Had the big Tar Heel MINI club mod party at my house yesterday. We had a great time modding other folks’ cars - but (as expected) I had no time to do mine - which frankly was JUST FINE with me - I kinda like doing my thing in relative peace and quiet.
So today I installed my stainless brake lines, brass caliper bushings and ATE SuperBlue fluid. Took a little while to figure out the first brake line - the upper connection was non-obvious to me - and I had to learn to use my new PowerBleeder, but otherwise went without a hitch.
The whole install was pretty easy, and I like the results. Under normal “easy” braking there isn’t much difference in pedal feel or performance. But under hard braking, it’s like you threw out an anchor compared to the stock brakes. Much less “mushy” than the stock lines and rubber bushings. Nice.
Installed my new Kumho Ecsta SPT 215/45ZR17 tires today. I like ‘em. First impressions:
Think I might be able to sell these on NAM?
Eh, probably not. Oh well, 18,000 miles of lunatic driving isn’t too bad…
Here’s something you never really want to be able to do - count how may belts your tire has…
YIKES!!! A couple of weeks ago you could just see the first polyester ply… this much wear happened ON THE REAR in two weeks… through all poly plies, and through BOTH steel belts and into the inner fabric plies… OMG… I drove to Starbucks and back on this tire this AM… amazing I made it home…
Though I know how it got that way… I pulled maximum G’s around some corners a few times this past week, showing off for guests…
Anyway, here’s the comparison - the SPT looks more aggressive on the car - and fills the wheel well more. Stands out a little further - almost like you have 5-10mm spacers on.
The SPT is noticeably taller - which results in less wheel gap when installed. Again, a pseudo-lowered look.
You can see the difference in overall width (almost 1/2″) and in apparent tread width here. The camera angle is straight on - so the relative measurements from the center at 24″ are accurate.
It’s amazing what you can fit in a MINI cabrio, actually.
Any guesses yet?
Yes, the top WILL go down - no problems.
Yep, it’s my four new Kumho Ecsta SPT 215/45R17s mounted on my extra wheels!
It’s a perfect fit, actually. Seat folded down, a blanket in there to protect the MINI, and cardboard discs to protect the wheels from each other - same discs I use between the wheels on my wheel dolly…
They didn’t shift around at all. Just like it was MADE to haul an extra set of wheels in there. So phooey to anyone who says an MCS doesn’t have a spare - I have FOUR.