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Old 12-03-2012, 05:24 AM
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Hey everyone, I decided I would post a thread for my car now. Just because.

I have a 2004 Mini Cooper S
89,000 miles

Factory Specs:
Dark Grey with Black mirrors and roof
Dual Panoramic Sunroof
Heated Seats
Rear Back Up Sensors
Harmon Kardon

Mods:
BBS RS (16x7.5 ET19 16x9 ET13)
VMAXX Coilovers
Alta Front and Rear Endlinks
Hotchkis Lower Control Arms
Alta CAI (with silicone piping)

Mods to come (eventually):
Complete Air Suspension Set up vvv
(Mk5 GTI front air struts, Autopilot V2 management, Airlift Universal AOS rears)
WMW 16% Pulley Reduction
Detroit Tuned BPV
GP Intercooler
Exhaust ( Haven't decided which one yet)
Craven Speed Short Shifter
Aluminum Radiator Overflow Tank
Custom Black Gauge Faces
Aero Kit front bumper
Grip Royal Steering Wheel
VAC Quick Release
Recaro Racing Seats
Harness Bar
Schroth Harnesses
Rear Seat Delete
Black Suede dash, headliner, and plastic trim

Just need money first..... It's hard being a college kid. I think i'll be getting a job next semester....

I'll post more pictures of the mods done as soon as I get home for winter break on the 7th.

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:34 AM
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Car looks good. And your list of future moods sounds pretty tasty.

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:06 AM
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Welcome! Excellent set-up & plans!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:52 AM
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Well on your way, just buy good parts and take it slow to enjoy the mods. Don't rush it by buying cheap parts that you will regret later.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:14 PM
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I really like how your RS's looked color matched
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:37 PM
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I love it! you've found a home here at m|u -- welcome!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:25 PM
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Good looking ride! I go back and forth between liking my white roof and wishing I had a black one. Can't make up my mind. Either way, keep up the good work with the build!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:29 PM
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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:30 PM
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Such a nice setup. I swear I'm going back to S skirts and front bumper one day. Clean and mean
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:41 PM
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Such a nice setup. I swear I'm going back to S skirts and front bumper one day. Clean and mean
Thanks man. Yeah I was debating going with the Aero bumper or not but I am definitely keeping the skirts I have now because they give me more clearance. I feel like if I got the aero skirts they would scrape on stuff a lot.


I think the first thing I am going to tackle when I get home from school is the suede dash, headliner, and plastic trim and the pulley reduction. I think I have put enough money into my suspension for now. I want to concentrate on getting a little extra power and getting my wheel fitment right, right now. And the interior. That "black" plastic in the trunk and by the door sills is killing me. It's ugly as sin.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:17 PM
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My aero skirts are painted and have clearly taken a beating over the past few months. I want to go lower up front which won't help. I like your plans. Exterior is spot on so you can focus on those now.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:34 PM
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Nice ride
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:08 AM
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Thanks man!



So I have been thinking about what I wanted to do to my interior to clean it up a little bit. I know I want to do the suede dash and headliner but I was thinking about all that ugly plastic in the trunk. I remember seeing where someone had used a black carpet to put over all that plastic but I can't remember where I saw it. Has anyone personally done this? If so, where the heck do I get the carpet itself? I have been looking online for a good hour and a half now and can't find anything....
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:15 AM
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Berthil from http://r53.nl covered his trunk in carpet.
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Looks very smart. Future mods sound interesting.
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