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MaxA
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: My other car: a Mini Cooper S R53 Reply with quote

I've had this for over 10 years but only now made it to the front cover of my local club magazine:
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can post a full list of mods but I'd say the highlights are the following:

- Öhlins R&T coilovers, Vorshlag top mounts
- K Sport BBK (six piston calipers and two piece discs)
- Sparco Evo II fixed back bucket seat
- John Cooper Motorsport MINI Challenge 4-2-1 manifold
- 16x7 ET37 OZ Racing Ultraleggera rims with Federal 595RSR tyres for the summer
- a few improvements to the suspension/chassis (Whiteline added caster wishbone bushes and rear anti roll bar, rear control arms, poly bushed engine and gearbox mounts)
- and a full engine package (cold air intake, 17% reduced supercharger pulley, Newman fast road cam, bigger 550cc injectors, and a custom remap, bigger intercooler and bonnet scoop for lower IATs, 235hp+)

I've also got a couple of unnecessary but still pleasing bits: a leather and alcantara JCW steering wheel and a smaller heavier shorter steel gear knob (just to improve the feel and reduce the throw).
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Max - any chance you can post some more pics?
My wife has a 2006 R53 Cooper S JCW which is great fun to drive. Love the supercharger whine! The mods are all JCW ones (210 hp engine, JCW exhaust, JCW brakes) apart from Bilstein dampers all round. There's no plans to modify it further, but these are cracking little cars. I much prefer them to the latest (F56??) models which look ugly to me, and too big.
Have you had any/many reliability troubles with yours?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Counter Mike. I also have a 2006 facelift R53, just about 123,000km.

The power steering pump was replaced within a year but the factory replacement seems to work just fine with lighter rims (the stock S spokes weigh a considerable 9.2kg a piece...). I've replaced the rear boot handle and removed a dead rear wiper (both due to water ingress), and I've replaced the rear hatch gas struts, and the coolant thermostat (once you have an underbonnet gargle, it's the usual suspect). I also replaced the front wishbone rear bushes with stiffer Whiteline added caster polybushes (if the handling's out, the stock bushes have failed), and I had an auxiliary/serpentine belt fail on lap 3 of the warm up at a race track (*****). I'd just driven about 250km to get there.

Anyway, apart from that little lot, it's just maintenance, preventative maintenance and modifications. And three windscreens, quite a few sets of tyres and brake pads/discs.

Next year, I'll upgrade the clutch, fit a lightweight flywheel and Quaife LSD, and it's about time for a supercharger oil change, and I'll also replace the water pump and coolant, and refresh the gearbox oil and fuel filter again.

It's actually been trouble free but a few stone chips/Finnish winters have now caused a couple of bubbles of rust, and I'll need to get the car repainted in the next year or so. I'm OK with that, this thing gets used, abused (my boy's been driving it on the ice), tracked and left at the airport quite a lot...

But every time, it's a riot. It's almost impossible not to drive it like a complete berk. Especially as it reaches 4000rpm. I still have to tell myself to cool it. Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to love my R53!

Mine had a tiny pulley, new OE supercharger, Revolution Motor Works Stage II big valve cylinder head, bigger injectors, decatted exhaust, GP seats, coilovers, big brakes and lightweight wheels.

The thing was awesome!

Sold it in the end to a mini fanatic who came from Sweden to buy it.. Then I moved onto the leggy boxster.

Cracking cars aren't they!?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Run an F56 CooperS (Satan's fuel) as a daily. By far it is one of the best, most equipped and capable cars I have ever owned. From the superb sat nav, adaptive suspension and adaptive cruise it is well built and creak free. Not to mention the 'enhanced' power upgrade. Needs AWD to stop losing grip in third gear what

.......In fact it's stopping me from buying another Porsche, otherwise 10months ago I'd be in a GT4 Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ragpicker wrote:
I used to love my R53!

Mine had a tiny pulley, new OE supercharger, Revolution Motor Works Stage II big valve cylinder head, bigger injectors, decatted exhaust, GP seats, coilovers, big brakes and lightweight wheels.

The thing was awesome!

Sold it in the end to a mini fanatic who came from Sweden to buy it.. Then I moved onto the leggy boxster.

Cracking cars aren't they!?

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Exactly. I'm not planning a BVH (still need the Quaife), but one of the other guys is running an RMW BVH with ethanol. Your car was badass, one of the better projects.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zingari wrote:
Run an F56 CooperS (Satan's fuel) as a daily. By far it is one of the best, most equipped and capable cars I have ever owned. From the superb sat nav, adaptive suspension and adaptive cruise it is well built and creak free. Not to mention the 'enhanced' power upgrade. Needs AWD to stop losing grip in third gear what

.......In fact it's stopping me from buying another Porsche, otherwise 10months ago I'd be in a GT4 Rolling Eyes


Zingers, it seems to me that you need better tyres on the F56, or maybe a new diff.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some pictures for CofB
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pictures Max; car looks great - I really love those wheels and brakes in combination. I wonder if Mrs COB would notice if I changed her car's wheels to something like that Whistling
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Zingers, it seems to me that you need better tyres on the F56, or maybe a new diff.


Shod with Pirelli. Absolute rubbish nooo
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wonder if Mrs COB would notice if I changed her car's wheels to something like that Whistling


My wife doesn't even notice it when I get my hair cut Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely car and great mods! I've been running an R53 Cooper S since new, tuned it when it ran out of warranty at 3 years old, still running like a charm:
17% supercharger reduction pulley
GP intercooler
Dave F airbox
Cold iridium plugs
Optimised bypass valve/twin bearing idler pulley
Poly front wishbone bushes (helped with torque steer)

Dynoed by 1320mini at 235bhp. Such an epic, chuckable car. It would have to be a very fast road or track for me to be significantly faster in the 911.

Here's it gobbling up a 500bhp Skyline at Paddock (Brands Hatch) and the obligatory Ring shot
 



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zingari wrote:
MaxA wrote:


Zingers, it seems to me that you need better tyres on the F56, or maybe a new diff.


Shod with Pirelli. Absolute rubbish nooo


I think they're a premium tyre, designed for comfort and noise. I don't normally want to add tyre but I reckon your F56 would respond to a set of Michelins, or a slightly wider tyre.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for the pictures Max; car looks great - I really love those wheels and brakes in combination. I wonder if Mrs COB would notice if I changed her car's wheels to something like that Whistling


You can try. Maybe a set of calipers in red ...

They look good on the road too, apparently, as all you see is a big set of calipers under the spinning spokes.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jerzybondov wrote:
Lovely car and great mods! I've been running an R53 Cooper S since new, tuned it when it ran out of warranty at 3 years old, still running like a charm:
17% supercharger reduction pulley
GP intercooler
Dave F airbox
Cold iridium plugs
Optimised bypass valve/twin bearing idler pulley
Poly front wishbone bushes (helped with torque steer)

Dynoed by 1320mini at 235bhp. Such an epic, chuckable car. It would have to be a very fast road or track for me to be significantly faster in the 911.

Here's it gobbling up a 500bhp Skyline at Paddock (Brands Hatch) and the obligatory Ring shot


Hi Jerzy!

I've also got the 17% Alta and the dave.f (one of my first mods!), plugs, 132 BPV and bushes done, as well as cam, injectors, manifold and tune.

You may have seen [in the picture above] the R56 GP2 that I was overtaking around the outside going into the first corner at Knutstorp (a track in Skåne, Sweden). At least that was the plan. The GP2 belongs to my brother, and I can tell you from my own experience (we were both out at another track), it keeps a lot of bigger cars at the track honest. Mostly under braking and into and out of corners.

And they didn't like it one little bit. In a MINI, you can commit 100%.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh go on then, you've prompted me to find some old pics of mine...



The GP seats I swapped in:


A wheel on each corner..


Big valve RMW head:



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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