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Dave's 2008 MINI Cooper 2nd gen

Traded in my TypeR Civic for a MINI Cooper 08 plate (now known as Carly Cooper!) a while back as the running costs were just too much (as was the over stiff suspension!). Been running this around 2 years now and have to admit it's a great wee car! Mega fun on twisty back roads as it handles like a go kart, enough power to have fun with and cheap as chips to run.
So this is what she was like when bought, just totally standard apart from being optioned with the chrome line kit for the exterior and interior wise she has the optional mood lighting.

First thing to be done was to replace the timing chain, guides and tensioner as these are a known weak spot of the 1.6 engine in these. Next up, we go her racing stripes from BMW and Gayle and me fitted them ourselves. We were quite proud, managed to get them bob on straight both sides!

Next up, decided to beef up her rump! Was originally looking for a MINI Cooper S rear spoiler, but found a rare "Aero spoiler" which are hard to come by so bought that and fitted it. Luckily, it was already in the same colour as her roof, so bolted straight on.
Nice bit of kit, and went well with the black/sparkling silver theme.

One thing I really didn't like were the 15 inch alloys that came standard on her. Really wanted a set of Cade alloys same as i have on the civic Aerodeck, so after a bit of searching eventually find a nice set of 17's which had the spokes in black (which is what I was going to paint them) and polished rims. Not Cades but ZCW alloys, which look almost identical. Got them 2nd hand for the bargain price of £100!
Had to get special wheel nuts for them as the standards were too short, so got tuner spec ones which fitted a treat. Think the wheels really changed the look of her and go so well with the black/chrome that's on her.

A quick shot of the interior

Next up, decided I didn't want to get stranded with a puncture (previous escapade on a club run in my typeR prompted this!) so searched again and found the full space saver wheel fitment kit (including the wheel). Bit of a faff to fit but got it done and don't have to worry now If we get a puncture (although where we put the wheels that comes off is a different story!)

Future plan is to fit the Pure DAB kit to her (identical to the Alpine kit) so I can have USB/DAB/Aux inputs etc. Looking at possibly an induction kit and if the exhaust ever goes, that'll be replaced with a stainless steel one. No plans to lower this as it's my daily.

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  1. Gel

    Dave's 2008 MINI Cooper 2nd gen

    Sad to learn Carly has left your stable Dave 😲 I've never been an original Mini lover but I do like the BMW Mini's excepting the Cooper-S (it's too choppy and uncomfortable at low speed).....tis an age thing...lol I recently tried out a Mini Cooper and the Cooper-S.....loved the Cooper but disliked the bone shaker S. Next time you raise a glass of Scotland's finest....think how Carly enriched your life. Bye Carly
  2. Gel

    Just joined

    Welcome aboard Jake ....let's be seeing images of your Civic Vti-S.
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    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Looking forward to the finished repair.
  4. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    The 2 tone tombstones look ace Dave ....selling your seats should ensure you're not out of pocket. Are you taking on the bolster repair yourself ?......if anyone can do it you can. IMHO leather seats are a must in an open top car Looks like you're going to have a nice enjoyable weekend fitting the seats and road testing 'em.....all ya need is some Sunny weather.
  5. Gel

    Mobile phone loophole

    I think it's pandemic
  6. Gel

    Mobile phone loophole

    https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/company-car-tax-and-legislation/2019/08/01/driving-phone-law-loophole-high-court You can bet your bottom dollar the loophole will soon be addressed.
  7. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Brilliant news Dave 😃 it was a tricky problem but you nailed the problem from the off. Nothing would have changed without Gayle's magic touch 😇 Right.....it's time to start enjoying your topless redzer.
  8. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Tomorrow is promised to be a scorcher so fingers crossed you'll have the HT leads anon.....not forgetting the OBD 1 gadget.
  9. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Number 4 lead could well be the cause of the misfire/hesitation ? Once you have the code reader you can then decide how to proceed if replacing the HT leads doesn't cure your hesitation. Older cars are always fun and games 😖
  10. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Have a look at this threard : https://www.mx5oc.co.uk/forum/yaf_postst43580_Calibrating-the-AFM---adjusting-mixture---Mk1--old-style-gate-AFM.aspx I had similar issues on the Motorway....resetting the fuel rims cured mine but I'm guessing it's a little trickier with an MX-5. Fingers crosssed you cure the fault without massive expense.
  11. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Good preventable work that 😎......I see from our sister Site that Mindy sailed through her MOT.....was there ever any doubt....lol
  12. Gel

    Mike Brewer Stateside

    Upon checking I see Ed has made the first Show for "Ed China's Garage Revival" and it looks like he'll also be involved with another Show called "Built by many" He's restoring an E-Type in episode1......it's not been released quite yet but you can view a trailer here : https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1116975_trailer-released-for-edd-chinas-2nd-new-car-show-built-by-many Every cloud has a silver lining
  13. Gel

    Mike Brewer Stateside

    Ed has already done a Pilot Show so we might be seeing him back on our screens ? Yeah, I too love Fuzz.....excepting when he goes off on one about buses....lol
  14. Gel

    Mike Brewer Stateside

    People that keep telling us what a good egg they are ain't for me.....IMO Mike is a self centered salesman that has made good off the back of others. Ant is a nice guy that's gifted at bodywork but weak mechanically whereas Ed was/is a gifted all rounder. fingers crossed we'll soon be seeing more of Ed on our TV screens 😊
  15. Gel

    Mike Brewer Stateside

    Can ya see it now....lol

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