1st Gen R53 Cooper S Finally, Gen1 Power Steering Delete Kit Available Soon!!!!!

Discussion in '1st Generation: 2002–06 R50, R53 & 2004–08 R52' started by minsanity, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. minsanity

    minsanity Well-Known Member

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    Condor Speed Shop is soon coming out w/ a UHMW Power Steering Delete kit for the Gen1 MINI & is gauging interest.
    So please post if you want or need one.

    Note:
    Expected Steering resistance will be BETWEEN a GOOD PUMP & a DEAD PUMP in!

    Why get one? A few good reasons below:
    - Pump & Fan assembly is known to fail. New pumps are no different. Many have gone thru multiple pumps.

    - Countless incidents of fire caused by the faulty pump:
    Spontaneous engine bay fires! - North American Motoring

    - The PS system, its hoses & tank leaks easily. Eliminate them permanently.

    -Kit is REVERSIBLE.
    Should you decide to go back to stock, you can put back a working pump in.

    -Relatively easy to install. Just remove the 2 hose banjo bolts on the rack, put the kit in place of the hoses.

    -Shave some weight if you wanna extract the entire Powersteering system off the car.

    -Get a more connected & direct steering feel. It will have greater turning resistance, YES, but NOT like having a DEAD Pump in. Ask e30/36, z3 & Miata guys who've done this.

    - Affordable Temporary or Permanent Fix.
    Condor is looking to offer the kit around or under $50 depending on interest. A group buy will be coming up very soon! So, please post on this thread if you want one. Don't wait for your pump to fail. You can just get 1 & store it for future use.

    Sample UHMW Kit for e30/36 & Z3:
    UHMWPSDelete_zps79059e0a.jpg

    Condor Speed Shop link:
    UHMW Power-Steering Delete (E30, E36, Z3) | Condor Speed Shop
    A new MINI-specific link will be put up soon by Condor to take orders.

    Please note that I've no commercial involvement whatsoever w/ Condor. I'm just a concerned Gen1 owner who has been frustrated & saddened by seeing all these threads about this failure. My PS is working fine & I'm expecting a kit promised by Condor once testing is done.
    This post is a humble way of THANKING Condor Speed Shop for helping the Gen1 MINI owners get an option for the PS woes.

    This kit won't have been developed this easily nor this soon w/o the generosity of fellow member, c0op3r. He not only donated a working 06 rack but also shipped it to Condor for R&D. Gratitude should go to these 2!

    Again, post if interested. Thanks!!!!
     
  2. Dave.0

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    Interested! :Thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for that--Interested, will be more interested once you have yours installed and can review it!
     
  5. MCS02

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    Skeptical..... But interested
     
  6. minsanity

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    Hit or miss, this isn't much of an investment. It's reversible, simple and has been done not only in Bimmers & Miatas but also an R53. Da_Ghost attempted a looped hose version of a delete to encouraging results. This block will make the fluid pass-thru shorter & more direct than Da_Ghost's version.
    I've driven w/o PS twice when my stock damper broke & when my alternator died, so I know how bad steering w/ a dead pump is. I'd welcome anything of less resistance if only to get rid of this failing & hazardous part!
     
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    Also interested.... Want to see the testing results before I jump, though.
     
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  9. minsanity

    minsanity Well-Known Member

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    Skepticism actually helps with questions & doubts for an experiment like this to answer. There will be pros & cons like medicines have side effects. It won't be for everyone, but if benefits far outweigh the negatives? It should have some worth. Just coz the idea came up, doesn't mean I'm no skeptic like most, if not all here.
    Come to think of it, toned arms should be considered bonus!:)
     
  10. Different Computers

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    Interested. My first and third cars were manual steering.
     
  11. minsanity

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    Mine, too, DC.
     
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    Interested as well
     
  13. Dave.0

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    $50 bucks and reversible if you don't like it, what's not to like?
     
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    Well lots! I don't like the Nissan Leaf its really ugly, and I can't stand people who text and drive. Lets see I know there is more on my list I just can't think of anything els right now but I'll let you know when I do.:devil:
     
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    Ask Stan. He did this (unintended) at MOTD last year ;)
     
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    Add me to this list...

    Then again if the company wants to barter for some advertising here on M/A...Just sayin :ihih: :idea:
     
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    I like my power steering. Driving my MINI without PS when the alternator died was not fun for me.
     
  18. Mr. Jim

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    #19 Mr. Jim, Jun 12, 2014
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    My TR6 has rack n pinion steering, where would this fall in as far as feel?
     
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