Any suggestions on adding a supercharger to an '08 Mini Cooper?

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  1. xtinadigi87

    xtinadigi87 New Member

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    I just bought a 2008 Mini Cooper not the S and I was thinking of adding a supercharger to it. Does anyone have a insight on this? I have never done any mods on any of my cars.
     
  2. Metalman

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    Don't do this... This will be where the $$$ will become greater than the sum of its parts.... You would be much better off just buying an "S"....
     
  3. ZippyNH

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    Been asked before...a few weeks ago on NAM....
     
  4. N2MINI

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    Like they said its not worth it. Spend the money on suspension and driving instructions/seat time.
     
  5. BlimeyCabrio

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    You'll find hundreds of people here who will agree with the wisdom above. I'm one of them. If you want an S... sell it and buy an S. They're available.
     
  6. TheModFather

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    Trade up, thats the only way... If you aren't sitting on $50K to design, build, test, and get everything sorted throughout the engine.
    I did it this way, and so have a ton of other MINI owners.
     
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    Yes. Sell it immediately and replace it with a 2006 R53.

    That's for you Dave...
     
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    EXACTLY! :Thumbsup: However, it's for all of us who drive the 2005-2006 MCS!
     
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    Sorry if we all sound so discouraging, but the truth is there is no kit that you can just bolt on, and the 2007 and newer engine is completely different than the 2002-2006 supercharged engines from MINI - so none of the parts would interchange. On top of that the engine internals are also different, compression ratio, head design and so on....and on top of THAT, the computer engine management systems are designed for the engine they run, changing components and such like you want to do would require an aftermarket engine management system.

    Bottom line is what the other guys said, there is no cost benefit ratio that would make sense, it would be far smarter to buy a supercharged MINI from the start.....not exactly what a guy wants to hear when he just bought a non-supercharged version.

    However, there are plenty of things you can do to a MINI to make it even more fun to drive, and after all these cars are not just about acceleration, they're about handling. So my suggestion would be to learn about the car you have and all it's capabilities, you might find it's just fine the way it is!
     
  10. Dave.0

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    That is the best and only option. :Thumbsup:
     
  11. ZippyNH

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    Aww...common guys!!
    Let's say it has been done lots, is easy, and you gain 100 HP and 5 mpg!! I mean, we are friendly here....let's give folks what they want to hear!! Do we really want to agree with NAM...aka, the sewing site, on ANYTHING!! LOL
     
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    Here is the problem with your logic. We (M\A) know we are right and the NAM in this case just got lucky and picked the right answer. :lol::lol:
     
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    Agreed...that's why I have 2 '06 MCS.:Thumbsup:
     
  14. Metalman

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    You guys feel like you are talking to an empty box......

    Absolutely no response from the OP after 13 posts????
     
  15. BlimeyCabrio

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    80% of what gets posted here is for one's own benefit, anyway. :devil:
     
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    Alright look! It's all about ME! :D
     
  18. Minidave

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    Yeah, I often wonder how many of these one and done posts are just trolls stirring up the shite.....

    We try and answer all of them because of who we are, but.........:incazzato:
     
  19. wmwny

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    We just tell it like it is. It's not MY fault that the '06 MCS was the best MINI so far, but I sure do enjoy owning mine!:Thumbsup:
     
  20. ZippyNH

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    Well....they post the same question a few times on different forums...
    So might be more of a case of forum shopping....post till you find somebody who shares your motives....
    The results of the two posts of this question in the past month have been very unambiguous, saying "don't even think about it"....
    I guess folks want the answer they want, right or wrong.... So they look for a third or fourth opinion....
    Fact is (for the op) that classic mini's did have a sc bolted on...but modern motors are engineered much more finely....not as much " meat" left , smaller margins between running and failure to make them lighter and more efficient.....but means they are simpler to blowup...
    Internally, even the gen1 mini motors (2002-2006 hardtop) have MAJOR differences between the s with the sc and non s.....
    Results is.....adding a sc or turbo to a modern motor is a very bad choice. If you get it to run, life will be measured in hundreds of miles not tens or hundreds of thousands.....
     

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