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Mini Rebuild

 

Step 16 - And Even More Parts

 

Sunday, September 28, 2008:

 

On Friday the project took a couple big steps forward. First, I dropped the Mini off at the rollcage fabricators. I'll have a big write-up on all the work being done there as soon as I get the car back. As you can see from these photos, they have experience with some serious machinery.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

Another item was the arrival of several boxes.

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After trying a set of these on my Tuono I knew they'd be perfect for the Mini, although I probably should run two sets.

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These are the tires I'll be running: Yokohama AO32R's (a.k.a. Aquatusks). Ten inch tire sizes are quite limited (surprise, surprise) but I think it's great that these are available.

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

This Odyssey PC680 is the same model battery Navid and I ran in my Evo 8 autocross car. It is quite small and lightweight and it never failed to start the car. Should be great in the Mini.

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

Replacement boot floor panels. The floor of the Mini has some slight damage in the boot and it should be easier to just replace the panels than repair them.

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

Here are the parts from my MiniSport order - mostly all front-end components.

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

I really like the idea of running 10" wheels on my Mini. It is what originally came on the car and I think it is part of the unique character of the car's performance and appearance. One downside though is limited space to fit large brakes. With the Mini's original 38hp engine, this isn't a problem. With 150+hp I knew I was going to need all the brakes I could get. KAD has a template on their website for measuring total swept area of their 7.5" and 7.9" diameter brake setups. I used it to test and it looked close but results were inconclusive. I took a gamble and went for the larger brakes. I really wouldn't know if I'd made a mistake until I had an entire front wheel assembly to test. With the arrival of this order I could finally proceed.

 

I spent today fitting the wheel bearings into the new swivel hubs so that I could finally test everything for sure.  Much to my relief, they fit!  KAD recommends a minimum of 4mm clearance between the calipers and wheel.  I measure 3mm at the tightest point, but what's 1mm between friends? 

 

Here is the new alloy front hub with a new set of Timken bearings ready for installation.

Mini Rebuild - Step 16

MiniSport's hub really are nice. I had to whack the bearings about a million times to get them to seat but I also had to be careful not to mar the relatively soft aluminum.

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My friend laughed at me a few years back when I bought this 46mm socket, saying I'd never use it for anything. Who's laughing now?

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Here is one of the alloy drive hubs from MiniSport. Another nice piece but just one small problem: the bolt holes are too small to allow the rotor bolts to pass through! A few minutes on the drill corrected that.

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Here I'm about to torque down the front hubs (but not really - I'll have to wait till these are assembled on the car) using a special-sized washer from DSN Classics. It seemed silly to order what is essentially just a washer all the way from England until you look at the total cost. Just to drive to the local hardware store would cost a few dollars in fuel and then I would have had to pour several hours into cutting the off-the-shelf washer down to the correct dimensions. For $7.27 in total I had the tool in my hand 3 days after I placed my order. We live in an amazing time.

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Fitting the brake pads to the KAD front brake calipers.

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Fitting together my other rear swing arm.

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All done. I wish I had weighed the stock versions of these parts before I dumped them at the scrap yard. I remember them being very heavy but I'd still like to compare them to what I have.

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Mini Rebuild - Step 16

 

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