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CVT to 6 Speed Getrag Swap

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Old 04-02-2019, 05:56 AM
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7 years and just over 60k miles on my swap, and no problems at all. It's been absolutely worth it. I did wire in the reverse light and cruise control too. I have definitely gotten a little better gas mileage, so gas savings over the years will help make back the costs. It's also the same price or cheaper to put in the 6-speed vs. a rebuilt CVT.

On my swap, Way used the Valeo single mass conversion kit for the flywheel and clutch. The setup is priced well and reliable, but, like most R53 setups, is a little heavy for the base Cooper. I believe the Valeo kit is around 26 lbs. while the stock base Cooper setup is around 17 or 18 lbs. if I remember correctly. There are no drivability problems, but that extra weight does make the engine just a little sluggish to respond.

I've been interested in trying a lighter weight flywheel and might experiment with ACT steel flywheel, sprung clutch disc, and LuK pressure plate (wouldn't want any of the extra clamping force of the ACT pressure plate). That setup would come close to matching the weight of the stock Cooper setup. I have all the parts, but haven't had the time to put them in and give a try yet.
 
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That is great to hear. As soon as the weather will permit me to ride my FZ-07, still below freezing point here, we will start on Francis' CVT swap.
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That is great to hear. As soon as the weather will permit me to ride my FZ-07, still below freezing point here, we will start on Francis' CVT swap.
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Best of luck with it! Try to source the transmission from an 05 or 06 due to the slightly better gear ratios.

Are you familiar with the coding that needs to be done? That's one of the trickier aspects of the swap. I had Way do all the coding on mine. I think he is able to do it if you send all of the computer modules to him. For DIY coding, folks over the on the BMW forums have some how-tos on what needs to be done to re-code from an automatic to a manual.
 
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We have a 06 that will be the donor . I'll be using Waymotor works for the reprogramming, with all the experience they have, it is the best choice for me.

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Great - sounds like you're good to go.
 
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:33 PM
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I was wondering if you could post some pics of your engine compartment, I hear that I may need to rework the air box and would like to see how a finished Mini looks like there.

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I currently have the DDM works intake which I'd definitely recommend. After a few years of running it with the UNI foam filter, I switched it out for an AFE pro dry s filter, so no more cleaning and re-oiling now.

With that said, the first year after my swap, I was still using the stock airbox, and it didn't require any alterations to fit. Mine is '03, so the later style airbox might be the one that requires the change. Maybe someone else can chime in, or Way would probably know since he's done a number of these swaps.

 
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Well that is good to know, I'll look into the DDM works intake, and until then the 03 and 05 engine bays do look the same. So I should be able to still go stock there.
 
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:31 PM
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They did slightly change the shape of the intake box from 7/2004 and on, but from the parts diagrams, it doesn't look different enough to affect fit issues. The pre-facelift box is rectangular, while the post facelift has a 45 degree notch in halfway on the side. Not really sure why they made the change.
 
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