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Old 03-04-2008, 05:45 PM
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Welcome to my MINI's ("Trouble") garage thread! On the first page I've included my original post on m|u, my first tentative mod list, my current mod list, and all the (good) pictures from all the pages of the thread. Feel free to leave comments or questions if you have any, and thanks for popping in!
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So most of you know my situation, but for those that don't, here it is:

My fascination with Mini's goes back to 2003 (ooooh long time... ) when my mom bought Mini #168 from Brecht Mini in San Diego, CA. Since then, I'd been driven around in the little Fun Box for the last 5 years until I finally got up the nerve to learn to drive stick in November of last year. I had the Mini for about 2 weeks, during which time I met Larryhermann, theiceman, Jacqtheshark, Hollis, and Hairball at the Carlsbad meet. They gave me a card with the site, I checked it out, and you guys helped propell me into Mini Mania (some call it an addiction - it's not. Just true love...).

Long story short, I've been researching Minis, schemeing about getting Minis, dreaming about Minis, drooling on Minis, and photoshoping Minis for the last few months, and I'm desperate to get my own! Unfortunately, I'm a college student on suspension from school, living on my own for the first time, broke as all hell, so right now, a Mini may not be in my immediate future. However, I still love them, and I'm still gonna try...

Anyways, below is Mini Cooper #168. He has no pet name - I just call him Mini - but he's so much fun, even as a pure stock Cooper. Without further ado, I give you MINI!!!

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Updated 16th June, 2008

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Puma, when do you think you'll be getting your MINI?
Um, how about yesterday?!

So I show up to my moms house expecting to celebrate her birthday (we share a b-day. Kinda cool!), and after hanging out for a while, she hands me a box. The box was small. It had something in it. It was a key. It was a key to the Mini.

OMFG I HAVE A MINI!!!!

LET THE MODDING BEGIN!!!

Mini has been officially renamed "Trouble," and I am in the process of deciding what mods I'm going to do. I'll be starting with cosmetic stuff since I don't have the cash to throw down for engine mods, but you'll be seeing alot of posts from me on all sorts of modding stuff. I'm so freeking excited!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!



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Updated 22nd July, 2008

Puma's Mostrous Maniacal Mini Mod List: Dated 07.22.2008

1. Suspension Components (done)
  • Koni Yellow Shocks
  • SPC Rear Lower Control Arms
  • m7 Lowering/ Sport Springs
  • MCS Rear Sway (to be replaced with 19mm eventually)
2. Wheels & Tyres
  • Borbet LV4 17" (to be powder coated white)
  • Borbet LS (Also PC'd white)
  • Other suggestions? 17" or 18" x 7/ 7.5"
  • 205/35/17" or 215/35/18" tyres
3. The "Small" Stuff
  • Interiour lighting (in teal or orange)
  • Sunroof White-Out
  • PIAA/ Silver Star Bright-white Headlight Bulbs
  • CG Lock (done)
  • White Side Marker Lenses (done)
  • Smoked Arch Reflectors
  • Shaved Badges (Mini and "Cooper"), Replace "Cooper" with "R50"
  • Possibly MCS Front Bumper. I might have one on the way...
  • Aero Grille
  • 3 Spoke Steering Wheel
  • '05 Headlights/ Halo Headlights
  • '05 Tail lights
  • Other little things...
4. Cold Air Intake
  • DDM?
  • Other Recommendations?
5. Exhaust & Rear Bumper
  • MCS Exhaust (as in centered tips, hence the bumper)
  • No companies in mind yet, but the Powerstroke exhaust sounded pretty good
  • I want something that'll give me a bit more power
6. Crazy Interiour Stuff
  • If you've seen Indigo's Car, Josh, expect something like that. It'll be a gnarly, race inspired, leather/ suede/ carbon fiber beast with teal stitching/ accents.
7. Big Stuff (Exteriour and More!)
  • 6-Speed Trans Swap
  • Aero Skirts
  • RMW Jesus Head
  • RMW Header
  • Coils (like 2 years out)
  • Spoiler (possibly this weekend - I got a killer deal)
  • BBK
  • Carbon Fiber "S" Bonnet (maybe...)
  • Carbon Fiber Boot
  • Random Other Stuff
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Updated on 2nd February, 2010

Most recent mod list (2.Feb.2010) - red asterix (*) items have been completed

Exterior
  • Coilovers (* - Megan 1st generation)
  • Rear control arms (* - SPC lower arms)
  • Camber plates (* - included with Megan coils)
  • Wheels: 16x9 et30 front, et15 rear (* - waiting on shipment)
  • Tires: 205/45/16 Falkens (can't remember model #) (*)
  • Roll arches to prevent tire catching/ cutting
  • Aero grilles with chrome surround
  • Wrap/ paint boot handle (silk green or white)
  • Sunroof white-out vinyl
  • HID/ Xenon headlights (* - waiting for package)
  • Foglight retrofit
  • Shave bump strips and fill in plate space in front bumper
  • Shave bump strip in rear bumper (or replace with below)
  • Shave cowell grilles (or replace with Ocari/ Garbino type)
  • Shave "MINI" badges on boot and bonnet
  • Aero/ R53/ GP side skirts
  • Aero/ R53/ GP rear bumper
  • MHW Wide/ Euro arches (smoke current side reflectors in the meantime)
  • LED tail lights (with ruby vinyl cover)
  • GP/ R50 Aero spoiler
  • R53 bonnet with scoop molded over and shaved wiper jets

Interior
  • Upgrade sound system (currently have 10" sub to install, more to come later)
  • iPod kit (possibly new headunit)
  • Add interior lighting to footwells, door inserts (teal or as close to silk green as I can get)
  • Rear seat delete (black carpet or carbon fiber vinyl)
  • Custom boot box (to make boot flush/ level with rear seat delete)
  • GP or custom made rear panels for rear seat delete
  • JCW (or other leather/ polished) shift and e-brake knobs
  • Aftermarket steering wheel (MOMO Nero or similar)
  • Aftermarket pedal cover kit
  • Reclining sport seats
    - Options: Recaro Sport/ Sport Topline, Recaro Sportster CS, Isotta Tijuana, Isotta Daytona, Corbeau A4, Corbeau CR1, Corbeau LG1, Sparco Milano/ Milano Prestige, Sparco Torino. Seats would be re-covered if color not compatible with interior scheme
  • Harness bar
  • 5-Point harness
  • Carbon fiber or leather wrap dash and downtubes (black)
  • Replace gauge faces
  • Replace gauge lighting (white numbers, orange needles)
  • Leather wrap interior pillars (black)
  • Suede wrap headliner (black)
  • Leather shift and e-brake boots (black)
  • Leather door and rear interior panels (black)
  • Paint door rings (gloss black)
  • Remove original carpet, replace with new carpet or possibly leatherette (black)
  • Leather or carbon fiber wrap center console (modification to console required)
  • Chrome rings: Speedometer, tach, door handles, shift boot
  • Arm rest (black leather pad, gloss black support)
  • Engine monitoring gauges (installed in driver-side A pillar)

Performance
  • Install B&M SSK (properly - eg. get replacement parts for those that are likely to break/ expand during installation)
  • Rear strut brace (after rear seat delete)
  • Front strut brace
  • Resonator (quiet exhaust a bit)
  • New header
  • JCW R50 tuning kit (not sure - would not use exhaust)
  • CAI
  • Mynes tune (smoother, better running car - I know there are no significant HP gains)
  • Project brake calipers (or similar)
  • Slotted brake rotors
  • Stainless steel brake lines
  • Low-dust, high stopping-power brake pads (Hawk HP1?)
  • Lightweight flywheel
  • Upgrade clutch
    Long-term mods (read: 5 to 10 years out)
    - 6 Speed Getrag swap
    - Engine swap (R53, R56, other)
    - Turbo, supercharge, or both
    - Increase displacement to 2.0L
    - Upgrade cams, head, injectors, valves, etc

Engine Bay
  • Clean the whole damn bay!
  • Exhaust system (* - MagnaFlow)
  • Skid plate (aluminum or steel)
  • Remove under-hood black padding stuff
  • CF or silk green engine and ECU covers
  • Shave "MINI" text from engine cover
  • Add "R50" badge to engine cover
  • Polish metal bits
  • Oil catch can (doesn't do anything on R50s, I know, but I like the look)
  • m7 air diverter plate
  • Radiator hoses
  • Long-term mods
  • Paint engine bay beige or other suitable contrast color
  • Polish engine, transmission, other metal parts
Miscellaneous
  • Remove sunroof, replace with hand-operated euro-spec piece (need to find part # and source)
  • Whatever else sounds good as the list is completed

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:56 PM
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Hey, I recognize that MINI. That's the one that never parks by the other MU members when we form a monthly meet!!! hah. kiddin' man.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:31 PM
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Hell yeah in rare as hell Silk Green at that!!!!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:53 PM
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:24 PM
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Either the dealer will have it or mebbe Moss MINI. I had trouble getting a hold of some Chili Red TU Paint, so when you tell them your looking for Silk Green they might just laugh....
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:49 PM
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Suspension from school? WTF? What happened? Great looking MINI BTW.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:59 PM
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Yeah, let's hear more about that suspension. I'm sure we have some rules about that! (I keed)
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:05 AM
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Lol... I partied too much, went to class not enough, and did homework never. That's the whole thing in a nutshell. I went from a 3.2 GPA end of my first year to a 1.989 at years end. I'll be back out there in August though to repair what I did. I definitely learned my lesson...
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:11 AM
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bummer about school, better hit them books, that silk green is a sexy color
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:32 AM
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yeah, partying like that is fun for a bit, then you realize what it really costs you down the line. At least you learned while young, keep your head straight and hit the books hard, then you will have all the green to buy all the MINIs you want!!!
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ps...kudos for being honest and owning your screw up, and admitting it. Takes a big man to take responsibility and admit it publicly.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:29 AM
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Hell yeah, Props to you for admitting it...
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:53 AM
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Lol... I partied too much, went to class not enough, and did homework never. That's the whole thing in a nutshell. I went from a 3.2 GPA end of my first year to a 1.989 at years end. I'll be back out there in August though to repair what I did. I definitely learned my lesson...
I definitely feel you there! Glad to hear that you'll be going back though to bring all that back up to a sparkling 4.0 right?

Great looking Mini...the Silk Greens are very rare indeed!
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:10 AM
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Dude, your Mom is an OG! I love silk green but MINIs weren't even on my radar when it was available.

I think Brian might be the only other person on here with one?
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:48 PM
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Thanks guys, I really do appreciate the kind words.

Yeah dude, I love the Mini! We hauled ass to work today. There's this stoplight (see below) by my house that if you miss it you've gotta wait literally 5 minutes, and as I pulled up it turned yellow. However, there's this sweet little side road that winds and bends and then joins back up with the freeway on ramp so we droped from 4th to 2nd and punched it through that side road, and ended up a good 7 minutes ahead of everyone else. Yay Mini's...

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I'll get us some more photos tonight at the San Diego meet!

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