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Old 05-21-2014, 09:10 PM
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Default My Thunder Grey F56 Cooper S - The Project Thread

Today I took delivery of my long awaited F56. I drove it away with all of 4 miles on the clock and after driving it around all day I can safely say its the best MINI I have owned (this is my 4th!)

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The spec is:

Cooper S
Thunder Grey
White Roof / Mirrors
18" Cone Spokes in White
Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black / Carbon Black

MINI Yours Off White Interior Pack
- Interior trim (off white)
- MINI Excitment Pack

Media Pack XL
- MINI Navigation System XL
- Enhanced Bluetooth with USB audio
- MINI Connected XL

Chilli Pack
- Multifunction controls for s'wheel
- Floor mats
- Passenger seat height adjustment
- Storage compartment pack
- MINI Driving modes
- Rain sensor with auto headlight activation
- Air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- Interior lights pack
- LED fog lights

Sport Suspension
JCW Steering Wheel
Electric Folding Mirrors
JCW Roof Spoiler
Panoramic Electric Glass Sunroof
Darkened Rear Glass
Front Centre Armrest
Anthracite Headlining
Cruise Control with Brake Function
LED Headlights with Cornering function
Harman Kardon Hi-Fi

I will update the thread as and when updates happen and also once I have had more time behind the wheel. My favourite bit at the moment is the ridiculously addictive turbo chatter when you have your foot planted (even better in sport mode!) The exhaust is popping nicely too - but I'm hoping it will get a little louder once things have been ran in.

I've completed the first mod - colour coded front and rear lamp surrounds (I just couldn't resist so had the tools out this evening)

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I've spent the day driving it, and the pics so far are pony - but here are a few (very quick) pics I snapped of it this evening.

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Old 05-22-2014, 12:37 AM
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Looks phenomenal! The color coded rings look more at home on the new car than any previous generation.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:49 AM
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sweet!
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:50 AM
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Great lil update! Would you be color coding the moustache where the plate rests? It just sticks out too much, IMO. What about the chrome grille surrounds?
When will coilovers be on?
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:08 PM
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I need someone to photoshop it for me!
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:21 AM
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I'm not a graphics professional. Here's my amateur attempt.

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Old 05-23-2014, 01:44 AM
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That's a vast improvement!
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:23 AM
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Thanks - how about the same as above but with a black grille surround instead of the chrome?

Could you have a play?
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Old 05-23-2014, 03:38 PM
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DS R53s looked great w/ CC's grille surrounds. Pretty definite either black or CC'd ones in yours would look good
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:12 PM
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Looks good! I wouldn't change the chrome grille surround or the black crash bar. If anything, black out the small chrome slat inside the grille, but otherwise the front end is going to lose all of the design if you color code everything, and the old school large grille look from the original mini will be lost.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:45 PM
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A member of MT has done me a huge favour shopping the following onto the car:

Speedlines
CC'd large grille surround
CC'd horizontal grille strip
CC'd bumper bar (where the plate sits)

I think this looks amazing

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Old 05-24-2014, 06:59 AM
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I like it!
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:43 PM
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So I ordered the lower grille piece today from the dealer complete with the tow eye cover (part no's 3 & 4 on the diagram) - these will be going to the painters to be CC'd. I will be dropping off the black grille surround (part no 2 on diagram) off too that I've just had painted and this will be getting CC'd too! I'm collecting the parts on Wednesday and dropping them off at the body shop the same day.

There is currently a sight snagging point with the horizontal chrome slat / Cooper S grille though. Its on back order from Germany with no expected replenishment date, so God knows how long I will be waiting. Also the dealer is not sure if the part number 1 of the diagram (51 13 7 335 529) is correct as the diagram shows a slatted grille rather than the honeycomb / chrome slat grille from the Cooper S - but my gut feeling is that the diagram is incorrect and is just showing a 'generic' grille and in actual fact the part number will be correct.

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Also, I thought I would upload a quick video of the turbo noise I've mentioned…. I've tried to make a video of the noise, however I can't get one of the engine under load as all I get is wind noise, so this is just revving the engine in neutral - with sport mode engaged (the engine was fully warmed up here, after a 40 min drive)

The car has a very loud and noticeable 'induction' noise / whine when using WOT as the turbo sucks in air. Followed by the dump of the air as heard in the video.

Very addictive sound, but its strange that others are not reporting hearing this noise & some are suggesting the noise I am describing is compressor surge???

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Old 05-25-2014, 07:12 PM
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OK, an update (of sorts)….

Firstly the interior shots that have been asked for

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Old 05-25-2014, 07:14 PM
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Secondly, I decided to try one of the wheels against the car to get a rough idea of how they would look - this was the result:

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It just wasn't doing it for me, as I just couldn't visualise them properly - so out came the jack and I got one bolted up to the hub - here are the results of the test fitment:

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There doesn't seem to be much clearance on the F56 compared to the R56 - both on the outside and inside of the arch my wheels are 18x8 ET45 as this is VERY close to the strut tower! I would imagine that with coils, I will need a spacer to stop the wheels / tyres fouling the strut.

I am also surprised at how close these seem to sit to the outside of the wheel arch. I think the F56 owners are going to have less clearance for rims that R56 owners currently have!

I will no doubt be running some 205/40 18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports on these rims, which will give some stretch (although will be within Michelins recommended rim range - so I'm hoping it won't be too much!?)

Thoughts guys?
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