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Old 06-26-2012, 10:08 PM
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Really would like to do the Carbon Fiber door pulls as well, how hard where they to instal? When I was retrofitting the chrome line speaker grills on my last MINI it looked like they would need to come back out in order to install those...
The install was actually pretty simple. The speaker covers pull straight off. Start them by inserting a flat blade between the door handle and the cover, from there, you can wiggle them of. Go slow on the drivers door, it has the mirror switch assembly on it and the wires are short, not giving you much room the get the cover off. I was finished in 15-20 minutes total. The Carbon Fiber pulls feel a lot better than the stock ones. It's the little things


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Old 06-28-2012, 11:12 AM
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Default Black Grill Surrounds

Still waiting on the headlight rings, and the Blacklines to be released.

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Old 06-29-2012, 01:35 PM
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Man, I really wish I could have afforded one of these, just spectacular looking cars.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:46 PM
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:48 PM
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Great pics, great car!
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:02 PM
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awesome man.. I gotta some ideas floating around for mine. love this car!
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:46 PM
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man this just looks amazing... the whole car just looks perfect. the aero kit makes it look so sleek. well done!
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:02 AM
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The install was actually pretty simple. The speaker covers pull straight off. Start them by inserting a flat blade between the door handle and the cover, from there, you can wiggle them of. Go slow on the drivers door, it has the mirror switch assembly on it and the wires are short, not giving you much room the get the cover off. I was finished in 15-20 minutes total. The Carbon Fiber pulls feel a lot better than the stock ones. It's the little things


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Thanks for the info Steven. Will need to pick up a set one of these days.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for the compliments gang


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Old 07-02-2012, 08:07 PM
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Nice car man! It is been interesting reading through your build thread...keep it coming!
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:41 AM
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I like many others love this car. Love reading about the build and though not normally intersted in convertibles this one rocks and makes me want one. Great build keep it up, looks HOT!!
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:33 PM
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Nice car man! It is been interesting reading through your build thread...keep it coming!
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I like many others love this car. Love reading about the build and though not normally intersted in convertibles this one rocks and makes me want one. Great build keep it up, looks HOT!!
Thanks Boys...more to come.


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Old 07-19-2012, 08:31 PM
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I recently installed the Alta AP and Foam filter panel. I switched from the NM CAI back to my stock JCW intake. The stock intake pulls better off the bottom, especially in these warm summer months. It feels like I gave up so higher rpm pull, as well as the sweet turbo whine and BOV hiss, but for my normal DD, the stock intake works better.

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Back to the Alta filter, this thing works as advertised. On the first drive, you notice the throttle response is improved, a little crisper. Evidence it's flowing better. I can also hear a little turbo whine and BOV hiss again. With this filter, I really want to run the stock air intake. Alta claims 4 WHP/8 ftlbs. TQ, feels right, there is a little more there.

The AccessPort totally transforms the JCW. I'm running the Stage 1 FMIC maps, still playing around trying to decide which one I like the best.

Here's what I'm seeing with Stage 1 FMIC:

1) Improved throttle response.

2) Nice fat torque curve that puts the power right where you can use it. It pulls hard from 2500-4500 rpm, where it's braking the tires loose in both 1st and 2nd gear

3) Engine idle and tractability behaves like stock.

4) Gas mileage looks to be the roughly the same while cruising.

I would really like to get this on the dyno, and see what the numbers look like.


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Old 07-20-2012, 12:52 PM
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That's the trouble with CAI it sucks in too much hot air already in the engine bay
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:32 PM
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Default Out West Road Trip/Users/steventalley/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Previews/2012/08/04/201

I just got back from a great road trip through the Mountain West. The Roadster proved to be a pretty good Grand Touring car. Here's a re-cap...


Front end looked like this after a days run through many of the valleys. I'd hit the car wash for a reset almost daily
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Backside of Guardsman Pass, Park City, Ut.
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North Gate, Yellowstone. We entered via West Yellowstone and drove a good deal of the park...incredible.
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Bonneville Salt Flats...
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