Car Build 2013 GP2 #0295

Rating:
5/5,
Make:
MINI
Model Year:
2013
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General Color:
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Mileage:
30,001-40,000
Transmission:
Manual
Wheel Horse Power (WHP):
280
History:
This was MarioKart's (Mario Palza's) Car... I purchased this car to continue building and documenting the build. I will be pulling together Mario's previous documentation and adding it here.
Ice Mods:
  • JBL door speakers and added flush mount tweeters (I have some more planned...) :Ninja:
  • Coded for Windows up, Euro hazards, seat belts and radio
Packages:
JCW GP2
Exterior Mods:
  • Black Trim
  • OEM front and rear shadow rings
  • Carbon fiber door handles, gas cap, antenna, hood scoop
  • Left reverse light
  • Euro left reverse light
  • LED Halo DRL
  • M7 Carbon Fiber front splitter
  • Custom R53 GP1 Style #0295 roof font (Drivers Side)
Interior Mods:
  • Alcantara Suede installed and French stitched to dash, lower inserts and A-Pillars
  • Secret Dash Compartment (Guess that's not a secret anymore)
  • Center armrest
  • Interior LED's Blue
  • Craven methanol gauge
Drivetrain Mods:
  • Forge Intercooler
  • ALTA intake (Going to change)
  • ALTA Hot pipe (Going to change)
  • Forge Diverter Valve
  • m Qubed 46mm Big Hybrid Franken Turbo
  • m Qubed Big Valve - Fully Ported Head
  • ARP Rod Studs
  • ARP Head Bolts
  • Manic Stage 3 Tuned by Mario Palza - M Qubed
  • SPS OBD2 Map Switch (1-4 Setting)
  • NGK 1422 spark plugs
  • 3" Exhaust to Magnaflow Muffler (Changing to 2.5")
  • m Qubed Downpipe
  • HFS-3 Aquamist Methanol Kit
  • Harden lower motor mount
Suspension Mods:
  • KW V3 Linear Coilovers
  • ALTA rear adjustable control arms
Wheels and Tires:
  • NM light weight wheels - 18x7.5 (1 rear wheel scuffed) + 1 Spare
  • 215/40/18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport Rubber
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    Thanks - No I don’t get it till Monday. Currently out of town, coming back on Sunday night. Then drive 2 hours to pic that bad boy up. Will post pics after.. :)
     
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    Getting ready to roll out and pick it up... thank goodness the rain stopped and sun is starting to poke through... Hopefully I can get some decent picks and it doesn’t get to dirty from the spray on the way back... :cool:

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    Truck needs a bath.. :Grumpy:
     
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    Oh look your towing it with the new Countryman!:D
     
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    Well played... :)
     
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    OK- so had a few complications when picking up the GP2 (don’t have a name for it yet).. I had the trailer which tilts and the low ramps for lowered cars (use them for race cars). So we were able to get it on the trailer.. but, there is always a but. With the car being so low, there was no safe way to strap it down. So I “had” to drive it back the 117 miles. Everything went well and I was actually surprised at how well it rode considering how low it was. Don’t get me wrong, it was bumpy, stiff, etc. but not jarring. The previous owner did tell me that the exhaust does resonate on the expressway. He was not kidding... which is OK as I do plan on pulling the 3” off and putting a 2.5 back on. That is going to happen sooner than later at this point. :)

    So here are some pics.. it was getting late and sun going down so they are not the best.. will get some better ones along with some video over next few days.

    Picking up the car: I had planned pics on the trailer etc.. but given that I ended up driving it back, we don’t have those. :)
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    Quick rest stop.. a little David and Golliath:
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    Back at the house (Was getting dark so some quick pics).. and yes I do need some driveway work.. very cracked. :(
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    Interior Shots: (Overall Interior is in really good shape)
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    Notice the white foam.. that is a quick fix for the meth cover. Nice cover, but I’m going to need to do some more formal “fix”.. I hate rattles and squeaks..
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    Auqamist is well installed. Researching some other gauges that will fit well and provide me a little more information..
     
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    The brakes are WONDERFUL.. Can’t wait to really get out and test them, but they seem very strong.

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    Back ones “look” whimsy compared to the front. Granted I know why that is..
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    Engine bay - and yes already looking into a different cold air intake. This one is pretty much a hot air intake.
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    Some of the add-on carbon bits need refishing:
    The clear is failing on both handles. Been looking into ways to fix.
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    This I believe can be polished out:
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    And some of the “blacked out” trim needs some love or to be touched up (Not the chipping on the blacked out MINI Badge above and belt line tape is showing some chrome etc.
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    Overall, road trip 1 down. No issues but didn’t expect any. Have not found anything the previous owner didn’t describe in detail. Looking forward to cleaning up some of the cosmetic items and building out my tuning/changes list.

    Now off to drive it a little!
     

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    Looks great!
     
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    Go with the Detroit Tuned belt line back out tape as I have tried them all. It’s 3M tape and it looks perfect with a little extra wide to help with shrinkage in cold weather. I redid mine and it looks great.

    FYI the wheels (rims) look awesome and are a 1,000 times better than the butt ugly TRON rims that came stock on the 2nd gen GP.
     
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    +1 on Dave. I used it on the R53 it has lasted for years.
     
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    Thanks Dave! Didn't even know DT had their own version, I'll have to cancel my outmotoring order right quick. The GP2 wheels are beautiful to me, and that's all that matters :) And though I agree the current wheels look/are better, I just have a soft spot for chunky wheels.. I blame the 90's. I'd still be pissed if I bought a limited edition car and didn't have all the OE parts. Js.
     
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    @Qik @Dave.0 - thanks I’ll use the outmotoring stuff then.

    Qik - regarding the OEM wheels, nope they didn’t come with it.. :(
     
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    Whoops - I said Outmotoring.. means Detroit Tuned. :rolleyes:
     
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    It may be the same stuff. either place
     
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    True - could be. ;)
     
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    So you have had the car 5 days, not one part ordered.............just saying
     
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    Lol - yea been crazy at work. That said, looking at an AEM cold air intake. That will not work with the stock bar, so looking at other bars. @vetsvette has been a big help here. Now that I think about it, I should search the forum to see if there is a thread on that.. if not should open one so everyone can see/find the solution.

    My plan is to get the AEM parts, do Dyno run in current setup, change to new setup do another run and see what the difference is. A buddy of mine had the Dashcommand WiFi plug so we actually did an initial data log last night for some really short stuff. I’ll see if I can get more/better ones this weekend. However I’m currently running without a tag while I wait for it to come in so drives have been short. Also, been researching and calling around to see who and how to fix the spot on the wing where the clear coat failed. :Cyclops:
     
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    Sorry - none of the stock parts came with the car.. pretty sure Mario sold those as he pulled them off to help fund the aftermarket. That said, didn’t discuss that with him yet.
     

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