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Exhaust install

Santa flew in from England a little early this year. My wife asked what was wrong with my current stock exhaust, umm nothing. What is special about this one? Bigger pipes, better flow, more power! Basically a xmas gift to myself. Below is a dry fit of the pieces, and a close up of one of the tips. As you can see a nice bit of craftsmanship.


I first picked up the car and set it on four jack stands. I did  not notice until I was under the car but one of the stands was not even touching the car- the MINI is very stiff. This is a 2010 MINI Clubman S, or R55. The exhaust is a Milltek I picked up from Way at Way Motor Works . He is always very helpful with suggestions on replacement and repair of this vehicle. I pulled off the old system without much trouble. What wore me out the most was undoing the rubber hangers. I took the rears off by first removing the brackets from the car body to get better leverage. Once the rubber was off the old muffler hanger I put the clamps back on but did not tighten them, although I could have it would not have made much of a difference. There is a center bracket that needed to come out, I added WD-40 to everything first, the rubber especially.

Getting the exhaust in place did not take long at all. I kept everything loose while I jostled everything as best I could. I did not add any anti-seize or sealant between the joints. I debated with myself about this for a while, it would have made a good lubricant. Perhaps I should have added anti-seize in the event of returning to the stock pipes. With my floor jack I lifted the split section tight to the bottom of the car and centered as best I could then tightened the clamps. The supplied clamps are very good. If I were to do it again I would buy a new clamp to attach to the downpipe which was not included. Fortunately mine was not too corroded.

The sound is slightly lower/deeper than stock, but not loud. They also sell and un-resonated version which is supposed to make more noise, but this IS a daily driver! I have only put a few miles on it and seems to rev more quickly and slightly improved acceleration. I will update with more data as it is generated.


December 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Time to build wheels?

I went for a night ride last night with some of the wheelers and met a guy who built his own wheels, took ~five hours he said and he also worked at a bike shop so I am sure he had experience with truing and was very familiar with the ins and outs of the whole thing. This morning I open up the email and from Peter White’s “Bicycle Lifestyle” google group I find the post I am listing here:

Piaw’s Blog: The Bicycle Wheel

There are a couple of videos, and information from googlers teaching googlers on how to build your own wheels- so do I take the plunge is the question. My only hold up is the investment, this is truly a worthy skill to have but the local bike shop (LBS) and inner nets can sure take care of me. The first video makes a good point about problems on the road and having the skill to deal with it, but I usually don’t go very far and to be beyond cell phone operation is even more rare.

Then there is Peter White who personally guarantees his work, and build price is very reasonable at $35 a wheel with 24-36 spokes. I will mentally bounce this around for a while, do some calculations and think about it some more.

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January 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm 1 comment


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