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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Daniel S » Wed May 24, 2017 2:03 pm

Daniel S wrote:New rear brakes arriving tomorrow.

Trying to source a dark silver boot door with a white roof but can't find a good one anywhere. Looking for a JCW exhaust, isofix covers for the rear bench, heated seat wires/harness and the passenger door lock solenoid. Maybe the JCW bumper and grill too.


Rear brakes installed, winding them back in was nearly impossible (even with the tool).

Sourced the tailgate, it's mint! Will be installing over the weekend, fixing the passenger door lock and finally giving the car a long deserved detail.

Should have pictures up soon! :D
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby irlmin » Thu May 25, 2017 9:38 pm

Are you popping up to Westport for IMM Dan ?
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Daniel S » Thu May 25, 2017 9:42 pm

I can't unfortunately, girlfriend is working and I've a match. Really regretting not sorting something out so I could go now though.
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Sportspack-Mark » Sat May 27, 2017 1:12 pm

Looking forward to seeing the pics!
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Daniel S » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:19 am

Car has a "clunk" under acceleration or when you lift off (but not braking), feels like it's under the passengers seat. Tried packing the control arm bushings with Sikoflex and that had no effect, so it's not those. Could it be engine mounts?

I'm tempted to polybush the whole car, suspension and engine mounts. Any recommendations other than Powerflex?
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby irlmin » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:09 am

Check the lower mounting under the back of the engine , if you are thinking of polybushing the MINI be very selective where you use polybushes , we have removed several from customer cars due to harshness , ok if a race car BUT not if used on the road , just use good quality OE bushes .
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Daniel S » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:40 am

Have you any suggestions? I was thinking front wishbone rear bushes and upper/lower engine/gearbox bushes.
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby irlmin » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:14 pm

I would go with front and rear anti-roll bar bushes , possibly lower transmission bush and all others OE as the harshness and vibration is just too much for a road car .
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Daniel S » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:45 am

Currently winning an auction for a pack of PU bushes so I'll see how that goes.

In the meantime, since it was freezing this morning, I'd like to get the heated seats working. Does anyone know if it's possible to get this without the switch (as I already have it). Just looking for the cables.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-min ... 110145996/
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby irlmin » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:48 pm

We have the complete retrofit kit inc loom switches etc all new oe MINI , We got it for one of Sineads R52s and of course never fitted it . if that helps . let me know if it is of interest and I will work out a decent price .
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby FrankH » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:02 pm

Hi Daniel, just curious if those Oz's are 16 or 17? They look good!
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby Daniel S » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:33 pm

Hi Frank,

They're 17's.

Bottomed out the car yesterday on a bump and the exhaust is drooping. Seems I've a bit more work ahead of me. :(
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Re: My '03 Cooper S

Postby irlmin » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:08 pm

Hi Dan
We have the subframe if you need it .
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