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Well after a very busy Christmas/new year period, my focus goes back to the F56. I have plenty of tweaks on the shelf such as rear wiper delete, new gear knob, fresh beltline etc, I'm just waiting on some better weather to get out there.

The Next Mod
But on much bigger news and something I hadn't planned for so soon was the car has now been remapped. Yesterday I received a phone call from Jason, over at Millsy's autos. Nick who some of you may know from his Manic days, now works over at Peron Automotive who are big on Fords and plenty of other marques. Nick was mapping my old red clubby for its new owner and offered me the chance to buy their new map for my F56. Having been involved in the development of the original maps for the F56 under the Manic name, Nick was one tuner I was waiting to pop back up following their closure. I had lived with the map on my old F56 S for a couple of years with zero issues so was confident it what he had to offer. My old S was running 295bhp and 460nm of torque and was spot on for where I would want this JCW to be. Being a JCW this new map should get me passed the 300BHP mark no problem, once its been on a dyno I will share the results.

I had a great chat with Nick around the mapping for both the 2nd and 3rd gen cars, they have been working hard in the background to build on what they learnt previously and they will soon be announcing Peron's mapping for the both gens. The big differences for me during the conversation with Nick was if felt like the the pops/bangs were less of a feature in the maps, they are still there and can be tweaked but were not a key selling point. I find with remaps, some owners spend more time worrying about what flames and bangs they can get from a map rather than the performance side. Each to their own I suppose, I love pops and flames myself as I am a big child but that for me they are a bi-product of your exhaust set up rather than a key feature of a map, again my personal opinion. We spent plenty of time talking about the 2nd gens mapping too, again they have learnt from past experience, so expect some good results on this front too. I'm sure Peron will answer any questions once they have announced this new service, Nick mentioned hopefully by the end of Feb they should have more news on their social media etc.

Time to Map It
So having arrived at Millsy's Autos, Nick was just finishing up with my old clubby. Then it was my cars turn, we pulled it inside as it was freezing and Nick worked his magic via the OBD port.

Remap time by James Baker, on Flickr

Once check it over and the car was warm, off he went for a test drive and all was spot on. So after having a good gossip with Jason, I warmed the car up again and set off home to feel the difference. Now unlike the S, the JCW out the box does feel reasonably quick for a Mini, however the remap has done exactly as expected and it now pulls like a freight train. My test drive home was limited due to this weather we currently have and rock hard run flat tyres, so I am now sat here planning which wheel/tyre combo to order to ensure this new power can make it to the ground. First impressions I am really pleased, with the limited grip on the wet roads, my bum dyno says it felt at least as quick as my old S, so I am now interested to get it on a dyno and see the actual numbers for comparison, because there should be more power with the differences on a JCW such as the turbo etc. I can happily say theres now a bucket load more power and torque.

Here is a link to Peron's site if you haven't heard about them, they are based between Sheffield and Barnsley, however for those that don't want to travel that far north, it looks like Millsy's Autos may be able to offer these maps in the future, so again keep an eye out on their social media too:

Peron Automotive

Millsys Autos

Big thanks again to Jason and Nick for sorting the car yesterday, now time for some stickier tyres.

Also for anyone with 30 mins to kill and who may be interested, one of my latest videos over on youtube covers my car history all the way up to the F56.

 

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Its wheels time, I've been toying with lots of different wheels for months but I couldn't make up my mind. There were plenty of photoshops done to help with the process and many wheels considered. Although you can get plenty of decent wheels in 5x112 most start at 8.5" wide which is really tight on an F56 as you run into both arch and strut clearance. In the end I decided to go with the Oz Ultraleggeras in matt bronze, 18x8 et45. I decided to stick with 18's so I could lose wheel gap while still having decent clearance for speed bumpers etc. Went with bronze as everyone fits these in black or silver, I struggled to find many pics of these in bronze on any car when trying to do a photoshop. When picking these up today following delivery, I was surprised just how light they were, the only lighter set of wheels I've owned were my Volks CE28N (I will own another set of Volks as they were amazing)

Tyres I have gone for Michelin Pilot Sport 4's in 205 40 18, same sizes as on my old F56 so I know they fit well. Didnt bother with track focussed tyres as this car is purely for road use. Yes this size will have a tiny bit of stretch which isnt to everyones taste but it helps with clearance and looked good previously.

Big thanks to Oli at Orranje Performance for sorting out a good deal on these.

I have new TPMS sensors on the shelf and these came with new bolts/spigot rings. Will get the tyres mounted this week then hopefully wheels on this Saturday if all goes to plan.



 

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Nice choice and great colour. We love Utras so much that we have them on 3 out of 4 cars... none in bronze though.
 

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can't believe you're only putting 205's on, if ever a car needed 225's even on the road it's one of these, if I get another one that isn't a contract car it'd have them probably on the JCW Pro 17's which still go over the big brakes, or the BBS's off my 53 if they do, but that's a big 'if' anyway, these OZ's in bronze will look nice though.
 
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Very tasteful
Thanks, it was tricky picking wheels for the F56.

Nice choice and great colour. We love Utras so much that we have them on 3 out of 4 cars... none in bronze though.
Classic wheel for sure, been around a while but still look fresh on the right car.

can't believe you're only putting 205's on, if ever a car needed 225's even on the road it's one of these, if I get another one that isn't a contract car it'd have them probably on the JCW Pro 17's which still go over the big brakes, or the BBS's off my 53 if they do, but that's a big 'if' anyway, these OZ's in bronze will look nice though.
Running similar power/torque in my old F56, I only ever had grip issues at Santa Pod with this exact setup or when pushing it really hard. For 99% of day to day driving grip was never really an issue so happy to sacrifice a little grip when really pushing it for aesthetics, which for me are just as important. I know not everyone will agree with that philosophy, a lot of people think it but don't say it, but hey ho we are all different otherwise it would be a boring place.
 

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So Friday I finally got the TPMS sensors and tyres fitted which meant I could get the Ultraleggeras fitted.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Wheels are now on, I did have a bit of hassle with two locking bolts deciding they didnt want to undo even with the correct key, an impact gun and huge breaker bar, so Millsy worked his magic and got them off for me.

So I headed home and continued to fit them in the rain. The sit so much better than the stock wheels with the extra width filling out those arches. Comparing the stretch on the tyres to the stock setup, there is actually less stretch than the stock tyre setup and its very minimal. Really pleased with the look of the wheels on the car, I will drop it a little more, no too low but enough to close of that wheel gap once I get a dry weekend.

Here are some pictures, the colour is really tricky to catch on camera:

Plenty of clearance on the brakes, I currently have 5mm spacers on the front from BC, when I lower it I may try to remove these and see what clearance to the strut I have:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

They do clear the brakes without that spacer, its purely the inner clearance on the strut.

Rain stopped me getting any decent pics, so here is all I have right now:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Hi all, hope you are having a great bank holiday weekend, if you are looking for some Mini content, why not check out the latest video over on my youtube channel, a tour of my F56, why I went for an F56 and what I have done so far. I also cover why it replaced a Mustang GT and my Mini Clubman:
Also I have a video covering my car history from when I passed my test to now:

Feel free to subscribe for future content and thanks for taking the time to read this :)
 

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Yesterday I had some time to kill so decided to jack the car up and drop the coilovers on all 4 corners to loose some additional wheels gap to get it sitting more like my previous F56. After some swearing and frantic googling I worked out how to lower the rear as they are a separate spring/shock setup which I had never adjusted before. I also removed the front 5mm spacers that came with the BC coilovers. Everything seems to move freely without them and enough caliper clearance. Once done, I went out for a test drive to get it to settle and see the results:

F56 July 2020 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 July 2020 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 July 2020 by James Baker, on Flickr
 
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