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  2. SupeLuke

    The batmobile

    Glad to see you're making progress Chris and it's not just collecting dust.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Blacky

    PLAN "B" - MINI33

    Mate rebuilt my Calipers the other week, found one of the large pistons jammed in. Took him two hours to get it out. He suggested the car might stop no
  5. Last week
  6. JannerSy

    Cheque book Racing R53 build

    Great weekend just gone at Brands Hatch. I was nervous heading into the race weekend having not driven the car for 6 months and with it now having more power, different gearing, tyres and much more on a circuit that bites pretty badly. Qualifying was nothing short of carnage. It was very cold, the AFRC were first out and cars were going off everywhere. The car felt undriveable on the brand new unscrubbed tyres and I was struggling to get any temperature in them. I managed 3 laps before it was red flagged due to crashes losing one of those times for exceed track limits meaning I would start 14th for race 1 and 2. Race 1 came around and it was wet, cold and dropping some sleet. Not ideal weather for semi slicks but some pressure changes made for a pretty driveable and predictable car. A great first lap had me move upto 8th until a good few laps getting over confident I mixed ambition and ability up heading into Surtees losing the back end and spinning losing 2 positions and a chunk of time. I managed to catch them and retake the positions finishing in 7th overall and 1st in class. Race 2 could not have been more different: Dry and warm. A poor launch again didn't help, losing a position into paddock hill bend. I then ended up in an awesome battle with a couple of the Class A cars but couldnt make it through. Initially cautious in the corners not knowing the dry braking points, lines, grip levels, I finished very confident in the car and a little gutted we didn't have a 3rd race there. Race 2 result 10th overall, 4th in class. I need to learn to heal and toe as I really struggled getting it from 3rd into 2nd and lost chunks of time with either a box of neutrals or going into 4th rather than 2nd. I ended up using 3rd gear at fldruids instead! Race 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcCIUoHLmH4&feature=youtu.be Race 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhKjX2I73Zw
  7. Horney

    2002 Dark Silver Track/Sprint Project

    Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr MOT passed for another 12 months. Just one advisory for slight play in a front wheel bearing. A job for Easter maybe.
  8. Loafing Wafu

    Engine Sump Plug Size

    Went to fit a new sump plug to the engine a few weeks back and it's different in size to what it appears it is supposed to be. The bolt is bigger in size than the M14 size of the standard 13mm headed bolts with the integral washer. So were there 2 sizes of sump plug used, or has my sump probably been re-tapped possibly owing to a stripped thread?
  9. Earlier
  10. Horney

    2002 Dark Silver Track/Sprint Project

    Curborough was awesome fun, what a great little layout to hoon round. Quite hard to get it all right in one single run as they layout we were running was quite complex. Very easy to over shoot an apex. I fitted some new Carbotech XP10 front pads which were ace however the extra heat has murdered one of my discs. Anyway, enough rambling, you just want pics and videos: Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr A few other MINIS doing the day as well: Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr One mullered disc: Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Onboard fastest lap run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6eOxJrilVc Outside run shot by a friend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o--lQfLo3qQ Such a great day, killed my ADO8Rs though and the MOT is booked in for Tuesday. Ne tyres ordered and as the car was immobile while I was sourcing some new discs I swapped the wheels over to a set of MG Hairpins I had. This was to keep it rolling while the proper wheels were getting the tyres fitted. I quite like the look! Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr New boots mounted to the SPARCOs and new front discs fitted: Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Fingers crossed for the MOT. [footnote]Edited by HorneyMX5 on Sunday 14th April 18:32[/footnote]
  11. Blacky

    PLAN "B" - MINI33

    as most people know the day starts early for a single track day but always worth it (we hope). Good weather so started with the Zestinos on and ran a good 49 which about the fastest I’ve been around the island. Then put some old Pirellis on and ran a 48 so happy days interesting part is I think I’m down 20 kmh on the straight fr the green on so we are well gripped up with either tyres. Beat part is I drove it onto the trailer
  12. Bytetronik end 550 Bosch injector Bytetronik have 1320 turbo map and map for pulley 17% 550cc injector cetcam 230bhp 800$ free shipping
  13. Loui

    The batmobile

    Turbo fitted for mocking up
  14. Loui

    The batmobile

    So Elliot at unit ten has started on the fab work.
  15. Loui

    The batmobile

    So a friend helped me move the batmobile from Millsys to unit ten, we had fun and games getting it on and off the trailer as a non runner with no winch
  16. cooperke s

    R53 performance parts

    First post updated
  17. Marcel700

    r53 jcw airbox 200 euro

    We all know how it looks like. Need this gone so i can buy other parts
  18. cooperke s

    R53 performance parts

    Op updated
  19. Blacky

    PLAN "B" - MINI33

    With a round of the 2ltre sports sedans at PI beginning of next month, thought we would head there tomorrow for a little test. Havent been back back since putting 34 into the Armco last year and haven’t been there in this one, so good timing. Have he Chinese zestinos on to start so see how they go on a smoother track. Will back to back with some old pirellis and see what happens. Also picked up some second hand wets for potential future requirements. I hate the wet but best to Be prepares. Lol
  20. Blacky

    Mini34 (2.0)

    So stupid life and work stuff has been getting in the way and to be honest, I guess I have been overwhelmed by the amount of work a full strip and rebuild takes. Anyhow other half is away for weekend so before we head to the island with 33 I thought I should get stared again on BIGRED finally came up with a hose set up I liked. Could have played a bit more but decide to call it. Filter is now tucked away in the side by the surge tank rather than off the tank saddle. Also installed the first idea for the OEM steering column support. Plan is for a Woodward long term but even the shortest does work in the mini as is. So need to honk about that a little more. Wish i cut some weight saving holes in the brackets but to late now maybe I’ll drill later
  21. JannerSy

    Cheque book Racing R53 build

    I had originally planned to go for a 17% pulley, but I've gone back on that idea now as in racing once you have heat soak it's not going anywhere, so thought safer than sorry. So, whilst they were doing the cam and injectors, 1320 had a a poke about the engine bay and found my pulleys were all fucked. If you remember, my earlier posts, last year at the Birkett relay I had an off into the kitty litter where the gravel went so high in the engine bay that it tore the serpentine belt. We replaced it track side however in our rush to get it changed before the race, we never noticed the pulleys were damaged. The damage to the pulleys had in turn tore apart the new belt which was effectively 60 minutes old and wouldn't have lasted my next race weekend. Had this not been noticed, I'd have probably blown my engine and been out for the season. We now have new pulleys, belt fitted Anyway, the new ECU and wideband was fitted, 15% SC pulley stayed on, 550c injectors and a cat cam installed. These aren't the final figures, however I doubt they will increase much
  22. Horney

    2002 Dark Silver Track/Sprint Project

    I took the MINI to Donington Park on Friday for the first track action of 2019. After the first time out at 9:30 I had an excessively smoking front drivers side brake, which seemed odd. On closer inspection the CV boot had split and it was CV grease that had been splattered everywhere that was burning off. Doh! A quick run to GSF in Derby and a replacement driveshaft was sourced. Massive thanks to my buddy Brian for giving me a hand swap it out allowing me to get back out in the afternoon. Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr LHP_1864 by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Untitled by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr LHP_4361 by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr LHP_4370 by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr LHP_4472 by Nicholas Horne, on Flickr Highlights video: https://youtu.be/Q2p5e-m1LTQ Next up Curborough Sprint Circuit on April 10th. I need to fit new brakes pads before then as the DS2500s on the front are now dead, I've got some Carbotech XP10s to replace them.
  23. Kr4nG

    K24 swap into R53

    Logo was designed by my fiance for the last touch. Love it. It was cut out of wood using the cricut printer. Next up will be the turbo process.
  24. MajorTom

    Tow cars

    That's very helpful. It might seem obvious, the heavier the car, the more it can tow. If you really want to tow stuff, you next a biggish SUV like a Land Cruiser, Patrol. Our Discovery3 for example can tow 3500kg on a braked trailer (that's basically two modest cars on a decent sizxed trailer). What people tend to forget however is the weight of the trailer. A big boat trailer comes in at 700kg empty... then add an 8m boat, 500l of diesel, all the equipment, 100l of fresh water and suddenly you have a ticket from the rozzers.
  25. Pobsey

    Gearbox rebuild

    The mk1 focus st170 used the getreg gearbox so you could try that at the ford dealers
  26. Marcel700

    Gearbox rebuild

    cheers mate! Still makes me laugh when you say tranny !! Will ask ford dealer if thy sell parts for the gearbox.
  27. mightymini

    Gearbox rebuild

    Hey Buddy, try looking at the Ford for their SVT Focus mt285 getrag tranny instead of BMW. it will be easier for you since you are in the other side on the pond. I use to source out the syncros from a friend in italy and a few years ago I use to get the parts from a local dealer call Cobra transmissions when I rebuilt a few trannys but he told me that they stopped keeping some bearings and they can't no longer keep the Getrag bearing in stock so some of the bearings had to be sourced from other manufactures.. so check out Ford Dealer for their SVT focus Getrag I found a few bearings and some used syncros on ebay..for example here are some links https://www.ebay.com/i/112785057944?chn=ps https://www.ebay.com/p/2005-2008-Mini-Cooper-S-Getrag-285-Mt285-Focus-SVT-Shift-Selector/12009379293?iid=232519017627 but for me now I do not waste my time rebuilding trannys anymore. it's easier to just get a used low mileage Getrag 6sp for about $500 and call it a day.
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