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  1. 19 minutes ago, Bornared said:

    I got the Pagid pads, but you could go for different ones-I had been thinking of maybe EBC pads. I did’nt need to replace the wear sensors

    Thanks @Bornared I appreciate it. I just want to make sure that any pads I go for are not too hard for road use. Years ago I had M1144 ones on a car and they are almost dangerous. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Bornared said:


    They perform well under slow town driving, you can feel them brake a bit sharper than standard. I got them from EuroCarParts when they had a 50% discount code. They are the uprated Pagid discs

    Great stuff. Thanks for this. Which pads did you go for ? I trust I'd need to go to MINI and buy new wear sensors ? Thanks for your help. 

  3. 27 minutes ago, Bornared said:


    I think they are good, had no brake fade and work really well. Seem to improve the braking compared to standard stuff

    @Bornared thanks for this. How are they under normal slow town type driving? Do you have any part numbers please ? 

  4. 11 hours ago, Mr Watton said:

    I think most are just so surprised how much you can do to a MINI.


    Id say we all, inc yourself and @Kai2k got some great feedback through the day :D


    beautiful GIF

    Yes @Mr Watton given how relatively few MINIs were there I was surprised how many nice people came over to talk. A credit to the cars and the club. Thanks for your efforts Si 👍

  5. On 17/07/2019 at 18:40, Mr Watton said:

    So Just a few days left to be on the FOM stand for this coming Sunday...


    id like to organise a cruise down together for all those coming along. Meeting MOUK at Wetherby services at 7.30-7.45 to ensure we get to the show and get the event shelter up and get our cars looking spot on. :D Its About 1hr 30mins getting there so perhaps meeting at Team Valley McDonald's for 6 could be the way to go.


    Happy to discuss more.....


    .. @Kai2k

    I’ll have to meet you guys at Wetherby services as I'll not be in Newcastle the night before. What's the general approach to cleaning the cars when we get there? Is water available? Cheers

  6. 12 hours ago, Kettlepot said:

    I wish I’d bookmarked a website I found a while ago, it gave specs of brake pads for operating temps- min to max and it was an interesting read. If I get a tick I’ll try and find it again.

    most racing pads don’t work until HOT most road pads fade when they get reasonably warm. There were a couple that worked from really low to quite high (high enough for most road use)


    @Kai2k try getting them warm enough to crack a disc. @Mr Watton any ideas who could have done this ? 🤔


    Cracked a disc! Wow. My fluid was changed by MINI last year actually. Yeah my issue is quite a puzzle. It might just be as simple as the fact that mine need to be warm to work better but I just don't know. @Mr Watton I think actually when we looked you said whilst they weren't knackered they were significantly worn meaning the pedal would need to travel more to operate them. Last year MINI said discs and pads needed changing then independent said they did not. It's all a big puzzle but I'm reluctant to put in a 5.1 unless I can be sure I can get one that won't damage seals etc. I thought a JCW would have 5.1 in as standard but I was wrong. I'm half tempted now to just buy a small bottle of dot 4 and bleed mine to see if there is any air in there. 

  7. 6 hours ago, Kettlepot said:

    I’ve no idea about different brake fluids but during your drive could you not have been suffering from “brake fade” ? Possibly uprating pads may be a good idea to price up ??

    Thanks. I may indeed upgrade discs and pads although many moons ago I had M1144 pads on (a previous car) and they were terrible unless you were racing. At town speeds they were almost dangerous - presume a hard compound. I'd probably go for drilled and grooved discs too but perhaps standard pads. I feel like there may be air in the system as they are inconsistent. For example, I once left a car park with cold car, pulled out and had to stop immediately for the lights. I was doing like 15 mph. They were terrible, like a spongy pedal. Then for the rest of the trip they were back to normal. Given the bubbling paint I mentioned I presume the fluid will have gotten hot. But then again I'm no mechanic!

  8. Following a recent spirited drive down from Hartside I've noticed my brakes aren't what they should be. At the time the brakes stank and when I safely pulled over the hammerite I'd applied to the hub part of the disc (obviously not the braking surface :-) ) was bubbling, so I think a lot of heat was generated. As the brakes are rather inconsistent now I presume I've boiled the brake fluid. I'd like to try putting 5.1 in but as always there are mixed views of whether you should, you could damage seals and so on. Has anyone done this and if so, can you please recommend a brand? Thanks.

  9. What a cracking run. Super turn out. Excellent driving and excellent company. Thanks to everyone for making it such a great event. I had a very Pheasant time (chortle). My car is 'back to normal' already 😂 #needtogetalife. 


  10. 35 minutes ago, LCWElvin said:


    I know what you mean, that is a concern. I'm going to get it properly detailed and coated at some point this year, so I'd get them removed then and hope that a proper machine polish could sort out any colour difference. 

    Like I say the Brum dealer had machine polished (or 'mopped' as they call it) the car twice but the fading wouldn't budge. If your car has no clear coat you'll be golden but if it has, beware. Also as a Brucie Bonus the stripes removal exposed a very light knife mark in the bonnet, parallel with one of the stripe edges. I believe the stripes were there from new but I guess this was just bad luck. Real shame for that car as it was otherwise lovely with 9,000 miles on the clock.

  11. On 06/02/2019 at 21:49, LCWElvin said:

    I'm undecided about the stripes. I like them but I've seen a Coupé in Kite Blue that hasn't got the stripes which also looks good. 🤔


    The blue is a very bold colour.. I parked it next to my friend's yellow Abarth 595 the other day and they stood out like sore thumbs! 

    @LCWElvin I'd think twice if I were you on removing the stripes. Before I viewed mine I looked at a black one in Brum. It had white stripes which weren't to my taste. I told the dealer this long before arranging a viewing and they said they would remove them without obligation to buy. When I viewed the car you could see a mile away where they'd been. Of course all paint fades but it was brand new where the stripes had been and being under the clear coat it couldn't be buffed out. Probably worse on black but worth thinking about. I guess if you removed them and had this issue you could just fit some more but if you are undecided maybe it's worth leaving them be.

  12. @Mr Watton I concur that for a 5..95 it certainly does impress - a true ASBO edition that clearly is an angry little blighter! They needn't have bothered fitting a stereo as the engine and exhaust note are a true musical instrument. Of course some may read this and get the wrong impression; have no fear @Littleredhead all speed limits were strictly obeyed on the drive out :-) , weren't they @Mr Watton ?

  13. 22 hours ago, essjay7272 said:

    @Kai2k would u be interested in mine?

    @essjay7272 it looks like you've had a change of heart (if I've read this correctly) - good - it would be such a shame to sell what looks a lovely car. I've sold cars in the past and regretted it. I won't go on about my beautiful 91' 205 Gti 1.9 in Miami blue which some muppet bought then SCRAPPED to buy a Citroen Picasso under the scrappage scheme! 

    For me with regard a JCW, one of my non-negotiable must-haves is a sun roof! What can I say, I like the sun :-)


  14. 13 hours ago, LCWElvin said:

    As for selling, I can think of one person who might be interested... @Kai2k is in the market for a JCW I believe? Though I think he may have already found what he's looking for 🤔

    Nope - the one I was looking at sold! Grrr. To be fair it was in Kent - a long bloody way away! It sold quick and it was an auto like mine - I half thought autos would be hard to shift - I guess I thought wrong. 

  15. 21 hours ago, LCWElvin said:


    Is this you saying you've found a suitable JCW? 🤔🤔

    Perhaps! I need to see what mine is worth in part ex. It may come to nothing but it doesn't hurt to look. Such a shame it has the leather. @Kettlepot my seats are the standard MCS LCI half leathers - they'd match the rest of the JCW trim as it has everything else the same as mine, such as the colour line. My seats are mint too, only 35k on them. Given I've nowhere to store a set of seats I'd be tempted to take the hit on the value loss. I"d be keeping it for a long time so it needs to be right. Thanks for the heads up at least I know its do-able, albeit a bit of a faff. 

  16. Hi all. So as some of you know I often get 'jcw envy' :-). As such I keep lurking on the auto trader and now and again see nice JCW's which fit the bill bar they have leather - I prefer cloth. I was just wondering how difficult it is to swap over seats ? Principally it's just bolts but I know nothing about the air bags. Anyone done this ? Is there any coding involved ? Thanks in advance. 

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