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Old 08-07-2018, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Bnourai View Post
Got hit in the driver's side door right under the mirror in the parking lot, saw it as I approached my car, whom ever was backing out of there spot made to sharp of a turn.
You don’t have to shell out lots of bucks for a decent dash cam. I have them installed in our vehicles just for the unfortunate case such as yours. AliExpress has them for cheap but make sure to get on with some kind of impact detection. Sucks we have to spend money to protect ourselves from crappy a$$ people.
 
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:31 PM
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Took delivery of it!
Those wheels are nice, they are like a version of the sidewalk edition wheels for the R52 convertible.
 
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:33 PM
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As an aviation geek and an aerospace engineer (by training at least) I had to go with the propeller style once I found out I couldn't put 16" wheels on my build and had to choose a 17" option.
 
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:34 PM
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Yes, it does look like a prop in motion.
 
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:32 PM
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The spoke design would look good on a Spyker.
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:33 AM
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Made a list of things I've done with my 2009 JCW R55 that I bought 3 months ago so far:

Enkei PF01 17x7 +45 wheels

Michelin 215/45/17 Pilot Sport 4S tires

McGuard wheel locks

H-Sport 25.5 mm hollow RSB

4 wheel alignment at curbside, including removing front upper shock mount pins and

increasing front camber slightly.

Powerflex lower control arm bushings

Powerflex lower large engine mount inserts

WMW turbo wrap

MINI Fini hood scoop grill

ECU cover piece

BSH OCC and dual boost port with PVC block

PIAA super silicone front wiper blades and Aquapel treatment to glass

New oem rear wiper blades

Spark Plugs (30K, stock oem)

Oil and filter change (Amsoil 0W40 Euro, oem)

Magnetic oil plug

Air filter (oem paper)

Cabin microfilter (oem charcoal)

Brake flush (Pentosin DOT 4 LV with ABS activation during flush)

New gas cap

Replace 12V socket and broken ring

Craven e-brake handle and adjust cable tightness

Raceseng Topology shifter ****

Craven Dipstick

Front spoiler lower trim piece

Front lower air diverters

Rear bumper center carrier piece

Pushed in dent in compact spare well.

Compact spare

Compact spare tray

Replace missing tools in spare tray (sunroof crank, wheel chock, toe hook, etc).

Spacer to allow compact spare to clear JCW rear calipers and longer bolts.

Wheel peg to facilitate changing

Front and rear floor mats (Modern Contour Carpet Floor Maxpider Floor Mats)

Various clips and fasteners that were missing or broken

Rollup sunshade

Zippee sunroof shades

Modified sliding top for armrest so it doesn't open up easily when you put your elbow on it

DMTL pump (gas tank leak detection) replaced

Light In Sight

Pink Invisible Unicorn decal

Ashtray/coin holder

New antenna (oem)

Rear mud flaps (oem)

Glove Box organizer

Chimex seat belt bypass

Back seat pull straps

Programmed go and lock feature

Sunroof track cleaned and lubed

Aluminum jack point inserts

Schwaben (Foxwell) scan tool

Wash, clay bar, wax (P21S)

New personalized plate (DOEMA ... means cheetah)

1/2 can sea foam cleaning by vacuum to the intake manifold

1 can B44K in the gas tank

Annual safety and emissions inspections

Lots of fun motoring

1 speeding ticket
 

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Old 08-08-2018, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Bnourai View Post
Got hit in the driver's side door right under the mirror in the parking lot, saw it as I approached my car, whom ever was backing out of there spot made to sharp of a turn.
Wow, that sucks!
Just the door and not the front panel in front of the door? That would lucky as bad things go.
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:41 AM
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:49 AM
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Went to the body shop this morning, came back home so the wife can fallow and pick me up from body shop $1700.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:54 AM
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Price sounds about right, but it really sucks that someone did that to you.
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:20 AM
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No kidding,, my car since 09 never been in an accident.
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:24 AM
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No kidding,, my car since 09 never been in an accident. So unless I pay cash it will hit the carfax.
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:45 PM
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What I did to my 05 JCW today -

Finally a strut/shock tower worth a damn.
I'm not naming brands, but being an Aerospace Engineer (retired after 35+ yrs. ), I know that, for no matter the reason for its existence, a bent tower brace has...VERY little, if any real column strength. Almost useless for what people buy them for.
I really don't understand why bent bars are made in the 21st century. Yes, maybe there are clearance problems in some cars. In that case, the designer "should"...be designing in extra strength that the bend has taken away. OR, mount the bar in a slightly different location.

Anyway, today, I mixed and matched brands of bars and mounting plates. Full top plates (another fallacy), and a straight support bar. Measured, marked, drilled and tapped, and fastened everything together. There are also...NO slotted holes. Another waste. Friction joints...move. These cars are built to much closer tolerances than needing big slots in the aftermarket parts.

And just to ad note/correction to my probably already controversial work. Just because upper strut tower brace mounts are full coverage and use all three shock fasteners, does "not" fully support the tower and keep it from mushrooming. No matter what's been said (I've seen it written here), for the "best" aftermarket strength, a properly thick plate between the shock and tower plate is required...NOT on top.
I've seen it written that these plates will mess with this and that angle, height, and so on. Really...a .125"/.130" plate is going to screw up the front geometry..?
While I don't pretend to know the geometry under the front of the Mini, I do know, that raising the car .130" (about 1/8") cannot...be seen standing next to the car without visual aids. Now, what it may do to the caster and-or camber, that's an easy adjustment..!

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Old 08-09-2018, 05:30 PM
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So..i figured i would share what i did today...and well the last few weekends....

today i did the VGS mod thing. Will see how that goes. Last weekend did the SC oil(thanks Way. The only place i could find the full kit at a good price)/water pump, alternator and coolant flush/fill. Week before that the crankpully decided to _______ the bed, so put on the cravenspeed 0% reduction pully. Aaaaaand a few washes and wax/polish(it rained the next day..figures). This weekend....???
 
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More like last week

Loaded it up and drove to Boulder, Colorado from Syracuse, NY, with the final destination Tucson, AZ in a weeks time.

Replaced the brakes on all 4 corners with new slotted and crossed drilled rotors, stock rears but R56 upfront with stainless steel hoses. Had the calipers powder coated to match the car.

Started on the rear brakes a couple of weeks ago, but ran out of time. Took car to have brakes bled, but got informed that the hard lines were rusted through! I ordered the parts before I left Syracuse and had them shipped to Boulder so that it would be ready and waiting for me when I got there. Once in Boulder, lifted the car on to jack stands and started in the lines! Holy [email protected]@@, where they bad! Replaced the lines and installed the new SS hoses and completed the front R56 swap. Bled system, no leaks and stops like a champ!


 
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:50 AM
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Drove MC40 #81 today, shake down after the major rebuild still have some things to do (like getting the AC blowing cold) but having fun Go Karting around...

Weeee!

Motor On!
 
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Installed a Dinian Elite from ECST on my 2017 MC S convertible yesterday. An easy job once one figures out how the BMW connectors come apart and you get the key fobs far enough away. Included zip ties made it easy to get a neat and clean look. Baby started right up. Had to reset date/time. No other issues. Test drive brought a big smile to my face. :-)
 
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Awesome.
 
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