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03-25-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 985
Posted By minihune

Really depends on many factors- how you use the...

Really depends on many factors- how you use the brakes, how aggressively you drive, late braking from speed, living on a steep hill, etc.

You can easily go more miles if you do longer commutes...
03-17-2019, 10:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 952
Posted By minihune

Compared to OEM 16" wheels and tire- Your...

Compared to OEM 16" wheels and tire-

Your wheels will be 1.7mm further from inner suspension and poke out 14.4mm more which is fine.

205/40-16 is 50mm smaller in tire diameter.
At tirerack...
02-13-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,901
Posted By minihune

Maybe 4-5 mm difference but it may depend on what...

Maybe 4-5 mm difference but it may depend on what diameter wheel.

With my R53 using 15x8" wheels et+36 I need a 3mm thin rear spacer to clear my rear lower trailing arm or it scrapes by 1-2mm....
12-17-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 840
Posted By minihune

Either size is fine for your wheel and...

Either size is fine for your wheel and suspension. However there can be minimal difference when used in deep snow as a narrower tire will cut through with less resistance. Wider tires can corner with...
11-29-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 36,376
Posted By minihune

Adjustable (3 hole) rear swaybar gives you less...

Adjustable (3 hole) rear swaybar gives you less understeer as long as you don't make the settings too stiff. Start with the mildest setting the hole at the end of the bar and adjust from there.
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11-27-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By minihune

205/60-15 fit wheels 5.5 to 7.5" wide, perfect...

205/60-15 fit wheels 5.5 to 7.5" wide, perfect for 6" wide rim so they will fit OEM 15x5.5" OK. Tire diameter is slightly tall at 24.7" but no worse than 215/45-17 which MINIs will use.

Stock...
11-15-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 974
Posted By minihune

Yes, more or less they fit but... Early R53...

Yes, more or less they fit but...

Early R53 came with smaller front brake calipers before JCW brakes were an option so 15x5.5" R50 wheels would fit. These don't fit any R56.

All R56 wheels will...
10-16-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 924
Posted By minihune

Driving performance has more to do with which...

Driving performance has more to do with which exact tire you choose than the size alone. If you have two tires of the same model but one is taller sidewall (60 or 65 series) then it usually is more...
09-12-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,345
Posted By minihune

ohiojcw, thanks for your pics. You have an R56...

ohiojcw, thanks for your pics. You have an R56 MCS which has more suspension clearance than my R53 MCS, I would never be able to fit 225/45-17 on 17x8 wheels without rubbing. In fact with 1" drop and...
09-11-2018, 03:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,345
Posted By minihune

OK, just because it is possible to buy a 17x8"...

OK, just because it is possible to buy a 17x8" wheel doesn't mean it is a good match for your MINI.

OEM is 17x7" et48 with 205/45-17 or 215/45-17 tires, this fits the OEM suspension and works.
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09-11-2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,116
Posted By minihune

Which 2011 JCW model? Coupe, clubman, 4 dr,...

Which 2011 JCW model? Coupe, clubman, 4 dr, Cooper S?

Which 225/45-17 tire do you use now? Who recommended that?

Are you in D Street class?

You can run any tire size that fits the OEM wheel...
08-04-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,755
Posted By minihune

OK, for 16" stock wheels you can choose these...

OK, for 16" stock wheels you can choose these common tire sizes 195/55-16 (for runflats but they ride harshly), 205/50-16 and 205/55-16

Since you are doing daily driving and street comfort is a...
06-08-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By minihune

zachh, Continental ExtremeContact Sport Max...

zachh,

Continental ExtremeContact Sport Max Summer tire
215/45-17 at $122 each, is a good choice and should work fine for you.

Tirerack test results-...
06-05-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,648
Posted By minihune

OK, how much track and autocross experience do...

OK, how much track and autocross experience do you have or in the past?

For autocross what class do you want to be in? How often for events?

For track what are you doing? open lapping sessions...
05-30-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,053
Posted By minihune

larger front brake calipers are always going to...

larger front brake calipers are always going to be hard to fit over any 16" wheels so you do have to be careful. You'd have to test fit or know an owner that has the exact wheels and brakes you want....
05-13-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,918
Posted By minihune

Good job. Now dodge those curbs! I had...

Good job. Now dodge those curbs!

I had banged up wheel covers once on my old minivan and just sanded and painted them. They looked great and it cost <$10 vs $100 per replacement. Yuk!
05-01-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,794
Posted By minihune

Good choice

Good choice
04-21-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,729
Posted By minihune

Yes, you cannot use a damaged tire for any kind...

Yes, you cannot use a damaged tire for any kind of driving. Any blisters, cords or sidewall damage is dangerous for a blowout. That is not a small blister. It doesn't take much for damage to increase...
04-05-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,303
Posted By minihune

You don't have to stay with OEM tire size. ...

You don't have to stay with OEM tire size.

Considering you want all season then for a Cooper S the Ultra High Performance All Season tire class is the place to start.

205/50-16 works well, fits...
01-01-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By minihune

You'll also need a smaller drive belt. Some...

You'll also need a smaller drive belt. Some special tools are needed, pulley removal tool and belt tensioner bar.

If needed contact Way at Way Motor Works for parts and tools.

Much less benefit...
11-25-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By minihune

Tire choices are all about compromise between...

Tire choices are all about compromise between various tire classes:

Summer tires tend to wear faster, ride firmer, handle and perform better and are for warm weather not below 40 degrees. Brands...
10-04-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,997
Posted By minihune

What tire size are you looking for? For best...

What tire size are you looking for?

For best blend of comfortable lower noise ride with longer tread life look at Grand Touring All Season tires.

If you want more grip and better handling with...
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06-17-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By minihune

Supercharger oil change is lots of labor-...

Supercharger oil change is lots of labor- consider doing water pump at the same time.
https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/how-to/227712-r53-supercharger-oil-change-how-to.html

Mobotech...
06-14-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By minihune

Given that you are experienced in winter driving...

Given that you are experienced in winter driving you should be fine however All Season tires are not snow tires so just be careful and no tires are going to do well when you hit a patch of ice.

I...
06-14-2017, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By minihune

Have you been through a winter driving in snow in...

Have you been through a winter driving in snow in toronto? If so with what car and tires? How did you do?

If for your winter driving you find that you do OK (not great) on all season tires then...
06-04-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By minihune

This is what Alex sent me if I need anything from...

This is what Alex sent me if I need anything from tirerack:

[email protected] ext 4644

Very experienced and a good source
07-08-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,811
Posted By minihune

The OEM MINI wheel is 17x7" offset (et) of +48mm....

The OEM MINI wheel is 17x7" offset (et) of +48mm. OEM tire is 205/45-17.

You can use a 17x9" et20 rim but what tire and suspension do you plan to use?

If you use OEM suspension there will be a...
10-21-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 109,154
Posted By minihune

It really depends on your taste in wheel designs...

It really depends on your taste in wheel designs and your priorities for tire budget and use.

First think about your goals:
Looks
Weight
Handling
Ride quality
Budget
Tire Match
Treadlife
10-07-2004, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,769
Posted By minihune

tl915, For an MCS with stock suspension ...

tl915,

For an MCS with stock suspension
16x8 wheels with +42mm and +49mm offsets will fit (+37 to +50mm is OK)
17x7.5 wheels +43mm offset will fit

For MCS with lowered suspension
16x8 with...
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