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MINI Cooper Accessories & Modifications

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
Accessories/mods, anyone?

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  • I'm placing an order for an S. I am opting for the Sport package, leather seats, sport steering wheel with cruise, and Electric Blue finish. Later I'll look into performance mods, such as exhaust and intake upgrades, hopeing to add about 10 to 15 HP. Dan
  • the_manthe_man Posts: 15
    Modifications can do a lot for your Mini. Staright fromthe factory you could opt for the John Cooper Works Package. The works is sold straight fom MINI and when it is put with the coopers S BHP is increased to 200. The "Works" package sells for 4,500 USD.

    For only $5,000 you can purchase a Stage 3 Power Pack from Mini Madnes. It increases Power from 163 in the cooper s to 245 with the power pack instaled.

    Another route you could go, would be to do an engine swap. Now, I have not done my homework to see what can fit in the engine bay, but lett me give you some options.

    -VW VR6-- A narow angle V6 that is easily modified.

    -Porsche flat 6-- It is a small engine with lots of power. In the Porsche gt2 it makes about 480 bhp with the help of twin turbos. SO, installing a turbo on this engine could give your MINI some monster power.

    (Bothe engines mentioned will need Different engine mounts and depending on the power of the engine may require you to reinforce your chassis.

    other modifications-
    -NOS (nitrus oxide)
    -preformance exaust
    -Turbo/Super charger
    - Bigger and drilled "brembo" disk brakes
    -Air filter
    -MOMO steering wheel (i don't like the way the stock wheel feels ni my hands)
  • nmgridlnmgridl Posts: 12
    I bought and installed a center armrest from in my girlfriends MINI. I thought it was well built, and installation was quick. As the bracket goes into the rear center cup holder, its use in now limited. Rather that the top being hinged at the rear, it slides forward. The advantage of this is that it make the "box" more useful as an armrest. The disadvantage of this that due to the opening being at the rear of the unit, access into the box is awkward. To center the box during installation, I suggest doing so with the front seats all the way back. It makes it easier to see the clearance. The company was very pleasant to deal with.
  • I've owned a mini S '04 for 2 months, and I'm already addicted. I tested the Mazda rx8, the Acura TL, the Honda S2000, and amazingly, considering the price of course, the Mini S is a much more fun and responsive than all of them. Now, how do I get my mini to go faster? I'm an amateur race car driver with some funds. I need to find an all-in-one place where I can get advice, parts, etc., on how to take my mini's performance to the max, but I have not yet found such a place. Does it even exist? As a mini newcomer I have not in-depth knowledge of what I'm pursuing except the fact that I want the fastest mini around. Thanks for your comments and help.
  • adeitchleyadeitchley Posts: 6
    I'm considering getting a base Mini. I already have XM in my other cars and home, and use the same receiver for all locations. I really don't want to opt for Sirius on my Mini as a result ($$ up front and additional subscription). I thought I would add the auxiliary jack accessory to the Mini and plug my XM Roady receiver into it.

    But--does anyone know my risk for engine noise? It's terrible in my 96 Accord with a crappy stereo that has an auxiliary input, even after we directly wired the power supply for the Roady into the dash instead of using a cig lighter. Engine noise is not a problem in my 99 Gr Cherokee with a good stereo where I use one of those cassette adapter things. Should I upgrade to Harman Kardan in the Mini to reduce the potential problems, maybe? And I'm forgoing the wheel audio controls, right? Or will volume still work?

    I think I will lease so I can't do drastic stuff to the Mini.
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    I just ordered an '05 Mini. Althought I got every option available (except Sport Package - I didn't want the run-flats so I got everything else in the package seperately) but there are a few things that I wanted but weren't available.

    In January '05 they will add a new "Convenience Package" which includes automatic headlamps. I assume it is the same ones that are now standard on all BMWs. I couldn't wait that long but does anyone know where/if I can get this added on to my MINI? I'm coming from larger GM cars and haven't had to turn on my headlamps manually for well over 10 years!

    Also, are there some good places to get a nice armrest/console? I got the Cordoba Leather and I haven't seen any in that beige.

  • crunchcrunch Posts: 84
    mfullner, If you have your order number you should go to the MINI USA site and register at the MINI owners' lounge. You will find that forum much more knowledgeable in all areas of MINI ownership. I have found that very few owners post here and only owners/buyers can post on the MINI owners lounge.
    Oh, and before I forget, Congratulations on your order. Do you have a name for him/her yet?
    I haven't heard of an add-on for the auto headlamps.
    I have the euro style armrest from Moss MINI ( as far as I can tell, it is only available in black.
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    Actually I don't have the order number yet. I'll have to ask for that. Not sure how long it takes to get it.

    They are changing the individual options of Homelink, Auto Dimming Mirror, Rain Sensing wipers in January to a "Convenience Package" which includes all three plus automatic headlamps. I don't know why that, and the automatic for the S are January phase ins. I was a bit bummed but I can I can turn on and off my own lights if I have to.
  • hollyghollyg Posts: 6
    Hi My mini just came in. The salesperson has asked me to consider an "autobahn bra" to protect the front of the vehicle. Also insurance on the run flats and rims. Are either of these important? Thanks
  • padpad Posts: 7
    The bra is a good idea and will protect your car paint from chips. I bought one years ago and can attest to it being worth 100 bucks.

    The tire insurance is a pile of crap and I would not buy it even if I won the lottery. Still no MIni here, but maybe soon.
  • padpad Posts: 7
    Did they change the gearing in the manual 5 speed if so, what rpm's does the 05 turn at 65 in the 5 or 6 speed? The 04 is around 2,800 and the cabin noise is sedate. Also what options do people find they can not live without and which are a waste of money ? Also What do people think about the run flats versus the reg. rubber ? Thanks in advance.
  • crunchcrunch Posts: 84
    I don't like the run-flats. Way too stiff! I'll most likely replace then with regular tires long before they are worn out.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Is there a MINI dealer-installed alarm? Has anyone bought one? How good is it (feature-wise)? Does it come with one of those 360 degree flashing LED on the rear view mirror ala all BMWs. Of all the MINIs I've seen on the road, I don't think I've seen one with any fhashing LED to indicate there is an alarm. It can't be that no one has an alarm. MINI owners must want to protect their rides! Even Hyundais have alarms!
  • Has anyone heard if any near future design changes to the the Mini include an AWD package?? If so, I will be the first in line to trade my Saab 9-2X Aero for one.
  • lisalevlisalev Posts: 5
    I'm new to this forum. My husband left his front floor mats at the car wash. I want to buy him some new ones but not the factory kind. I was thinking coco mats. Also, what do you think about after market arm rests? I
  • miggsmiggs Posts: 1
    just bought my friend's 2003 cooper S,fully loaded with the John Cooper Works kit. This baby was ordered (one color)blue metallic with chrome mirrors & gaz cover & tinted windows.Now I'm looking at this street legal go-kart and I'm thinking spinner wheels!!! Is this possible in 17 inch. If not,will 18 inch fit with 4 lugs,should they be positive offset??? Is there a web site that will ship to Canada ??.many questions.hope to have a few responses.thanks in advance.
  • crunchcrunch Posts: 84
    MINI wheel specs:
    Bolt pattern = 4x100
    Offset of +40 to +45

    OPINION: Most MINI owners try to reduce wheel weight to improve handling and acceleration. Spinners have GOT to be heavy, probably too heavy for a MINI. I know I would laugh out loud at a MINI with spinners :D , but that's just me.
  • Hey, I have an 05 Mini Cooper S, and am looking for a little more performance without having to modify my motor too much. I've heard that I may be able to turn up the pressure on the supercharger to get more boost, although I heard that the release valve may release the pressure before it actually gets to the motor. I was just curious to see if anyone had experimented with this and if it's worth investigating. Thanx.
  • Has any one out there have any experience with roof racks, factory or others, i.e., Yakima, Thule.

    How is the factory rack installed?......drill permanent holes into the roof???

    Would you recommend factory over after market???

    Thanks in advance.
  • Hi Hollyg.
    I have the tire insurance in my mini S, why do you feel it is no good.
  • Hey Lve2,
    I have a 04 Mini Cooper S and had the following changes done.
    Changed SuperCharger Pulley
    Changed AirFilter to an open one
    Changed Exhaust system to Borla
    Adjusted Electronic

    I have little bit over 200 horses now. My work was done by HELIX Mini Sport.

  • Im not sure about all that with the valve thing, but I think your car is going to throw major faults. Look into a smaller diameter blower pulley.
  • lestradelestrade Posts: 10
    are you happy with the euro armrest?
    all the others are very expensive
    mossmini web site says installation is easy, is that the truth?
  • fritz5--
    Could you tell me how much each of those cost?
    I'm thinking of at least going Borla on exhaust. Not sure about other things. I'm not entirely sure how much it would cost to change to a Borla exhast, either. Thanks.
  • It's surprising that the dealership doesn't advise you to get an alarm. People want these cars.

    I just got my convertible top ripped by some jealous person.

    I got an alarm two days later. I got it at the dealership. They gave me the price of $650. however, when I dropped of the car, they stated that it cost 800 dollars.

    I got upset and it only brought the price down to $750. (BMW of towson--not too happy with their service)

    The service guy didn't even show me how it works. I had to find him.

    Then he states that when I lock it, it starts the alarm. Then I unlock it, the alarm disengages.

    HOwever, I complained to the dealership that the alarm doesn't work (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!)

    Then they said, "Oops. We forgot the LED flashing light that goes on the turning signal. please come in.). It took 10 mintues for it to be fixed.

    Then the repair guy actually came by and explained it to me.

    It takes the computer 10-15 minutes to "read" what's in the car. If someone reaches in to get something and the weight distribution changes, the alarm sets off.

    it just doesn't help when you're a woman. . .

    I was being screwed over without the sex. . . explain that to me. . .
  • Isabellamini ~

    Sorry to hear your misfortunes. I just took ownership of my brand new MINI nearly 3 weeks ago (Moritz MINI in TX). I was charged $495 to have the alarm installed, and I've had no problems with it so far (hopefully it'll keep working... I've tested it a few times). Mine activates right away just as soon as a door or window is opened. I was given the original "turn signal" arm to keep as a souvenir.
  • I have a 2006 Cooper with run flats and got the insurance when I bought the car. Glad I did because I got a flat and insurance paid full replacement cost ($250).

    I too was wondering about getting a bra. No chips yet but lots of bugs here in NC. Anyone have any experience with the bra made by MINI vs other companies? Problems with scratching the paint? Could I leave it on all summer in the heat and only remove it in the winter when bugs aren't so plentiful?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Sorry for the late reply (I guess neither one of us follow this thread closely!! :blush:) But since I last posted we have leased a MINI, and have negotiated a MINI alarm to be included at 1/2 price (about $300 if I recall). It's basically the standard-issue BMW alarm and it's worked great! It sounds like the same setup as yours, comlete with the big red LED on the turn-signal stalk. However, there appears to be one difference (probably because yours is the convertible). Ours has a motion sensor that senses motion, rather than weight shifts, inside the car. But it reacts almost instantly.

  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    I too was wondering about getting a bra. No chips yet but lots of bugs here in NC. Anyone have any experience with the bra made by MINI vs other companies? Problems with scratching the paint? Could I leave it on all summer in the heat and only remove it in the winter when bugs aren't so plentiful?

    You should try using Bounce fabric softening sheets, just wipe the front end of the car with the sheet, then wipe the bugs off with another sheet, they come right off with no drama. It works great and is real cheap since bounce is in most peoples homes already. I use it now and would never ruin my car with a bra. The bra will give you two tome paint and it'll look ugly. Just use the Bounce sheets and when you wash the car after it's dry remember to rub the sheet back on it again. Really works!
  • Thanks! I'll try it.
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