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Old 07-14-2015, 09:01 PM
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Sunset hoon...

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Old 07-24-2015, 09:14 AM
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Looking good.

I need to pick your brains about the engine swap. I want to drop the R53 motor in my R50 and am concerned about wiring it all up. Was the wiring a nightmare or was it fairly 'straight forward'?
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:19 AM
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It was fairly straight forward. My mechanic did solder the complete main plug (23 wires IIRC) to the car electronics, so it fitted straight up to the engine harness. Just make sure you have all electronics + the keys to the donor engine.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:06 PM
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Awesome to hear. Do you know if he had to do any work behind the dash board, or was all the electrical work done in the engine bay?
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:16 PM
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Dashed stayed in... Only other electrical mod was the relocation of the battery. I've now got a full size battery in the trunk, a bit impractical but fine with me. On another conversion he did, the battery was installed next to the ABS pump after some cutting of the plastic there. Might be harder on a RHD car, and I can imagine it getting quite hot directly over the exhaust manifold, but he told me the car ran just fine like that.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:53 AM
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I like listening to music when I'm just cruising around, but the sound quality of the AUX input is rather disappointing. There's also an old car kit that starts beeping every now an then, so some action was required. I wanted to install a GROM-modul for bluetooth on the original radio, but figured that I could as well get a more up to date headunit for the same money. They are uglier most of the time, but work a lot better and I could do with a larger volume knob now that I've lost the steering wheel controls.

DIY time!
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Aaaaaargh
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Lots of old crap:
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Adapter-cables and DIN-frame installed:
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And new radio installed. It's one of those media-receivers without a CD-player, shallow install depth and more room for the amplifier. Also gives me a normal output for a future subwoofer install:
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Bluetooth paired within 5 seconds (why can't car manufacturers get this sorted?) and against my expectations it does sound a whole lot better inside the car. As in: I won't be upgrading the speakers now, this is perfect for my hoonicorn.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:05 PM
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Short video of a cold start with the Newman PH2 camshaft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkJnjgaWZ8s
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:05 AM
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Some small details have to be sorted as well... The black headliner came from a facelift MINI, that's a little different around the front handles because of the extra sunblind on the side. You can't swap that without welding to the roof etc, so I ended up with a couple of extra holes:

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Recently I ended up in a E46 M3 CSL (my job is terrible ) and noted that it has some covers in that spot. The E46 is kinda from the same BMW-era, as noted by the comparable alarm sensor cover in the middle of the headliner.

So I got a couple of M3 covers to try this:

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And they're almost an exact match. Needed power next to the car for my glue gun, always a challenge if you live in a condo:

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Frames glued in:

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Covers fitted:

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It's all in the details...
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:31 PM
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So I actually went out to took some pictures, just for the hell of it. That's actually been quite a while, I even managed to find back one of my flashes in the stack of camera gear! Some similar shots, it got too clouded when I wanted to do the rear of the car.

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Some interior shots as well:

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Old 08-19-2015, 10:18 PM
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great shots
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Nice!
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:15 PM
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Creative fix, Nice car, Wicked Stance. NICE......
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:36 AM
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MINI looks great.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:13 AM
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So the replacement of the small Varley battery by a bigger original one left the trunk looking like this:

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Very functional, but not very nice and quite noisy. Wet roads are loud and there is quite some resonance in the exhaust at about 70-80mph. So I got a trunk carpet and went to work...

Template out of cardboard:

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Marked out and removed the foam with a knife:

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Got my trusty Dremel out:

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Ventilated carpet:

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Also put some Dynamat Extreme underneath the floor, and the result looks a little less racekor and a little more ClubSport...

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Now all that's left is some terminal covers.
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:01 PM
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Took of early this morning to Den Haag, to have a custom remap done by Beek Auto Racing:

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MINI strapped in, base map loaded and some measurements done:

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It was running lean from 3000-4000 on, so some more adjustments on the map:

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And a run to measure the current power:

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Bit of a disappointment... Well, the result doesn't bother me to much, car is running fine as is, but the supercharger is a little tired, so won't hold more pressure over 6000rpm:

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That'll be swapped for a healthier example, should be able to achieve my guestimated 225-230bhp after that. Torque is fine as well, so yeah, I'm not losing any sleep over it at the moment.

Apart from some safety regarding fuel mixture, it's also running smoother now. The sluggish throttle response at low rpm's has improved, and even more important: it pops and bangs a lot more!
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