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  1. Hi Corey, on the verge of taking Otis in to install a Sprintex Supercharger with a Dyno Tune. This is the last step in my process. I have already had the engine completely rebuilt, all but the crank. It's been a several year process but, at the end, I will have a completely restored 2003 Mini Cooper S. Every system has been gone through. Mini's are Addictive ! Need to find a Meeting !!
  2. Thanks, I think I met him at one point in time. Randy also does paintless dent repairs correct. I was at Randy's shop having him remove a small dent, and spoke to the gentleman next door. Geno
  3. Does anyone know of a good upholstery shop in the area that are reasonable, and do good work. Near Chantilly preferred. I need to recover my seats and I need to replace the headliner. Thanks, Geno
  4. Always put on a new belt ! Depending how far you go, 15%-17% will determine what size you install.
  5. Set of 2 Chairs, Never Used, Still In the Box. Great for Camping, the Beach, or hanging out in the yard at the BBQ ! Chairs cost $240 each new. $200 takes the set ! PM me, or call 202-577-1870 or shoot me an email. grwason@msn.com Thanks, Gene
  6. I am looking for a shop in the area that installs.
  7. Does anyone out there know of a good place that does striping ? I have a neighbor looking to has his S striped. Thanks, Gene
  8. You'll love this !!!!! Go to Google Maps, Enter DC, click, erase DC then enter 42nd and Warren St NW, click. On the left margin you will see the picture. Click on picture. This is the intersection before the signs were posted and the circle was built, you should see a fork in the road. Best part ! Now drag on the picture and do a 180, go down the street to the next intersection by placing the arrow of your mouse down the street and clicking (this for those who don't know) when you come to the next intersection. which would be 42nd and Van Ness. What do you see in the intersection ????
  9. This sign, and there are several of them, is located at 42nd St and Warren St in NW DC. Right off Van Ness and Nebraska Ave intersection by American University. A picture would be cool filled with MINI's !
  10. I thought I would share this street sign I found yesterday. Mini Sign 2.jpg Geno
  11. Thanks for the heads up. I will make sure not to mention my affiliation with DCMM. Funny, I have noticed in the Mini world that there seems to be a few personality conflicts. The person (company who built my head and cam) seems to have had a falling out with Jan from RMW years back. And as the story goes, Jan will not touch or tune anything that this company has built. As the famous saying goes, "Can't we all just get along !" Who suffers, the Mini world ! We have to navigate through the conflicts to attain the ultimate goal, Fun for Us !
  12. I found BEHE Performance in Beltsville, John the tech they have been tuning Mini's since 2002. I am going by and check out the shop. I will let you know. What does RMW charge for a tune by the way ? If he is doing tunes remotely, obviously you need to have software system installed. That can be very pricy in the beginning. And if I am not mistaken you will need to have an additional O2 sensor installed for tunes only. Geno
  13. Has anyone out there had a recent tune done ? I am looking for a reputable shop that has a good track record. I am willing to do some traveling to find the right shop. Let me know ? Thanks, Geno
  14. I saw this a few weeks ago. I am extremely interested in this product. I wanted to know if any of you out there would be interested in going this route ? Evans Waterless Coolant. It is used by many racing teams, and Jay Leno himself. Who's a bigger car guy than him ? If Jay Leno would use this product in his cars, for as many as 16-17 years. And I am guessing that the cars that he owns, are way more expensive than probably most of our cars put together. I did a bit of research with this. I actually called a Tech Rep for Evans. I explained what kind of car I was interested in using it in. We had a 30 minute conversation. I also asked the questions that would be relevant. Like, do we have to change the Thermostat to comply with the change in temp ? How do we make sure the water is completely out of the system ect... He was extremley helpful ! Basically, we would have to order for each car, 1.5 gallons of NPG+ @ $66 per car, and we would need 1 gallon of Coolant Prep per car, @ $34, to remove all water from the system. Now recognize they only sell the coolant, and prep, at a gallon at a time. So, two people would need to go in together to make it feasible. So about $100 per car (without shipping cost), and not including labor for flush. Bilbo Automotive would be more than happy to do two cars at a time. They are giving us a 20% discount on labor until the end of March, but they may extend it if we sign up enough to make the change. I am going to call them to work a deal for interested participants. Note: There is no need to change the thermostat. Now if you have older hoses you may want to think about upgrading. Radiator, as long as you have had no problems, you should be fine I myslef have a new complete system that was installed a few months back. Radiator, hoses, water pump, thermostat, so this is a no brainer for me. Look at the video I have attached. there is also a new updated one as well. Just look up Evans Coolant Sytems on the web. Think of it, Never have to change, or flush your system ever again ! Never worry about opening your overflow tank cap again ! You'll save money in the long run !! As well as protecting your cooling system against corrosion ! Anyone interested in going in on this ? Evans Cooling Systems
  15. Bilbo Automotive 4938-A Eisenhour Ave Alexandria, speak to Belen, 703-461 3118, they are giving 20% off labor for DCMM members through March.
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