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MaxA
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kas750 wrote:
My girlfriend has an R56 Cooper S and I love the drive and the mid range pull is pretty impressive but the ride is truly horrific!
I can't think of another car that I have driven that is so bad over bumps frustrated


Let me guess: big rims and run flats? My R53 came on 11.5kg 17s and Pirelli Euforia run flats. Hateful things. I out them on the local ebay a few weeks after getting the car, and bought a set of 16x7 OZ Ultraleggera's with proper tyres....
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MaxA
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Loved my old R53, didn't want to trade it in when I bought my Boxster. Wish I hadn't. I may well get another in the future, but most likely I would get an R56.


That was a decent project. I've no plans for a BVH, but maybe if I decide to switch to E85 (ethanol) at some point.

In the meantime, I just ordered a Quaife LSD, TTV LWFW and Valeo clutch. It's not slipping yet but I've got the 'chewbacca howl' so it's all getting replaced this spring.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:00 am    Post subject: 2019 maintenance Reply with quote

I was just looking at my to-do list for the 53.

It seems that, in addition to this year’s package of upgrades (the new clutch, flywheel and LSD), I need to replace my cabin air filter, install my adjustable front top mounts (more camber required for the summer), find some spigot rings for my newly acquired spare set of rims (17x7 Enkei SC15s), dig out some tyres for the Enkei’s (probably the Nitto NT01s in my brother’s shed), source some decent brake pads (I’m thinking Carbotech XP8/AX6) and arrange a brake fluid change.

I’ll also need to source a supercharger service kit in time for the annual service (the charger’s been working harder with the 17% reduction pulley).

This old car’s going to cost more to maintain than the 997 this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bloody bollocks. £420 for new Carbotech brake pads all round (shipping included). At least I can outbrake pretty much everyone next time out.

But there'll be no money left for the White car this year any more.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
Bloody bollocks. £420 for new Carbotech brake pads all round (shipping included). At least I can outbrake pretty much everyone next time out.

But there'll be no money left for the White car this year any more.


Ouch!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bought one, electric blue with white roof and chilli pack, love it, let the mods begin ! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just bought one, electric blue with white roof and chilli pack, love it, let the mods begin ! Very Happy


Congratulations! Is it unmodified? Well, even if it is, there's a well trodden path to more power, better stopping and better handling. Go have a look at the project threads on MINI Torque. It's a great resource even if you're just a lurker.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to do the following to our car (well, my wife is the one that drives it, mainly):
*16 inch wheels, e.g. Oz Ultraleggeras
*R56 S brake conversion, Pagid discs and pads
*Recaro or Sparco front seats
*Polybushed suspension at the front

But then Mrs COB says she's happy with it as it is, and "don't you spend enough on that bloody Porsche anyway?".
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MaxA
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Counter Of Beans wrote:
I would like to do the following to our car (well, my wife is the one that drives it, mainly):
*16 inch wheels, e.g. Oz Ultraleggeras
*R56 S brake conversion, Pagid discs and pads
*Recaro or Sparco front seats
*Polybushed suspension at the front

But then Mrs COB says she's happy with it as it is, and "don't you spend enough on that bloody Porsche anyway?".


Not a bad plan. Mrs MaxA runs a remapped GTI and doesn't drive the 53.

I'm running 16x7 ET37 Ultralggeras! Super light and plenty of room for brakes.

The R56S brake conversion is sensible and pretty cost effective and the seats could very usefully be improved: the Recaro Sportsters are lovely but over £1k...

I have a fixed back FIA bucket from Sparco, which weighs about 7kg. Maybe too hardcore.

The front wishbone rear bushes usually need replacement (I have super stiff Whitelines with added caster).

But the biggest improvement you can do is swap out the OE suspension to a set of coilovers: nice soft APs for example (they're made by KW) are around £500 from Orranje (there's a little stock left before the price jumps).
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