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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 2014, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Mini Repaired, what next?

Discovered I was sold a 2003 R53 Cooper S with a burnt exhaust valve, garages told me £1000 for one valve, £1400 with timing chain, service, head clean.

Decided to do it myself (with family help) and took a while but managed to get a recon head for £150 and replaced head gasket, timing chain (& sprockets), brakes all discs and pads, temperature sensor, new door cards, removed all exterior plastic and re-sprayed with new clips so no rattles (for a cooper), msd ignition coil, full service: air/cabin/fuel filters, power steering/brake/clutch/supercharger/engine oil flushed and replaced.

Drives and looks great, all for £600 bits £200 tools and hopefully a car that will last for years.

Feels much tighter in acceleration and no issues at all since.

As a lot of people mention not much acceleration low rpms, great torque but not much ummpphh until 4,5-6k rpm.

Although not horrendous I would like to tighten the steering, no play in steering at all but bit of movement on the road and when braking especially when all warming up. Bushes?

I've ordered the 15% reducer pulley as a start as most forums say good starting point. I don't really want to impact MPG to much and pay much more out on the Mini after repair but do feel after going all that way be nice to feel it drive at it's best.

Thinking spending another £200 - 400 on her to finish off so not enough for new cam, wheels, bigger brakes, etc but hopefully enough to tighten the ride slightly and some boost in low end, air kit?

Suggestions welcome.

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You'll need one range colder plugs and a shorter drive belt to go with the 15% reduction pulley.

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Thanks, I have the NGKs in already and belt arrived with pulley today, waiting on the remover before stripping her again.

From reading up here I think the upgrades to go for are:

swap to non run flats, supercharger pulley, short shifter and can just push to an air filter kit (alta?)
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