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06-21-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By minihune

All R50/52/53 have minimal clearance for...

All R50/52/53 have minimal clearance for 225/45-17 tires although there is enough clearance with R56 using OEM suspension. When we say will not fit we mean when being driven on roads with full load...
06-21-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By minihune

OK, you have Bridgestone Driveguard Grand Touring...

OK, you have Bridgestone Driveguard Grand Touring All Season runflats in 195/55-16. Treadwear 500, these are good street use daily driver runflats. Not a good match for autocross but OK on learn on...
06-20-2019, 10:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By minihune

What class are you in autocross? Street Touring X...

What class are you in autocross? Street Touring X or D Street Prepared? Usually you can change one swaybar, and that would be to get an adjustable rear bar.

Runflats will be difficult in...
06-19-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By minihune

Yes, Run flat tires are stiff and ride firmly and...

Yes, Run flat tires are stiff and ride firmly and are noisy. They are for cars with no spare tire and offer some safety for not having to stop in traffic or bad weather for a flat tire. They also...
06-17-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By minihune

see post #2 ...

see post #2
https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/smf-street-modified-fwd/213158-prepared-class-aero.html

You don't need any extra wide wheel for daily driving. You gain more wheel and...
Forum: Hawaii
06-11-2019, 03:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,431
Posted By minihune

Next autocross test and tune at Aloha Stadium is...

Next autocross test and tune at Aloha Stadium is July 21 sunday.

You can bring more than one car to drive but need to have all tech inspected in the morning. You are allowed one pit crew and...
Forum: Hawaii
06-11-2019, 03:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,612
Posted By minihune

see http://carsandcoffeehawaii.org/calendar/ ...

see
http://carsandcoffeehawaii.org/calendar/

Cars and Coffee Aikahi @ Aikahi Park Shopping Center
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Cars and Coffee Pearl City Gateway @ AutoZone Pearl City

Jul...
Forum: Hawaii
06-11-2019, 03:14 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,337
Posted By minihune

Coming this weekend is Father's day Rally cross...

Coming this weekend is Father's day Rally cross at Kualoa, pre reg closes in two days
...
Forum: Hawaii
06-11-2019, 03:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,562
Posted By minihune

Turo rentals vary from location to location and...

Turo rentals vary from location to location and for dates needed. MINIs are possible but it can vary

sample
https://turo.com/us/en-us/car-rental/honolulu-hi/mini/cooper/612193?searchId=LJlP_SRO
Forum: Hawaii
06-11-2019, 03:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,241
Posted By minihune

You can check in with the Maui Dealership and let...

You can check in with the Maui Dealership and let them know you want a Maui owners meetup and rally.

Hard to say if there are any from Maui that are following NAM. maybe but few post.

Feel free...
05-04-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,252
Posted By minihune

What is your budget? Michelin tires can be more...

What is your budget?
Michelin tires can be more expensive but are highly rated.

In general if you want great handling and performance and you don't get cold weather less than 40 degrees then...
Forum: Hawaii
04-29-2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,851
Posted By minihune

Don't forget that next autocross event is a...

Don't forget that next autocross event is a practice one on July 21 at Aloha Stadium lower parking lot.

Pre-registration is online as with all events.

Test and tune is special in that it is not...
Forum: Hawaii
04-02-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,851
Posted By minihune

Championship Runoffs are this sunday April 7,...

Championship Runoffs are this sunday April 7, only open to drivers that drove in at least 6 of the 12 events during the season. You can still come to watch all day racing. Two courses, one in the...
Forum: Hawaii
04-02-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,337
Posted By minihune

Rally cross is at Kualoa Ranch with many events...

Rally cross is at Kualoa Ranch with many events planned.

http://www.sccahawaii.org/rallyx-event-schedule/

Race 3 5/25/2019 Kualoa Ranch

Race 4...
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...
03-18-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 959
Posted By minihune

OK, if you want to use R81 wheels and stock...

OK, if you want to use R81 wheels and stock suspension then-

Ultra High Performance AS or Grand Touring AS are the tire classes to check first.

195/60-15 is a good tire size that fits your...
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...
03-17-2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 940
Posted By minihune

What wheel are you using? What suspension? What...

What wheel are you using? What suspension?
What are you using your MINI for? Street driving only and in cold weather?

How bad are your roads?

Riken Raptor ZR ...
03-17-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 959
Posted By minihune

What wheels are you using? What type of...

What wheels are you using?
What type of driving? Street only, any performance events- track or driving school?
Any cold weather, commuting long distance, budget?

OEM wheels are 15x5.5" and OEM...
Forum: Hawaii
02-25-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,851
Posted By minihune

Solo Race 12 Aloha Stadium March 24 (Last race...

Solo Race 12 Aloha Stadium March 24 (Last race of season) Then championship runoff on April 7 for drivers that have at least 6 events during season in one class.

pre-reg online at:...
02-25-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By minihune

Track occasionally means how many times per year?...

Track occasionally means how many times per year? Otherwise daily street driving? How many miles per year and on what type of roads? Highway or residential?

If you mostly daily drive then you want...
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....
02-11-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,597
Posted By minihune

You should call tirerack and tell them what you...

You should call tirerack and tell them what you are going to use the All4 for.

In general mud tires are for warm weather and mud, all terrain tires are good for non paved roads in warm weather,...
Forum: Hawaii
02-03-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,851
Posted By minihune

SCCA Hawaii Solo Race #10 (2-24-2019)Online...

SCCA Hawaii Solo Race #10 (2-24-2019)Online pre-registration at-
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/scca-hawaii-solo-race-10-2-2019-aloha-stadium-lower-halawa-lot-622612SCCA - Hawaii Region -...
02-03-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,274
Posted By minihune

For an R53 you have choices. What...

For an R53 you have choices.

What suspension?

What are your tire needs? Summer only, no cold weather or snow or need All Season tires for mild winters?

16" wheels come in tire sizes that...
02-03-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 780
Posted By minihune

Depends where you look and what design you want- ...

Depends where you look and what design you want-

https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/results.jsp?&autoMake=MINI&autoModel=Cooper+S&autoYear=2008&autoModClar=Hardtop

There are 18x7.5 et 40, 42, 48...
Forum: Hawaii
01-16-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,958
Posted By minihune

Evolution driving school went very well for 2019...

Evolution driving school went very well for 2019 and the next is planned for 2 years.

Although the instructors were many of the same ones there were a few changes and some fresh approaches.

The...
12-29-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,069
Posted By minihune

OK, welcome to the MINI family. You have a...

OK, welcome to the MINI family.

You have a 2003-2005 R53 so there are options on wheels from 15" to 18" that will fit depending on your front brake calipers (JCW brakes are larger and won't fit...
12-27-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,033
Posted By minihune

If you consider 8mm poke for OEM wheels as being...

If you consider 8mm poke for OEM wheels as being close to flush then-

+35mm offset will poke out 13mm more
+40mm offset will poke 8mm more
+43mm offset will poke 5mm more

You don't always...
Forum: Hawaii
12-25-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,562
Posted By minihune

OK, found new source of private car rentals in...

OK, found new source of private car rentals in Hawaii, just search the listings for what you want to try. Several MINIs to choose from.

https://turo.com/rentals/cars/hi/honolulu

If you try it...
12-21-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 962
Posted By minihune

The extended warranty might not be so bad if in...

The extended warranty might not be so bad if in another 16 months you wear out your brakes again.

Do you live on a steep hill or drive on hills regularly, if so that can be harder on brakes and...
Forum: Hawaii
12-19-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,958
Posted By minihune

Now getting closer to MLK weekend Phase 1 is...

Now getting closer to MLK weekend

Phase 1 is full with 31 signed up but you can still be on waitlist in case of cancellations.

Phase 2 and TnT are both still open.

For new drivers the TnT is...
12-18-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 906
Posted By minihune

Tirerack test result- ...

Tirerack test result-
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=222
An OK tire for the class, better in dry than wet. Good value for what it offers.

Tire owner ratings are good-...
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...
12-13-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By minihune

Yes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport set the standard...

Yes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport set the standard for street worthy Max Summer tires and now Pilot Sport 4S takes it's place at the top of Max Summer tires. You get a daily driver tire but good in dry...
12-13-2018, 02:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By minihune

OK Continental Control Contact is more of an All...

OK Continental Control Contact is more of an All Season Touring tire so OK for street use and long tread life but gives up on handling and performance. Better priced. If it suits your driving then...
12-11-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By minihune

If you have stock suspension and ride height and...

If you have stock suspension and ride height and if you have stock MINI 17x7" wheels then if you want non runflats 215/45-17 (as mentioned) gives you slightly better tire selection, otherwise...
Forum: Hawaii
12-09-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,958
Posted By minihune

There is still room for each of the three Evo...

There is still room for each of the three Evo School days from January 19-21, 2019 at Aloha Stadium

Phase 1...
12-01-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 910
Posted By minihune

36-38 psi is probably a good pressure to run for...

36-38 psi is probably a good pressure to run for a MINI for street use.

If you run higher for cold pressure you can get more wear on the middle tread area- just check for that but you said you...
12-01-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,139
Posted By minihune

Runflats give you safety of not needing to stop...

Runflats give you safety of not needing to stop in bad weather or traffic for flat tire or other problem. Also if others drive your MINI they have that safety too.

Non runflats ride and perform...
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.
...
11-27-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 695
Posted By minihune

Those are Ultra High Performance All Season tires...

Those are Ultra High Performance All Season tires only sold by Tire Discount and compete against ExtremeContact DWS 06 from Tirerack.com. Both options are fine for street use.
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...
11-25-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By minihune

You're getting 58.4mm of poke so it's unknown if...

You're getting 58.4mm of poke so it's unknown if you will get rubbing with full turn or under load. If you do then be prepared to cut the fenders. a wide fender kit or flares will give you more space...
Forum: Hawaii
11-20-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,958
Posted By minihune

Phase 1 on Saturday is at 29 currently. Limit of...

Phase 1 on Saturday is at 29 currently. Limit of 30 so keep checking back. Waitlist is possible. Was full earlier. Phase 2 is still open

Test and tune on monday is open and anyone can do this....
Forum: Hawaii
11-20-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By minihune

What year MINI do you have? R53 with supercharger...

What year MINI do you have? R53 with supercharger 2003-2006?

You looking for SC pulley removal tool and belt tensioner tool?

I'm going away for holidays but will be back, how soon did you need...
11-17-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 974
Posted By minihune

OK, no real need to indulge with Hawaiian Shaved...

OK, no real need to indulge with Hawaiian Shaved Ice (for me), come over and enjoy it yourself. Wailoa Shaved Ice in Honolulu (two locations) or Matsumoto's in Haleiwa are the choice spots.

For...
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...
11-13-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By minihune

OK, took a look at that video. Those wheels poke...

OK, took a look at that video. Those wheels poke out about 50mm which is too far without adding fender flares or a wide fender kit. Using larger 17" tire sizes in that width would likely require some...
11-13-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By minihune

Problem with your plan is "same exact setup" is...

Problem with your plan is "same exact setup" is not the same when going from 15x9 to 17x9. It's a different setup but only with extra wide wheels and tires.

Why? because 15x9 is a small wheel...
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