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Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) Yesterday, 04:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,476
Posted By J_L
I ran 13mm front and 15mm rear with the OEM 17"...

I ran 13mm front and 15mm rear with the OEM 17" wheels, and NM springs. Fitment was perfect. Nice and flush, no rubbing =)
Forum: MINI Parts for Sale 06-14-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By J_L
NM 22mm rear sway bar

This is one of your first steps in suspension upgrades- it was for me anyway! I had this on my F56 for a couple years now. A few scratches, but overall good condition. Includes bushings, and a...
Forum: F55/F56/F57 Stock Problems/Issues 06-05-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,491
Posted By J_L
Cut n pasted from that page... not a gen 3 issue ...

Cut n pasted from that page... not a gen 3 issue =)

MINI COOPER S 2007-2012
MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN 2008-2012
MINI COOPER S CONVERTIBLE 2011-2012
MINI COOPER S COUNTRYMAN 2011-2012...
Forum: Suspension 06-05-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By J_L
Any updates on your issue? Thanks!

Any updates on your issue? Thanks!
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 06-01-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,075
Posted By J_L
I went with AFE because of the dry filter element...

I went with AFE because of the dry filter element (they do have an oiled version too though). I've had problems with K&N oil fouling sensors in the past. Maybe not an issue on these cars. Maybe I...
Forum: Suspension 05-31-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,970
Posted By J_L
I mic'd the bars on my 2014 S w/ OEM Sports...

I mic'd the bars on my 2014 S w/ OEM Sports Suspension: front is 24.5mm and rear is 22mm. The rear is hollow; I don't know about the front, but probably the same. So there's not really an...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 05-27-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,075
Posted By J_L
I have this, with the dry filter. There is an...

I have this, with the dry filter. There is an optional top cover, which I don't have. The top cover probably cuts down noise, and cuts down hot air. But I wanted the noise- that's kinda all these...
Forum: Suspension 05-25-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,379
Posted By J_L
Bump for any updates... Anyone tried Project...

Bump for any updates...

Anyone tried Project Silver yet?

Does anyone know if the OEM upper mounts have a rubber bushing? Or just a solid bearing? Wondering if I'm being a baby trying to avoid...
Forum: MINI Parts for Sale 05-24-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By J_L
Nope, my post was a bit premature... decided to...

Nope, my post was a bit premature... decided to go another route. It's all yours =)
Forum: MINI Parts for Sale 05-23-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By J_L
Dibs! :)

Dibs! :)
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 05-22-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,477
Posted By J_L
There's also the Ultra Racing braces... a little...

There's also the Ultra Racing braces... a little further down my list, but I'd probably do the lower 4-point one before a strut tower brace. Vinnie has this- anything else you can say about it?
...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 05-12-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,945
Posted By J_L
The X6 sockets get a great grip on those rear...

The X6 sockets get a great grip on those rear lower strut bolts too.
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 05-09-2018, 02:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,571
Posted By J_L
Gotta say, the red stripes seem awkward. But I...

Gotta say, the red stripes seem awkward. But I bet they peel right off =) Then you'd have nearly a twin of mine, from the outside at least... which I'd say is pretty stylish and tough!
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-25-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
Posted By J_L
You shouldn't judge from pics online, the color...

You shouldn't judge from pics online, the color just isn't accurate at all.

If a shop is doing it, you could bring the car and ask them to show you the best match. Maybe they could order...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-20-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 643
Posted By J_L
Well once they graduate from baby seats... I...

Well once they graduate from baby seats...

I put my 9 and 13-yo back there all the time. Granted, just for a ride home from school or something short. 13 can sit behind pass seat, if it's moved...
Forum: Drivetrain (Cooper S) 04-20-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By J_L
Ok cool. Yep I'm close enough to Mario. Will...

Ok cool. Yep I'm close enough to Mario. Will look into it more when I have time.
Forum: Drivetrain (Cooper S) 04-20-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By J_L
Sounds awesome! This sounds exactly like what...

Sounds awesome! This sounds exactly like what I've been looking for... I gotta admit, I miss the b16 engine in my old Honda. It was like this ever-building wave of power... shifting at 8,400! ...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-20-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By J_L
I agree that the visor is essential! However......

I agree that the visor is essential! However... why they made it 3" short of covering the window all the way to the back, I'll never understand! I don't sit particularly far back, and I often get a...
Forum: MINI Parts for Sale 04-10-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By J_L
Chiming in... there is no difference in...

Chiming in... there is no difference in dimensions of sport suspension. It's not any lower, or has less clearance under wheel wells. I used 13mm & 15mm spacers on mine with SS, and it fit great. ...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-10-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 855
Posted By J_L
Ah you just posted more... nice. Wheels look...

Ah you just posted more... nice. Wheels look great. Yeah I see that extra poke in the front... Front camber plates would help as well. I think the only one available so far for OEM mounts is the...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-10-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 855
Posted By J_L
Great, would love to see more pics when you can! ...

Great, would love to see more pics when you can! Maybe a lower angle so the wheels don't look like positive camber.

Find a shop that specializes in wheel machining to ask about milling the...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-05-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
Ah actually no I don’t know that. I’d hope the...

Ah actually no I don’t know that. I’d hope the tire shop would know what’s gonna work...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-05-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
Someone was selling some OEM ones on here......

Someone was selling some OEM ones on here... dunno if they're still available though... worth a search in classifieds.
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-05-2018, 03:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
I think it's more like 9 turns on 14 x 1.25. I...

I think it's more like 9 turns on 14 x 1.25. I believe the formula is threaded length should equal the diameter (14mm). Divide that by 1.25 threads per mm, and you get about 9.

But yes, we all...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-01-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
I went 33. Though now I’m not sure why I chose...

I went 33. Though now I’m not sure why I chose that over 30, as the stock are 28 I think. Oh well, more threads is good, as long as it doesn’t bottom out. 33 should be fine.
...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 04-01-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
Yep, exactly. I hunted all over the web for them...

Yep, exactly. I hunted all over the web for them too, couldn’t find them. Yes those adapters are the key... but I hesitate to say you can use the stock bolts, because the adapters add 2-3mm of...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 03-31-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
Oh that’s pretty lame of them... those won’t work...

Oh that’s pretty lame of them... those won’t work at all. I think that’s the size of the previous minis. F56 is totally different. You’re gonna need those adapters I linked.
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 03-31-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,567
Posted By J_L
Those are beautiful! Love the color. Fingers...

Those are beautiful! Love the color. Fingers crossed that they don't rub... too much =)

What ball seat bolts did you get? When I searched, I couldn't find any that were 14x1.25. I ended up...
Forum: Suspension 03-26-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 543
Posted By J_L
Way, have you had any issues with the adjustable...

Way, have you had any issues with the adjustable camber bushing slipping out of position? Someone here posted about that a while back. Sounded like maybe they were gonna update the design.
...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 03-15-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By J_L
Guys seriously... stop driving behind gravel...

Guys seriously... stop driving behind gravel trucks...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 03-14-2018, 10:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By J_L
I think this tint would be a nice way to tone...

I think this tint would be a nice way to tone them down... Gets closer to the clean euro version without lights.

https://www.outmotoring.com/tinted-side-reflector-film-f55-6-7-mn613.html
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 03-14-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By J_L
Pads make a big difference too. I loved the...

Pads make a big difference too. I loved the switch going from OEM to Hawk HPS on Hondas. More bite, firmer pedal. Can't figure out if Hawk has them for us yet.... need to make some calls when I...
Forum: Suspension 03-12-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By J_L
Another thing though- what size wheels do you...

Another thing though- what size wheels do you have? If you're on 18s, they're gonna transmit a lot of bumps, even with non-run-flats. Might think about going 17 or 16.
Forum: Suspension 03-12-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By J_L
Nope, same height. I have never looked into...

Nope, same height.

I have never looked into FSD, but I've never heard a bad thing about Koni. Everyone seems to love their stuff.
Forum: Suspension 03-12-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,133
Posted By J_L
Cool- never knew about FCM. Read up on their...

Cool- never knew about FCM. Read up on their page, looks really interesting. A little confused by their costs though- what was your total? Or minus the custom spring perch.

How's the ride on...
Forum: JCW Garage 03-05-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,292
Posted By J_L
He is talking Gen 3, F56. Totally different...

He is talking Gen 3, F56. Totally different intake system. Factory is cold air. Most other aftermarket F56 intakes are not cold-air, but at least they sound cool!
Forum: JCW Garage 03-05-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,097
Posted By J_L
How about the tune that comes with the JCW...

How about the tune that comes with the JCW Pro...? The ECU gets reprogrammed at the dealership, and that's actually where the power increase comes from. I don't know that an exhaust by itself will...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 03-05-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By J_L
Looks awesome!! Great choice. Would be cool...

Looks awesome!! Great choice. Would be cool with mirrors done too... to be a wet blanket =) Very cool & bold look though, love it. Looking forward to seeing in the sunlight.
Forum: JCW Garage 02-26-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By J_L
Vinnie, how much difference did you notice in...

Vinnie, how much difference did you notice in chassis stiffness? I wonder which one gives the biggest benefit... I wouldn't go so far as to do all of them, but the big square one looks like the...
Forum: R52 :: Cabrio Talk (2005-2008) 02-26-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 30,311
Posted By J_L
That looks awesome. The distressed look came out...

That looks awesome. The distressed look came out great.
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 02-23-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,724
Posted By J_L
After seeing others with good fitment here, I...

After seeing others with good fitment here, I used 13mm front and 15mm rear with stock wheels and 205 series tires. You must be on 195s, so in theory you could do 5mm more poke than me. 18 front...
Forum: Drivetrain (Cooper S) 02-22-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,378
Posted By J_L
Interesting... can you guys explain the graph a...

Interesting... can you guys explain the graph a little? I see the drop in intake temps. But is this running your tune? Boost is nearly the same as stock, so I guess not? What's the advantage of...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 02-22-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,724
Posted By J_L
Dual 6-spoke... dunno... gotta say I still love...

Dual 6-spoke... dunno... gotta say I still love the retro/classic look of the TurboMacs... Although I still think you'd have issues with +35 offset =(
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 02-20-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By J_L
I usually tells parts counter people that my 2014...

I usually tells parts counter people that my 2014 is a 2015 for this reason. A lot of the parts systems aren't correctly updated.
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 02-20-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,724
Posted By J_L
Looks good! I'm digging those wheels actually. ...

Looks good! I'm digging those wheels actually. Not a bad plan to go with spacers. At least until you find your one true love wheel.
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 02-17-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,215
Posted By J_L
I ordered my car with halogen lights. I like the...

I ordered my car with halogen lights. I like the "traditional" look of the Mini, and don't think the high-tech look of LEDs suits it. That said- would love to have brighter lights. Is there a bulb...
Forum: Suspension 02-14-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 43,543
Posted By J_L
Finally got around to writing up something of a...

Finally got around to writing up something of a review of the STs. Put it in the thread I started, down there. Short version... very stiff, but on the other hand, very stiff. You get the good with...
Forum: Suspension 02-14-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,133
Posted By J_L
Ok, happy to update this thread with the results!...

Ok, happy to update this thread with the results! Making a point to stop procrastinating, partly because ECS again has 10% off going on ST.

Once my order was placed, it took like 2 weeks for them...
Forum: F55/F56 :: Hatch Talk (2014+) 02-14-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,724
Posted By J_L
Good choice. I had the same setup on my car for...

Good choice. I had the same setup on my car for over a year, and liked it pretty well. Though I did have the Sport suspension option- which supposedly includes firmer OEM dampers. I upgraded to ST...
Forum: Suspension 02-04-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,808
Posted By J_L
Huh, interesting about the H&R kit... TV, where...

Huh, interesting about the H&R kit... TV, where are you getting that info? I see on the H&R .de site, it lists the specs as 27mm & 25mm. But does it say 25mm solid? That sounds... suspect. Like...
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