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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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Maintenance and Technical Info

  1. 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 routine consisted of reaching into the armrest and fumbling for the right garage door controller...
  2. 1st Gen "How To" Gen1 Justacooper Exhaust System Reference

    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 happy with. Six systems, a handful of custom modifications and far too many dollars later I’m finally...
  3. 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 on the clock, a couple of things have happened. One, the car, an R52(convertible) has lost a little...
  4. 2nd Gen "How To" Placing 2nd Gen MINIs into Service Mode

    There are times when access to parts located on the front of the R56 engine, or service procedures, require the radiator support to be pulled forward. Examples include, cylinder head removal, transmission removal, turbo removal, auxiliary pump...
  5. 2nd Gen "How To" How To: Detroit Tuned Turbo Oil Line Installation Instructions

    The Detroit Tuned Turbo Oil Feed Line Kit will fit both the N14 or N18 Prince Engine installed in all Cooper S's (R55, R56, R57, R58, R59, R60), in any year. This will solve the problem of the o-ring failure due to turbo heat.

All About MINI Coopers

  1. All about MINI MINI Acronyms

    Learn MINI Vocabulary and Acronyms. A running list of the Acronyms and nuances that MINI owners use.
  2. All about MINI Mini Safety Recalls

    This article provides information about official US safety recalls for the modern MINI. We intend to keep it up to date over time
  3. All about MINI Owners Manuals - Mini Cooper 2002-2015

    Official PDF version of all Owner's Manuals by year from 2002-2015
  4. All about MINI Mini Engine Codes

    The following are the engine codes for all current MINI Cooper’s
  5. All about MINI Winter Driving Tips

    It's that time of year! Here are a few techniques and advice we've all needed and used, hope it's helpful, I've culled these from a bunch of other threads & knowledge, not trying to come off as a know-it-all, but passing along knowledge from all over.

1st Generation MINI

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

2nd Generation MINI

  1. 2nd Gen "How To" Move the Bluetooth Microphone

    A few people have commented on how the microphone for the Bluetooth phone kit is on the wrong (passenger) side of the car in the US. A few others...
  2. 2nd Gen "How To" R56 Oil Service

    Welcome to Detroit Tuned’s how-to guide for an oil service for an R56 MINI Cooper. It’s always best to do an oil change on a hot engine as the hot...
  3. 2nd Gen "How To" Front Camber Adjustment/Nylon Stud Removal

    These cars need more negative front camber for anything other than straight line racing and driving. Increasing negative camber allows more even...
  4. 2nd Gen "How To" This is a How-To on Removing the Carbon Build-up, the right way.

    After reading a few posts on cleaning the valves, I didn't see where anyone had done a full writeup on the procedure. I figured I would jump in...
  5. 2nd Gen "How To" Koni FSD's

    It's time to consider some new struts for the ol' girl. I've landed on some Koni FSD's and am wondering if anyone has any insight before I pull...
  6. 2nd Gen "How To" How To: Move the Bluetooth Microphone

    A few people have commented on how the microphone for the Bluetooth phone kit is on the wrong (passenger) side of the car in the US. A few others...
  7. 2nd Gen "How To" Door panel removal & Exterior handle replacement

    First, thanks to Arron Cornaby – Outmotoring.com - for his instructions on how to remove the upholstered panel, without this I would not have...
  8. 2nd Gen "How To" R55/56 Service Reset Procedure

    Service Menu Access:
  9. 2nd Gen "How To" Front brake pad replacement (Gen2)

    MINI Brake Pad Installation
    Changing your brake pads is a very rewarding DIY project. This tutorial focuses specifically on giving you the...
  10. 2nd Gen "How To" Replace springs-shocks-struts (Gen2)

    Safety should be PARAMOUNT in this work! Insure that car is secure on stands before getting under the Mini. Wear safety glasses when working under...

3rd Generation MINI

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