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    Cooper S (Hatchback)
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    Mellow Yellow
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  1. I've used NV Coatings on 3 occasions and they do incredible work. Had them fix one of my wheels that had road rash and it came out perfect!! Can't recommend them enough! https://nvcoatings.com -STEVE
  2. I'll come out to play! I was thinking of hitting up C&C anyway, so why not get in a run?! -STEVE
  3. Hello all. I'm in the market for an OBDII scanner for my MINI. Wanted to see if anyone has any recommendations. I've seen there are some that are one unit as well as the ones that have a plug in dongle, and interface with your iPhone through an app. I'm open to suggestions and any personal experiences. Not sure if this would be possible, but I'd also like it to be able to perform between my 2 vehicles, my MINI and my VW Tiguan. Thoughts? -STEVE
  4. YES!!! This is awesome! Thanks for organizing. -STEVE
  5. FOR SALE: NM Billet Aluminum front strut tower bar. Very gently used and will fit the following Gen 2 cars: R55, R56, R57, R58 and R59. $200.00 CASH ONLY. Will NOT ship. Can make arrangements at one of our MINI meets or local pick-up. Contact: STEVE FIFE, 301-651-1656. Product Details NM Engineering’s Upper Tie-Bar is designed to reinforce the already stellar MINI Cooper chassis. Installation reduces fore and aft, as well as side-to-side chassis flex during spirited driving, which helps to eliminate unwanted geometry/alignment change. This results in better steering response and better handling. Attention to detail and performance are NM Engineering’s forte and this part does not disappoint. The 6061-T6 aluminum mounting pads will eliminate strut tower “mushrooming” be reinforcing the upper mount and is attached to mounts studs with shouldered long-reach nuts to make sure that the bar and front suspension is secured by more than just a few threads. In addition, when you look at the underside of the pads, you will notice two machined pocket that accommodate the upper strut bearing locator pin on either side while concealing it from view. Finally, the simplest, yet most overlooked feature may be the twin mounting bolts on each side that attach the bar to the mounting pads. Most others use a single bolt to secure each side of the bar to the mounting pads. The problem with that, is no matter how tight you cinch that bolt, the bar can still pivot at that point rendering them ineffective against chassis flex. NM Billet Tie-Bar clears factory airbox as well as NM's Hi-Flow Induction Kit. ECS Tuning has this new for $448.82
  6. One more spot just opened up as I have decided not to join. 37 degrees and summer tires on wet roads might not be the best choice. Have fun, see you all soon! Hurry up warm weather!
  7. I've used NV Coatings a few times myself, they are excellent to work with! Just curious, what color were your rims before, did they paint the entire rim in black inside and out, take them off the tires or leave them on, and what was the price per wheel or total? I always see wheels I Iike, but would prefer them a different color, and would consider having all 4 refinished if the price is reasonable.
  8. I would HIGHLY NOT RECOMMEND you go to the place I went to! The paint work itself was spot on, but the customer service was completely shady!!
  9. Fingers crossed for good weather! I miss driving the MINI!
  10. YES! January might make the most sense with the heavy load of the Holidays.
  11. Where will you get it tuned? Manic seems to be less and less used these days, Mario Plaza seems to be the go to. Grey Goose mentioned he got his f56 JCW tuned at GT Peace. Wonder if they tune the R model Gen2's?
  12. What's next? A tune? Downpipe? FLAMES!!!??? Curious what the initial idea was behind the FMIC upgrade? I know it helps with engine temps thus resulting in better performance on hotter days, but is there any other gain without a tune to go with it? -STEVE
  13. Hey Craig. Other than the parking lot at the meeting point, is there any other dirt/gravel roads on the route? I plan to join, but will likely be closer to the route departure time of around 10:15.
  14. Everyone be sure to bring $5 cash for the ferry ride!
  15. Any dirt or gravel roads to contend with on the route?
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