Brakes Wheels 1st Gen Tires Brake Duct Kit

Discussion in '1st Generation: 2002–06 R50, R53 & 2004–08 R52' started by mini_racer, May 27, 2009.

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  1. mini_racer

    mini_racer Well-Known Member

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    Very professional and very OEM looking Nathan, great job.

    And if you wanted to keep the inlet area black and the rest of the bumper did not need a spray, you could just carefully focus on that specific area, do the cutting, fiberglass/filling/etc, then just rattle can that inlet area black.

    Very nice Nathan.
     
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    Ha Ha, you just beat me to it Nitro. Agree......potential! :idea:
     
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    $198 for $5 worth of parts. :lol:
     
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    Oh come on, that's got to be at least $20 worth of stuff.
     
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    Well.........if they made it a reasonable price like $29, they might sell alot.

    I can run down to my local hardware store, pick up a pack of rivets for like 2 bucks, pack of zip ties for 2 bucks, some round plastic pieces for 2 bucks and vacuum cleaner extension hose for 20 bucks.

    I guess it's expected for us Mini's owners to get gouged on after market stuff.
     
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    Before we beat up Sneed's too much... take a look at what this stuff costs:
    Turner Motorsport | BMW Brakes

    The high temp silicone hose itself is pretty pricey.... it's not vacuum cleaner hose... :lol:

    I don't know where Chris is getting these brackets from, whether they're having them customer made or ???

    And I can attest that the Sneed's cars GO... they were with me at VIR last Monday.
     
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    I just did a little checking around and the hose is the most expensive component.
     
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    Oh, if only the phonetics of hose and hoes could translate to the internet. This would make for a funny joke.
     
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    Good hos ain't cheap.
     
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    Well, I just got back from running the BDM today...

    And it's awesome as billed. I might do ducts someday (It wasn't very hot today so I don't know how good of a test it was, plus I was on crappy tires), but the brakes were just as good at the end of the session as they were at the beginning (actually better, since they were warmed up). Can't wait to run it again with R-comps in a few weeks. Rotors look great (Blackhawk can kill a set of rotors in a single day), so do the pads. Keeping my fingers crossed that it'll perform like this with better tires/suspension, but it was pretty damned good today.
     
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    Duct Tape
     
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    I just purchased some of the Sneed duct brackets for the flexible hose outlet at the rotor. So, I will be piecing a solution together, and will take pics when complete and installed.

    I don't need those stupid fog lights anyway.:D
     
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    Can't wait to see your solution.
     
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    Just a little FYI, we have had great success with our brake ducts. Many customers have called me after installing them and using them at the track to tell me it was the first time they didn't go through a set of brakes in a day. So the kinks in it don't hurt, it's the only way to get it in without interfering with other parts.
    Bottom line is these cars need more cooling at the track for the brakes. No matter how you choose to do it, it is a good idea. I never used any of the hoses running to the caliber or rotors because of the concern of getting it caught in the wheel or axle, which could end my race. I didn't want to see something so simple cause me a problem. So no matter what you do, just make sure your not going to have that problem, but either way it will all help.
     
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    #37 mini_racer, Jun 9, 2009
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    For my pieced together solution, all components have been ordered and are en route. I will have to add shop supplies like hose clamps and zip ties, etc., but that is small and cheap stuff. I will have pics and a full report when installed.
     
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    A friend with a machine shop and I are going to be working on a set with the modified dust plates in few weeks when his water jet is free. I'll post pics and any info I can come up with going to try and get them routed up to the stock fogs.
     
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    The hose routing is the hard part, so please do post plenty of pics of that procedure/ path.
     
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