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Old 11-05-2018, 09:34 AM
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OK, great news. All the suspension parts are installed and West End Alignment got everything straightened out for me. Car handles really well, nice sharp cornering. We still need some lighter wheels (in the 15lb range) and non run flat tires.

I think some gold wheels will pop on this car but hesitant to pull the trigger. Plus they are 8" wide (don't come in 7") so some more alignment/spacer work will be necessary.













 
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We got an OBD programming cable from eBay (item# 252496444220) and it came with a thumb drive with EVERYTHING needed to code the car. Several auto installation programs that set everything up for doing the job. I was prepared to do a bunch of downloading and manual installation but we got lucky. The seller was also very responsive answering a few questions I had.

I really wanted to code the doors to unlock when key is removed as it's a pain to always have to unlock them with the switch or pull twice on the handle. We also coded the remotes to lock/unlock everything with one button press and auto up on the driver's window among a few other things.
what program did you get? I have the adapter but need a program so I can code the few things I am adding, never mind I found it
 

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Old 11-13-2018, 10:59 AM
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Woooo those are some niiiiiiice mods you got in there. Almost too good for an automatic! I'm just biased though.
 
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Getting there and still super clean. Like the sticker.
 
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:15 PM
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Woooo those are some niiiiiiice mods you got in there. Almost too good for an automatic! I'm just biased though.
Ya, I don't know what it would take to convert to manual trans. Probably A LOT!
 
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My son and I spent the whole Thanksgiving day installing a set of JCW type calipers (purchased from a fine member of NAM) and new discs etc. from WMW. Everything went pretty smoothly. We are really happy with the results.







 
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:45 PM
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Nice!

Which control arms are those? The look like Hotchkis, but all black.
Yes, WMW works sells them in all black.

 
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Old 12-11-2018, 11:03 AM
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The car had been making some serious intermittent racket for a few weeks and finally discovered the X-brace would rub the catalytic converter in some random conditions and vibrate the whole chassis. We ground the 2 spots of the brace where it was rubbing and repainted. So far, no racket







 
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:04 PM
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Was FINALLY able to acquire a used Rally Light wiring harness from a fine member of NAM. It's cut but I think we can make it work. Ordered the rest of the pieces we need. Hoping to install over Xmas break.

 
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Thanks for the update, yes the wire harness went NLA, But glad you found one.
 
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:21 AM
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Converted over to some wheel studs and nuts. Looks cool. A bit easier to take these S-"Lites" on and off too.


 
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I am pretty much in awe of the work you have done on this car.
 
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Old 12-29-2018, 03:32 PM
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Miss mine since I sold her...RARE car and getting harder to find, Mine had the space grey and black interior...Does yours


 
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:50 PM
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I am pretty much in awe of the work you have done on this car.
Thanks! More pics coming soon. We were able to get the OEM rally light kit installed!

 
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:52 PM
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Miss mine since I sold her...RARE car and getting harder to find, Mine had the space grey and black interior...Does yours
No, ours is black interior without the space gray. Anthracite plastics and headliner.

 
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My compliments this Mini turned out awesome. You guys did a great job doing tasteful mods without going overboard.
 
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looks awesome, I had a '05 BEP as well, sold her, for a Nissan 350ZR...Even though I'm in another MINI today, always miss my purple.....
 
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well Hi there Boo....How are you? Daddy missed you
 
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:33 PM
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You guys did a great job doing tasteful mods without going overboard.
Well, still have to put wheel/tire on. Been flip flopping on which way to go.
 

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Old 03-25-2019, 02:03 PM
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Over Xmas break, my son and I installed a cobbled together OEM Rally Light Kit. As posted earlier, we found the hardest to acquire piece, the wiring harness from NAM member in used/cut condition. After checking it over, everything seemed OK, it had many of the supplementary electrical components still attached to it (LUCKY FOR US, BECAUSE ECS's KIT IS MISSING MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE WIRING HARNESS ITSELF AS STATED ON THEIR WEBSITE).

Here's the used harness.

 
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:04 PM
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Here's some pics of the relay wiring in case it helps anyone in the future DIY.













 
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:06 PM
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Pic of the wiring to trigger switch for DIY'ers





 
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:12 PM
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Luckily this fuse box and snorkel was still attached to my used harness. It's not included with ECS kit. Either is metal mounting bracket for it.

BUT, it seems like facelift R53 (or my car) is a little different than the instructions. There was already a small fuse box located in engine compartment where this is supposed to mount with metal bracket. We removed connectors and wound up just snapping them into existing box in open location. Luckily this worked because I was never able to locate a metal mounting bracket as shown in instructions.
















 

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Old 03-25-2019, 02:15 PM
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Used some sheathing on the harness up to the light fixtures.












 
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:17 PM
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Cut hole in grommet. And had to re-connect all the main wires that were cut when the harness was removed from the donor vehicle.









 

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