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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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  1. drabdub

    drabdub Well-Known Member

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    #1 drabdub, Jan 22, 2017
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    So Im still trying to figure out where to start the build thread since I really started building the car a couple of years ago. may just be a bunch of photos and then any progress I make will be added as I do it.

    Car started as a stock 2003 R53 that was bone stock minus some aftermarket wheels when I bought it.

    The day I picked it up I ordered a DDM Works intake for it and the week after I had my MagnaFlow exhaust ordered......then everything spiraled out of control......

    More to Follow Soon


    Decided to update the first post with a current mod list.

    Exterior:
    Window Tint
    Honda S2000 Shorty Antenna
    Silver M/A Decals
    Red tinted tail lights
    Front plate relocation bracket for tow hook
    Smoked side marker lights
    Rear Wiper Delete

    Interior:
    Mini Cooper Rubbish Bag
    Mini Cooper Rubber Mats
    Color Matched Dash Panels
    Custom Rear Seat Delete
    Whalen Shift Machine Brushed Aluminum Shift Knob
    Whalen Shift Machine Brushed Aluminum E-Brake Handle
    Schroth Quickfit Racing Harness's
    Works Bell Short Hub Steering Wheel Adapter
    Grip Royal Wood Steering Wheel
    P3 Digital Vent Gauge

    Under-the-Bonnet:
    DDM Works Intake
    WMW 17% Reduction Pulley
    ACT Clutch Kit and Flywheel
    Wavetrac LSD
    RMW Tune
    Megan Racing Header and test pipe
    Magnaflow cat-back Exhaust
    JCW Spark Plugs
    Airtec Intercooler

    Suspension:
    Accuair switchspeed air management with Airrex air struts.
    Specialty Suspensions 3 Gal Seamless air tank
    Viair 440c Compressor
    Mk5 VW front sway bar end links
    Megan Racing rear adjustable control arms(uppers and lowers)
    M7 Strut Brace with Defender Caps

    Wheels/Tires:
    16x8 and 16x8.5 Gotti J55C's
    Chrome Lips and Wood grain faces
    wrapped in 205/40 Nitto Neogens
    18mm adapters in the rear and 25mm adapters in the front to go from 4x100 to 5x112.
     
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    Can't wait to see what that means... :)


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  3. drabdub

    drabdub Well-Known Member

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    let me put together a current mod list :crazy:
     
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    Wow - now I have to see pics!


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  5. drabdub

    drabdub Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Here are a couple of current pics
     
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    Nice! Are those Gotti's with custom barrels?
     
  7. drabdub

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    factory lips/barrels but with custom 5x112 faces. they were originally made for and ordered by race driver bruce canepa. they even have his signature and what race they were used for inscribed into the barrels
     
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    because of running the harnesses, and the fact a rat chewed through my driver side factory seat belt, im choosing to do so custom seat belt pillars to remove the seatbelt openings. I will post progress pics as I work on the project
     
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    Man - that looks clean. You have it on the ground. Can't wait to see more pics as you move forward..


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  10. drabdub

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    talking with a buddy last night we may be trying to make some vented fenders. I've seen them on a few cars but haven't been able to find any through searching that are still being made. possibly thinking of making them in carbon fiber and painting part of them but undecided
     
  11. drabdub

    drabdub Well-Known Member

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    thank you
     
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    Sharp ride with nice personal touches !!
     
  13. drabdub

    drabdub Well-Known Member

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    thanks. I know its not for everybody
     
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    Everyone having their own vision is what makes MINI's great.
     
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    100% agree. Personally I appreciate the work in making it "yours".. clearly you spent lots of time on it and there are some nice custom touches..


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    Here is a picture of the starting point for my seatbelt deletes. Plan is to fill in the holes from the seal belts and then smooth everything out in order to cover them in black suede
     
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    Thank you. There have been countless hours and multiple changes in what I've done
     
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    Yup - always that way. That is what makes these types of builds great.. can't buy the parts. One off - and that takes time and makes it yours!
     
  19. Dave.0

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    Nice build, even if it's not my style.

    Good job on the details.
     
  20. drabdub

    drabdub Well-Known Member

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    thank you
     

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