R55 Cooper S

R55 Cooper S

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scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 28th December 2020
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scrw.

Original Poster:

2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 28th December 2020
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A bit concerned I have 8 screws left! 1 I could cope with, but 8! All parts were screwed in, I am at a loss as to where they are from! The round bezel covers the bottom corners of the touch screen, may set about it with a saw as the mapping app that comes with it has a button down there which is hard to hit. Also forgot to install the indicator sound speaker, very annoying as the dash needs to come out again, hey ho.

Challo

6,564 posts

122 months

Wednesday 30th December 2020
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scrw. said:
A bit concerned I have 8 screws left! 1 I could cope with, but 8! All parts were screwed in, I am at a loss as to where they are from! The round bezel covers the bottom corners of the touch screen, may set about it with a saw as the mapping app that comes with it has a button down there which is hard to hit. Also forgot to install the indicator sound speaker, very annoying as the dash needs to come out again, hey ho.
Looks fantastic mate. A cracking job.

8 screws does seem alot? Are they large or small? I took apart some of the dash yesterday and forgot to put back two screws from the steering column plastics but it doesn't seem to be an issue.

If everything feels bolted in I wouldn't worry.

CoolHands

13,133 posts

162 months

Wednesday 30th December 2020
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Maybe that you took out the old one but the new came with?

BTW I changed my belt on mine (with genuine one) and now I t’s a bit squeaky! What a pisser. Do you know if the spring tensioners sometimes need changing too?

scrw.

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Wednesday 30th December 2020
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So stripped out the centre console again and fitted the noise generator/speaker, all back together and only 4 screws left LOL, all the smaller type t20's. Also managed to drop the little trim that goes over the top bolts by the hazzard switch into the air vent, thats gone for good FFS.

Next job to do is install the rear view camera....

scrw.

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Wednesday 30th December 2020
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CoolHands said:
Do you know if the spring tensioners sometimes need changing too?
Never needed to change a belt tensioner on any car I have had, some did up to 260k miles. I would give it some time to bed in a bit. My squeak seems to be weather related, only happens when damp is in the air.

Edited by scrw. on Wednesday 30th December 22:46

scrw.

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Friday 1st January
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So my cheapy OBD dongle works with Torque but not Bimmercode, no big deal, a new one arrives from the Bimmercode list of acceptable devices on monday and will stay in the Mini all the time.
The bezel/fake speedo is bloody annoying, will trim it down once the cutting disks arrive for my Dremell, you cannot touch the bottom corners of the screen.

IMG-20210101-WA0005 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

scrw.

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Friday 1st January
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So on fitting the heated seats, apart from the seats and the switch panel you need the following:

2x heater control units (if you don't get them with the seats)
20210101_130049 by Old_Chad, on Flickr


2x sensor/heater control looms
20210101_130041 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Then it is programming via Bimmercode...




scrw.

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Monday 4th January
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Righto, seems Bimmercode won't let you edit the VO, I need to get NCS Expert and a cable connector (arrives wednesday)..not like I need the heated seats at the mo.

Challo

6,564 posts

122 months

Tuesday 5th January
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How are you finding the ebay exhaust? Does it give a decent sound?

I was tempted down the decat route on mine, but decided it would be too anti social.

scrw.

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Tuesday 5th January
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Its ok, a bit boomy around 3k rpm. I may actually get a custom system made up for mine.

Challo

6,564 posts

122 months

Tuesday 5th January
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scrw. said:
Its ok, a bit boomy around 3k rpm. I may actually get a custom system made up for mine.
Cheers. Driving mine a bit more over Christmas and the standard set-up seems so quiet. Wanting to add a bit more sound to it.

scrw.

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Tuesday 5th January
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How soon? May have the current system spare in a month.

Challo

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122 months

Tuesday 5th January
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scrw. said:
How soon? May have the current system spare in a month.
Im in no rush to be honest, happy to wait if you think you will be getting a custom system.

I have plenty of odd jobs to be getting on with on the car, so let me know.

scrw.

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Thursday 4th February
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No updates for a bit, just using it! Still haven't got around to installing the software on my laptop to code the seats in, and lockdown has buggered my exhaust plans up, maybe in a couple of weeks.....and not 100% happy with the st1 map I have on the car, need to look into a st1.5 map, not keen on full stage 2 as pistons seem to be a weak point.

scrw.

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Tuesday 23rd February
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Was discussing on the R55 FB page about my dipstick mod so will post here. Basically file 1 side of the plastic end flat, do not take of alot of material, just enough to give you a flat edge and importantly flatten off both top and bottom bulbs on the plastic as these wipe the oil taking the stick out and cock up your readings. Also I put in 3 lines as per the pictures, middle mark is with the correct oil fill (forget the litres), top one is with an extra 0.5litres, then the same distance apart for the bottom mark. I fill to between the top and middle mark.

2021-02-23_11-17-17 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

2021-02-23_11-17-40 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

looking at my mark the Clubby has used ~250ml of oil in 3000 miles which seems okay to me.

scrw.

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Wednesday 14th April
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Hmmm, so can you disable your rear lights with Bimmercode? I have been playing around with daylight running lights (in standard mode not expert) and now have lost the rear lights on side and full beam, all other lights are okay, and all the settings look good. May just be a coincidence and I have lost both bulbs, just seems unlikely.

Edited by scrw. on Wednesday 14th April 22:17

scrw.

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Sunday 18th April
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Well the bulb thing was sorted by restoring the FCM in Bimmercode, odd there are no options to disable the lights as they were. I was playing around with daylight running lights, will leave that alone for a bit. Still haven't coded the seats as I don't have a 32bit version of windows to install the software on, need to spin up a vm on my laptop to install it on. And really need to look at a better map, throttle response has a dead spot pulling away.

scrw.

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Thursday 22nd April
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Oh arse....so that squeak I though was the alternator looks like it is the waterpump, just pulled up at work after an hour or so on the motorway to be greated with steam from the bonnet. Will let it cool before seeing how much water it has lost. I can see spannering ahead

scrw.

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Thursday 22nd April
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Wonder if that issue with the delaminating drive wheel did the bearing no good?