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Hi all, as you know I don't waste any time when making decisions. After MITP I caught myself looking at autotrader which meant one thing, the Clubman just wasn't doing it for me. Cant quite put my finger on it, I had great fun transforming that car in just a year from a bashed about, pov spec clubby into what you saw at MITP. I learnt a lot from doing it, it helped promote my youtube channel youtube.com./tweedbean but I just didnt have a connection with it. So having put the feelers out I sold the clubby as a whole within about 24 hours to Simon Radford who's already in the process of building a forged N14 to go into it so keep an eye out for that build as its going to be epic.

Replacement, I've spent a long time thinking about the new Supra, however the UK allocation for 2019 has already sold out and also I now work from home permanently and have another car as the family car. Therefore any car I own right now will not get many miles on it other than for the occasional weekend/evening blast with friends. Therefore getting a new Supra and not driving it seems an utter waste of money right now, maybe in a couple of years if I end up changing jobs to one with a commute etc. Therefore I decided to go back and get an F56, a car I have unfinished business with.

For those that saw my last one, I purchased it from James J, aka R99 on here a few years ago, it was one of the first Cooper S' out at the time and he pretty much did everything visual on the car. When I purchased it I then addressed the performance side working with companies such as Scorpion, Airtec and Manic, where they used my car to develop their parts that are now on sale today. It was a great car but for me it was always in the back of my head that someone else started that project and I was continuing it. I tried changing up the colour scheme etc but I still had that gremlin in my head. Therefore I ended up pulling the trigger and selling it on. Here was my last one:



Come to this week I set out a spec list of what I wanted spec wise on my new F56, must haves included HK, XL Nav, LED headlights, antracite headlining, volcanic orange/white silver/moonwalk grey paint. This was a tough spec to find as HK was often missing but was a must for me. I settled yesterday on a Challenge 210 as I worked out these covered that entire spec list.

Well that was until I got a couple of photos of an F56 JCW that was currently with Millsy. This peaked my interest, then I saw the spec sheet, it pretty much has every option you can get on a JCW bar a sun roof and front sensor from what I can see, the list was huge. Then came the price, lower than any other JCW I had seen but this was due to the fact it was a CAT S. It had been fully repaired by the bodyshop/repair company approved by the local Mini/BMW dealership and put back on the road. I know Millsy wouldn't recommend a dud and after a little due diligence I decided to go take a look. So literally within 24 hours of saying goodbye to the clubby I purchased its replacement. I totally understand the concerns about buying a CAT S and the implications on insurance etc but I've ensured at all points the car is 100% as did Millsy. So what did I get:

2016 F56 Factory JCW in White Silver with 10k on the clock

Summary of factory spec:
Adaptive suspension
JCW cup spoke wheels
JCW steering hweel
JCW spoiler
Red roof and mirror caps
Reversing CAmera
Privacy Glass
Height adjustable passenger seat
Front Armrest
Storage package
Heated Recaro seats in alcantara/leather/fabric
Antracite Headliner
Interior Firework dash
Red colour line dash
Excitement pack
Driving mods
Rear parking sensors
Rain sensors
cruise control with brake function
Light package
LED headlights with extended scopes
REar fogs
XL Navigation
DAB
HK Audio
Heads up display
Mini Connected

Obviously being a JCW you get the JCW brakes, bodykit, JCW dial surrounds, factory engine upgrades like lower compression, different turbo etc resulting in 230bhp as standard

None Standard Elements
There are a couple of none standard elements, not mods but just painted parts. When it was being repaired the owner made a couple of colour choices I'm not 100% sure on but they are easily solved so bare with me when I post up photos.
  • Fully colour coded arches - Not 100% sold on these, I'm going to wait until its lowered before I decide to change back to stock textured arches or not, one thing I do know is that it needs the pro lip kit front and rear as it looks a funny shape at the front, too rounded without them
  • Gloss Black Belt Line - This has been done with tape and isnt the best. With time I need to decide if this chrome should actually be on show and not covered up, easily removed anyway
  • Lipstick covered front grill - They decided to paint the chrome grills red for whatever reason, it just doesnt work for me so will be done in either body colour or black, plenty of photoshop images to follow, not going to rush into decisions
  • Black front and rear light surrounds - Not sure if these are a factory item or if they have just been painted, either way, Panda eye look is not for me so these will go body colour
Plans
  • Lots
  • Seriously, I want to drive this car a lot so I can appreciate every little change I make, unlike my last two projects I am starting from a drivable base thats not high mileage or tatty
  • It looks like its on stilts so coilovers will be done ASAP
  • Already looking at exhausts/downpipes, I loved my old Remus/Decat combo
  • It needs so of the JCW pro elements like front lips/corner pieces, same for the rear aswell as a pro diffuser, currently the look is too soft for my liking, it needs more aggression
I'm collecting the car later today, its currently with Millsys being serviced and having new front pads fitted, plenty of pictures to follow but here are a couple of teasers for now:

Roll on new car day by James Baker, on Flickr

Roll on new car day by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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So pleased with it. I collected it this afternoon and I haven't stopped driving it since. I didn't realise how quick the JCW was in stock form, cant wait to drive it more.

Time for some photos, I'm really impressed with the interior, it such a nice place to be, so many more gadgets:

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

Right now my favourite angle of the car is the rear end:

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

Currently looks like its on stilts but that will be sorted:

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

It looks like its wearing lipstick currently not a fan but again its all easily sorted. I will be colour coding a lot of the trim, getting rid of the red grills and black light surrounds:

F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

Its very much needs the pro front and rear lips/corner pieces to add some aggression, the front is very soft and round, it needs more angles. Still not 100% sure on the colour coding but going to live with it for now before I make a decision on it. Easy enough to get hold of a set of black textured arches if I decide to get rid. I certainly wasnt going to pass up on this car just because of the grills and arches.
F56 Day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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I can’t wait to see what you do with this.
I’m not a fan of the red bits or cc arches. I don’t think I’ve ever liked cc arches on a mini but like you say it’s something thats easily fixed.
They might even look good with whatever the rest of your plans are.
 

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I can’t wait to see what you do with this.
I’m not a fan of the red bits or cc arches. I don’t think I’ve ever liked cc arches on a mini but like you say it’s something thats easily fixed.
They might even look good with whatever the rest of your plans are.
Totally agree

I agree with you about the red grill surround, but I do like the color coded arches and trim better than the textured plastic. They'll be easier to keep clean too.
Agreed but im going to fully treat the new arches with gtecniq products before fitting so they will look spot on for a while.

Doing lots of planning in the background mods wise, lots of reading up on what works/doesnt with a JCW. Little intricacies such as mine has adaptive suspension, there are coilover options that work with this but unsure around camber adjustment etc so reading up on this at the moment.

In the meantime, I'm sorting the two bits I dont like about this car. I'm about to order all new arches, textured sideskirt trim etc to get rid of the CC'd arches, I just dont like them. I bought the car knowing I would change these. I'm also ordering a new black grill surround, unsure whether to colour code it or not yet but for now it gets rid of the red one and they are super cheap from Mini.

I also picked up a spare steering wheel so I can send it off for retrimming. With all the gadgets I dont want to go aftermarket wheels so im getting an S wheel sorted with some nice nappa leather and alcantara :) Already boxed up and on its ways to the trimmer.

Wheel ready for trimming by James Baker, on Flickr

I managed to get hold of an alcantara/carbon JCW gear knob from my old blue clubby. This fit the 3rd gen, the stock gaiter is just a little tight so I will get a custom on made up to match.

JCW alcantara fear knob by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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So after a good old think last night, I know the direction I want to take the F56. So today I started stripping off all the arches, sideskirts, front bumper, grills etc for the new parts which should arrive tomorrow.

I'm not going to fit the Pro front splitters I have coming, I've decided a big front lip is needed with a big wing to balance it out. I'm making a list of parts ready to order tomorrow.
Stripping down the F56 was pretty easy, surprised how many clips didnt break but its only just 3 years old so not had time to go brittle yet.

Note that rear diffuser/bumper section is a bitch to remove, I might just take the rear bumper off to get it done as struggled with it on the car and it was the only bit that defeated me today.

Prep for new arches by James Baker, on Flickr

Once I've cleaned up the cc'd arches they will be for sale if anyone is interested, I will get a proper for sale thread this week.

Prep for new arches by James Baker, on Flickr

While it was apart I took the opportunity to spray the brace that sits behind the front grills chilli red so it matches the other bits on the car.

Prep for new arches by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Rear lights had to come off to remove the rear bumper so I could remove the stock diffuser as the clips were really tricky

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Also decided to treat the new arches etc with Gtechniq C4 as it adds a level of protection on new trim

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Need to fit the rear JCW Pro Diffuser before the arches etc go back on the car, so will try and do that today/tomorrow. In the mean time the skirts look so much better with the black trim:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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So after work today I decided to get the pro diffuser fitted, its trickier than I thought as its half bolted in, half bonded.



Lots of tape to hold it in place for 24 hours so the glue can set



I got a little excited and worked in the dark refitting the arch trims and side skirts, will get some better photos once the rear is dry, but it already looks a million times better without the cc'd arches:



I have spare light surrounds, door handles and petrol cap on the way incase I decide to CC'd those, dont fancy black as everyone goes black now you can get them from Mini, I may even keep some chrome.
 

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The tape will be coming off the diffuser later today, thought I would give it a full 48 hours just to be on the safe side.

In the mean time I've had a sneak preview of my steering wheel from LederManZ (Grigul_Design) out in Latvia, its on its way back in the post and should land next week. Ive had the following done to an S wheel as it seemed pointless cutting up my JCW one:

  • Flat bottom added with thicker padding
  • Re-trimmed in napa leather with alcantara
  • Red details including stitching and centre band
Here was the before image:

Wheel ready for trimming by James Baker, on Flickr

Here is the after:


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I also a sports aerial today from Mini, these small tweaks are just as important to me as the big ones.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr


I have an order going in today with Orranje for a significant amount of stuff, the boxes would not fit in a Mini all at once. Plenty of performance parts in that order, Im not just tweaking visual stuff :)
 

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I can only see the picture of your old steering wheel. Also the pictures from the previous post are not showing for me. Everything before that is fine. Maybe it's just me...
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Tape is off, will get some better pics once the front bumper is back on. :

Pro diffuser on by James Baker, on Flickr

Pro diffuser on by James Baker, on Flickr

Hope you agree it looks so much better with black arches, however much it pains me with up keep as painted arches are so easy, it does hightlight how high it sits as stock, an issues sorted with above boxes :)

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I can only see the picture of your old steering wheel. Also the pictures from the previous post are not showing for me. Everything before that is fine. Maybe it's just me...
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Thanks ive updated the steering wheel photos, unfortunately this forum doesnt let you edit posts over two days old so can update the in progress fitting photos of the diffuser but the after pictures above are the better ones :)
 

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Yep, thanks, I can see your updates now. The steering wheel looks awesome!
The new diffuser and arches in black look so much better! A lot of work...
 

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That is really nice; not mad on flat bottomed wheels but the leather alcantara mix and the colour contrast is absolutely stunning. Great job!
 

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This morning I spent 30 mins fitting my P3 gauge into a spare vent, this allows the vent to still be used. A much tidier solution than a scangauge/ultragauge stuck on top of the dashboard. I'm also ordering the boost tap which can feed into this gauge as well. Not the easiest of installations as the US vents are different to the UK due to the side they sit on the car so had to be creative. Hopefully I will fit this later in the week as I know the central satnav unit and few other bits need to come out to fit the vent.

P3 gauge by James Baker, on Flickr

More boxes arriving from Orranje, great service as always, plenty of performance parts here, not all about the looks 👍

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Couple of installs over the weekend. Firstly I decided to fit my P3 gauge, not a bad install at all and provides the basic numbers you need it a tidy package.



Then after that I decided to strip down the front end ready to fit the airtec intercooler which is specific to the JCW. The JCW has a shorted aftermarket intercooler than the S due to the lines for the additional coolant rad in the passenger side fog light position running behind the crash bar and a take off connector sticking out into this space. That said the aftermarket JCW intercoolers are still bigger than stock. I went for the Airtec one from Orranje, great price and service as always.

I'm going to give Airtec some feedback on their instructions, they miss out some steps and also have them in the wrong order but I managed to get the job done, its a lot more involved than either the 1st/2nd gen intercooler installs although its good to know that technically you can install this without cutting any other components etc so easy to put back to stock if that bothers you.

So Friday night I left it in this state, theres a lot to come off the car before you can get the stock cooler out.



Saturday I set about removing the stock intercooler for a side by side comparison:



Installation from this point wasn't too bad and it was then a case of reversing the steps:



Today I took it out for a test drive and the P3 gauge shows the intercooler doing its job as expected. The car is currently looking a little messy right now as I am missing a number of bits which are off at the body shop.

The black bumper bar is being smoothed and freshened up
Front/rear light rings, petrol cap and door handles are all being cc'd, everyone has black handles now they are on offer from Mini so want something a little different
The tailgate handle is being debadged/smoothed and painted in body colour too



Next week the full exhaust system and coilovers should be delivered
 

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More parcels arriving this week, this time my exhaust purchased through Orranje. Its a Remus Valvetronic exhaust, its the V1 of their exhaust for the F56, which only lists as being compatible with the Cooper S however there are no differences between the S and JCW therefore it should fit. I decided to go the route of V1 over V2 as its what I had previously and enjoyed the sounds, unsure what changes with V2 could impact the sound as its very different design. Options I have selected include the none resonated centre pipe, 2x 4" genuine carbon fibre exhaust tips to complemented a couple of bits of carbon coming and also the new version of their sound controller. Not only does it have a bluetooth remote, it can also be controlled using my iPhone and programmed to open/close the valve based on revs. Ignore the dusty tips in the pic below:



This will be connected via a scorpion decat down which also arrived a few days ago:



Coilovers should be here later in the week hopefully, opted for BC's with top mounts, they havent let me down previously and are perfect for what I use the car for.

Just need to get it booked in at Millsys to get it all fitted
 
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