1st Gen R53 Cooper S Time for a clutch....what else ?

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  1. KC Jr 54

    KC Jr 54 New Member

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    My MINI is at 108k and the flywheel has been making noise pretty steady for the last couple of weeks, and i plan to be pretty hard on the car in the coming months via auto-x. SOOOO

    I am looking at replacing the following:
    Clutch
    --Most likely the Valeo set-up (i dont plan on making more power in the near future
    Axles
    --Drive Shaft Shop LVL 0 (good warranty against everything but breaks.)
    Diff
    --OBX (i know the "warnings" and everything)
    Transmission
    --Picked up a loooooow Mileage 6spd for dirt cheap

    Those are the main pieces, and was going to do these smaller "support" parts:
    Cables
    B&M Shifter (mainly for the metal bushings)
    Clutch Release shaft bushings
    Timing Chain Tensioner
    Timing Chain (?)
    S/C Oil

    Is there aaaaanyyyything else i should consider replacing "while i am in there" whether it be factory or aftermarket.

    Thanks !!
     
  2. Mike

    Mike New Member

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    Definitely look at the control arm bushings. If you haven't replaced them yet, now is the time. Also, go through every other control or steering joint on the car and replace anything that is the least bit loose.
     
  3. Way Motor Works

    Way Motor Works New Member

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    Def go for some powerflex control arm bushings.

    Otherwise are you planning on pulling the motor?? Is that why you have the timing chain and tensioner listed?? and supercharger?
     
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    KC Jr 54 New Member

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    #4 KC Jr 54, Dec 29, 2010
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    Well i guess a list of whats been done should be listed:
    Powerflex CA Bushings
    " " Sway bar and steering rack bushings
    Both wheel bearing/hubs
    Ball Joints
    Tie-rod assemblies
    PS Pump
    PS Fan (thanks K-huevo!!)
    s/c Inlet tube and gasket

    I havent decided which way i am going to go about doing the clutch. I really think im going to pull the whole unit though, just so i can address the mess my axle boots have made....
     
  5. BThayer23

    BThayer23 Well-Known Member

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    If you've got the whole front end off for the supercharger oil, you might as well pull the engine to do the clutch. That'll make the power steering pump and front sway bar bushings easier. Also look at doing the water pump, crank sensor o-ring, and oil pan gasket while you're in there.

    How are you planning on doing the timing chain? Isn't that on the opposite side of the engine as the transmission? I'd say save that one for your 200k service.
     
  6. KC Jr 54

    KC Jr 54 New Member

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    Thats the reason why i was looking at pulling the whole motor. The timing chain isnt a MUST, but i think the tensioner is, as i get a bit of rattling on first start up after the car has sat for a couple of days.

    The sway bay bushings and PS pump were done roughly 30k ago, so those are good for some time to come.

    So adding to the list:
    Oil Pan gasket
    Crank Sensor o-ring.


    Thanks to those that have chimed in so far !
     
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    BThayer23 Well-Known Member

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    Well, if you're gonna pull the timing chain, I think you need to remove the crank pulley, and there's a seal behind there that's known to leak. Might as well add that to the list.
     
  8. KC Jr 54

    KC Jr 54 New Member

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    Ehh the timing chain might wait. It doesnt need to be removed to do the tensioner, so if the chain is good until 200k, then so be it. The Harmonic Balancer is something else i considered, but might wait a little while on that because it is pretty easy to get to later. Same with the belt tensioner.
     

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