Category Archives: mini

Blackout some trim on the Mini

Finally came across a deal on kijiji for some of the OEM trim pieces that takes the chrome light surrounds pieces and switched them out to gloss black. OEM quality so no worry about peeling paint over the chrome. OEM prices were ridiculous so when the deal came along i couldn’y say no. I think it adds a lot to the overall look. Yes I installed them in the rain! And the car is filthy.

 

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june19 157Here is a before of the front trim.

IMG_0031Here is a before of the rear. [note the sign:-) ]

 

Next piece of chrome to remove is the boot handle and i’m thinking carbon….

Alta PSRS Control Arm Bushings

Here is a little winter project I did in preparation for the 2013 track season. Alta Positive Steering Response System (PSRS) spherical bushings for the front lower control arms. These will replace rubber bushings which deflect under braking, cornering and accelerating! These should stabilize the car and make the car more predictable on the track. Lets hope NVH doesn’t suffer to much.

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As usual the hosuings have been powder coated gloss red for looks and protection.

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The orientation of the bushings allow adding caster into the suspension. Now to find time to drop the front subframe and get these installed. I will also need an alignment after the install.

My Mini Purchase

Going to step back and start from the beginning……on this one. I’ll be quick!

In the winter of 2009 I finally decided that it was time to retire my beater VW Golf and get the car I had been wanting for so long….. The Golf had treated me well, got me through university traveling 120km each way multiple times a week and with next to no maintenance but sadly it had seen better days and was absolutely NO fun to drive.

I’ll probably take the time to write a separate post on the golf when i have the time. The car deserves its story to be told! Still kind of miss the thing 3yrs later. Watch out for an upcoming post about it. i’ll have to do some digging for pics but to be honest i don’t think i really took many of it while i owned it.

BUT it was replaced with the car i had been wanting for a LONG time and after 4mths of negotiating with BMW and 8weeks of waiting for the car to arrive after being ordered with the EXACT options and colour combinations that I wanted. Figured I would not compromised and go for exactly what I wanted as how often am I really going to be purchasing a new car?

And here she is, the day I brought her home.