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I can help you.

Here are most of the R52 upgrades: Main interior kit, then License plate, reverse lights, you have the markers up front. Also, the install PDF is linked to the main Master kit page for the interior. I have these on my r52.

Main interior kit, then License plate, reverse lights:

https://www.ecstuning.com/News/R52_M...ance_Lighting/




Side markers, all 4.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ziza-par...003904ziz01kt/







You have the side turn signals in clear so you will need the non led chrome side turn signal bulbs, they flash orange and get rid of that orange dot egg yolk look. They are non LED.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ziza-par...nisideblbzzkt/






I replaced all of the other lights but never got the map light to cooperate.
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Got running lights converted to led and stubby antenna installed today Also removed the white stripes, which were in rough shape Love this car!

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The front brakes are squealing a bit, kinda annoyed. More annoying is the brake pad dust.

I was going to buy EBC Reds (front) for $100 shipped and whatever cheap rotor I could find (another $200).

Then I found this on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Drilled-Slotted-Rotors-Ceramic-2003-2006/dp/B017S69D1A/ref=sr_1_15_sspa?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1522945992&sr=1-15-spons&keywords=mini+cooper+rotors+r52&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Drilled-Slotted-Rotors-Ceramic-2003-2006/dp/B017S69D1A/ref=sr_1_15_sspa?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1522945992&sr=1-15-spons&keywords=mini+cooper+rotors+r52&psc=1

$130 shipped for all 4 corners, including the sensors? Great reviews. Anyone here installed it? How's the dust? Seems too good to be true. I do wish it wasn't slotted/drilled, don't think we need them on our small rotors.
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:48 PM
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Bought first performance mods. Gotta go slowly due to funds (freakn' kids and ex wife, ha!).

1. Madness Lower Stress Brace
2. Madness CAI

Need to research on best way to prevent mushrooming, probably be next purchase. Not sure if I need the strut brace or not, sounds like most people say the lower has the biggest impact. A lot of R52 owners have great reviews on the Madness Lower brace.

Going to get a quote on removing the resonator (one ball mod). If they are over $75, I'm buying the ebay $230 shipped exahaust and hoping for the best. I'll do the pulley upgrade in the summer
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First off Congrats on the purchase!

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Need to research on best way to prevent mushrooming, probably be next purchase. Not sure if I need the strut brace or not, sounds like most people say the lower has the biggest impact. A lot of R52 owners have great reviews on the Madness Lower brace.
i don’t know anything about the Madness Brace, but in general just a brace won’t necessarily help with mushrooming. You need to be sure the upper brace has reinforcement plates. Another option would be to go with something like these https://www.cravenspeed.com/under-tower-indurators-for-mini/ with or without an upper brace on top. ModMINI on YouTube has good DIY vids for installs like these. I have M7 plates on my car, but if I was starting over I’d probably go with CravenSpeed under towers and their defender plates on top.

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Installed the Madness CAI this weekend. Had a WTF moment after I tried starting her back up and it didn't click over. Took a minute, but found I didn't fully connect the wiring harness for the ECU. Ooops. Started right up after that!

I like it, looks good and sounds great. Love hearing the S/C scream!

Looks like I have a cracked strut mount (passenger)? Attached is a pic. What's the best route to fix this and make the R52 better?
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:29 AM
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I went stock to avoid adding anymore harshness to the front end. It is pretty rough as stock. Since you are taking the struts apart it may be time for some Koni FSDs.
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Installed the Madness CAI this weekend. Had a WTF moment after I tried starting her back up and it didn't click over. Took a minute, but found I didn't fully connect the wiring harness for the ECU. Ooops. Started right up after that!

I like it, looks good and sounds great. Love hearing the S/C scream!

Looks like I have a cracked strut mount (passenger)? Attached is a pic. What's the best route to fix this and make the R52 better?

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Thanx!

I'm looking for some ~$40 Centric rotors. Buying parts for a R52 is tiresome, I just don't trust the part #s! Centricparts.com's site has different part #s for a 2006 and 2007/2008 Convertible. Why would the the 2007/2008 R52 have a different part number than 2006?

I also see on almost all sites, an option to select 276mm and 294mm for the front. Is 294mm JCW?

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I replaced all of the other lights but never got the map light to cooperate.
Did you follow the install PDF on the main kit?
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Thanx!

I'm looking for some ~$40 Centric rotors. Buying parts for a R52 is tiresome, I just don't trust the part #s! Centricparts.com's site has different part #s for a 2006 and 2007/2008 Convertible. Why would the the 2007/2008 R52 have a different part number than 2006?

I also see on almost all sites, an option to select 276mm and 294mm for the front. Is 294mm JCW?
I also see on almost all sites, an option to select 276mm and 294mm for the front. Is 294mm JCW?[/QUOTE]

Trust our site, most places don't know MINI well or the person building the site did not know what are all MINI models.
7.2006 was a slip year for the m12 to m14 wheel bolts so it follows that for the rotors. The rotor size dictates the non jcw 276mm vs the JCW brakes 294mm on the Gen 1 MINIs.

I will contact them and have them update the site, my guess is they just did not apply it on the catalog. We just added EBC brake rotors, DBA brakes, and the full stoptech and Centric line.

https://www.ecstuning.com/Mini-2008-...raking/Rotors/
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Put on Centric rotors and EBC Red pads on the front today. Easy job, except I broke the wear sensor. Had a spare on hand but took over 30 mins to replace it. What a PITA !

No more squealing is a big welcome. Also looking forward to no dust on the wheels.

Next up is shocks I think Then I'll be good until I muster courage to do the pulley. Need to watch the videos for a few more hours

I see Koni FSB on closeout on tirerack for $550 with $50 rebate. Is there a cheaper/better option ?
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