to use the Pioneer handsfree system. :blink:

I hate to just add stuff (=weight) on a car, so I had to take something out too... :wink:



Luckily the ITG filter came with a big enough warning sticker to cover the hole of the flap actuator. :thumbup1:

 

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Now that I've paid the car import tax I got the Finnish registration done, and I finally have proper licence plates instead of the sticker ones. Car tax was 36% based on co2 emissions, and due to the fucked up system we have it isn't 36% of the actual price I paid for the car in Germany, but instead 36% of an estimated price of a similar car if it was on sale here in Finland... which according to customs is about 16.000€. Still ended up paying a lot less than a similarly spec'd facelift R53 JCW would be going for here. If you could find one that is. There is also a chance that I might get some of the tax back, as imported MY2006 cars shouldn't be taxed based on co2, because that's not the way they were taxed when new. /rant

550cc injectors are en route from 1320. With any luck the car will be running on ethanol some time next week. :w00t:
 
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