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Forum: General MINI Talk 02-07-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By beken
I used about $1.00 worth of chicken fence wiring...

I used about $1.00 worth of chicken fence wiring and have a bunch left over. Only made one and it's been on there for many years. Measure and cut approximately. You can bend this stuff to fit. ...
Forum: Stock Problems/Issues 02-06-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 1,472
Views: 492,797
Posted By beken
In Canada, where dealer parts are usually twice...

In Canada, where dealer parts are usually twice the price for the same part in the US, I was quoted $604. CDN for the fan motor assembly. Dealer then applied a 15% discount on both parts and labor. ...
Forum: Stock Problems/Issues 01-31-2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1,472
Views: 492,797
Posted By beken
In the end, I ended replacing the original fan...

In the end, I ended replacing the original fan motor with a MINI Fan motor at great expense. Long story....lesson learned at trying to save a few bucks.

1) bought a Dorman fan motor for a good...
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 01-31-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 520
Posted By beken
That cable in your hand looks like an AUX cable...

That cable in your hand looks like an AUX cable for plugging in an audio device, like an iPod touch or something. Possibly, the previous owner wanted to run it to the side of the shifter console.
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 01-31-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 621
Posted By beken
Actually, from time to time, I would back in...

Actually, from time to time, I would back in close to a wall (like in an indoor parking lot) and watch through my rear view mirrors when I step on the brake pedal. I have one those center brake...
Forum: Canada 01-31-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 11,474
Posted By beken
The black one. Not the Black-eye Purple one. ...

The black one. Not the Black-eye Purple one.

biFurcator might recognize the car.

...
Forum: Canada 01-31-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,951
Posted By beken
Seems most clubs have migrated to Facebook. ...

Seems most clubs have migrated to Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/TorontoMiniClub/


or

http://torontominiclub.com/
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 01-25-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 621
Posted By beken
1) Turn on car. 2) turn on headlights 3) wash...

1) Turn on car.
2) turn on headlights
3) wash your windshield. The first time, the headlight washer jets should work. They only come on once every 3rd or 4th time you wash your windows and only...
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 01-13-2018, 11:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 625
Posted By beken
i think the dealer tried to guilt me into paying...

i think the dealer tried to guilt me into paying for the Premium Package as I didn't order the heated seats nor the 17" wheels. I was going to walk when the dealer said they didn't order it that way...
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 01-12-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 625
Posted By beken
When I ordered my car, I ordered it without a...

When I ordered my car, I ordered it without a sunroof. But when it arrived, it had a sunroof anyways. :eek2:
Forum: MINI Collectibles 01-10-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By beken
MINI Race Track Set.

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Forum: General MINI Talk 01-10-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,087
Posted By beken
Almost every single day including business trips,...

Almost every single day including business trips, and MINI events in other parts of the country (or countries).


...
Forum: Vancouver Mini Cooper Club 01-10-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By beken
What did you replace it with?

What did you replace it with?
Forum: Stock Problems/Issues 01-10-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1,472
Views: 492,797
Posted By beken
Is consensus here that the Dorman unit is better...

Is consensus here that the Dorman unit is better than the TYC fan motor? I tried to read through as much of this thread as possible given my limited amount of time on this topic. In Canada, a MINI...
Forum: General MINI Talk 12-22-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By beken
Merry Christmas. 1940's must be an in...

Merry Christmas.

1940's must be an in thing this year. I just finished running sound for a Christmas stage production of a show based in the same era.

...
Forum: General MINI Talk 12-21-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,518
Posted By beken
black-eye purple roof. ...

black-eye purple roof.


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Forum: Canada 12-19-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By beken
bifurcator lives in my neighbourhood. His car is...

bifurcator lives in my neighbourhood. His car is a CE.

...
Forum: General MINI Talk 11-28-2017, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By beken
For things I don't want to do myself, along with...

For things I don't want to do myself, along with the dealerships, I let Fred's Automotive at Fraser and 38th fix my car.
Forum: General MINI Talk 09-29-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 19,352
Views: 2,250,959
Posted By beken
Clutch and front bushings are the only things...

Clutch and front bushings are the only things replaced so far.

also the 15% reduction pulley, and 22mm rear swaybar, Madness CAI, and spark plugs.

Everything else on the drive train is...
Forum: General MINI Talk 09-27-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 19,352
Views: 2,250,959
Posted By beken
Crossed a mileage milestone. Afraid of which...

Crossed a mileage milestone. Afraid of which major component is going to be first to break.

...
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 09-27-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,587
Views: 4,478,709
Posted By beken
Crossed another mileage milestone. Thanks for...

Crossed another mileage milestone. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

...
Forum: Canada 09-19-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 467
Views: 36,410
Posted By beken
Welcome to all the new sign ins across the...

Welcome to all the new sign ins across the country. I wonder if we have enough people signed up across to country to do a MINI relay or geoCache thing. Like start in Victoria BC and pass a baton...
Forum: Canada 08-11-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By beken
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4394/35648182183_c5...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4394/35648182183_c5beb5c834_z_d.jpg
Forum: Canada 08-03-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By beken
Ha....nobody even looked. We had a pretty...

Ha....nobody even looked.

We had a pretty decent turn out last night...

...
Forum: Canada 08-02-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By beken
MINI Invasion at the Lansdowne Mall drive in movie 08/02/2017

Lansdowne Mall in Richmond BC has drive-in movies on Wednesday nights all summer.

Tonight is MINI Invasion night hosted by the Vancouver MINI Cooper Club.

If you can make it, meet at the...
Forum: Canada 05-29-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
Posted By beken
I just received an email from BC Ferries today. ...

I just received an email from BC Ferries today. Looks like they might have some special sunrise and sunset fares. I bet they will be on weekdays though.

If we can get a group together, we'll...
Forum: Canada 03-28-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
Posted By beken
Aw man!! I would join you if I could, but...

Aw man!! I would join you if I could, but arriving back in Vancouver from New York on the 25th.

I'm originally from Lake Cowichan myself.

I will post this on Facebook for the Vancouver...
Forum: Canada 03-22-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
Posted By beken
Lots of great roads on the island. Wished...

Lots of great roads on the island.

Wished I had the time and ferry fare to get over more often.
Forum: Canada 03-20-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
Posted By beken
You missed the Circle Island Tour a couple of...

You missed the Circle Island Tour a couple of years ago... :eek:

...
Forum: General MINI Talk 03-06-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 675
Posted By beken
PSMINI.org ? I'm not in the Seattle area,...

PSMINI.org ?

I'm not in the Seattle area, but if I am, I sometimes look them up to hang out with them.
Forum: Canada 02-16-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 467
Views: 36,410
Posted By beken
Hello Jay, The CE was not much more than a...

Hello Jay,

The CE was not much more than a specially badged version of a JCW car. The reason being the GP had a low mounted intercooler that was not legal in Canada without MINI spending a lot...
Forum: MINI Club of Calgary 02-16-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By beken
Check their Facebook page. Not a lot going on,...

Check their Facebook page. Not a lot going on, but I posted and got a reply almost immediately. So they're still there.
Forum: MINI Club of Calgary 02-09-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By beken
There used to be a pretty vibrant club in...

There used to be a pretty vibrant club in Calgary. I haven't checked in to their site in quite awhile, and just noticed their site is gone.

It looks like they migrated to a Facebook page like...
Forum: R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 01-27-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By beken
The headlight washers work the first time after...

The headlight washers work the first time after you turn on the headlights and activate your windshield wash. Then every third time you activate the windshield wash after that. If you want to...
Forum: General MINI Talk 01-25-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1,367
Views: 153,381
Posted By beken
A second and third car. A BMW 5-series, and...

A second and third car. A BMW 5-series, and original owner of a collector plated Pontiac Fiero V6
...
Forum: General MINI Talk 01-06-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,592
Posted By beken
I'm partial to Black Eye Purple also. ...

I'm partial to Black Eye Purple also.


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Forum: General MINI Talk 12-29-2016, 10:18 PM
Replies: 19,352
Views: 2,250,959
Posted By beken
Crossed an interesting mileage milestone. ...

Crossed an interesting mileage milestone.

Thanks NAM for coming along for the ride.

...
Forum: General MINI Talk 12-15-2016, 03:23 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,592
Posted By beken
Black-eye Purple (Purple Haze in the US) of...

Black-eye Purple (Purple Haze in the US) of course.

...
Forum: Canada 11-23-2016, 02:55 PM
Replies: 467
Views: 36,410
Posted By beken
Welcome Gary.

Welcome Gary.
Forum: General MINI Talk 11-23-2016, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By beken
I use the zippeeshades. They stick to the...

I use the zippeeshades. They stick to the sunroof by suction cup.

When I want a bit of light through, I can remove the zippee shade.

In BC, the perforated roll up shade build into our...
Forum: General MINI Talk 11-03-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,584
Posted By beken
I have a plug kit, a bottle of slime, and a...

I have a plug kit, a bottle of slime, and a compact compressor in the cubby on the side of my boot. I also have a mini spare I got from a friend for times I travel on a long trip and don't mind...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, & Brakes 11-03-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Posted By beken
At about 3:50 into this video, you see this...

At about 3:50 into this video, you see this cutter go in and trim the rubber off the tire. I take it, there is a very small gap between the two blades.
...
Forum: General MINI Talk 10-28-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 19,352
Views: 2,250,959
Posted By beken
Crossed a mileage milestone today while on my way...

Crossed a mileage milestone today while on my way to the office. Thanks to the folks in NAM for coming along for the ride.

...
Forum: Canada 09-19-2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 864
Posted By beken
You all missed out.... ...

You all missed out....


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Forum: Canada 09-16-2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 864
Posted By beken
Vancouver BC area MINI drive. Sep 18 /16

Vancouver area MINI drivers, Size MINI club is doing a short morning drive and fish n chip run this Sunday.

Meet at the Moscrop Secondary School parking lot at 10:00am.

We're driving to...
Forum: General MINI Talk 08-22-2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,125
Posted By beken
I'm still here. But rarely find anything...

I'm still here. But rarely find anything interesting anymore. The Gen 1's are still running but anybody that's into modding them have pretty well already done so, and any information is readily...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, & Brakes 08-04-2016, 11:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,576
Posted By beken
The reason you have runflat tires is so if you...

The reason you have runflat tires is so if you have a sudden "loss of air" issue with your tires, you can still run up to a certain speed with them until you can get them replaced. Note that I...
Forum: General MINI Talk 05-18-2016, 12:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,602
Posted By beken
Getting rid of the runflats. Then the 22mm rear...

Getting rid of the runflats. Then the 22mm rear swaybar. Then the 15% reduction pulley.
Forum: Vancouver Mini Cooper Club 05-10-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
Posted By beken
Yah..I had my supercharger checked over a couple...

Yah..I had my supercharger checked over a couple years ago at MINI Yaletown.

Muffler MAN is highly recommended. They've been around a long time too and anybody I know that don't need factory...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, & Brakes 05-10-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,811
Posted By beken
Your 2004 (the original poster of this thread)...

Your 2004 (the original poster of this thread) does not have TPMS sensors. You can use regular non-runflat tires. Fact is, the first gen MINIs (R53/R50 gen) were not originally designed to use...
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