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Having owned my F56 Cooper SD for little over a year and from day one made the decision to work on the Mini myself rather than have a garage do it, (which did give me an excuse to add some new tools to the collection), I do feel like the car is a part of me now. There are some jobs however that I didn't want to attempt, the main one being an oil change on a diesel.

What have you done yourself and what wouldn't you attempt??

Done myself and proud of it.
Upgraded brakes to EBC grooved front discs and yellowstuff pads, rear pads went with Brembo's
(Almost a year on, plenty of meat and fairly even wear between front & rear)
Wear sensors
HEL braided brake lines and full brake fluid change using Castrol Dot 4.
ITG pro panel air filter
Cabin filters (bosch)
Fresh flat blade wipers (bosch)
Removed the speedometer to fit a solid mobile phone holder

Left for the Garage
Was going to attempt the fuel filter, thought it would be under the rear seat. Gotta admit wasn't there got a little confused left it to the garage to sort with the oil and oil filter change, turns out it's an in-line one under the mini on the SD.
Also had the garage flush and change the coolant from blue to pink (longer life).

Oh and ended up with two kit bags of detailing products with still more to add to the collection.
 

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My mods are all cosmetic (2017 F56), stub aerial, door projector lights, UJ rear lights (smoked), Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades and a crate load of assorted cleaning/detailing products.

In the near future I'll be replacing the side repeaters with LED ones, piano belt line kit and piano black light surrounds.

As an arthritic senile delinquent mechanical work is a definite no-no.
 

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The very first mod for me was K&N air filter, which is reusable and apparently increases the mpg & power in the advertisement (I didn't believe in the power increase as advertised). Now I replaced it with AWE air intake.
 

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I've done a few bits to mine


  • Funfob key surround
  • OEM Black beltline
  • OEM Short aerial
  • Kill all wipers rear wiper delete
  • AC schnitzer front lower grill
  • SCP Automotive strut and engine cover decals
  • Kill all chrome duct covers
  • Door shut protection
  • OEM floating wheel centre caps
  • SCP Automotive wireless charging shelf
  • Ceramic Pro coating and Xpel paint protection film to the front
  • Audison Prima full 8.9 system running fully active
All done myself apart from the ceramic coating and paint protection and it was all done a couple of months of the car being delivered brand new.
 

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Whew this could be a long list so just off the top of my head. 2015 Mcs 4 door. All maintenance by me so far. Oil changes and such. Biggest repair was top motor mount passenger side. Saved hundreds of dollars though. I'm in the US got Roxane about a year ago.

Powerflex lower engine mount bushing and the top mount inserts yellow for both mounts
AFe cold air intake with lid
Nvidia Q300 center rear exhast
Autox bigger intercooler
Racing dynamics hot and cold pipes
Cravenspeed big pair chassis braces
MMR front chassis brace
MMR lowering springs
Godspeed lower control arms
White lightning rear sway and NM drop links
Custom boost gauge invent pod at drivers door.
All interior trim piano black
Exterior chrome delete with mature black vinyl and bought door handles and gas cap
Custom offset stripe front to back
Chameleon window tint
Skar three 8 inch subwoofers and amp
Underbody lights and side skirts and splitters front and rear

Just need a better down pipe so I can get a stage 2 tune from BM3. Which I already have the purchased Laverne from Pro Tuning Freaks in Canada

Oh dang I forgot the clear/white UJ taillights and clear rear fog lights
 

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Got my 2014 F56 copper as a fix a upper for my daughter - besides the normal service work have replaced the shocks and also the aircon compressor and drier replacement - pig of a job because of access - also added in CarPlay and removed the remapping back to standard as it was causing some overfuelling and fault codes . Left a vanos issue to a local specialist as you need the tools to take the head off - muppet who had tried to resolve previously had used some mole grips to isolate the cam shaft
 

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My mods are all cosmetic (2017 F56), stub aerial, door projector lights, UJ rear lights (smoked), Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades and a crate load of assorted cleaning/detailing products.

In the near future I'll be replacing the side repeaters with LED ones, piano belt line kit and piano black light surrounds.

As an arthritic senile delinquent mechanical work is a definite no-no.
were the projector lights difficult to install?
 

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hi @Stealth Mode here is what I have done to mine. mostly cosmetics, as I want to keep the stock look :
-The one I'm most proud of, making my Mini unique, is the B pillar ambient lighting.
-JCW standard exhaust
-JCW rear spoilers
-JCW pedals
-Mini Yours steering wheel
-OEM look Dashcam

Also did some Bimmercoding :
-JCW instrument in HUD
-JCW ASD
-Driving Mode + Stop and Start Memory
-Temperature and tyre pressure
And a few others I probably forgot or didn't worked.

here are some pictures: Some pictures as I successfully achieved all the mods I wanted. | Mini Cooper Forum (minif56.com)
 

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hi @Stealth Mode here is what I have done to mine. mostly cosmetics, as I want to keep the stock look :
-The one I'm most proud of, making my Mini unique, is the B pillar ambient lighting.
-JCW standard exhaust
-JCW rear spoilers
-JCW pedals
-Mini Yours steering wheel
-OEM look Dashcam

Also did some Bimmercoding :
-JCW instrument in HUD
-JCW ASD
-Driving Mode + Stop and Start Memory
-Temperature and tyre pressure
And a few others I probably forgot or didn't worked.

here are some pictures: Some pictures as I successfully achieved all the mods I wanted. | Mini Cooper Forum (minif56.com)
Lovely colour and subtle changes, I like it.
 

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I’ve yet to collect my 2023 SE (ETA 6 July atmo), but I’ve already started gathering parts and supplies for my first (minor) mods: BimmerCode, non-North America light switch module to activate the dormant rear fogs, shorty antenna, dark smoke tint film for the rear fogs and marker lights, ppf for the door pillars, 3D-printed “shelf” to adapt the armrest charger for a Max-sized phone, 15 mm wheel spacers all around (with longer bolts), G2 caliper paint (black), and thinking of what else.

Still trying to find a pro to ceramic tint all four sides and the pano roof, and the dealership will install mud flaps and Night Jack mirror caps.
 
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