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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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It has begun - 1st mods?

Hello everyone. I've decided to ask you guys for some advice.
I' ve recently bought mini cooper s 2003 (yeah, used one ) and now I think it's the perfect time for some mods to add. So, what should come at first. CAI? Pulley reduction?exhaust system? What would be the first step, what brands, which one would provide me with best HP boost etc. realtive price.

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Best horsepower "bang for the buck" is a reduction (15% or 17%) pulley.

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Best horsepower "bang for the buck" is a reduction (15% or 17%) reduction pulley.
Is there any problem with overheating after the 17% replacement(heard some stories)?, what's with that 19% reduced one? DOesn't seem to be very popular.

Any differences in quality between Alta/Madness part?

Found some DIY instructions but i'm not sure if it's a good idea to replace it by myself.
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Personally I'd go for the 15% (I've had one fitted for years with absolutely no issues)

Have a look on Kavs motorsport web site Mini Cooper S tuning parts by KAVS Motorsport he's based in Slovenia, almost in your part of the world.

Ambroz is a top guy & knows his stuff & gives a great service

If your not too sure about diy fitting always best to get it done by the experts.
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Okay, thanks mate. What about CAI? any specifics? I've heard that it is best not to leave CAI open due to sucking heat generated by the engine block. So air box with a top would be for the best, right? And again, which brand prooves to be better(i believe alta is the most popular with this part)?
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I'm just wondering, are there any additional mods required when switching to 15% reduced pulley(with shortened belt), like engine remapping or fuel injection?
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I'm just wondering, are there any additional mods required when switching to 15% reduced pulley(with shortened belt), like engine remapping or fuel injection?
You need to fit colder (one range) spark plugs.

A remap isn't necessary as the ECU will adapt.
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What a relief! Than again, 15% smaller SC pulley or 17% (daily usage) ?
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15% seems the most reliable and you don't absolutely need to do anything else to balance out the car.

I started with a rear sway bar. Then CAI, then Pulley. MINIs are well balanced from the factory. If you up the performance on any one part, you should consider balancing out the power performance ratios. The pulley gives you the biggest single power gain. That's why I did the CAI first. To allow the engine to breath in better when I did add the pulley. You should consider a freer flowing exhaust, but it's not absolutely necessary. Given the extra power, you should consider better brakes and suspension, if you really are going to use all that power.

Be careful with this. Once you get started, it's hard to stop (modding).

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It's too late for me to go with 15%(already ordered 17% reduced one[Ordered colder spark plugs too, and ofc. reduced belt], still waiting for the shipment).
Since winter is coming I won't be pushing the car hard atm. Than again I would like to get CAI soon (hopefully, q1 2013).

Did u hear anything good about Weaponr-R Dragon Intake? Or which manufacturer is best with CAI
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It's too late for me to go with 15%(already ordered 17% reduced one[Ordered colder spark plugs too, and ofc. reduced belt], still waiting for the shipment).
Since winter is coming I won't be pushing the car hard atm. Than again I would like to get CAI soon (hopefully, q1 2013).

Did u hear anything good about Weaponr-R Dragon Intake? Or which manufacturer is best with CAI
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Hey Man! Good to see another Polish Mini maniac starting his tuning journey.

I just installed Alta intake - and cannot say a single bad word about it (check at altaperformance(dot)com)

Installation was smooth and easy (worth to mention - it was my first "serious" installation in my mini), the sound is simply amazing and already feel the impact (accelerating seems to be improved slightly, and the sound....).

You can find a video on YT showing the whole process for madness intake (Alta was easier because I didn't have to remove the bottom and back covers).


People also recommend DDM - find it at waymotorworks(dot)com seems to be a great option as well.

And now I'm moving to more serious stuff - have my -17% Alta pulley, NGK spark plugs, collecting money for some good exhaust... It's just beginning
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Hey Man! Good to see another Polish Mini maniac starting his tuning journey.

I just installed Alta intake - and cannot say a single bad word about it (check at altaperformance(dot)com)

Installation was smooth and easy (worth to mention - it was my first "serious" installation in my mini), the sound is simply amazing and already feel the impact (accelerating seems to be improved slightly, and the sound....).

You can find a video on YT showing the whole process for madness intake (Alta was easier because I didn't have to remove the bottom and back covers).


People also recommend DDM - find it at waymotorworks(dot)com seems to be a great option as well.

And now I'm moving to more serious stuff - have my -17% Alta pulley, NGK spark plugs, collecting money for some good exhaust... It's just beginning
Good to see you too man.

And yes, it's just the beginning... of huge spendings (that will hopefully payoff )
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Good to see you too man.

And yes, it's just the beginning... of huge spendings (that will hopefully payoff )
You've got more money than sense
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Best bang is the 15% pulley (Most reliable and trouble free) and a CAI. I went with the ALTA but there are a lot of good ones out there.
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Already got my 17% pulley(Alta as well). Waiting for some time to deal with the replacement.
CAI(probably from Alta) is going to be the next step.

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