1st Gen R50 Cooper What drives the speedo?

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    RallyMini370 Well-Known Member

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    Unless I missed something I don't remember seeing anything on the Midlands box that could drive the speedo/odo. Just wondered what drives them?
     
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    I believe it is all electrizicle. I think the ECU somehow drives it. I know that's not much help Chris, but I'm an old guy who grew up with actual speedo cables. Mechanical simplicity & bliss.
     
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    Me too Chuck. I got this horrible thought it might be driven by the ABS sensors which I've removed. Maybe it's wind driven?
     
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    Try giving Chad a call at Detroit Tuned, he is a great MINI tech & may have your answer.

    Love the wind powered idea. If you break wind in the car does it speed up?
     
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    more gas, more speed....nice concept.
     
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    I believe its driven by a politician -- its wildly optimistic.

    ...and wrong.
     
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    What drives the speedo? I'm pretty sure it's the wheels going round....
     
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    If that's a joke then actually you're correct. The speedo is calculated by the wheel rotation using all the ABS sensors.....so it looks like I don't have a speedo. Info came from Way Motors.
     
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    Plug them back in. Pretty easy of a job. Unless you've put them in the dustbin.
     
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    #10 RallyMini370, Apr 4, 2013
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    sold 'em Chuck. boo hoooooooo. who needs a speedo in rally! but the worrying part is would else does the ECU do with these sensors?
     
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    You don't need a speedo, but be careful on the transit sections. Don't want to get popped for speeding. Take the MINI out with someone following you & make a cheat sheet of speeds in different gears & rpms.
     
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    I never look at the speedo on a Rally and with the Mini speedo being in a place I would never look for sure I won't use it. The only issue is when I take it to the tech test I believe they check the speedo to see it works. Plus I have to drive to work. Transits are very small with no cops with radars. The other issue is I cut back the wires'plugs to the loom so I will need them too. I'm going search around scrap yards to see what I can find.
     

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