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  1. Hey Dean, yeah I've never tried with tape - it's probably too wide. Of course I'll help you once lockdown is over. Just need somewhere dry and power for hair dryer. Plus a good tip is for the car to have been dry for a few days as water can seep out from under the belt line while you are doing it even when it looks dry. I just re-did a couple of sections I wasn't happy with and it looks great now.
  2. I’d say what you need is the advice of a good body shop. If you find an honest one, they’ll do the minimum work to get it right. I’ve been super impressed with Premier Vehicle Care. John is the body shop guy, very nice bloke, knows his stuff and is honest. They repaired my rear quarter which got damaged by a flying tent (yes, really) several years ago and it still looks perfect. I’m very fussy too! Give them a call they’ll quote for free. 0191 2400 700 https://premiervehiclecare.co.uk
  3. Course I will @F56DEAN 👍 - just need a warm day or power and cover. But @Kettlepot is right, black tape gives good practice.
  4. Yeah I’m out for this one. Too far really and I’ve already done the Oxford plant tour.
  5. Yup I thought that too @LewisE I’ll go where the most FOM folk go. That makes it for me. Geordie one seems a win being close so long as it’s not too small
  6. Thought I’d add this little nugget in. so I guess not strictly a mod but I was really pleased with the outcome. I wanted a dash cam to look as subtle as possible so as not to spoil the MINIs great interior. With a hard wire kit which requires no splicing I was super happy with the result. It has literally been fit and forget.
  7. Last one for today is my LED side lights and number plate lights. Matches the factory LED rears and front Xenons nicely.
  8. Hi all. I recently installed a belt line kit and learnt a couple of things which may help others. 1 - the kits from SMPS2012 are great quality. I messed up one panel and there was plenty left to re-do it. 2 - clean the belt line first with alcohol. 3 - temperature - if it’s not over 10 degrees, warm the chrome up with a hairdryer first. 4 - do not apply heat to the vinyl while you are applying it. It will stretch and thus become too narrow. 5 - start with easy panels like the short A panel section then the door. 6 - after fitting, warm with a hairdryer and push out the bubbles. 7 - use a sharp Stanley knife to trim the ends. Cut about 1mm longer than you think you need. If you cut it exact, you’ll probably see a tiny bit of chrome. 8 - on the curves as you apply the vinyl you’ll get bubbles. Don’t panic - push them out using a hair dryer. 9 - on each panel do say 5 cm then check that your height is correct. On some panels you line up the top of the vinyl exactly with the joint between the chrome and top rubber. On other panels the entire chrome trim is a slightly different height. As such to ensure the bottom of the vinyl wouldn’t encroach beyond the belt line I had to line the top of the vinyl slightly above the chrome. 10 - the vinyl is pretty forgiving. You can pull it off a couple of times and you can get away with it. 11 - apply a little at a time and continually check the height and straightness. 12 - make sure all water is out of the belt line first. My rear one seemed to hold a little trapped water for a day after washing. Hope this helps someone. Thanks. Kai.
  9. Another tiny mod was the ‘S’ badge on the grill, which I think adds a little colour to the front.
  10. I’ve also recently done a full LED interior bulb install which I am very pleased with indeed.
  11. @Mr Watton obviously they don’t stay black for long on the braking surface. What is good however is the non braking surface black finish is expected to last 5 years. Means no rusty looking hubs. I’m pleased with the discs.
  12. I recently did a full brake job on the car. EBC dimpled and grooved discs. EBC green stuff pads. MOTUL RBF 660 fluid. Abs system bled. New bleed screws all round plus one new disc retaining screw. New front wear sensor. Very impressed with the results.
  13. Ha ha maybe @LewisE. We will see I really should have put a thread on here at the beginning, since I’ve done a few odds and ends. Might even retrospectively add what I’ve done like the LEDs and so on. We will see.
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