Cooper (non S) Modifications specific to the MINI Cooper (R56).

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Old 02-20-2019, 08:29 AM
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When I received the Magnaflow, I was again shocked to see the improvements to the design. I called Magnaflow to ask them if they had any numbers for gains from this unit, and they said they had not dynoed it. Anyone can look at the two units and see the positive design changes.
The price difference is enough for me, if I ever need to replace the manifold. I just don't buy the whole idea that they handicapped the N12 to sell more MCS.
Old 02-20-2019, 08:40 AM
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The price difference is enough for me, if I ever need to replace the manifold. I just don't buy the whole idea that they handicapped the N12 to sell more MCS.
I do not see any reason why any sane engineer would have designed this manifold. If you saw it with your own eyes, you would understand. The car is so nimble now. Why would you move up if the performance was completely satisfactory? I feel in my heart they did this on purpose. I have seen cost saving designs that were obviously a compromise, but this looks deliberate.
Old 02-21-2019, 01:22 PM
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I've been following this thread for almost a year and so far nobody has actually dyno'd the new manifold to determine the real power gains. I'm still skeptical; "seat of the pants" just doesn't do it for me.
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Is there a cohesive guide for installing this? I've seen two different guides, one which installs putting the car into service mode and another that just does it with the front end still on.
Old 02-26-2019, 08:24 AM
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When properly placed in the service position, the front end is still on the car ... it's just moved forward about 2 inches. I don't consider the bumper cover the front end of the car.
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