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Uh oh, I've done it again, this time an R56 hatch, something I have never modded before so look forward to seeing what I can do with this one. I had one briefly for 3 months before I found out my girlfriend(now wife) was pregnant and panic swapped it for a Qashqai, although that ended up with me getting the blue Clubby so atleast it had a happy ending. Its a little rough around the edges but I like a challenge and the previous owner was super honest about it all and did it at a great price for me. You dont see many mellow yellow ones about these days, well this one is yellow for now:


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2007 Mini Cooper S R56 with 70k on the clock in mellow yellow
Chilli pack
JCW body kit
Black headlining
Black interior controls
Yellow seat belts
Mini DRL's
R112 Mini wheels

Had all the usual bits replaced recently including the timing chain which was done only last week. \

Its currently say on BC coilovers but those are going back to the original owner once I pick what suspension I am fitting to mine. And for those that didnt watch the video above, I am going to cannibalise my R53 to make this something special, I know that will upset some people but meh

Going to be lots of updates on youtube as well as how to videos as you would expect.

Plenty of plans, just need to get my head around what you can do with an R56 hatch again as its been a while. It will need a full respray at some point but for now I am going to tidy the rough bits of paint up, enjoy yellow for the next year and go from there

Tweedbean’s R56 Project by James Baker, on Flickr

Tweedbean’s R56 Project by James Baker, on Flickr

Tweedbean’s R56 Project by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Interesting developments, it'll be sad to see the end of the R53, but maybe some bright spark will want the bright green shell to go racing or something and it'll live another day.
 

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Lots of parts on the way, I'm still trying to get my head around whats available for the 2nd gen. In the mean time, here is a tour of my R56, all the good and bad bits, as well as what my future plans are for the car:

 

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Lots of progress happening.

Firstly I've started stripping the R53 for both parts im going to use on the R56 and those I have already sold:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Everytime I remove a piece from it, it provides me more comfort I've made the right decision. Off came the front yellowspeed brakes, these are going on the R56 as its a straight swap. I had some issues with the retain bolt on the passenger side disk which I ended up drilling that out:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Off comes most of the chrome, I have spare door handles and boot handle which will also be painted, I'm thinking the lot will go body colour:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I had a nice find with upgraded Vibe speakers in the back, anything must be better than the stock ones. The passenger side rear wasnt working but that turned out to be a loose connection which I fixed, note screws missing in pic as I had just removed it to find the issue.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Out comes the cage and front seats from the R53, these are both going into the R56:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

So to make way I remove the rear seats and started working on removing the fronts:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Both fronts fitted, I have temporarily fitted these with the seat belts so I can drive it safely to Millsys Autos who is doing the welding for the cage fittings, he is also going to fit my front brakes at the same time as fixing a dodgy wheel bearing. I will be running both harnesses and seat belts to give choice.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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i really dont think that G-Wing will suit your R56 so you should sell it to me (for my 56)
 

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Great progress James - looks good so far!
Thanks, have a few bits turn up this week for the exterior too :)

i really dont think that G-Wing will suit your R56 so you should sell it to me (for my 56)
Ha no chance, I need to get the new boot lid on so I can get that fitted.

Also my latest video just went live as my Leap scoop turned up and looks spot on, so many scoop manufactures dont show the underside as they are ugly, this is such a neat product from them, look at the pics below, fit is spot on and the underside is as neat as the top:


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Great choice James, I loved mine . Almost looks like a new more subtle design? Not sure...

Edit: Just watched your video and seen the difference in the scoops!




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Time for a quick update

I ended up painting all the trim myself(Plenty of videos here on how to remove and refit it all: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiHRzx1_4zHkE1Cp5qTkfIhenSmoAr0ff ), it didnt seem sensible paying someone to paint it now when the whole car will have a colour change in the next 12 months, effectively paying twice. So I end up painted these:
  • CC'd rear light rings, boot trim, petrol cap
  • Black Leap bonnet scoop/headlight rings/grill as cc'd paint didnt match the body work
  • I did paint a spare pair of door handles but I wasnt happy with the paint match to I have some black covers to go on until I get the car fully painted them will do them properly

I also added the F56 LCI badges as something different and to stick with the de-chromed theme:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

It also went to Millsys Autos back in May to get the following fitted off the R53:
  • Corbeau Clubsport seats
  • Safety devices cage
  • Schroth Profi II-FEE ASM harnesses
  • Yellowspeed 6pot 330mm front brakes and braided hoses
  • While there it also had a JCW catback exhaust fitted which has had the centre resonator removed as Jason had one in, much better than the stock S exhaust

I also blacked out the beltline and chucked on the Oz Leggendas, those combined with the yellowspeed brakes looks much better:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

The cage, Jason always does a neat job of fitting these around the interior panels:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Not my first choice seat but they cost me nothing as I already had them, will throw something else in there at some point but they will do for now and are better than the stock seats:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I did keep the yellow seat belts and made those work with the buckets so I have the easier option if I'm popping to the shops etc in it over harnesses.

So since all this I put my house on the market and sold within a couple of weeks so I have a house move pending in the coming months hence the lack of updates as I couldnt work on the car while hosting house viewings. Once I am in the new house, work will begin again, so I'm just enjoying it at the moment as it is. I have a big double garage at the new house so looking forward to being able to work on it indoors as I have loads of parts building up to go on it.

See below my latest upload to youtube:

 

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Next set of mods for the R56 are on. I used the G-Wing from the R53 and I bought a new GP2 diffuser from Orranje. I think they compliment each other really well. Just finalising the “how to” step by step videos for both which I will post tomorrow but here’s the update video:

 

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This weekend I decided to take the car along to Mini's and Milkshakes, an event hosted by Edwards of Stafford, it was a really good turn out and a great morning/afternoon. It was great to get out and go for a decent drive in this, I think I am a little harsh on the paint work of this car, yes there are some rough spots on it but seeing some other examples of cars on display it made me feel better about it, although I still think it needs a respray so thats not off the table. I have to say this is the first time in a while the R56 got a proper clean inside/out and it does scrub up well. I also used this as an excuse to fix a few little issues and refit all the interior dash trim etc which has never been in the car since I owned it due to time or the lack of it.

24sevenphotography tooks some epic photos of the R56:

Photos by 24sevenphotography by James Baker, on Flickr

Photos by 24sevenphotography by James Baker, on Flickr

Photos by 24sevenphotography by James Baker, on Flickr

Photos by 24sevenphotography by James Baker, on Flickr

Photos by 24sevenphotography by James Baker, on Flickr

I also fitted the newministuff channel swap which basically reverses the audio so front goes to rear and rear goes to the front speakers. The R56 has a filter that removes the bass from the rear speakers which is weird as they are much better at bass than the fronts. This switch really improves the quality of the stock sound system and can be done for free if you can bother to switch wires around instead of fitting the off the shelf solution that does it for you. Here is a little video of how to fit it:

 

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Silly question, the channel swap deeley does it make the fader work back to front?
 

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Silly question, the channel swap deeley does it make the fader work back to front?
in summary Jim …
are you really asking which way should you twist your knob to get the desired effect :ROFLMAO:
 

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Does it work the same for the Harman Kardon upgrade setup by any chance?
 

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Silly question, the channel swap deeley does it make the fader work back to front?
Yes as the car now thinks the front speakers are the rears and vice versa. Has no really impact on day to day use other than the bluetooth telephone audio now comes out the rear speakers rather than the fronts.

Does it work the same for the Harman Kardon upgrade setup by any chance?
As far as I am aware yes but may be worth checking with newministuff before you order
 

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This week I upgraded the dial faces to black and yellow coloured ones that look even smarter as I also have white LED's installed. It's actually not a hard process to swap them but on the R56 is very easy to break the motors when removing the the needles. You cant just fit new gauges from another R56 if you do break them as they have to be specific ones and also possibly coding so it is very much a DIY job but with caution and you accept the risk you could damage the motors.

I got mine the Chameleon LED's on facebook and their quality is always spot on.

Ive done a quick install video too:


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 
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