Project "Kermit"

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So, originally, I was set on lowering the car to give it a more aggressive stance. I had managed to find a good deal of some Hamann lowering springs...

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Unfortunately, the front didn't fit! The rear wasn't a problem but the front needed the mounts that should have came with it.
So, for a short time, while I was trying to figure out if it was worth going through the trouble to get it to fit, I was driving around with just the rears that was lowered. This turned out to be a bad, bad idea...

Because the dampers were already fairly old, they gave way from the extra load from the lowering springs and the unbalanced ride height.

This also killed all my bushings. Fortunately, I managed to source some Koni FSD's with springs. These retain the stock height though...

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My old gear knob was starting to get icky to hold. The rubber on top was turning yellow and sticky. So, replaced it with the JCW one. It's carbon fiber with alcantara. Much, much better.

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While we're at it, I also changed the hand brake grip and added some sport pedals too...

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Many have been dissing the beer can tail pipes lately. They all say I need an after market exhaust or at least get the exhaust tips changed. Problem is, they cost a lot! I didn't want to spend a fortune on them so I opted for the "One-Ball" mod and some local exhaust tips...

If you're wondering what a "One-Ball" mod is, basically Mini Cooper S has two muffler balls that work in series. The modification is to cut off the first ball, the resonator and just go direct to the muffler. It makes it louder, saves weight and increases power ever so slightly. Here's a picture to illustrate what I mean...

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Bang for buck mod. It slightly raises the exhaust note but it's not so intrusive like an aftermarket exhaust. It's barely noticeable.

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Next was to ditch my old "Beer Can" exhaust tips...

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With some nicer ones!

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Got up a wee bit too early this morning. The roads were clear so I decided to do an ECU reset now that it has a slightly less restrictive exhaust. Took "Kermit" and opened up the revs after that. Quite happy with the mod. ^_^
Will be heading to Motorsport Playground later to get some decals done. I have to sort out the bushings soon too... Till then!
 
So, I've gotten somewhat of a Union Jack done on the roof... This was done by Remus Chang at Motorsport Playground.

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Still thinking whether to get the bonnet stripes done or not.

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The Koni FSD's were way too soft for our roads. I did not feel comfortable with them. Eventually, I decided to give them up and go back to the stock dampers with some Tein H-Tech springs. Picked them up from Exotic Mods. These springs drop the car's height about half an inch. It doesn't seem much but when the springs settle, it looks pretty low. I now occasionally scrape bumps that are too high or dips that are too steep. Looks good though...

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I've also went ahead and installed a CAI (Cold Air Intake). Got a nice Pipercross Viper Carbon Induction Kit and Alta Silicone intake hose. Can't say I feel much difference in terms of power, but there is a nice deep suction sound now when you floor it. The super charger whine is more distinct now too! Never fails to put a smile on my face.

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Now, the easiest way to get some more power, is to of course, up the boost! With the R53 Mini Cooper S, the way to do it is to reduce the size of your super charger pulley. Most people go for this, the ALTA V2.0 Supercharger Pulley with 15% reduction. Can't wait to get it fitted.

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I'm also waiting to get this header I picked up from Eurotuner installed. This should help with "breathing".

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I might pick up a Works Engineering lightened crank pulley too to help with response too. Till the next update!
 
wow... sure is nice to have deep pockets DarkChild! At least you're going for the goodstuff!
 
wow... sure is nice to have deep pockets DarkChild! At least you're going for the goodstuff!

I don't!
I'm just working with whatever that's available. *laughs* The R53 is a dated car and many of the items are beginning to be discontinued already. Just making due with whatever that's available right now, and also what's available in KL.
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The folks over at MINI Owners Club Malaysia pointed out that the Pipercross Viper Carbon Induction Kit was not meant for the Cooper S but for the normal Cooper! On top of that, it seems that it has been installed the wrong way! It should have been installed the other way around!

So I was sold something I was lead to believe was meant for my car and got it installed the wrong way?! Would have expected more from Fast Lane Automotive Sdn Bhd. I mean, they're a Mini specialist right? Terrible!

Anyway, will have to remove it, clean it and then swap it around...

The ALTA V2.0 Supercharger Pulley with 15% reduction and exhaust header from Eurotuner has been installed. Having fitted the header, the exhaust note has risen once more. It's still not intrusive, but it's definitely more noticeable now. I should warn you that because of the free'er flowing exhaust header, you will notice some extra vibration/rattling from the cabin of the car. The 15% supercharger pulley has made the car a lot more nippy. Car feels so much lighter now. I completely understand why R53 owners always tell you to go for a supercharger pulley first. It's the most bang for buck mod. Very happy with the results so far.
 
Swapped the Pipercross Viper Carbon Induction Kit around and it's now installed properly.

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Upon removing the CAI, I noticed it's been dinged up pretty badly. The shiny chrome mouth looks as though it had been mutilated during the improper installation the first time. I'm quite disappointed.

Anyway, a quick clean and swapping around got the CAI fitted the right way.

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Since the CAI now takes in air from the back, I found that the little front scoop that diverts air into the air filter box has now become redundant. It was getting in the way so, I just removed it.

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Such a huge thing just to divert air into the air box...

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Maybe when I have some time, I'll find a more useful way to route the front scoop to the back, since the Pipercross Viper Carbon Induction Kit came with a nice long extra hose.
 
The folks over at MINI Owners Club Malaysia pointed out that the Pipercross Viper Carbon Induction Kit was not meant for the Cooper S but for the normal Cooper! On top of that, it seems that it has been installed the wrong way! It should have been installed the other way around!

So I was sold something I was lead to believe was meant for my car and got it installed the wrong way?! Would have expected more from Fast Lane Automotive Sdn Bhd. I mean, they're a Mini specialist right? Terrible!

So what was their excuse eh?!
 
dude...what is it tht you do; tht let you have the luxury to mods you lovely kermit like this..damn..it is surely awesome to have this kind of financial freedom :biggrin:
 
dude...what is it tht you do; tht let you have the luxury to mods you lovely kermit like this..damn..it is surely awesome to have this kind of financial freedom :biggrin:

He is one of Msia's most eligible bachelor. He has a fan club & hate club :rofl:
 
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So what was their excuse eh?!

I didn't go back to listen to their explanation. Just did it myself lor...

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dude...what is it tht you do; tht let you have the luxury to mods you lovely kermit like this..damn..it is surely awesome to have this kind of financial freedom :biggrin:

I'm just your average "guli"! Not huge mods ler. They're all bolt on's and they don't cost too much. In fact, for the strut bars, anti-roll bars, etc... I was thinking of going for Ultra Racing. I think front, rear, under, roll bar and cabin bar would cost about RM1500. Value no? :driver:
 
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DC, your project is going nicely....keep it up bro....
 
DC : out of curiousity, regarding reversing the filter to the correct position - did it make any difference?
 
DC : out of curiousity, regarding reversing the filter to the correct position - did it make any difference?

Well, it did feel like it was easier for the engine to suck in fresh air. I don't know if it's just a placebo effect, but it did seem like the supercharger whine got a bit louder when the air filter was fitted the right way. :biggrin:
 
Heard what happened to Kermit?! Hope all goes well. God bless!!!
 
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