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Hi my name is Chris and i live on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Ive recently purchased a silver 2006 R53 Mini Cooper S in Manual and i cant describe how pleased i am with the car. I never pictured myself buying one and then from the second i drove the car through the first bend i knew i wanted it! However...

I noticed it was getting rather difficult when selecting gears so i have taken the car back to the dealer in which they said there was a problem with the hydralic system??? They have replaced the slave cylinder and master cylinder but the problem is still there, the car also has a new clutch. The mechanic called me today and told me that they could not figure it out and he is sending the car off to mini to have their mechanics look at it. has anyone else had this problem and if so what are your thoughts?

Since purchase i have insalled Alta CAI, an Alta 15% pulley (not installed) A set of 18" lightweight gold wheels and Superlow king springs.

Future mods? im unsure however i would love to upgrade the injectors and run a chip but i do not want to chase from the stock exhaust system as i love the sound of the stock one. I was told it is safe to run the stock exhaust with the 15% pulley and CAI but im not sure if i can install a chip with the stock exhaust. if anyone knows could you please let me know.

any help would be much appreciated!
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Does it go in and out of gear with the engine off ?

If it's hard to get in and out of gear you may find the clutch plate or guide tube is bad, some plates bind on the splines and just need cleaning up. Which means it will need to be removed and checked.

As for you tuning 15% pulley, CAI are a good start just remember to go up a heat range on your spark plugs.
My advice would be to fit a better intercooler now you have a pulley, this will keep you intake air temps down. The standard ic will not cope in the heat.
And if you get abit of heat soak from your CAI it will compound the problem.
Best ic's out the IMO are : mini GP setup, GRS Motorsport version, Airtech.

If you want to run larger injectors if you could get hold of a set off 380cc of a jcw kit or equivalents then you can get a jcw coding done at mini

All this will run with the standard exhaust, if you have a standard rear section of the exhaust system you can do a "one ball mod" this will give you a liittle more pops and burbles and a little gain in power and less weight to carry around. And it's very simple to do.

Don't waist your money on a chip get a proper remap done by someone who knows the r53, the only time you need to get a remap done really is a big valve head and a cam depending on what you fit.
But don't get he wrong a remap will help but the gains will be small and it money better spent somewhere else.
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