Have had my Mini for about a year but haven't joined a forum so thought I would check in here... Hopefully there can be some meets or something this year 🤔
Absolutely, a younger me would have definitely gone straight for the power first.Thanks, I tried to match the wing mirrors and so I've got the green and black theme now so no going back, lol.
Yeah, it is always tempting to go for the power but like you I think the setup is more important first. I have seen it with my previous car that the setup was better to have over power. Of course in the end I want to have a stage 2 setup 😂
Re the ARB thanks for the advice. I've looked into it and it isn't too bad but I'm not sure if it is the same on the R53 but you have to release the rear subframe to get the bar across, I don't think it is a major drama just more awkward. I'll def have a look at the droplinks though, worth a check, I want to run it medium firmness to start with so might add stress if they're not great.
Hey 😁 good news I'm not alone 😅Looks great, another LCI N18 owner
What type of rear strut brace is that, does it affect the rear seats at all?
Yep, likewise 😬 Ah right, that's good to know if is the same so you've experienced it and the tip is most helpful with the subframe and the loom. Did you manage to do it on the ground with jacks?Absolutely, a younger me would have definitely gone straight for the power first.
Same for the R53, have to drop the subframe to manoeuvre the bar over the middle subframe mounts. I left two on one side very loose and fully removed the other side to get that bit of extra clearance. You only need one side to be able to get over the mounting point as once past that you can angle the bar behind the other coming out and also back in. There is a loom in the middle, be careful not to snag it.
You should get a project thread on the go, always good to read through.
Hey 😁 good news I'm not alone 😅
It is a mini works one and I bought it as it doesn't interfere with the seats as I use the car daily too so needed it to work together.
Here's the link
This rear strut brace is perfect to stiffen up the rest end when cornering, it also allows the the rest seats to still lock into place while fitted which most other rear braces will not. TIG welded 45mm stainless steel, fully structural rear strut brace. Mini r56 r55 rear strut brace stainless...shop.mwuk.uk
Ah cool, but yes they are the R116 and nice wheels aren't they, so I won't change them.Awesome, looks like we have the same wheels too, R116 Infinite Stream
Thanks for the info on the strut brace, will take a look mine is a daily too so that sounds great.
I would not say easy but not particularly hard just really fiddly. The top two on the left are fine I just needed to remove the airbox. The front right was just a bit fiddly to get the torx screw out of the sound resonator. The worst for me was the small front left one as you look it connecting to the intercooler. Just tight to get in without taking the bumper off. I did have to cut a few of the hoses off as the they were welded on.Great looking Mini. I was thinking about fitting some Red Samco hoses to my R56 JCW. Are they easy to fit?