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Can anyone explain to me what is ment by Flash. I have a 2007 MC (Non S) and would love to increase HP. What can be done on the inexpensive side? I search & search and can't find modifications or add-ons without spending a fortune.
You might get some small gains, but not sure if it'd be worth the cost. Low-cost mods would likely add very little. It might be more fun to dial in the suspension (R50 logic) but I'd wager that'd be tricky, too, as it could go all wrong. For now...I'd say just carefully study what the tuners are up to. The ECU is still a mystery from what I can tell.
Even in an MCS, you'll get more out of handling improvements than power improvements, IMHO.
My new 2007 MCS is completely stock. It has enough torque to spin the stock runflats in first, second, and third gears (on a track, not a public street). Why add more power? It needs grip much more than power.
On my 2003 Cooper, I did a Borla exhaust. It sounds amazing, but doesn't really make the car appreciably faster. I sometimes use an Alta foam filter element in the stock airbox. I cannot tell the difference. Every time I did a suspension upgrade or wheel / tire upgrade, the difference was much more obvious.
If you're stop light racing, you're in the wrong car.
Tires make the biggest difference. BF-Goodrich g-force sports are good and cheap. Gooyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 are better. Bridgeston RE-01-R are very good. If it's a weekend only car, Falken Azenis or Hankook RS2 z212 are cheap and really grippy (but don't last very long). If it's a track / autocross only car... R-compounds make more of a difference than probably anything else you can do to the car.
If you're autocrossing or on a track, get camber plates, a mid-sized rear swaybar, springs and dampers that work well together (I went with the JCW suspension) and you'll be in heaven.
I have both an MC and an MCS, and both are pretty well modded, not terribly, but certainly no longer to stock specs. That said, I have found that taking some driver's schools has considerably helped the performance of my cars and me...maybe even more than the mods I did.
not being an ***. but everything being asked here, has been answered time and time again. you will get more information from searching the forum than from the replys in this one thread.
I think most of us who use forums do use the search function. I haven't been able to find any posts of anyone reporting their results with non-S R56 horsepower mods. I have read extensively about such mods in older minis though. In fact, most available mods for non-S R56 coopers are just coming out.
Just added Megan Racing exhaust, K&N Typhoon HAI, Kingsborne plugs and am pleased with the little extra torque over stock. Suspension is stock sports package with Hotchkis Comp rear sway bar. Of all the mods, the sway bar has the most instantaneous and dramatic effect (middle setting).
Last edited by minisystema; 03-27-2008 at 08:12 AM.