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Right, thought it was about time that I drafted a 'project' thread and I properly wanted to introduce myself and my MCS to those of you who I haven't met yet! I can't actually comprehend the amount of money I've spent in the last 21 months of ownership... so maybe this will thread will help!

So, where to begin. I can hear your questions.

Starts off slowly... What have you done to it? What power are you rocking? What future plans have I got for it? Is Big Show actually a drug dealer? Why is James so obsessed with coilies? Can a MCS really out accelerate a lambo? Did Kenny really buy those alloys? :thumbup: Hope to answer some, if not all of the above at some point :blink:

I'll just point out now that some of this has been copied from 'other' forums, so forgive me for telling you what some of the mods actually do! :cools:

Previous Cars

I think the root of my 'issues' stem from the frighteningly eclectic mix of cars that I've grown up with. At the innocent age of 17, I was handed the keys to a lovely slab cruising sleeper, an Audi 100 with a 2.2 Litre engine which had been in the family since I was born. Yes a 'B' Reg... 1984! Amongst friends it shortly became known as the Tank for 'dominating' the dual carriageways of Blazingstoke. It was more affectionately referred to in family circles as Old Smoker! Pretty quick for a first car, and bigger than I ever needed. Best described as a sofa on wheels, and it cornered like one! I ran it during my college years and passed it down to my sister when I embarked on a alcohol fulled binge which would last almost three years, more formally known as Uni.



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Given my brief fling with power and (more so) torque and the handling characteristics of an arthritic Great Dane with bowel problems, I endured two car-less years of Uni. Things were to change in my final year. Having decided that I could no longer bear public transport I decided it was about time that I purchased my first car (well second, but my first owned car).

So, what did I choose? A MINI Cooper, Clio Sport, a Civic Type R... Er nope. I say chose, it was more like lumbered. A friend of my parents was trading in a K reg Golf 1.8 for a new car. Fortunately, or unfortunately which ever way you look at it, I was offered first refusal. And so, armed with 500 of my parents finest British pounds, I became the proud *cough* owner of a car with less power than a women's battery-operated best friend. Small corner of it is in the above pic... along with my sister's boyfriend's car.

Anyway, that period of my car life is best forgotten. To say the Golf 'handled' through corners would be to compare its handling characteristics with a milk float. And so, after a 2 further years of living with a car about as exciting as a damp plimsol, I thought I'd upgrade.

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March 2008: My MINI Cooper S

Which leads me on nicely to my current car. At the time of buying, I wanted a comfy car which good residual value, style and most important... handling. Originally, I had planned on buying a standard Cooper. However, after a whirlwind trip to Birmingham, I returned with this...









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June 2008

After cleaning, I realised the bonnet scoop was broken. A visit to the stealer confirmed my worst fears... £150 for a colour coded piece of plastic. So, I returned with a chrome one which only cost around £80. And so, this is how my MINI looked for a while:



Pic with my sister's boyfriend's car (at the time, he tend to change more often than I change socks)



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September 2008

In September 2008, a stupid women drove into me. So, the bonnet and front bumper had to be replaced. However, I was quite pleased because the old bonnet was in an awful state. Once replaced, I was quite pleased with the look.





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October 2008

And the modding began... Milltek Cat-back fitted:















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November 2008/December 2008

Disaster struck in late November 2008. I eventually found out, once the car was in my parents garage in bits, that the camshaft lobe had fractured... over Christmas I rebuild the car with the addition of a new camshaft. Wish I had upgraded at the time.

Camshaft lobe shattered... and faulty ECU!! - MINI2 - MINI Forum

















Excuse the pictures of a shabby looking me on Boxing Day... very unclean lol.

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Once rebuilt, I realised we had another problem.

Quote on MINI2 at the time:

"As to the ignition problem - we pushed the connectors further in on the DME and the engine is sparking on cylinders 2&3 but not 1&4. The injectors are firing and so the engine is running on 2 cylinders.

Connected up my Dad's oscilloscope and we got readings from camshaft sensor and the crankshaft sensor when connected to the DME (positive and negative signals), so no problems there - they are running fine. However, the DME is not sending out the pulses to the ignition coil for cylinders 1&4 (ignition coil circuit A), which it should be doing. If a sensor was sending the wrong signal to the DME or no signal at all, then, apart from having a fault code appear for the sensor, the DME would shut down the injectors. It should not cease sending the pulse to the ignition coil. The only control the DME has over the pulsing to the ignition coil is over timing, it should never simply stop sending the pulses to the ignition coil.

Checked the wiring between ignition coil and DME and that is fine, so no wiring problems either. Carrying out some more tests now, so hopefully should be able to clarify all this later.

All points to a faulty DME"

The wiring in the ECU had broken, my Dad had to operate...







Thank god it worked!

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Febuary 2009 - back on the road, I finally got to enjoy my MINI





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March 2009

Some detailing pics...















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By this time, the clutch release bearing was on its way out, and it was suffering from the common 'chewbacha' groan when taking off in first gear. So, I took it to a specialist to fit a new clutch kit and flywheel...

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Oh and the exhaust starting blowing, so that had to be replaced (thank god for lifetime warranty on the Millteks!)

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Once sorted, I got back on the road, with some of my mates. I love living near Mountains...





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April 2009

Time for a power upgrade... which meant a trip to Lohen for a 15% Alta Pulley and new Powerflex bushes all round. No pics unfortunately.

First drive home... :D:D:D :wh: sweeeeeeet!

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May 2009

May came and I was yearning to recover some of that supercharger whine that I'd lost when the Milltek was fitted.

So, having listened to my sister's boyfriends Dave.F Hyrbid Airbox on his 328i (his car at the time) I decided that I wanted a new airbox. Funnily enough, Dave.F had just bought an MCS and was developing a hybrid airbox for the Cooper S.

Initial results proved that his Cooper S hybrid airbox was simply the best on the market, better than the JCW airbox (previously the best) and over half the price.

The stock (sealed) airbox basically houses a K&N filter the size of my head... a cold air feed is plumbed in from the bulkhead air vents you can see below the windscreen wipers.

The results were instantly noticeable. More crisp acceleration, better throttle response and the car felt more free higher up the rev range, less constrained.

Best of all, was the return of the supercharger whine to the cabin :D :D

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June 2009

At this point, I realised I'd had enough of my run-flats and S spokes, which each weigh as much as a small elephant... So I picked up a set of brand new (but second hand) Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 in gloss black... and new Aero grill in black :biggrin:



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July 2009

Shortly followed by a new scoop, body coloured at last...





(Pic with Mum's car...)



And a pic with my sis's boyfriends car (his car at the time, lol)



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September 2009

Again, another run to mid Wales :D











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October 2009

After MAAMAA 2009, I realised I needed to upgrade my brakes... Big time. So, scoured ebay and the forums. Got lucky on ebay, R56 MCS calipers, discs (almost new) and new pads £90 with delivery.

Up from 276mm to 294mm discs, they are basically the JCW ones fitted to the R53, so had them painted red (JCW style with stickers)...















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November 2009

Birthday time, and look what I managed to pick up... GRS 'Motorsport Edition' Intercooler. Yum yum:









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And a scangauge 2 to watch those inlet temps and Boooooooooost :D boosting at around 15 - 16 PSI now :nice:




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December 2009

And so, with all the mods on, I thought it was time I'd get on the Dyno and find out what she was producing...






207 bhp and 176 ft-lbs torque... apparently pretty good with the mods on a standard map.

A decent remap at 1320 should raise that to around 225 - 230 bhp... but that's another £350 plus VAT.

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Christmas 2009

So what's next... I've already ordered 4 new Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas for the spring :) but I won't fit them just yet.

I also have a lovely set of eibach pro-kit springs waiting to be fitted over Christmas :D

Then I'll be de-chroming the beltline, headlight surrounds, indicator surrounds, filler cap and eventually the door handles. I also need to get some braided lines and RBF600 plumbed in... ready for March (first track event).

Eventually, I'll move up to a 17% reduced pulley, Thumper head, newman cam, 440 injectors, mani and remap. Weight reduction, racing seats, harnesses etc... Oh and then it'll become my track car.

But for now (once the weather warms up) you'll find me in the Brecon Beacons enjoying myself :smile:

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Nice work so far - springs will make the look of the car even meaner :D

They will as he got them from me :lol:

Great so far Rich - you're going to be wanting R56 Brembos, coilovers , roll cage , on and on the list goes :lol: for track use . You can pay for lots of it though by selling your std stuff you strip out - seats, airbags, air con , windows .

Have fun :thumbup1:
 
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