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  1. Guest - Welcome to the new Motoring Alliance Site! Steve, MCS02 and I were up until the early hours this morning working to get it done... as you can see it took us a bit longer than expected to get Phase 1 up and running. We are not 100% there.. its a journey. For site updates, "How Do I" and feedback please use the Announcements, How Do I, Feedback Forum (Links below). Like building a car.... its never done... and thanks for your patience

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The R53 has a couple of parts in the timing chain system that can be easily serviced. The tensioner can become stuck in the closed position,...
I am a proud first generation Cooper (non-S) owner and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy looking for a replacement exhaust system I could be...

1st Gen "How To" Homelink Remote Installation

Having recently moved the wife and I found ourselves burdened with a daily routine of opening two garage doors with two separate controllers. This...
  1. Product Review Texas Speedwerks X-Brace for the R50, 52 and 53

    When asked if I’d like to test the TSW product, I jumped at the chance. I’ve had other chassis stiffeners on the car before, and with 40,000 miles...
  2. Product Review Craven Speed “Return of the CAI” Cold-Air Intake system for R53 MINI Cooper S

    “Return of the CAI” is a confident and remarkable name for a relative newcomer to a densely packed segment in R53 engine performance...
  3. 1st Gen "How To" HOW TO: R53 Better than JCW / Factory Rear Brakes

    How to pain your rear brakes. In this case JCW red.
  4. 1st Gen "How To" R50 & R53 Oil Service

    How-to guide for an oil service for an R50 or R53 MINI. It’s always best to do an oil change on a hot engine as the hot oil will drain better and...
  5. 1st Gen "How To" 1st Gen Gear Ratios - Manual Transmission

    The 1st generation MINI had two different gear ratios for manual transmissions.

    The split is with the June 2004 build cars. Those built up and...
  6. 1st Gen "How To" Resetting the MINI Oil Indicator

    You will find this useful if you do your own oil changes. Keep in mind you should wait until your factory service expires, since resetting the...
  7. 1st Gen "How To" R50/52/53 Rear Swaybar Install - Video How-to

    Video How-To of installing a Swaybar on the R50/52/53 MINI.
  8. 1st Gen "How To" How To: Car Electronic Device Hard Wire (radar detector)

    How To: Car Electronic Device Hard Wire (radar detector)

    by Molly "pi" Smith (aka Mol)
    Images by the Author

    (formerly Molly Bunton, soon to be...
  9. 1st Gen "How To" How To: Build an iPod Dock in your Cupholder

    The R53 MINI did a lot of things very well, however music connectivity was not one of them. Solutions like the Dension ICE:Link and later the DICE...
  10. 1st Gen "How To" How To: Gen1 Cooper Exhaust Install (Remus)

    This article is for installing the Remus single outlet MINI Exhaust on a 2003 MINI COOPER
    Total Time for beginner to install: Approx. 3-5 hours
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