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Throttle Junkie
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The Rise and Fall of TDLC's Midnight Black JCW

Hi folks,

After having owned my Chilli Red Cooper S JCW Stage 1 for 18 months, I decided it was time for a change. I took the plunge and got myself a Midnight Black JCW :D I'm so chuffed with this machine. The power delivery is staggering.

The car is a Sep 2009 build and had just 6k miles on the clock. Specs are:

- Chilli Pack
- Visibility Pack
- Punch Leather
- Full Bluetooth + arm rest
- Rear parking sensors
- Hi-Fi

I took delivery of the car on Thursday and finally got round to taking a few pics.





Mod list:
1. KW coilovers
2. JCW front and rear anti-roll bar upgrade (24 & 18.5mm)
3. M7 tower strut brace
4. Nitrac front discs
5. Brake fluid upgrade
6. Powder coating the R112 Challenge Spokes.

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Very happy for you mate!! I have been waiting for these pictures! :D looks great!

edit: do all factory jcw's come with lsd? mod list looks promising :)

edit2: time to change the pictures in your garage!
 

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Throttle Junkie
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TDLC's Midnight Black JCW


Index & Links to posts

February 2010: New Ride!



March 2010: Cryo treated R56 JCW discs

April 2010: Fitting Day: coilovers, discs, bars & braces and some pics of the car



October 2010: Forge FMIC and evolve remap



January 2011: Rota Grids and Alta V2 adjustable rear drop links



February 2011: Challenge Diffusers



March 2011: Corner weighting & suspension setup

April 2011: evolve sports cat down pipe & VAG BOV diverter valve

June 2011: evolve FMIC & roll back to OEM BOV valve diverter

July 2011: New OEM Throttle Body & roll back to OEM drop links

August 2011: NM Engineering adjustable rear drop links and ALTA BOV valve diverter spring rebound

October 2011" Twin plate clutch, Challenge exhaust and Powerflex wishbone bushes





April 2012 Same mods, more power



May 2012 KW Clubsports



July 2012 Orranje Performance G-Wing >> http://www.minitorque.com/forum/f752/history-g-wing-start-26411/#post456136


one by REALTDLC, on Flickr

August-November 2012 CatCams, BSH OCC, Hotchkis 25mm RARB, CAE Shifter, Bucket seats, headlights Joey mod


IMG_4942 by REALTDLC, on Flickr


IMG_4945 by REALTDLC, on Flickr

December 2012 New wheels: OZ Leggenda


IMG_2251sx_F by REALTDLC, on Flickr

Current specs

::: HANDLING :::

- KW Clubsports with adjustable front top mounts
- Powerflex rear top mount bushes
- Eibach 26 mm front ARB
- Hotchkis 25 mm rear ARB
- NM Engineering adjustable drop links (rear)
- NM Engineering adjustable drop links (awaiting fitment)
- Eibach adjustable lower rear control arms
- M7 strut brace
- 5mm spacers (front only)
- Powerflex wishbone bushes
- Powerflex lower engine mount bushes

::: WHEELS & BRAKES :::

Wheels Street:
- 17R/7J OZ Leggenda + 205/45/17 Conti Sport Contact 5 (non RF)

Wheels Track:
- 17R/7J ET38 TD ProRace 1.2 + 205/40/17 Toyo R888 (GG)
- 5 mm spacers front only

Brakes
- Front: MINI drilled & grooved discs cryo-treated by Nitrac
- Rear: Nitrac 16 groove discs
- Carbotech XP8 pads (front & rear)
- Castrol SRF
- HEL performance brake lines (front & rear)

::: ENGINE :::

- ITG panel filter
- evolve FMIC
- Minicraft custom remap
- evolve sports cat down pipe (200 cel)
- Mobil 0W-40
- BSH Oil Catch Can
- MINI Challenge Bonnet Scoop Air Diverter
- Alta uprated BOV diverter valve spring
- MINI Challenge back box with OEM mid-silencer and 2.25" OEM pipe
- Greddy PRofec B-specII boost controller

::: TRANSMISSION :::

- OS Giken STR twin plate clutch
- CAE Shifter

::: INTERIOR :::

- Recaro Pole Positions (FIA)
- Wiechers full cage
- SCHROTH harnesses
- OMP plumped-in fire extinguisher, electrical activation


THE REPAIRS SCORE

- 3 x high pressure fuel pump in 42k miles (1 x warranty, 1 x warranty claim rejected, 1 x out of warranty)
- 1 x ECU hardware fault @ 42k miles (out of warranty)
- 1 x throttle body @ 20k miles (warranty claim rejected)
- 1 x waterpump pulley tensioner @ 40k miles (out of warranty)
- 2 x fan belt in 42k miles (1 x warranty, 1 x out of warranty)
- 2 x timing chain tensioner, chain and guides in 42k miles (1 x warranty, 1 x out of warranty)
- 1 x clutch slipping @ 30k miles, 300 ft lb, 8 trackdays and 2 days @ Santa Pod (replaced by aftermarket)
- 1 x full decoke @ 42k miles


IMG_2243sx_F by REALTDLC, on Flickr
 

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Looking very nice & will look even sweeter with the KWs wound down :D

I'd hold off on the powder coating of the wheels until you've completely sure you don't love the stealthy 'sensible' look of keeping the wheels silver, will be completely transformed once you've dropped it :)

& colour code the wheel arches instead.
 

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Looking very nice & will look even sweeter with the KWs wound down :D

I'd hold off on the powder coating of the wheels until you've completely sure you don't love the stealthy 'sensible' look of keeping the wheels silver, will be completely transformed once you've dropped it :)

& colour code the wheel arches instead.
Cheers mate. Spot on, hence powder coating ranks at to bottom of the to do list :D I might just try on my gloss black track day wheels once lowered to see what it looks like and decide if it's time & bucks well spent.
 

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Nice one - that didn't take long then - looks absolutely lovely to be honest

Mod list looks to be very good

KW coilovers - superb choice!
JCW front and rear anti-roll bar upgrade - I would recommend that you look at the Eibach setup - it works out to be better both in ride and value - also, get it fitted at the same time as your coilovers, else the labour cost is staggering
M7 tower strut brace - good man!
 

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Just noticed in your 2nd picture that the bonnet seems to be misaligned by quite a bit. It sits quite high on the left of the picture (drivers side).

Might be worth getting the dealer to put it right for you. :)
 

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Cheers for the comments guys :)

Can't wait for the suspension upgrade. The stock suspension on the car is really awful. The car has way too much torque for stock suspension.

Had that grin on my face this evening when I got in the car to drive home. Haven't had that for a long, long time. Oh, and today was the first time I farted in the car to mark that the car and I are have entered the advanced stage of bonding.

p-torque remap should be on your list ;)
That sits in the back of my mind, but I decided to spend a few bucks on driver tuition from Mr. Foster first :thumbup1:

Just noticed in your 2nd picture that the bonnet seems to be misaligned by quite a bit. It sits quite high on the left of the picture (drivers side).

Might be worth getting the dealer to put it right for you. :)
Pretty bad indeed, had noticed that too. It's the front bumper that needs aligning. There's a gap between the bumper and the front end of the wheel arch trim.

Awesome JCW mate, hopefully you can enjoy owning this one!! Looking forward to seeing it on track :thumbup1:
Cheers, yes you will see it on track after the suspension upgrade. Maybe with a Maxicosi installed on the back seat though :blush:

There isn't enough lip on them just to coat the centres and a whole wheel coat would be too severe IMO.
I love the all-black look and if it comes with the usual "bat-mobile" or "K.I.T.T." abuse so be it. But perhaps it may be a bit too much black, but the dark side pulls!!. I'll decide after my first track day in the new car to see if I still fancy that look. My track day wheels are gloss black :cools:

Look great mate, looking forward to seeing it on track :thumbup1:
Coming to a track near you this summer! I might even keep up with you in this piece of machine :lol:

Oh - and when are you going to bring it to a track day?
In any event June 28th, maybe (i.e. hopefully...) sooner...

Nice one - that didn't take long then - looks absolutely lovely to be honest

Mod list looks to be very good

KW coilovers - superb choice!
JCW front and rear anti-roll bar upgrade - I would recommend that you look at the Eibach setup - it works out to be better both in ride and value - also, get it fitted at the same time as your coilovers, else the labour cost is staggering
M7 tower strut brace - good man!
Yer saw the car and the specs and it had my name written all over...

What size are your Eibach anti-roll bars?
 
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