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Should I remap and has anyone done it?

Hi

I have a 2014 F56 Mini Cooper S (11000 miles)

Just wondering if I should remap?

Also has anyone has it done and is it worth it.

I also worry about reliability.

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Hi

I have a 2014 F56 Mini Cooper S (11000 miles)

Just wondering if I should remap?

Also has anyone has it done and is it worth it.

I also worry about reliability.

Thanks

Danny
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I've wondered about this as well. It seems that adding 20-40 HP is pushing it with regards to the drivetrain, though the engines seem derated from their BMW counterparts and can probably handle it with no problems.

The consensus seems to be you're OK. I have looked but have not seen any evidence of reliability issues on this and other forums.
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Thanks for the reply.

I have seen they can make it 284bhp (260 to the wheels) in one remap surely that can't be healthy but it would be a beast
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Thanks for the reply.

I have seen they can make it 284bhp (260 to the wheels) in one remap surely that can't be healthy but it would be a beast
Indeed.

Being a skeptic I have looked for evidence that people are experiencing reliability issues, and have found none. So I'm leaning toward an NM module myself. I'll just drive like Granny 99% of the time and save the engine for those times when I just have to blow past the minivan at the stop light. I figure intermittent use probably isn't going to hurt anything.

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Thanks! What's the NM module? Sounds interesting. I think I'll hold off for a little while and then I'll probably pull the trigger as long as I can still have mud and eco as they are and save the sport for the engine wrecking mode! ?
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Thanks! What's the NM module? Sounds interesting. I think I'll hold off for a little while and then I'll probably pull the trigger as long as I can still have mud and eco as they are and save the sport for the engine wrecking mode! ?
http://www.motoringfun.com/2015/11/1...-power-module/
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There's an extended thread over on NAM about the NM module. Worth a look.


https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/jcw-garage/298049-nm-module-in-a-jcw-0.html
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The module is an easy 15 minute install. It adds 20-30HP and is cheap enough if you shop around. I have had it on my mini for 16,000 miles with no ill effects and I drive it hard.
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The module is an easy 15 minute install. It adds 20-30HP and is cheap enough if you shop around. I have had it on my mini for 16,000 miles with no ill effects and I drive it hard.
Did you ever end up trying it on high?
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So to clear something up for your reference.

Remapping and piggy backing are two VERY different procedures and their cost is significantly different.

Most people here on the forum have only used a piggy back system that attaches to, and works in conjunction with, the ECU (Dinan, JB4, NM-eng). These systems alter the boost pressure and adjust the other parameters as to not blow your engine within reasonable use (and at a reasonable cost). You still get to keep the manufacturer's mapping, and most of them can be removed with very little trace left on the original ECU (although that is still debatable).

Remapping is where the entire OEM ECU data package is replaced with a new data package, and sometimes a whole new ECU, that is custom mapped by the tuner, and provides an insane gain of HP and torque (at a significant cost). Replacing these maps with COMPLETELY custom maps will void your warranty immediately, as the dealer should be able to tell if your car has been remapped easily.
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