I've been on here quite a while so I thought I should post up a few () pics of how my 2003 MCS has evovled in the 6 & a half years of ownership
Bought it virtually standard apart from the Hartge tuning kit (200bhp), the Hartge kit includes 15% reduced pulley & a remap, the original owner also had a Milltek exhaust & manifold fitted
No real plans to mod the car any further, then I joined the various MINI forums......the modding started soon after
1st change of wheels, Fox RS multispoke
The modding bug had well truely hit by now, the wheels were changed for a set of rare Dare X4 rims, only 50 sets of these were made for a group buy many years ago here on MINI2. A full JCW Aerokit was fitted as well
A visit to Phil @ Mini-Pirate (sadly not trading any more) saw his 1st Union Jack Zipper roof decal fitted
The interior hasn't been neglected either, leather JCW Sparco seats have been fitted, along with a Carbon dash/trimrings/downtubes etc. 3 spoke steering wheel & some anthracite door cards from a MINI one,
The exterior has had a few mods too , lots of carbon added, bonnet scoop/belt line/ headlight rings (to be fitted)/ mirror caps/side indicators/door handle covers/ washer jet covers/fuel cap cover
Another quite rare addition is a Palo Uber rear wing extention in Carbon fibre (from the USA), haven't seen another one fitted to a car in this country
Another set of rims were bought as well, someone had made a good offer on the Dares, so a set of lightweight Rota Subzeros were fitted
The intention was always to take the car on track, & the power was upped a little more with A Dave F hybrid airbox, larger intercooler from GRS (painted black, along with the intercooler horns), that took power up to 220.8bhp, A Brembo big brake kit from an R56 JCW has added to stopping power along with a set of front brake ducts set into the front bumper. A set of Meister R europa adjustable coilovers were also fitted to help with the handling along with a GTT upper strutbrace.
On track at Brands Hatch, even the pasengers enjoyed the ride despite my driving
Latest photos taken last week, car is now running Rota Blitz wheels
Sorry it's such a long post guys, 6 years of ownership crammed into 1 thread, absolutely love the car & it still brings a smile to my face after all this time. Been one of the most reliable fun cars I've ever had, & being a 54 year old grandad I 've had a few.
Thanks for reading
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Had the front wishbone bushes replaced with polybushes a few days ago, made such a difference to the handling, front end feels much tighter & not so loose. Very worthwile & recommended mod/replacement for anyone thinking of getting it done
At the same time I had my Carbon headlight rings fitted
Also got a bit of a good deal with another MINI mate who wanted to sell his re-trimmed Jcw Sparco seats, I just couldn't resist
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