haven't been here for many years.
I am in Australia and have recently purchased my old R53 JCW back from the guy I sold it to (missed it). Unfortunately after having it for 3 weeks it seems to have developed a knock and has been diagnosed with a bad crank bearing. Major bummer since the guy who had it had the engine and gearbox fully rebuilt only 20,000 kms ago. Either a bad build or something not maintained correctly, although the guy who had it was pretty particular after spending $12,000 on the engine and gearbox and had serviced it every 6 months.
Anyhow, I am now looking at my options here in Australia with limited tuners specialising in Minis.
I am very interested in using some performance parts and honestly I am looking at building a tougher, faster Mini than I currently have (not withstanding the bum engine).
First of all I'm looking at dropping the sump and making sure that it is actually a bearing that is shot. I drained the oil and there were 2 flakes of a bronze coloured material. About the 2 mm in size. I am no mechanic and people are telling me the engine is shot and I need to rebuild because the metal has probably gone through the engine and wrecked it.
If this is the case, then I have 2 options, buy an recon engine in the UK and get Lohen or similar to build me one, or buy an engine here (found one in a wreckers, Mini hit in side and set off airbags) and bring the parts in.
Any of you guys heard about Mintech Spares in the UK? Cars - Mintech Spares UK BMW Mini Parts
I would definitely like some guidance in terms of parts because I am going to keep this Mini forever and I want to do it right. Need to purchase the right bits.
I do have the JCW kit with the inclusion of a sports cam when it was rebuilt.
Lohen head (to replace JCW??)
Headers and high flow cat
SPRINTEX supercharger (any thoughts on this?)
Possibly Forged Pistons and rods
FA53 Tuning kit and remote Mynes tune
The other option is get the replacement Cooper S engine I found here in Sydney for $1750 installed and build a kick ass engine out of mine over the next year then substitute.
BTW, anyone who is here in Sydney, do you know anyone who is good with Minis?
Thanks in advance