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Old 12-06-2018, 06:18 AM
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Hey everyone Iím having trouble deciding my route for mods at tax time Iíll have a bit of extra money and Iím torn between doing the M7 maxx performance upgrade which is a local company to me and will take most of the money or start from the ground up and do wheels suspension and some little interior mods like boost gauge and such either way I go I will have to scrifice on the other until after I get some more extra cash to spare. I just can not decide this is what comes in the performance pack
 
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I'd recommend route number 2 and start with suspension and wheels, possibly brakes.
From everything I've read over the years, I think you'd be better off sticking with the stock coil vs MSD.
 
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I'd recommend route number 2 and start with suspension and wheels, possibly brakes.
From everything I've read over the years, I think you'd be better off sticking with the stock coil vs MSD.
yea that might be the best thing anyway on the count of my front right strut is creeky when turning slow and the top of the tower is cracked I plan to run Koni Yellows with 1Ē lower springs and I need new tires anyway so I might as well go wheels and tires now instead of buying tires for these rims then have to buy tires for my new rims a month later. I havenít heard about the MSD vs stock coil situation Iíll have to research that thanks for bringing it to my attention.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:58 PM
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Save your money as there are much better fitting and working options than that package.
The MSD coil doesn't fit well and puts out less voltage, and won't make any power stay stock or go screamin demon if your terminals are coroaded.
Catch can not really needed on the R53, I don't run one on any my R53s. But if you did really want a can go with a Mishimoto and just get your own rubber hose as it has a much better filtering system in the can to actually catch oil.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/mishim...catch-can.html
The M7 intercooler boots don't fit well at all and slide off all the time. Stay stock as they work and fit best. If you really want to go silicone we use the DDM which have a nice tight fit.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/ddmwor...-cooper-s.html
180 Thermostat won't give you any power as it will actually cause a check engine light and not allow the car to reach the right temps at the right time loosing you power. Works for track ONLY car, but not a street car
Avoid ALL lightweight crank pulleys they will ruin the engine bearings, and messes with the timing so you loose power. We recommend an ATI damper as your MINI will run smoother with it and it won't fail like the stock. Plus rev a little faster.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/super-...ulley-r53.html
Plug wires don't make power so just go cheap and reliable, https://www.waymotorworks.com/wmw-pe...lug-wires.html
For the intake go with the DDM it fits better and is the original that M7 copied
https://www.waymotorworks.com/ddm-in...per-s-r53.html
The Canton coolant take is good and better than any plastic tank. https://www.waymotorworks.com/pressu...k-r53-r52.html
We don't recommend the Iridium plugs. Many use them but we find they wear out faster and sometimes will come loose. We recommend the platinum plugs as they last and don't come loose if you torque them when installed. https://www.waymotorworks.com/john-c...gs-by-ngk.html
The heatshield for the exhaust manifold also doesn't do anything, so save your money.

These are just my experiences and opinions as I've installed and tried all of these parts at one time or another. We even sell some of these parts, but that doesn't mean we recommend them.
We offer packages too if you are set on a package, but usually like to put together things based on what your goals and budget is.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/02-06-...-r53/packages/
 
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1. Suspension
2. Tires
3. Brakes
4. the lump of DNA behind the wheel, i.e. YOU. Try autocrossing or a track day. Become a better driver.
5. Then add power.
 
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Best bang for your buck is a pulley & belt (say 15% reduction) and a set of colder plugs. Almost all the other stuff in that M7 kit is a waste.
 
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Originally Posted by WayMotorWorks View Post
Save your money as there are much better fitting and working options than that package.
The MSD coil doesn't fit well and puts out less voltage, and won't make any power stay stock or go screamin demon if your terminals are coroaded.
Catch can not really needed on the R53, I don't run one on any my R53s. But if you did really want a can go with a Mishimoto and just get your own rubber hose as it has a much better filtering system in the can to actually catch oil.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/mishim...catch-can.html
The M7 intercooler boots don't fit well at all and slide off all the time. Stay stock as they work and fit best. If you really want to go silicone we use the DDM which have a nice tight fit.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/ddmwor...-cooper-s.html
180 Thermostat won't give you any power as it will actually cause a check engine light and not allow the car to reach the right temps at the right time loosing you power. Works for track ONLY car, but not a street car
Avoid ALL lightweight crank pulleys they will ruin the engine bearings, and messes with the timing so you loose power. We recommend an ATI damper as your MINI will run smoother with it and it won't fail like the stock. Plus rev a little faster.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/super-...ulley-r53.html
Plug wires don't make power so just go cheap and reliable, https://www.waymotorworks.com/wmw-pe...lug-wires.html
For the intake go with the DDM it fits better and is the original that M7 copied
https://www.waymotorworks.com/ddm-in...per-s-r53.html
The Canton coolant take is good and better than any plastic tank. https://www.waymotorworks.com/pressu...k-r53-r52.html
We don't recommend the Iridium plugs. Many use them but we find they wear out faster and sometimes will come loose. We recommend the platinum plugs as they last and don't come loose if you torque them when installed. https://www.waymotorworks.com/john-c...gs-by-ngk.html
The heatshield for the exhaust manifold also doesn't do anything, so save your money.

These are just my experiences and opinions as I've installed and tried all of these parts at one time or another. We even sell some of these parts, but that doesn't mean we recommend them.
We offer packages too if you are set on a package, but usually like to put together things based on what your goals and budget is.
https://www.waymotorworks.com/02-06-...-r53/packages/
thanks a lot for all this information Iíll check out all the things you mentioned in your shop I was debating on sticking with cravenspeed anyway so the reply helped me make that decision easy and I will save a lot of money I can use in other places. My goal is a fun daily driver that is reliable that I will be taking to the mountains and the tail of the dragon often itís only a couple hours from me. And thanks again for the reply
 
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Before you buy anything, I would suggest a compression check and a leak down test, if needed just to make sure you have a good base to work with.
 
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Before you buy anything, I would suggest a compression check and a leak down test, if needed just to make sure you have a good base to work with.
yea Iím definitely doing that before I add a pulley to the mix. By chance do you know the numbers off the top of your head?
 
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yea Iím definitely doing that before I add a pulley to the mix. By chance do you know the numbers off the top of your head?
Not sure of the exact numbers, but each reading should be within 10% of each other.
 
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My first mod was the rear swaybar. You get a noticeable improvement without needing to spend more money (except for tires). It was the most noticeable change in handling, allowing you to go in and out of direction changes much quicker.
For strictly power, the pulley and cold air intake. You would also need a shorter belt, colder temp sparkplugs, etc to be most effective.
I would also recommend a cat back exhaust, but I didn't do that either. Couldn't get that past my wife.
BTW...at 260,000 kms, I am still on the original ignition coil pack. I feel it doesn't give me any performance gain other than "red being faster".

After the power, then maybe brakes and suspension to tame the chassis.
Then chassis braces.

Be aware that modding is really addictive. Once you start, it's hard to stop before you run out of money.
 
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My first mod was the rear swaybar. You get a noticeable improvement without needing to spend more money (except for tires). It was the most noticeable change in handling, allowing you to go in and out of direction changes much quicker.
For strictly power, the pulley and cold air intake. You would also need a shorter belt, colder temp sparkplugs, etc to be most effective.
I would also recommend a cat back exhaust, but I didn't do that either. Couldn't get that past my wife.
BTW...at 260,000 kms, I am still on the original ignition coil pack. I feel it doesn't give me any performance gain other than "red being faster".

After the power, then maybe brakes and suspension to tame the chassis.
Then chassis braces.

Be aware that modding is really addictive. Once you start, it's hard to stop before you run out of money.
yea so far my plan will be to get the Bilstein shocks, TSW lowering springs, 16x8 3SDM 0.05 wheels, 204/50/16 Cooper tires I like a meaty sidewall, new plugs, 17% pulley, cravenspeed intake, and I think thatís pretty much it for a start what do you guys think?
 
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Budget some cash for repairs and maintenance.
 
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