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06-15-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,488
Posted By bratling

Maybe there is a chicken and egg problem here....

Maybe there is a chicken and egg problem here. Forums aren't popular on mobile devices but it's not because of the content. It's because the mobile forum sites and apps just don't give a very good...
06-11-2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By bratling

That, or maybe sponsor a war in the Middle East...

That, or maybe sponsor a war in the Middle East to drive up oil prices and make small cars attractive again. So long as gas remains cheap, Americans are going to keep buying their big SUVs and light...
06-11-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 20,382
Views: 2,498,443
Posted By bratling

Thanks! Not much of a routine. Since the car is...

Thanks! Not much of a routine. Since the car is still young (3 years and 31k) it's not had time for corrosion to start making anything ugly. Simple Green all purpose cleaner, scrub with a nylon...
06-02-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By bratling

Honorary Good Truck owner reporting for duty! ...

Honorary Good Truck owner reporting for duty!

http://i.imgur.com/9zsFcHg.jpg

Had to put in a new storm door over Memorial Day weekend. On the way out of the Home Despot parking lot a middle...
06-02-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 20,382
Views: 2,498,443
Posted By bratling

Made the engine cleeeeeeean! I know it's...

Made the engine cleeeeeeean!

I know it's pointless. Entropy always wins. But there is just something SO satisfying about it!

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05-18-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By bratling

Hey Minnie- I did the Chassis Bones version from...

Hey Minnie- I did the Chassis Bones version from Way Motor Works for my F55. Absolutely worth it. I had already put in a 22mm rear seat bar by NM Eng and the JCW suspension (rebranded KW v1) and...
05-17-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By bratling

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Read this post: https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/f55-f56-hatch-talk-2014/308686-how-to-buy-a-new-mini-the-art-of-the-deal.html

At least read the first page, then the last...
04-21-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,415
Posted By bratling

On the R56 & R60 families, yes. But the F56...

On the R56 & R60 families, yes. But the F56 series has done away with that nonsense. :-)
03-29-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By bratling

This weekend might be a good time to go get a...

This weekend might be a good time to go get a deal… This just landed in my inbox:
...
03-11-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,012
Posted By bratling

The factory brakes on my 2015 F55 have very poor...

The factory brakes on my 2015 F55 have very poor initial bite, but when I push them hard and give them a second to heat up I can pull 1G braking force. Once. Then they have to cool down.

I have...
01-17-2019, 06:30 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,274
Posted By bratling

Amazon has a huge counterfeiting problem that...

Amazon has a huge counterfeiting problem that they aren't really interested in fixing. This is probably such a case, because Amazon is not an authorized reseller for Magnaflow products:...
01-15-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,471
Posted By bratling

Note that the F55 rear bumper is not...

Note that the F55 rear bumper is not interchangeable with the F56.
12-09-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By bratling

Adjustable ride height. I put the JCW Pro kit on...

Adjustable ride height. I put the JCW Pro kit on my F55 S. In warm weather I run about 2” lower than stock in the front and 1.5” rear; in the winter I go back to full height for better snow...
12-09-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,386
Posted By bratling

This thread is a real treat! So much great...

This thread is a real treat! So much great experience to learn from. I admire your two years of stick-to-it-ness!
11-19-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,279
Posted By bratling

And your point is...? I enjoy some pointless...

And your point is...?

I enjoy some pointless pedantry myself, but I try to at least make it useful or informative pedantry. :)

I open to suggestions of an alternate one-word term for "a canned...
11-12-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,103
Posted By bratling

Nice! That was almost like reading a build log,...

Nice! That was almost like reading a build log, except it's a product development log :D

I'm really surprised the F54 has only one reinforcing plate. What a strange area to try to save a buck...
11-12-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,070
Posted By bratling

So, tell us how you really feel! :lol: ...

So, tell us how you really feel! :lol:

https://media.giphy.com/media/bTYmLGBHxsWVW/giphy.gif
10-20-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,296
Posted By bratling

Emails: you are unlikely ever to be able to...

Emails: you are unlikely ever to be able to access emails through CarPlay. Apple design is opinionated, and one of those opinions is that email is too attention intensive to be safe to do while...
10-03-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,295
Posted By bratling

Yes, I've looked into this in the past and it's...

Yes, I've looked into this in the past and it's reasonably straightforward, if you're handy with MINI/BMW electrical systems already. I would not choose it as my first project, though.
...
Forum: Electrical
09-19-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,832
Posted By bratling

I don't think I could deal with looking at the...

I don't think I could deal with looking at the serifed I at the end. It would just drive me crazy. I'd almost prefer NIMI! :lol:
09-09-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 997
Posted By bratling

Nice! For the smartphone generation, I...

Nice!

For the smartphone generation, I suggest checking out the app Fuelly: http://www.fuelly.com/
(On Android it uses the aCar app.)

Yes, it focuses on MPG. But it is designed to track all of...
09-02-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,606
Posted By bratling

Let's define terms first. A "tune" usually...

Let's define terms first.

A "tune" usually means changing some of the engine computer's parameters, or instructions.

A "piggyback" is some sort of hardware that intercepts sensor data on its...
09-01-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,279
Posted By bratling

Note that the Dinan Sport is only $300, not $500,...

Note that the Dinan Sport is only $300, not $500, and can be had used in the Marketplace forums here for $200. It really is a good bit of kit. The stock B46 engine feels like it runs out of breath...
08-31-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 20,382
Views: 2,498,443
Posted By bratling

I got it from www.AutomotiveTouchup.com. The...

I got it from www.AutomotiveTouchup.com. The color is an absolutely perfect match.

i’ve decided not to try doing the clear coat with a brush. It’s an absolute bear to get perfectly smooth and...
08-30-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 20,382
Views: 2,498,443
Posted By bratling

Well, you know how it is. Some men just lack the...

Well, you know how it is. Some men just lack the delicate touch required to correctly mesh the moving parts.

Don’t worry, she’ll find a new one eventually. When she brings home one that can drive...
08-20-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By bratling

The dealer ordered the car, so it's their car...

The dealer ordered the car, so it's their car until they sell it to you. It would not transfer to another dealership unless the dealers involved agreed with each other to do it.

If you can't come...
Forum: Suspension
08-16-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,285
Posted By bratling

Quick follow up for FridayXIII. I installed Way’s...

Quick follow up for FridayXIII. I installed Way’s Chassis Bones braces a few days ago. I am positively astonished at the difference it makes! I wasn’t sure I’d feel a thing; worst case, I figured,...
08-08-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,956
Posted By bratling

For what it's worth, I have a ThinkWare F800...

For what it's worth, I have a ThinkWare F800 (https://www.us.thinkware.com/products-f800) with rear view camera sitting in the garage I'd be open to selling:...
08-08-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By bratling

Thanks for posting the latest sales data, All4....

Thanks for posting the latest sales data, All4. I've updated my worksheet and produced an updated 5-year sales charts.
It's finally heading up and to the right a bit, and the long term trend curve...
Forum: JCW Garage
07-10-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,288
Posted By bratling

Hit up Rennline!...

Hit up Rennline! http://www.rennline.com/Skid-Plates/products/925/

I was up there for prototyping earlier this year; amazing workmanship:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BflWwR1FnhQ/?taken-by=bratling
07-03-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 25,879
Posted By bratling

I put my EZ-Pass (electronic roll) transceiver in...

I put my EZ-Pass (electronic roll) transceiver in the secret compartment. Works fine in there and doesn’t clutter up my windscreen. (My radar detector is the appropriate clutter for my windscreen....
06-25-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By bratling

Less ground clearance. I park on street so...

Less ground clearance. I park on street so climbing through snow is part of life. I love that I can get drop 1.5” of height in the warm months but go back up in winter. (Still lower than stock even...
06-25-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By bratling

Hello from Northeast Massachusetts! My F55 has a...

Hello from Northeast Massachusetts! My F55 has a 22mm NM rear sway bar (doesn’t visibly change anything) and the JCW Pro Suspension kit which are coil overs in front and shocks and springs in back. I...
06-24-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By bratling

Remus and Magnaflow also make F55 exhausts. Way...

Remus and Magnaflow also make F55 exhausts. Way Motor Works has them:
https://www.waymotorworks.com/15-f55-cooper-s/performance/exhaust/
06-23-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,729
Posted By bratling

Any Wi-Fi adapter will work with the apps on any...

Any Wi-Fi adapter will work with the apps on any phone.

any bluetooth adapter will work on Android

on iPhone you have to make sure the Bluetooth adapter is Apple certified and works with an...
06-23-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,731
Posted By bratling

To be fair, Bluetooth is radio and the module has...

To be fair, Bluetooth is radio and the module has to communicate with the phone across an huge chunk of metal (the engine), metal hood and firewall. When I had this, I positioned the module as high...
06-21-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,110
Posted By bratling

These folks: ...

These folks:

http://www.automotivetouchup.com/

Cheers!
Forum: 1st Gear
06-19-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By bratling

Welcome! Another two MINI family here. I’ve owned...

Welcome! Another two MINI family here. I’ve owned a 2006 R53, a 2009 R55, and now a 2015 F56. My spouse drives a 2014 Countryman S. No ALL4, but with winter tires on it, it’s pretty near unstoppable...
Forum: Detailing 101
06-12-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,240
Posted By bratling

Looks suspiciously similar to a jar of "snot" my...

Looks suspiciously similar to a jar of "snot" my 5 year old received from a friend for his birthday last month. :lol:
05-31-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,384
Posted By bratling

That's some paranoid bull. Referring someone to...

That's some paranoid bull. Referring someone to another resource is showing your confidence and wealth of useful information. If we send them a good resource, they'll remember that help and return.
...
05-22-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,017
Posted By bratling

https://www.facebook.com/groups/713376242178096/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/713376242178096/
05-17-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,070
Posted By bratling

Aaaaaaand… I was wrong. I thought it was there,...

Aaaaaaand… I was wrong. I thought it was there, but checked and nope, only coding. Nor does it appear its sister app, Bimmerlink, can register batteries.

This leaves Carly for BMW as the only app...
04-28-2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,442
Posted By bratling

And it’s beautiful, too! 😍🏎💨 I do enjoy my...

And it’s beautiful, too! 😍🏎💨

I do enjoy my 2015 but the R53 remains the absolute most engaging and visceral to drive. I’m positive you’ll love it!
04-25-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,311
Posted By bratling

Ah. I thought this was a tongue-in-cheek thread....

Ah. I thought this was a tongue-in-cheek thread. Hence my answer.

There's more to engine longevity than avoiding redline. Let it warm up so the oil reaches the viscosity level the engine was...
04-24-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By bratling

You guys are loons! Can an F55 hatch guy,...

You guys are loons!

Can an F55 hatch guy, who formerly owned an R-series Clubman, get in on this ridiculousness?
...
04-24-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 20,382
Views: 2,498,443
Posted By bratling

Really easy; if you're messing with VANOS then...

Really easy; if you're messing with VANOS then you are ready for this. I was surprised just how easy it was in my '09 S. Remove the airbox, remove part of the intake tube, and the tensioner is then...
04-19-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 958
Posted By bratling

You may be surprised how much a difference in...

You may be surprised how much a difference in handling you can make for not much money. A rear sway bar should be high on your list if you like cornering. :)

enjoy your new MINI!
04-04-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,442
Posted By bratling

Sorry for being unclear: Avoid the N14 engines...

Sorry for being unclear: Avoid the N14 engines (unless you are feeling lucky and have good service records that all the usual failure modes have been addressed recently). The 2011 uses the later N18...
04-04-2018, 12:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,159
Posted By bratling

Different strokes... I love the oddball stuff....

Different strokes... I love the oddball stuff. Toggle switches instead of yet another boring row of chicklet buttons? Center speedo and big tach on the steering column? Circle design motifs? Fun trim...
04-03-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,442
Posted By bratling

Definitely. 2007-2010 Cooper S and Clubman S....

Definitely. 2007-2010 Cooper S and Clubman S. 2009-2010 convertible Cooper S. 2007-2012 JCW. The common thread here is the N14 engine.

a 2005-06 hardtop S or a 2005-2007 Convertible S are likely...
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