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post #16 of 129 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 2017, 06:31 AM
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Johnny, why do they get streaks on the windows - mine has.
Snap ...was wondering the same ...

also Johhny I have a quick question in relation to the rear bumper plastic trim ( centre piece) , my old exhaust got a leak and managed to melt a hole through the rear bumper lower trim , I have purchased a replacement however I am a complete idiot when a screwdriver etc is involved , my question is this ..
How easy is this trim to replace ? can I do this without taking the whole rear bumper off ? I know its not just a case of unclipping the trim as there are 2 screws ( one at each end of the trim ) ..any advice would be greatly appreciated as for the last couple of months I have had a £70 boxed piece of new trim staring me in the face saying "come and have a go if you think you are hard enough !! "

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Johnny, why do they get streaks on the windows - mine has.
It's the inner door weather seals. They just get worn and dirty over the years.
Very easy to replace.

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also Johhny I have a quick question in relation to the rear bumper plastic trim ( centre piece) , my old exhaust got a leak and managed to melt a hole through the rear bumper lower trim , I have purchased a replacement however I am a complete idiot when a screwdriver etc is involved , my question is this ..
How easy is this trim to replace ? can I do this without taking the whole rear bumper off ? I know its not just a case of unclipping the trim as there are 2 screws ( one at each end of the trim ) ..any advice would be greatly appreciated as for the last couple of months I have had a £70 boxed piece of new trim staring me in the face saying "come and have a go if you think you are hard enough !! "
TBH I'm not sure.
It's mostly clips holding that trim on, but there does appear to be a couple of small bolts that attach to the side trim pieces.
See below in my post where I have the standard rear bumper on the ground to fit my Aero kit...
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Got the Aero kit painted


Painted behind the upper grille


For some reason, the Aero skirts have a lot less clips than the standard skirts




This pic is before I cleaned properly the bumper trims, so colour match of black textured paint isn't great in this pic


Rear bumper off


Standard vs Aero rear bumpers, this highlights the newly painted parts are a little lighter


Even though I already have washers under the exhaust mounts, I'll need even more as the Aero rear bumper sits closer to the exhaust


All fitted




Getting it painted cost me £330.

The Aero kit is of not fantastic quality (it's genuine BMW/MINI)...

Side skirts - why fewer clips?

Front bumper - no proper place to attach temperature sensor WTF, the fixings on the underside are near impossible to get to (mind you, they're not much better on the standard bumper), no mounting points at back of bumper for number plate screws like standard bumper.

Rear bumper - WTF is that bodge of a bracket? Why couldn't it be the same as the standard bumper?
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More washers added to the exhaust mounts


Induction, here's my Dave F


Cleaning kit from ebay, £10


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After


Here's a small clip of the Dave F (before the exhaust was fitted)
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Back to the coolant change that I'd given up on when I was unable to remove the 3 bolts for the undertray - this undertray is now gone, the larger underside of the Aero bumper takes it's place.
So I tackled this again, and changed the expansion tank at the same time - nothing wrong with old one, but as they're prone to fail eventually I thought I'd best be safe




Another shot of the Aero kit, colour match looks spot on at some angles


After the coolant change, I discovered the fan kicked in at 112C - which is the high speed fan.
So, got a resistor and some with the awesome knowledge on here have this fitted...

Sits in the airflow of the fan, and the fan now kicks in at low speed at 105C

Also cleaned inside the intercooler




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More mods


Changed the pollen filter again, I changed it 18 months ago, not as filthy this time


£400 of parts for a bit of preventative maintenance...
- Tensioner (not shown, pick up tomorrow as MINI seem to have occidentally removed it from my order list)
- Tensioner Assembly
- Water Pump
- Thermostat
- Thermostat Housing


It's going to be a very expensive upcoming service, as although I do a lot of work myself, I don't touch engines.
In addition to fitting supercharger pulley and those other bits, there's also supercharger oil change, replace sump gasket (and maybe crank seals etc that also leak that look like sump gasket leaks).
Oh, and a GP intercooler

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New ARB bushes and brackets and nuts




Courtesy of Orranje, I now have these cabrio braces






More bits to add


And I've now decided to fit the water pump & thermostat myself, and while I'm at it I may as well change the supercharger oil....

...or maybe replace the supercharger for a new one. Not sure what to do, car has done 90K miles, it's a facelift so teflon rotors.
But my reason for changing is that I really don't want to pull the front of the car apart ever again, and given I'll probably be keeping the car for another 6-8 years, the supercharger may need replacing during that time.
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Things progressing...slowly...

Installed my 15% supercharger pulley, just need to put it on the car to see if it's faster




Angel sidelights fitted (without removing bumper)


Normally hate chrome bulbs for their dimness, but these Osram ones are the dogs


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A quick look at how the car is now (without angel sidelights though) to when I bought it...




Still cosmetic stuff to do... tint rear windows, and maybe spotlights!!!!!!!!!

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Installing Hel stainless brake lines and R56S front brakes


Rear lines fitted


Front lines + R56 calipers


R56 vs R53 calipers
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Replacing the supercharger


Supercharger removed


Old vs new


New supercharger fitted


Shorter belt


I've been out with the 15% pulley, and whilst it's definitely faster, it's not as fast as I was expecting.
And regards the R56 front brakes, TBH I don't see much improvement!!
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And a new intercooler to go with the 15% pulley...




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Some water in the bottom of the battery compartment.
So bought a new boot handle gasket.




Trim removed, no obvious water leaks.
Not sure if the wax oil stains are factory or a previous owner/garage (boot has been resprayed - probably warranty for the common boot lid rust)


New gasket




I've since sat in the boot with water being sprayed everywhere around the rear and no leaks anywhere.
But I'll keep an eye on it as I'm not 100% convinced the boot handle gasket was at fault, old one looked fine.
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Christmas 2014 present for the Mini.
Just got tired of applying Autoglym bumper trim care to the 10 year old wheel arch trim, it's great stuff, but only lasts a few weeks before needs doing again.
So got new trim...






Hopefully I'll get round to replacing the front control arm bushes soon.
Replacing all the subframe bolts as they'll probably be in terrible condition living underneath the car!


Some spotlights to add at some point
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