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Vehicle Name GNAT
Year 2006
Make MINI
Model Cooper S
Color Space Blue/ Silver
Packages Sport, Premium, Convenience, Cold Weather
2006 MINI Cooper S
2006 MINI Cooper S 2006 MINI Cooper S 2006 MINI Cooper S
History Purchased the MINI as a birthday present to myself on Jan 8 2007. When I went looking at MINI's I kept saying I didn't want a dark car as here in TX it gets so warm in the summer. After looking at what seemed to be all the cars on the dealers lot I noticed this one out of the corner of my eye. My MA said she didn't show it since the color was so dark. One quick once over and I decided it was the MINI for me.

The first of what turned into many sets of wheels was soon ordered and that is where I was going to leave the MINI. Alas, a ride in a modded MINI owned by a MetroplexMINI club member changed that. The fun soon began...
Exterior
2006 MINI Cooper S Exterior 2006 MINI Cooper S Exterior 2006 MINI Cooper S Exterior
Custom Hood, smoothed Scoop, shaved Badge, Louvers grafted in.
Stubby Antenna - Black Anodized Al
OEM Aero Kit Front Bumper Cover - Modified to fit JCW style functional Brake Ducts
OEM Cooper Rear Bumper Cover - Modified for Dual Exhaust
OEM Aero Kit Side Skirts
Fender Arches Painted Body Color
Ultimate Grille Upper & Middle (Black)
Ultimate Grille Lower (Black)
Craft Square Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors
Vented Front Fenders
Belt Line Trim Blacked out
Smoked Side Marker Lens - In Arches
Smoked Side Marker Lens - In Upper Side Marker
Smoked Tail Light Lens
Custom Painted Xenon Headlight Inserts
Tow Hook - Blue - Front
Custom Roof Graphics
TSW Jack Points
Custom Eyes
Solaris Invsiibulbs - Turn Signal - Side Marker
Orciari Twin Air Intake Scoops
Grand Sport Stripes

Interior
2006 MINI Cooper S Interior 2006 MINI Cooper S Interior
Tinted Windows - Huper Optik 35%
Spiffy Caps
Whalen Shift Machine - Matches custom roof graphic
MyMini Driver Knee Pad
Glove Box Organizer
Momo RSGT2 seats black cloth/grey suede
Sparco Steering Wheel - 320mm - black suede
Relocated Cruise Control
Pro-Clip Treo 680 Mount
Rear Seat Delete Kit - Modded with the addition of sound deadening
All interior bulbs replaced with 6000k Bulbs to match Xenon Headlamps
Garmin Nuvi 350
White Gauge Faces /w Black Marking
Craven Speed FlexPod
Euro Parcel Shelf w/Pad
Valentine V-1 Hardwired w/remote display
Safety Devices Roll Bar w/Harness Bar and Diagonal
TeamTech RamPac 6 Point Harnesses
Helix Short Shift
Ultimate Pedals, Brake and Clutch pedals for Ferrari

In-Car Entertainment
2006 MINI Cooper S In-Car Entertainment 2006 MINI Cooper S In-Car Entertainment 2006 MINI Cooper S In-Car Entertainment
OEM H/K system with no changes planned.

Under the Bonnet
2006 MINI Cooper S Under the Bonnet
TSW Engine Damper
GP Intercooler
Custom Powder Coated Engine Mounts
Custom Powder Coated Supercharger Clamps
Custom Powder Coated Supercharger Horns
Craven Speed Cold Air Intake w/Heat Shield Wrap
Alta Silicone Intake Tube - Blue
Revolution Mini Works "Jesus" Head
RMW Race Header
RMW Rear Section - Custom Built split outlet
Thermal Exhaust Tips
Silicone Water Hoses - Blue
550cc Injectors
Craven Speed Mini Dipper - Dipstick
16% Pulley
ALTAnator Pulley
All Clamps replaced with ABA Stainless Steel Rolled Edge Clamps
Forge Motorsports Coolant Overflow Bottle
Forge Motorsports Power Steering Reservoir
Forge Motorsports Covers:
  • Washer Bottle Cap
  • Headlamp Washer Bottle Cap
  • Oil Cap
  • Brake Fluid Cap
  • Power Steering Fluid Cap
7250 RPM Rev Limit
Air Plate Diverter
Detroit Tuned Bypass Valve
Quaife LSD
OS Giken Clutch / Flywheel
Detroit Tuned Tensioner Stop
RMW Oil Pan Pickup Cage
ATI Crank Pulley

Suspension
2006 MINI Cooper S Suspension 2006 MINI Cooper S Suspension 2006 MINI Cooper S Suspension
Brakes
R56 Rear Trailing Arms
TSW BDM BBK Front Brakes
TCE 11" Rear Rotor, relocated OEM caliper
Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Detroit Tuned Caliper Bushings - Rear

Suspension
TSW Adjustable Camber Plates
H&R Rear Sway Bar - 19mm
ProMini Adjustable Trailing Arms
TSW AST Coilovers - Swift Springs
TSW Adjsutable Endlinks

Bracing
TSW X-Brace
Convertible Braces

Bushings
Alta Positive Steering Response System
Urethane Lower Engine Mount

Wheels and Tires
2006 MINI Cooper S Wheels and Tires 2006 MINI Cooper S Wheels and Tires 2006 MINI Cooper S Wheels and Tires
Current
Work VS-XX 17x7.5 Polished Lip, Custom Painted centers wrapped with Yokohama Parada Spec 2, 215/40-17
Enkei RS+M 17x7.5 - Nitto NT-01 215/40-17 R Comps for track
Team Dynamic Pro-Race 1.2 17x7.5 - Toyo Proxies 215/40-17 R-Comps for track

Hardware
TSW M14-M12 Studs
Project KICS R26 Composite Lug Nuts

Previous Wheels
HRE C20 18x7.5
BBS LM 17x7.5 Polished lip, Space Blue centers
Fikse Mach V 17 x 7.5 Polished lip, Speed Silver centers
Rota Attack 16 x 7
Rota Circuit 8 16 x 7
OEM Webspokes
BBS RX 17 x 7
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:17 AM   #2
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Updated Garage to add the new ATI Crank Pulley, thanks Way (Way Motor Works) and Aaron (OutMotoring)
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I thought the two side stripes were over the left front fender. Did you move them?

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Old 06-09-2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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No, just have yet to post a picture of them yet, and it might be a while since that arch was coming off. I pulled it all the way off and ordered a new set of clips for both sides just now.
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:03 PM   #5
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Jim...... Virtual stripes for now.....
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Jim...... Virtual stripes for now.....
Those are good. They can be anything the person looking at them thinks they are.

Maybe we should go with a virtual M/A shirt next year.

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Umm....let us know when you get some mods on gnat.
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Hey Nathan, I'm thinking of replacing my bushes with a PSRS from ALTA. Does yours make a noticeable difference? Do you use a lot of camber adjustment? Will they wear? or should I use some camber enhanced bushings?
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Hey Nathan, I'm thinking of replacing my bushes with a PSRS from ALTA. Does yours make a noticeable difference? Do you use a lot of camber adjustment? Will they wear? or should I use some camber enhanced bushings?
The PSRS are gone, replaced with poly bushings. Much quieter and still has a great feel.
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Thanks Nathan, this seems to be the common answer.
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