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After the clean they look much better than in the ad. Good buy that, 2 set of wheels that the wheel pimp found 😁
Put up some pics when you get them on the Mini.
You're getting good at this. 😄

The wheels are ET45 and I'm a big fan of the current ET34 fitment, so I'll need to get some 11mm spacers for them. I'll do a test fit with those 205/45 Dunlops once I get the spacers to see how it stands. That should help me decide whether I should get the PS4's in 215/45 or 205/45.
 

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You're getting good at this. 😄

The wheels are ET45 and I'm a big fan of the current ET34 fitment, so I'll need to get some 11mm spacers for them. I'll do a test fit with those 205/45 Dunlops once I get the spacers to see how it stands. That should help me decide whether I should get the PS4's in 215/45 or 205/45.
Yes, he is, that was a bargain!
JKo, did you see the skinny 205/45-17 Continentals on the 17x7 OZs yesterday? They look significantly narrower than the 205/50-16 Federals on the 16x7 OZs.
I'd get the 215s if only for the looks.
 

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Definitely 215/45! When I got the 205/45 on the ultras I was mad for not getting the wider tyres… If you even slightly like chunkier tyres, 215 is the way forward :cool:
 

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If I remember correctly, they’re available in 18” and bigger. At least it was like that when I was looking for tyres.
 

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^ from left to right: tcbw (supervisor), JKo (bearded wonder), Micke (researcher)
More like bearded wonderer 😁

I had forgotten about these pics already. Next club track day is right around the corner, hopefully we don't get new repair shots.


PS4 are very good especially in the wet 👍🏻
They really are! Yesterday I got to do some roundabouts in the rain, and finding the limit would've needed speeds way out of my comfort zone for a public road. They're a bit noisier than PS3, but a lot quieter than AD08R. Ride quality is not as good as with PS3, but these are lower profile (215/45-17 vs. 205/50-16), so that was expected.

Lighting was a bit lacking after washing the car (and immediately getting a shower of rain), but here's the new setup, TD 1.2 7x17" ET45 with 215/45 PS4. Definitely needs spacers.

 

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It's been a bit quiet here... we did the Mini Club Flying Finns track day in September, and I put the fuckin' mini in to winter hibernation pretty soon after that. Noticed a leaking manifold donut gasket just as I drove it in to the shed. One more thing on the to-do list.

The above pic reminded me of an update I did months ago: new license plates! Nothing special, just got rid of the ones with EU badges on them. Fitting for a car made in the land of brexit? Also got a tidier plate holder for the rear. And a black boot handle to replace the tatty old chrome one. There was some prominent surface rust action going on in the boot handle bolt holes, so the handle replacement operation took a bit longer than expeted. Luckily none of the re-painting is visible, so I was quite comfortable in doing it myself...



(oh and I need to re-do the belt line de-chrome)
 

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As the red alcohol problem was now parked in the shed, my trusty old big block Xsara wagon (a.k.a. Exclusive WRC) needed some work to survive the winter and pass katsastus (our MOT)... discs and pads all around, one lower balljoint, valve cover gasket, headlight housings, oil change, windshield wipers, engine block heater and fuel filter. Must have been almost 300€ all together. And of course the white Sparco winter rally wheels went on too.




Then it was time to start figuring out where to start with the Mini... to-do list looks a bit like this:

  • thermostat
  • BPV
  • manifold donut gasket
  • short shifter
  • figure out why there are now two small puddles of oil under the fuckin' Mini, although it was not leaking before...
  • ebay aero grills (perhaps with aero bumber, finally)
  • fix broken clips on the side skirts (and test fit the GRP aero skirt copies that I got for a reasonable price of 0€)
  • swap the JCW Sparco seats left <-> right to keep the side bolster from wearing out too much on the driver's side (seems impossible to find matching fabric)
  • replace door windows' bottom inside seals
  • add sound deadening inside the doors
  • redo some audio / center console / gauge pod wiring
  • joey mod front and rear & some other minor cosmetic stuff
  • rust repair around the taillights...

I'll be happy if I get half of these done before next track season. :rolleyes:
 

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It's not an impossible list either considering there's more than four months before I need board the ferry to Germany (unless it's 2020 all over again). But I work slowly and take a lot of pictures. :LOL:

On to some pictures then. We did an MTGF group buy of these "supercharged" side scuttles back in 2020, but I made the mistake of getting them with red text before realising that it's the wrong red. In real life they looked almost pink, and it annoyed me to no end. I also wasn't happy with the metallic gloss black finish of the scuttles, but that's the way they came.





A couple of months ago I found a pair of beautiful A-panels from the wreckers for next to no money, thinking they'd be great for some future project, and maybe I could use the scuttles too... I didn't really expect that the scuttles would clean up too well, they seemed pretty far gone. But I thought it might be good practice if I'm going to revive my arches at some point. So I gave them a good wash and whipped out the heat gun.





The bottom one here is after just washing it with some strong car shampoo that I use for removing sticky road grime and before waxing the car. Most of that greyness must've been soap or wax residue from automatic car washes. The top one has already received a bit of heat gun action, getting it's original colour back. Word of warning here; those mesh parts melt easily... I then applied a bit of Autoglym Bumper Care, which made them almost shiny, but that'll tone down after the first wash. Then I just needed to drill some holes and swap over the "supercharged" emblems. But there was still the matter of the pink text. Realising that getting the colour to match chili red with my set of tools and skills would be next to impossible (the letters are outlined with chrome, which sits sligtly higher than the letters), I took a lesson of uncanny valley concept and made them stand out even more.





With the addition of smoked side repeater lenses they don't look half bad. I won't be putting them on the car before everything else is done, too afraid to mess them up while working on the car...

 

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I agree with you on the pink Supercharged text, and I might well copy your technique if I understood it correctly. We need a 2022 Season Planning Session by the way Jussi?
 
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