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    2005 MCS 6MT | 15% Pulley | RMW Tune | Alta Intake | Invidia N1| Koni FSD | Wilwood DP6

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  • Last Activity: 04-17-2019 10:13 AM
  • Join Date: 05-26-2014

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  1. MiniToBe
    09-06-2018 08:24 AM
    Hey friend...To be honest with you, i never worked on a 1st gen mini. Most of my rebuilds are/were 2nd gen. generally speaking, any shop will charge a pretty penny for labor. if you were to DIY, you might save a whole lot. your cost will be parts only in that case.
    To get a quick estimate, you have to price out the following:
    1- pistons
    2- connecting rods
    3- rings
    4- head gasket
    5- bolts for the head, crankshaft, camshaft
    6- big/ported cylinder head with valves and stem seals
    7- timing chain kit (mileage and wear and tear. might be a preventative care more than anything)
    8- misc items
    A shop might charge 75-150/hr for labor. so for that it might be 650-1200 if done in one 8hr/day.
    Once all said and done, you have to see if it is feasible and make sense to do the repairs on the car. I always opt for the fastest cheapest route. fix what's broken and move forward.
    Also, you have to be 100% sure it is rings, head gasket, valves, or timing chain. what did the tests reveal?

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