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Created: December 12, 2013
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Created: December 12, 2013
Mini Mania is a proud member of the the British Motor Trade Association. We're an industry group organized to keep British car ownership fun and affordable. We're made up of restoration and service shops, dealers, parts manufacturers and rebuilders, parts suppliers - both retail and wholesale - Brit...
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Falken Tire Corporation, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, launched its brand in its native country of Japan in 1983 and was introduced to the North American market two years later. At its inception, Falken was created as the flagship high performance radial brand under Ohtsu Tire and Ru...
Created: December 12, 2013
Mini Detailing  Keep your Classic Mini or MINI Cooper looking shiny and new with our large selection of car care products.  From the interior to the exterior of your precious car we have what you need to get the job finished.  Questions?  Please contact us at 1-800-946-2...
Created: December 12, 2013
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Created: December 12, 2013
Install a Honda VTEC engine in your classic Mini with the Mini Tec VTEC Subframe.More information here: http://vtec.minimania.com/...
Created: December 12, 2013
What: 13th Annual Nevada City Adventure Where: 870 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City, California When: June 1st, 2013 - 8:00am to 4:00pm RSVP on Facebook Here This is a FREE Event! Featuring: * Live Music* FREE Lunch* Car Show* Scenic Driving Tour & Poker Run* DYNO Testing (see below for more ...
Created: December 12, 2013
  Swiftune celebrates its 40th year at the top of Mini motorsport in 2005. .  During that time Swiftune has firmly established itself as the leading Mini race engine builder. Since the 1960’s our engines have been powering Minis to championship and race wins on the national and international stage. ...
Created: November 26, 2013
Enthusiasts Wanted - Mini Enthusiasts that are comfortable in front of a computer. Contributing editors, tech writers and bloggers- all are welcome If you think you know your Mini or at least would like to tell others about your experience with Minis now is your chance to earn money just for being...
Created: November 08, 2013
I started tack welding the shell back together in November and it’s now early March.  I mightbe half way done.  To say it’s been slow going would be an understatement.  To restore a shell, you’ll need some metal frameworkto hold the floor pan otherwise you’ll ...
Created: October 30, 2013
Norman Nelson, organizer of the popular MINI Thunder HPDE event has announced that several of the finest shops in northern California have stepped up and volunteered to provide complimentary (free) pre-tech inspections for all MINI Thunder V participants.  Mini Mania is one of those shops!...
Created: September 10, 2013
Photo Log Part 7 - Mini Mania Crosses America  Click here to view Part  1 Click here to view Part 2 Click here to view Part 3 Click here to view part 4 Click here to view part 5 Click here to view part 6  September 7 2013 One race scheduled for Saturday morning. Don notic...
MINI Thunder III (3) was Good!
Created: February 24, 2012
When we passed the gates at Thunderhill there were already MINIs in the lot, and more slowly trickling in. Eager participants for tomorrows event, The Mini Thunder 3, were arriving to pre-register, have some dinner, and do a little pseudo gambling afterwards when the casino night started.
Sue Stout - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
Hi, my name is Sue Stout, I’m 46 years old and I live outside of Chicago, IL.  My infatuation with MINI started when they first landed in the United States
Dimitris (greece) - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
23 years later I find myself owning 3 Minis including my grandpa's and with no intension to drive another car as a daily runner.
Christian Meyer - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I used it every day to go to college in Guatemala. When this picture was taken I was 22 years old, I am 63 years young today !
Janet Hamma - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I had assembled a specification for the car to replace our Honda Pilot. We had driven over a dozen different cars, all in the 5-door hatchback class. Some were a pretty good fit and looked like candidates - until I heard of the new 4-door MINI.
Leslie Seid - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
y story about my first mini is not too unusual. In fact it is not unusual at all. When I first saw a commercial for the Mini Cooper I knew one thing. I HAD to have a Mini Cooper.
Dan C - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
Well let's see, I can blame my parents for Mini coming into my life. Asa teenager growing up in the UK during the late 80's Mini's were acommon site, especially the bright yellow Clubman 110
Created: June 14, 2011
  I want to say "Thank You" to everyone who participated in our Women & the MINI Contest. If you ever need assistance with your Mini. I'd like to help!Id like to encourage you send us photos of your adventures ANYTIME!So, If you want to send us a Photo, or a Video,Or tell us a St...
Julie Racine - I grew up around Mini's
Created: May 19, 2011
I grew up around Mini’s.  I really don’t think I appreciated how cool they were until a bit later in my life.  As kids growing up in San Jose, CA, my mother drove us all round town in her Austin Mini Woody Wagon.
Tammy Brown
Created: May 16, 2011
I bought another Mini and I drive my JCW everyday with huge smiles and the power is invigorating.
Amanda Mullins
Created: May 13, 2011
My love of Minis started while I lived in England.  When I first saw Sparks, I knew I had to have her.  She was finicky, but for some reason that made me love her more.
Rachel Bunch
Created: May 13, 2011
We endured years of “MINI ecstasy” at each spotting, and exceptionally unbridled excitement whenever she spotted a red MINI. Perhaps for just as long ago, my wife and I vowed to find the ‘perfect’ MINI for her 16th birthday.
Heather Kunst
Created: May 13, 2011
I have attended almost every Prestige MINI sponsored event and rally since late 2007.
Edna Espasas
Created: May 11, 2011
Hi, My name is Edna Espasas.I bought my Mini Cooper MK II – “Innocenti” in 1969, while leaving in Italy.
Sandia Schley
Created: May 11, 2011
 When he traded in his annual car - he sold her to me for the same price the dealer was giving him as a trade-in. SCORE!!
Lorrie George
Created: May 10, 2011
I have transitioned from a full size van, that I had to drive, to this fabulous Mini Cooper S that I absolutely love. I have a blast driving her!
Melissa Clay
Created: May 09, 2011
The speedometer climbed. The wind noise grew louder. The whine from the supercharger overcame every other noise at that moment. Just a typical vacation at the track. Yes, my 2005 MINI Cooper S named “Madeline” and I travel all across the USA and complete BMW CCA driving schools
Katrina VanTyne
Created: May 09, 2011
It all started 3 years ago in February when I finally bought my beloved MINI Cooper S, Chili Red with racing stripes. I found her through Craig's list and drove down to Boston to meet her.
Ana Lavin
Created: May 09, 2011
my car is a 2008 Mini Cooper S Cabrio.... I   call her mini Lavish as my nickname has been Lavish for the last 30   years and since my Lavish mini is so lavish I thought it only   appropriate to license plate her LAV12H........
Celia Seminerio
Created: May 09, 2011
I guess it all started back in 2006 when I was 15 years old and my dad bought his first MINI, a 2003 Chili Red R50, from a Chevrolet dealership. He had never shown much interest in MINIs before but I really liked them and kept telling him that we need one in our life! 
Rebecca Wells
Created: May 09, 2011
I'm Rebecca Wells and this is ZiggyWe're from Northeast, Ohio (Cleveland Area)
Toni & Carson Rader
Created: May 09, 2011
Toni Rader & Carson Rader-BellPurcellville, VirginiaNo modifications..... yet!but I'm looking for a key for the bumper so it looks like a wind up.No events yet...I'm shy!Member of DC MINI
Julianne Kramer
Created: May 09, 2011
Once I took it for a test drive, however, I WAS IN LOVE!!  Oh!  The power... the control... the cornering... and it's FAST!  I have owned 2 Coopers since 2006.  I absolutely LOVE this car!!
Nicole Heinrich
Created: May 09, 2011
Nicole Heinrich and Lola ('cause she's a showgirl...looks like one anyway!)2003 Mini Cooper S, Indi blue w/white topFerndale, Washington
Charlotte Levitz
Created: May 09, 2011
Hi, I'm Charlotte (we don’t name our cars, we drive them… it’s a bright yellow Mini cooper, it don’t need no name ;) and we live in Bakersfield, CA.
Michelle Clark
Created: May 06, 2011
"Scoot" is a 2005 Mini Cooper S, 6 speed thank you very much! And, as you can see, she's mad for plaid.
Hilary Morrissey
Created: May 06, 2011
My Name is Hilary Morrissey, I will be 21 years old on May 11th, 2011. I live in Missouri where I own a 2003 Indi Blue MINI Cooper.
Nan Oliver
Created: May 03, 2011
Simon and I bought Max - now renamed Norris - at a car auction in Sydney, Australia, in 1977, for $550.
Barb Hansen
Created: May 02, 2011
Im Barb, and this is Emma my Mini.
Jennifer Martin
Created: May 02, 2011
My name is Jennifer. My husband and I have had two classic Mini’s which we bought in England while stationed there for the U.S. Air Force.
 Patricia Bryant
Created: May 02, 2011
Hello, My name is Patricia Bryant and my beautiful Mini is Stella.
Brenda Fromhold
Created: May 02, 2011
I ordered and bought my new '06 MINI in Arlington, TX from Moritz MINI because there's no way I could wait 12 to 15 months for delivery in Washington. I don't know how other MINI enthusiasts in my club waited that long. I would have gone nuts! LOL
Alicyn Drew
Created: May 02, 2011
Tigger is an '06 MINI Cooper S Cabrio, I bought him Jan 15, 2009 from Carmax. I knew very little about MINIs, but I knew, I wanted one. There were two hot orange cabrios on the lot, I picked Tigger because I liked the hood scoop.
Anita Dragan
Created: April 28, 2011
Im Anita from Maryland & I always wanted a MINI. When they were finally imported here, I pored over the website and "built" many versions while I saved up a downpayment. Then I built and ordered my dream car.
Megan Squires
Created: April 28, 2011
I love my Mini! It's my daily driver. She's been lowered and has an aftermarket intake and exhaust. Hotchkis 19mm rear sway bar and lower rear adjustable control arms.
Wendy Anderson
Created: April 28, 2011
I am so proud to introduce you to my mini:" Shroder." I met him in May 2005 and instantly fell in love!
Deborah Lavell
Created: April 28, 2011
2006 Cooper S..her name is MINIrva..Got her for my  50th birthday. For myself.Used but perfect.
Julie Gross
Created: April 27, 2011
My name is Julie Gross. I am from Philadelphia, PA. You can find a bunch of photos with me and my MINI and I have a very MINI and Classic Mini history.
Kerri Bailey
Created: April 27, 2011
For twenty years this car was sitting in my parents’ barn. When my dad asked if I wanted it, I leapt at the chance!
Ellie Tompson
Created: April 27, 2011
I have wanted a Mini Cooper since they first came out, but wanted that 'electric blue' color, the sun roof, S model and all one color.
Christi Boggs
Created: April 27, 2011
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Ashley Poeppel
Created: April 27, 2011
My name is Ashley Poeppel, and my car's name is Zippy. He is a 2005 Cooper hatchback, automatic. We live in Monroe, WA.
Created: February 04, 2009
 Posted by: David Kiley on February 03 Chris Bangle, the head of design for the BMW Group since 1992 and one of the most controversial and well-known designers in the auto industry, resigned his post on Monday, according to the company. His exit, say people familiar with the company, ...
Created: January 23, 2009
by Jeremy Korzeniewski on Jan 22nd 2009 at 7:58PM Click above for a high-res interior walkthrough of the R56 MINI Cooper Since being revived back in 2001, the MINI brand has been nothing short of a design icon. But, as is the case with many slaves to fashion, it turns out that...
Created: October 30, 2008
Autumn leaves are falling, is your Mini covered? Natural Hazards To Your Mini Cooper Paint: Did you know that even non-industrial chemical sources can be hazardous to your paint? Splattered bugs, bird droppings, and dead autumn leaves all have the ingredients for a destructive chemical mess...
Created: August 28, 2007
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Created: July 29, 2014
The Mini Mania Free Shipping Promotion is a limited time offer with the following qualifications:
Created: June 06, 2014
Nevada City Adventure 2014 Review
Created: June 04, 2014
We've been in the business of providing parts and accessories for the original Classic Mini Coopers since 1974, and as a result Mini Mania is the largest US supplier of parts for the Classic Mini.
Created: April 17, 2014
This Package special for VTEC B-series engine conversion kit for the Mini includes almost everything you will need to upgrade your Mini to accept a Honda VTEC engine.
Created: April 16, 2014
Mini Mania’s Nevada City & Grass Valley self-guided tour Friday May 30th 2014
Created: April 08, 2014
Mini Mania History Photo Gallery
Created: March 28, 2014
Making a small patch for the inner fender well and one for the underside of the cowl on our 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S.
Created: March 14, 2014
Picking_Through_the_Parts
Created: March 14, 2014
Visiting Heritage Garage
Created: March 10, 2014
Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure. A Great Meetup Opportunity for your MINI Customers
Created: February 24, 2014
Mk1 Mini restoration for a first timer
Created: February 21, 2014
Founded in 1974, Mini Mania first presented itself on the Internet in 1996. Always a leader in information and customer service, the Internet was and continues to be a great means of giving more to our friends and customers.
Created: February 18, 2014
This event represents a great early summer meeting opportunity for your club members.
New Products
Created: December 12, 2013
New Mini Cooper Products
Mini Tec Honda VTEC Conversion Kit and Accessories
Created: December 12, 2013
Mini Tec Honda VTEC Conversion Kit and Accessories
Gift Ideas Over $50
Created: December 12, 2013
Gift Ideas for the Mini Cooper Over $50
Gift Ideas Under $50
Created: December 12, 2013
Gift Ideas for the Mini Under $50
Chrome
Created: December 12, 2013
Chrome Accessories for your Mini Cooper S
Classic Mini Tires
Created: December 12, 2013
Classic Mini Tires Choose from a wide selection of Classic Mini tires and dress up your Mini! From factory replacements to aftermarket upgrades we have tires to suit your every need! Various styles and sizes available.
Created: December 12, 2013
Minilite Wheels, made by the original manufacturer in Great Britain since 1962 are available through Mini Mania ...
Created: December 12, 2013
While the classic Mini is remarkable in it's interior space it is not our of the ordinary to need or want that just little bit more. When you want a roof rack or a trailer hitch Mini Mania will be there for you.
Created: December 12, 2013
If you own a Classic then you obviously have great taste and everyone knows it. Choosing the right Classic Mini graphics allows you to express your personal and unique style. From decals and badges to roof graphics and exterior accessories, Mini Mania has a huge selection of Classic Mini graphics to fit nearly all tastes and budgets. Click on a box below to see applicable products. Questions? Give us a call at 1-800-946-2642. We would be happy to assist you!
Created: December 12, 2013
Taking your Mini into the modern Mobile communications word just got easier!
Created: December 12, 2013
Valentine's day gift guide will provide some simply ideas of how to express you care for some near to you.
Created: December 12, 2013
ARP studs, nuts and bolts are the leaders in performance hardware
Created: December 12, 2013
The Classic Mini suspension design was far ahead of it's time with advanced driving attributes long before most vehicles. Maintenance and upgrades will assure you of continued enjoyment
Created: December 12, 2013
In the early 70’s, an engineer came up with the idea of an electronic ignition system that would replace the points and condenser in distributors. The Ignitor® was born and after patenting the product, Per-Lux started manufacturing systems.
Created: December 12, 2013
KYB Corporation produces a variety of ride control, hydraulic, and electronic products for use as original equipment and replacement parts in automobiles
Created: June 26, 2013
This article has moved to another webpage.  Click here for our Mini Identification Guide. Thanks!...
Created: October 19, 2012
Tell us what you think about the new website and get 10% off* your next order!   Site-Wide Features Improved Global Site Search New Site Layout/Design/Colors See Your Recently Viewed Items Easy to find Login Shopping Cart Summary Product Features New Detail Screens ...
Nancy Ambrosiano - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I bought my MINI Cooper from a couple in Taos, NM who were moving to Costa Rica. She's a stylin' silver S, 2006, 6 speed, with just about every bell and whistle
Neal Parish - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
My first day with my MINI was October 2, 2003.  That's the day I picked her up from Brian Harris MINI in Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- and started my 2400+ mile, 72-hour, drive back to Oakland
Deborah Lavell - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
As I sat in the drivers seat and turned to take hold of steering wheel I realized the car fit perfectly. I am not too tall and my legs reached pedals and my ass and I could see perfectly over the dash.
Vickie Casacca - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I am so thrilled that the Mini Cooper and I have the same birthday month which could be why I have two of them.
Mary Jamieson - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
You know...I burst into tears of joy and surprise and do so every day I drive my MINI!   The picture captures the moment I realize this is my car!!! Thank you!
Duane Francis - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I had been wanting to buy my first Mini for years and I had spent a lot of time searching through the listings on MM and eBay
Glenn Windsor - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I found my Mini in a wreck yard in Maryland back in 1966 or 67. It had new brakes and wasn't rusted but was dirty inside and outside with faded paint.
Rose Truman
Created: April 29, 2011
Hi, My name is Rose Truman and I currently reside in Lake Worth, FL. I have 2 minis in my family and I love both of them.
"Wild Target" stars a Mini Cooper, and a hitman.
Created: February 16, 2011
Wild Target" stars a Mini Cooper, and a hitman. I’ll be darned if I wasn’t grinning from ear to ear through most of “Wild Target,” a daffy British crime farce that didn’t play Madison theaters, but was released on DVD a couple of weeks back
VTEC Video
Created: June 11, 2008
Some videos of Vtec Mini's on the track and on the dyno.
Created: December 12, 2013
Great Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads!
Created: September 10, 2003
Finished result Parts included in decal kit Items needed: car wash, clean water, soap spray, squeegee, silicon remover/grease remover 1. Do not apply while c...
Created: March 28, 2014
Mini floor repairs
Created: March 28, 2014
Aligning The Front End
Created: March 28, 2014
Our next step was to get back to the metalwork. The left front fender had been crumpled and badly repaired. The grille/headlight surround panel had actually been ripped in half and also poorly repaired.
Created: March 28, 2014
The rear suspension was even simpler than the front, as there are no half shafts to deal with.
Created: March 28, 2014
Finishing the Flooring
Created: March 14, 2014
Pressure Washing the Tub
Created: March 14, 2014
Assessing the Remains
Created: March 14, 2014
Stripping Down the Little Body
Created: March 14, 2014
Project Introduction: 1967 Mini Cooper S
Created: February 22, 2006
The SU Reference Catalog is actually a collection of the SU Workshop Manual and SU Reference Catalog with a Burlen Fuel Systems Brochure and pri...
Tuning the A-Series Engine - Book Review
Created: February 22, 2006
I was a little skeptical at first at what Vizard had to offer beyond what I thought was a very complete "How to Modify Your Mini" book which I have had for well over a decade. I had heard that Vizard’s "Tuning the A-Series Engine" was quite the wealth of information but having never read it my...
Created: January 17, 2006
Thinking that the “Heritage Motor Center’s” publication “Mini Derivative Models 1964 to 1991” was going to be a paper-back publication of photographs & stories that I could read on my next plane trip she was kind of disappointed when a CD came in the mail. This seemingly innocuous Compact disk with it’s image of a Moke on the cover belies that which lies within…….. ‘You can’t tell a book by its cover’ nor seemingly a CD either.
Book Review, Tuning the A-Series Engine
Created: December 31, 2005
Vizard shatters the myths and makes sure you get all of the theory along the way. The A-series engine is the example, and he’s built a reputation around it, but his techniques and your learning go way beyond this single family of engines.
Created: December 28, 2005
With a car a few years older than myself, we are both realizing that we are not quite as young as we once were and are requiring a little more maintenance to run down the highway with the younger, sleeker models.  I got into owning an older vehicle knowing full well that the two of us would hav...
Created: July 02, 2002
  MG Rover halts production to clean up after Cat Logistics! MG Rover halted auto production in the middle of last June (2002) in order to play parts catch up with dealer repair shops. Parts were drop ...
Created: June 14, 2002
MINI CENTERFOLD  If you happen to pick up the June issue of Playboy you'll have the nice surprise of finding a very sexy centerfold....of a MINI COOPER S. MINI has graciously included a three page fold-out centerfold of a hot looking dark silver (with black roof) COOPER S. As w...
Upgrading Mini Brakes
Created: February 01, 2011
Over 5 million Minis have been made, most of them before 1985 when front disc brakes were standardised. Previously, standard Minis were fitted with drum brakes all round, adequate in light traffic but prone to fall out of adjustment, not very progressive unless recently overhauled, and not up to the quick responses needed to avoid accidents in modern high-density traffic.
Warped Rotors Means Pulsing Brakes
Created: December 09, 2009
When you apply the brakes, you feel a pulsation through the brake pedal and even the steering wheel. You wonder how the brakes and steering are interconnected and what is causing the pulsation. How can it be prevented, and how can it be corrected? And most important, is it a safety issue?The cause o...
Mini Front Wheel Bearing Seal
Created: March 08, 2009
Question:"Im replacing my front wheel bearings on my 78 leyland. (drum brakes) I fitted the new bearings and seals and went to fit in the drive flange and i noticed the seal is too big to seal on the flange. Is there a sleeve or spacer that the seal seals on?" Answer:"Yes there is a tapered collar ...
Created: January 27, 2006
Founded in 1978, the EBC Brakes Group is still a private company owned exclusively by the current managing director Andy Freeman. From its early days of being one of the pioneers of the disc brake pad aftermarket for motorcycles since they were first introduced on motorcycles in 1976, EBC Brakes has grown to be a worldwide group with strengths in every area of the brake industry.
BRAKES - Pipe end flares
Created: July 24, 2003
  One day I'm going to have to try and assess just how it is that every now and again I get a 'run' on folks asking me about a specific problem. These problems exist all year round, year in, year out. And said problems crop up thr...
BRAKES - Rear brake bias adjustment
Created: December 13, 2000
The other 4-way valve on the bulkhead on later cars (part number FAM7821) is frequently wrongly identified as one of the above as they are similar. However, this unit does not have the electrical connection, and has a cylinder sticking out one end. This IS a brake pressure regulator, only fitted to front/rear split systems as far as I'm aware. The PDWA is built into the master cylinders in these applications.
BRAKES - Fitting discs and required ancillaries 
Created: December 10, 2000
What you actually need for the disc/drum conversion is pretty straightforward. Disconnect the steering arms, top and bottom swivel-pins, CV joint, and flexible brake pipes at the subframe - that’s it. There are, however, a number of ancillaries to consider.
BRAKES - Split brake systems and adjustable bias valves
Created: December 08, 2000
You can only use the MS72 adjustable brake regulator/bias valve with a front/rear split system. Definitely NOT the diagonal split type (for identification see 'Brakes - Rear brake bias adjustment'). These should have been 'X-ed' at birth.
Camshafts
Created: April 09, 2014
Acronyms used in the cam grinding industry.
Created: March 25, 2014
Choosing The Right Timing Set For Your Engine
Created: February 25, 2014
Camshaft selection can be as complicated as you like, but for the ultimate performance, even if that means best gas mileage requires that you consider the entire envelope that the camshaft will work within. Non-technical issues such as intended application (street, race, milage or??), budget, expected RPM range, etc must be considered along with technical things like compression ratio, Cylinder head and valve sizes, exhaust system, carburetion, etc.
CAM TIMING - Basic Notes
Created: February 04, 2011
To avoid lots of swearing and unnecessary damage, check the timing gears slide neatly onto their respective bosses. If tight, first check for any high spots in the gear bores and key-way slots. Clean out using with fine emery cloth, medium Wet 'n' Dry paper, or some such.
C-AJJ3327 Installation Notes
Created: March 06, 2006
'A' Series BMC IMPORTANT Supplied are 2 screws. Replace the original bolts with screws after modifying cover plate. Manufacturer's Statement: Rollmaster are C.N.C. machined, high tensile steel sprockets using double row O6B-2 chain. Care must be taken to inspect key & keyways & shafts f...
Camshaft Theory by Elgin
Created: January 28, 2006
Considerable information has been recorded about numerous aspects of the four stroke internal combustion engine. Nevertheless, only a small percentage of people really understand how it works and even fewer still know how to modify an engine to suit their needs. I will try to simplify this complex subject by discussing some basic principles that may be overlooked or misunderstood by the average person. First, it is very important to understand the relationship between piston travel directions and valve timing events. The reason this relationship is important is because it is one of the few things that is relatively easy to adjust/change. The camshaft which opens and closes the valves makes ONE complete revolution (360 degrees) while the crankshaft moving the piston up and down the cylinder rotates TWICE (720 degrees). Camshaft timing is usually expressed in terms of crankshaft degrees relative to the piston location in the cylinder. That is, relative to Top Dead Center (TDC) and Bottom Dead Center (BDC), respectively. Note that during the four strokes of a piston in an internal combustion engine the crankshaft will rotate 720 degrees and the piston will be at each TDC and BDC twice.
Kent Camshaft Fitting Rules
Created: January 27, 2006
The installation and first few moments of running are critical factors in the life of the camshaft and the following instructions have been devised in order to obtain maximum performance from the engine and to ensure a long and trouble free life from both the camshaft and associated components. These points are designed to be used in conjunction with the original manufacturers installation procedure.
Who is Kent Camshafts
Created: January 27, 2006
Established in the late 1970’s, Kent Performance Cams has grown from a fledgling idea nurtured by two engineers - Bob Munt and Bob Fry - into a world renowned specialist camshaft manufacturing team, a camshaft manufacturing house that was capable of producing competition engine components within strict quality control criteria whilst still remaining cost effective, a policy we still pursue to this day.Bob Fry - who took full control of the company in 1989 - has since taken a back seat in the running of the company leaving the existing management team - Tony Woodward, Andy Burns, Malcolm Hawkins and Graham Watts - as the primary Directors responsible for further growth of the company. Other key employees include Sales Manager Del Johnson, whose automotive experience spans thirty years.
Kent Camshaft Timing
Created: January 27, 2006
Kent Camshaft Timing methods. For many years the most commonly used method has involved establishing top dead center (TDC) as a datum (zero degrees) and positioning your camshaft with its inlet valve at maximum lift at a given position relative to this datum.
Winterize Your Mini - MC2
Created: October 14, 2011
A little web searching will turn up lots of generic, top ten lists of things to do to winterize your car. Most are just common sense; not all apply to Minis; and what you do will vary depending upon whether you are going to store the car for a few months, or if your Mini, like my daily driver, lives outside all the time.
Club News
Created: December 03, 2012
  December 2012 Happy December and Happy Holidays, MINI5280!       There are still a few events left in the year! On December 15th, we have the Annual Children's Hospital MINI Toy R...
Created: November 29, 2012
  Southern California MINI Maniacs   December 2012 TOP STORY'Of Burro Tails and Pirate Sails'      The MINI Maniacs returned to Laughlin in November. The weeken...
Created: November 02, 2012
  November 2012 Happy November, MINI5280!      In this month's newsletter, we reflect back on our fun Yalla Yalla event as well as look forward to another event this Saturday! This t...
Created: March 14, 2014
Time for a Clutch
Mini Flywheel and Clutch Identification
Created: March 08, 2009
The pressure plate on the left is called a 'spring' type as typically found on early 850cc engines. The one on the right is called a 'diaphragm' type. While the pressure plates are NOT interchangeable on the flywheel itself. Either flywheel can be use on any engine assuming to keep it the th
Primary gear question and answers.
Created: February 26, 2009
SUBJECT: MiniMania.com: primary gear clearance NOTE: chuck or don  hope you can give me some direction.the clearance on my primary gear is .021 inches do i need to replace the front and rear primary gear bushings? thanks for your help.    Robert,    .021" is about 3 time...
Mini Cooper Verto Clutch Information
Created: August 06, 2008
This article has been written owing to the increasing amount of people who ring Mini Spares stating that their 1275cc Injection type Mini will not start after fitting a new clutch, especially when they have purchased the parts from another supplier, usually a motor factoring company, rather than a Mini specialist.. There are 2 types of Pressure plates, namely AP (Automotive Products) and Valeo.
Clutch - Drive Strap Alignment
Created: May 29, 2003
If the pressure plate clutch plate friction face needs re-surfacing, get it machined to clean it up. Make sure the engineering company doing the job records the amount taken off, as the recorded amount needs removing from the tops of the 'horns' that stick up to ensure proper clamping force is achieved.
FULLY-FLOATING PRIMARY GEAR BUSH
Created: August 28, 2002
Countless Mini enthusiasts have been dogged by primary gear bush hassles on 1275-based engines - in particular the one nearest the block (the front one). Worn ones are expensive and difficult to replace for the DIY-er because they need machining to the correct size, a job that needs to be done very accurately - a particular problem for over-seas enthusiasts. Racers from all disciplines are all too familiar with the bush spinning in the gear - usually jamming the gear so no drive gears can be selected and sometimes rendering the gear useless; replacement of which is very costly.
Clutch Checking (Pre Verto)
Created: February 24, 2001
Maybe your Mini clutch is working fine. Maybe you’re starting to notice that the master cylinder fluid is going down slowly. Maybe the action just doesn’t seem the same. Maybe you are hearing some noises you don’t remember hearing before.
DIAPHRAGM SPRING - Pre-Verto types
Created: December 04, 2000
These are the shallow cone-shaped objects that the release bearing pushes on, with a steel band (disc spring) on the underside that presses against the flywheel. This provides the clamping force on the clutch plate that ultimately passes the torque/horsepower to the wheels (via the gearbox of course!). This component is therefore available with various different spring rates/tensions dependent on the application.
DIAPHRAGM SPRING - Verto types including injection
Created: December 04, 2000
The Verto/Valeo type diaphragm included the pressure plate in its assembly, much like a 'normal' car set-up. The spring being of the 'finger' type as opposed to the disc spring used on earlier, three-piece assemblies. There were originally three diaphragm specifications using progressively stronger springs - small-bore, big-bore, and Metro Turbo.
Community
Created: August 13, 2013
On August 3rd, MINI of Grand Rapids organized an attempted world record breaking meeting of the MINIs!  848 cars crossed the Mackinac Bridge!  Below are some photos and experiences from participants: As the owner of two MINIs and one Mini, this was actually my (our) first MINI event. Le...
Created: August 01, 2013
2014 Classic Mini Calendar Winners Cover - Carl H. 1961 Austin Se7en   January - Carl H. 1961 Austin Se7en February - Lucas V. 1981 Austin Mini 1000HL   March - Erwin V. 1982 Austin Mini Van 1000   April - Kristina A. Classic Mini Group Shot May - R...
Created: July 30, 2013
Share on Facebook     Below you will find a list of service shops that may be able to service your Mini.  If you have a shop and you would like to be added to this list please email us here.  Please include your shop name, address, phone number and website if applicable....
Created: July 25, 2013
Do you speak fluent Spanish and English? In an effort to reach out more effectively to Mini owners and customers in Latin America we are seeking someone to work with us on marketing promotions on a periodic basis.  Many messages can get lost in translation, we want to be sure that our messages...
Created: July 15, 2013
This past weekend, MINI lovers came together to take part in an exciting Funkhaha/Carnival held by MINI of Concord!  To celebrate their 5th anniversary MINI of Concord invited the general public to come take their chances at a challenging obstacle course and inventive carnival games.  Thre...
Created: April 29, 2013
2014 Classic Mini Calendar Contest Entries The entry period has ended and the voting period has arrived!  Vote for your favorite submissions on Facebook here. Norm N. - 1964 Mini Cooper Sport Sedan   Jesse N. - 1973 Mini Cooper Sport Sedan   Arnold V. - 1986 Mi...
Created: April 25, 2013
2014 Classic Mini Calendar Contest ****The entry period has ended and the voting period has arrived!  Vote for your favorite submissions on Facebook here. Mini Mania invites you to submit your photographs as part of our 2014 Classic Mini Calendar Contest! We are welcoming submi...
Created: April 25, 2013
No Purchase, Payment or Entry Fee Necessary to Enter or to Win. A Purchase Will Not Improve Your Chances of Winning. Contest is Subject to All Federal, State and Local Laws, Rules and Regulations and is Void Where Prohibited. The Contest is open to all amateur artists/photographers (i.e.,...
Created: April 04, 2013
We are excited to announce that we have secured a Mini car corral for this year's Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival to be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 and Sunday, May 19, 2013!  Come join the fun, meet other mini enthusiasts and show off your car!  You are also invited to visi...
Radiator Options for the Mini
Created: December 03, 2013
The cooling system in the Mini has used the same basic style radiator since it's begining in 1959 up until the introduction of the twin point injected cars when the radiator was moved to the front of the car.
Oil Coolers
Created: February 03, 2011
In the past, fitting an oil cooler was mandatory once an engine had been even slightly uprated. The main cause for this was the quality of Motor Oils available at that time. If the oil temperatures exceeded a specific point, then engine failure was almost guaranteed.
Cooling: Controlling water temperature
Created: July 23, 2003
The introduction of the Cooper S proved to be a testing time for the Mini's systems, but conveniently provide a guideline as to what the standard cooling system was capable of - that used on the 'S' was marginal to say the least! It wasn't uncommon for many S's to spew water from their overflow p
COOLING - How it works
Created: January 25, 2001
Very few understand just what the cooling system does and how it does it, and that incompatibility between the cooling system's capability and an upgraded engine can spell disaster for the new engine.
Cylinder Head
Do I need to do a Valve Job?
Created: April 25, 2014
Most motors will go at least 80,000 miles before "needing a valve job"! But what are the signs? How do I determine if I really need it? Do I do it myself or pay a local machine shop.
Created: March 14, 2014
Restoration of a mini Cooper S typically starts with the cylinder head.
Created: January 15, 2014
Valve stem seals
Valve Stem Keepers
Created: October 10, 2011
Call them cotters, collets or keepers, these little items are often overlooked during a head rebuild.  If yours are worn and need to be replaced, make sure you order the right ones.  Minis used three different versions over the years. In general, the earliest cars used valves with a singl...
Cylinder head - What can easily be achieved
Created: February 03, 2011
The engine build I recently covered in previous Mini Magazine issues developed into a bit of an ongoing 'project'. During a discourse with the editorial staff at Mini Mag, it was decided the build feature presented an ideal opportunity to demonstrate just exactly what such an engine build is capable of in days where it's generally believed you have to have an all-singing, all-dancing 1380cc engine to have an enjoyable road burner - leaving those with very limited budgets a little depressed.
C-AEA526 DUAL VALVE SPRING FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
Created: March 16, 2005
This valve spring set has been developed to fit standard sized top caps, and cope with high rpm and high valve lifts without crushing of up to 0.570” without modifications, when fitted to a cylinder head that has standard or near standard valve spring heights. However, where possible...
Cylinder head - Combustion chamber shape
Created: February 09, 2004
This addendum to the Cylinder Head section was fueled mainly by pictures of combustion chamber shapes and folk's excitement at what they could possibly do for them. It is also prompted by the 'new isn't always great' teaching. So what's in these varying and dramatically different chamber shapes?
Cylinder head - Identification by casting number
Created: October 27, 2003
  Number Inlet dia. Exhaust dia. Nominal cc Standard fitment 2A628 1.0625"/26.99 1.00"/25.4 24.5 850, 998 Mini & 948 Sprite 2A629 1.0625"/26.99 1.00"/25.4 24.5 948, A35 & Morris Minor 12A1456 1.0625"/26.99 1.00"/25.4 24.5 850, 998 Mini & 948 Spr...
Cylinder head - Min Tec head range
Created: October 27, 2003
  Cylinder head - Min Tec head range   I'm often asked about the range of cylinder heads I do for Mini Spares/Mini Mania, so here's the low-down…   Although the following range of heads ac...
Drivetrain
Created: March 14, 2014
Changing Our Mini's Rings and Pinion Gears
Electrical
Turn Signal & light Switches
Created: April 07, 2014
Finding the correct turn signal indicator switch and, or light switch is best done by visually matching up the current switch from the chart listed below.
Created: March 28, 2014
Next up was the generator and starter motor
Created: May 24, 2013
Information and Overview of the Mini Cooper Wire harness
Created: March 07, 2013
In Canada, MK III minis were imported with what was then an excellent new feature, "Hazard Lights." Sometimes called 4-way flashers, this switch allows the turn signal lamps of both left and right sides of the car to work at the same time regardless of the ignition being turned on. There i...
Improving Your Mini Cooper Gas Mileage
Created: August 06, 2008
Most engines (and all Minis) use an electric spark to start the burning of the fuel/air mixture which in turn powers the car.  If the engine is to run properly this ‘electric spark’ must happen at the exact right time. Setting your timing means you adjusting the time the plug fires ...
Troubleshooting Lucas Points
Created: May 14, 2008
Troubleshooting Lucas Points The following document discusses the operation of the basic “points type” ignition system. Included are steps to troubleshoot the ignition system. This document presents a negative ground system only. Please read the Theory of Operation section before attempting to troubleshoot your ignition system.
Smiths Voltage Stabilizers - REVISED
Created: May 14, 2008
The following document discusses the operation of the basic Smiths voltage stabilizer as used to operate electrical gauges on British vehicles. Methods of replacement and testing are also discussed.
Voltage Stabilizer
Created: May 02, 2008
Supplemental Information & Instructions for C34770A Voltage Stabilizer, Negative Ground 13H3554 Voltage Stabilizer, Positive Ground A Little History Many British cars produced through the mid 1960s have moving-iron gauges that are fed directly from the battery through a wire th...
Lamp Bar Installation Instructions
Created: May 14, 2007
Installation InstructionsRemove grille and overriders (if fitted the overriders can't be refitted) Remove the center fixing nut from the bumper, fit the center support bracket using the bumper nut and washer, bending the bracket towards the apron mark off and drill hole after offering bar up. Loosel...
King Bearings
Created: March 28, 2014
Founded in 1960, King Engine Bearings is a world-class developer and manufacturer of engine bearings for automobiles, light to heavy-duty trucks, marine, aviation, standby power and other types of internal combustion engines. King’s only product is engine bearings. As a result of its specialization and focus, the company is recognized for producing the highest quality engine bearings available in the market today.
Created: March 28, 2014
Our engine had been rebuilt, our ancillaries completed, and our subframes restored, so we decided to combine all the pieces together to try to run our Mini without attaching the body
Created: March 14, 2014
Starting Our Mini's Engine Rebuild
Created: March 14, 2014
Building the lower End
Engine Cost Estimator Mini Cooper
Created: February 28, 2014
Estimate the cost to have us build your dream Mini Cooper engine
Created: January 27, 2014
The proper end gap assures a good combustion seal (minimum blowby) and allows adequate clearance between the ends of the rings so they do not butt up against each other and cause the rings to scuff or bind.
Created: October 09, 2012
Minis, with their A series integrated tranny / oil pan arrangement, are sometimes difficult to bolt to a common engine stand.  Some of the best Mini engine builders use engine stand plates of their own making.  It’s not a common part and these can’t be found easily.  There...
Flywheel Problems
Created: September 11, 2012
When installing a flywheel onto a engine/crankshaft I strongly recommend that you "lap the interface surface" between the flywheel and crank. The objective of this process is to insure an absolute perfect fit on the tapper. If for any reason this is not the case you will probably NOT be able t...
Motor Oils - It Is So Very Misunderstood - part 2
Created: August 23, 2011
I think it is time to go over passenger car automotive engine oils in detail. I will be writing several articles to be published soon so I will try to get some of it out here. I feel this is a very general topic for all car owners on this board.
Engine Stabliz
Lower Engine Stabilizer, MSSK1
Created: January 30, 2000
This kit is designed to greatly improve engine stability on all Minis, and derivatives utilizing the engine and front subframe assembly from the Mini. It is particularly useful on the later rod - change type gearbox
Mini engine stabilizer steady bar, MSSK1300
Created: January 30, 2000
This is an auxiliary steady bar kit and should not be used to replace any other standard fitment parts that have broken. 2.Remove the radiator support bracket from the radiator and the thermostat housing.
EXHAUSTS - BASIC INFORMATION
Created: February 02, 2011
The sheer volume and diversity of bolt on goodies available for our cherished Minis underlines the fact that a very large portion of them is modified in some way. Be it just dress up items to personalise it aesthetically, or tuning parts to improve performance.
Exhaust manifold types and applications
Created: August 10, 2010
All is not what it seems. The most popular isn’t necessarily the best. Size is everything, before buying examine the relevant table carefully, and remember my motto - ‘tuning is a balance between what’s possible and what’s necessary’. Shape’s also a consideration - poor fabrication reduces effectiveness.
Maniflow Exhaust Manifolds & Systems
Created: January 28, 2006
Manflow have a wealth of experience in developing and manufacturing exhaust systems and parts for a whole host of vehicles. We pride ourselves in the manufacture of race-specification exhaust systems for modern cars and historic vehicles.
Exhausts - Sizing and styles
Created: February 09, 2004
  Now I just know I'm going to make myself very unpopular with an array of people by doing this article, but I can't help myself.  It is something that plagues me continually.   It does not seem to matter which way I try and explain it, or how I represent it, I always m...
Catalytic Converter Information
Created: September 30, 2003
  The exhaust header for all the new MINI's from BMW have the catalytic converter built into them.  The replacement of the original stock header with any aftermarket header is limited by the Federal Clean Air act, as outlined below.  Thus it muct be understood that replacing a st...
EXHAUST - Manifolds, types available and application.
Created: September 28, 2000
The third stroke, that following the compression stroke, of our four stroke Mini engine is the only one producing power. The other three consume it. Here we’re looking at with exhaust manifolds, so what we need to consider is how to minimise power consumed on the exhaust stroke as the piston pushes the spent gases out.
RC40 exhaust fitting
Created: January 30, 2000
The RC40 system is ready made to fit the original Cooper and Cooper ‘S’ exhaust manifold. This also applies when fitting an RC40 to the maniflow freeflow manifold C-STR816.
Exterior Trim
Lesson in Basic Grille - Mini Grilles Over Time - Information
Created: January 19, 2012
  The following is a quick summary of the basic Mini grilles used on the English made cars and is focused on those grilles still available in reproduction form.
Created: August 18, 2010
Late Classic Mini Cooper Production Information. 1985 to 2000 year models
Created: January 19, 2009
The Mini was invented in 1959. And thank heavens for that, for without it the Sixties would surely not have been possible. How would Twiggy have got around? What would Dudley Moore have done for a car? Even now, nothing made of metal so effortlessly evokes that decade; it's the opening chord of A Hard Day's Night on wheels. And on that topic, never mind who your favourite Beatle was: which was your favourite Beatle's Mini?
Created: April 18, 2008
If you believe the MINI is too small to accommodate some activities, meet the other MINI - the MINI Clubman. Available as a base Cooper model and the hotter Cooper S, it's essentially identical to the MINI Coupe from the nose to the "B" pillar, but from there rearward it has been extended. The w...
Created: December 22, 2006
British Motor Heritage will increase prices effective 1st January 2007. This increase results from increased costs to the business from raw materials and energy costs. The price of steel increased by 13.2% in October and we cannot absorb the impact any longer. Energy costs have also increased dramatically over the last year.
Created: August 03, 2006
Caterpillar Logistics Services and Phoenix Venture Holdings Agree to Sale of MG Rover's Parts Business DESFORD and LONGBRIDGE, United Kingdom, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- - Caterpillar Inc. Subsidiary to Acquire Ownership of Mar...
Created: March 17, 2006
AP Hydraulics, the well-known manufacturer of car brake parts based in Leamington Spa, became the latest to apply to the PPF to be bailed out.
Created: June 07, 2005
An Italian-American company is claiming rights over MG Rover's flagship model in a blow to attempts by the failed British carmaker's administrators to sell off its remaining assets. Qvale Automotive - based in Italy but owned by Bruce Qvale, a San Francisco millionaire, and his family - has told the administrators it was not paid in full for the underlying design of the MG SV supercar and its Italian manufacturing base and wants it back.
Created: April 16, 2005
For many, the demise of MG Rover did not begin last week, nor even last year, but more than 30 years ago, even before what was then the component parts of the UK car industry were nationalised under the British Leyland banner. After more than a decade of declining sales through the 1960s, characterised by outmoded production processes and old-fashioned management practices, Leyland, the conglomerate of world famous car brands such as Austin, Morris, Triumph and Rover, was nationalised in 1975. It soon became
Created: April 14, 2005
MG Sport and Racing is third Rover unit to file for bankruptcy  LONDON: MG Sport and Racing Ltd became the third MG Rover company to file for bankruptcy, appointing on Tuesday PricewaterhouseCoopers as its administra...
What does NPT, BSP etc mean?
Created: September 21, 2010
NPT stands for National Pipe Taper, and is the most common U.S. standard for pipe fittings. NPT fittings are measured on the internal diameter of the fitting.
Created: July 23, 2003
  This is the frequently abused and mis-used stuff dolloped on to bolts/nuts to stop them coming undone. Having seen and heard of many horror stories concerning this stuff, I thought a few words of caution and comm...
Fuel Systems
Created: March 28, 2014
Rebuilding the original 1.25-inch SU carbs.
Created: February 11, 2014
Carburation and Interchanges , What is the correct carburation that you should use on a Mini? Many options can be used, from SU, single, duel, and Weber.
Tuning your WEBER DCOE-Style Carburetor
Created: February 04, 2011
So you have a nifty Weber DCOE or S&K Racing sidedraft carb setup for your vehicle. You're ready to chew gum and kick butt, and you've run out of gum. You bolted on the carb in place of your SUs or Zenith-Stromberg and voila! You have worse gas mileage, and the power gain is slight enough to be psychological.
SU HIF44 & HIF6 Vac pipe take-off
Created: August 17, 2010
On some HIF carbs, the vac take-off located just after the butterfly - that's between the butterfly and the carb to manifold mounting flange - has been eliminated. Instead, the engines these carbs are fitted to use a vac take off in the manifold. The reason for this is again wholly idle emissi...
How to Improve your Mini MPG
Created: May 12, 2008
In today’s’ world of sky high gas prices with no end in sight it is not uncommon for owners to be saying to themselves that it is time to drive the Mini daily to save a little money on fuel cost. When was the last time you checked your gas mileage?
How Colortune Works
Created: May 09, 2008
Understanding the principle by which COLORTUNE works helps in getting the best out of it.  That principle is commonly seen in action or paraffin heaters, gas cookers, or anywhere where a fuel is burnt in air to produce heat or energy.  Combustion at its most efficient produces a clear blue...
 Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned for Better Fuel Economy
Created: December 28, 2007
Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.
Created: August 16, 2007
Mini Mania is proud to announce the opening of the Carb Shop. We now offer in house carburetor rebuilding, specializing in HS & HIF, SU models.
C-STN17 Stage One fitting instructions
Created: June 21, 2007
Although the 998/1300 stage one kits are bolt on parts easily fitted by any person with mechanical knowledge, the following must be understood. 1) The engine will require adjustment/tuning after fitment and specialist equipment or knowledge is required. It is advisable to have the car set up on a ro...
Fun Things
Created: May 20, 2013
  Phil Wicks Racing The Mitty Road Atlanta – Braselton GA – April 26-29, 2013 RACE REPORT The Walter Mitty road races at Road Atlanta is probably the biggest and most significant vintage racing on the east coast. Just as in Formula 1 Grand Prix cars and all forms of ra...
Tell a Joke week! Tell us your Jokes - Mini Mania
Created: August 08, 2012
A good laugh is the best stress buster that one can think of. So it is not surprising that among all the special days in the annual calendar, there is a National Joke Week.
MINI and thier Olympic Contribution
Created: August 07, 2012
British automaker MINI has unleashed a fleet of MiniMINIs onto the field at London’s Olympic Stadium to fetch thrown objects; in this case of the Javelin, Discus, Shot and Hammer variety.
Heritage Motor Centre Certificates & Archive Services
Created: February 16, 2012
A Heritage Certificate is a certified copy of the entry against the chassis number in the authentic factory ledgers.Discover the original numbers and colour scheme, dates of build and despatch, and where available, the details of factory fitted equipment.
Created: February 15, 2012
No excuses! Simply take 10% off the next 72 hours and we will donate another 5% to United Way http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Meet the MINI Countryman’s Classic Cousin, Mini MAX !
Created: March 04, 2011
The Mini MAX is undoubtedly purpose-built, but sensible given Mila's activities, which include publishing his Czech-language publication "OffRoad 4x4 Magazine" blitzing sand dunes in sub-Saharan Africa; and barreling over glacial tundra in Iceland.
BMC Mini Original Commercial!
Created: February 01, 2011
Check out this classic BMC video!
Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2010
Created: January 27, 2011
Best Photo Of 2010 Photo Contest - The Mini has a chance to win it! Vote NOW!
Created: February 18, 2000
Summer is with us once more and the Mini overheating is on everybody's mind, while the temperature gauge won't keep your engine cool at least it will let you know what is happening. To check that it is working correctly With a capillary type gauge (mechanical) Remove the sender unit from the head .Fill a small pot with water and bring to a rapid boil using
Tachometer Conversion
Created: January 30, 2000
Positive to Negative Ground Conversion In addition to the tools required to remove the tachometer from the dash, you will need the following: 1) soldering iron & solder (keep in mind that electronics are heat sensitive, so be careful to use a low-wattage iron or use heat sinks to localize the heat.)
Gearboxes
Created: April 25, 2014
Dog engagement is typically limited to racing applications where fast, precise shifting is needed. Dog gear engagement works by having numerous large teeth or ‘dogs’ that mate into matching openings machined into the opposite surface of the drive gear. Unlike the synchro engagement, there is no synchronizing mechanism to assist in equalizing speed.
Created: March 14, 2014
Putting Our Mini's Transmission Back Together
Created: March 14, 2014
Rebuilding the Shifter Mechanism
Created: February 06, 2014
Evo (Trannex) 1950s design with 1990s engineering and technology - originally done by the inimitable Davc Hirons at Trannex, now under the EVO banner at Mini Spares Centre following their buy-out of all the Mini/Sprite Trannex products some years back now. The only real similarity to the old Sali...
How do I know which transmission my Mini has?
Created: January 20, 2014
It’s really quite easy to tell which generation of gearbox, shift linkage, and axles your Mini has. Let’s say you want to order a replacement but terms like “remote”, “rod-change”, or “pot-joints” have you a little befuddled about just what the heck to order! Let’s very simply describe the three styles of transmissions and axles used in the production of the Classic Mini.
Classic Mini Gearbox Rebuild - Mini Mania Video
Created: March 11, 2011
Classic Mini Gearbox Rebuild - Part 1 Gearboxes may seem complicated but they are very simple in their construction, and surprisingly easy to put together. The main issues are having the right tools to do the job.
Created: June 19, 2008
Gear Box Rebuild Written By GuessWorks Gearboxes may seem complicated but they are very simple in their construction, and surprisingly easy to put together. The main issues are having the right tools to do the job. So here's a list of what you will need. SEE VIDEO HERE Torque Wrench with a...
Created: January 26, 2006
The Quaife Differential powers both drive wheels under nearly all conditions, instead of just one. With an ordinary open differential, standard on most cars, a lot of precious power is wasted during wheelspin under acceleration. This happens because the open differential shifts power to the wheel with less grip (along the path of least resistance). The Quaife, however, does just the opposite. It senses which wheel has the better grip, and biases the power to that wheel. It does this smoothly and constantly, and without ever completely removing power from the other wheel.
C-AEA3240 - REPLACEMENT FULLY-FLOATING PRIMARY GEAR BUSHING
Created: April 15, 2005
Replacing the bushing and machining the bearing surface to give the correct bearing to crank clearance will often not resolve the problem since it is likely the journal itself will be damaged/become over-sized.
Created: March 28, 2014
1967 Mini Cooper S Restoration Project Collaboration
Created: April 23, 2013
How to Tie Your Mini Down to a Trailer When you push, pull or drive the mini onto the trailer, step on the brake pedal and firmly apply the parking brake.  On some minis, especially project cars that have been sitting for years, both actions may have no appreciable effect.  Placin...
Created: February 13, 2013
Installing the T7 Heater in our Mark I Cooper S Republished with permission from cooperroadmini.com The heater was not among the pile of parts that were in the heap we started with on Cooper Road. As we’ve built this Mini, the heater was hardly a priority, but now that the car is pr...
Created: December 28, 2012
* Update: There will be a horsepower challenge and DYNO testing at this year's MINI Thunder Hello all!  For the fourth straight year, Mini Mania is excited to announce that we are a primary sponsor and participant in Stormin' Norman's Mini Thunder!  Join us for this all day track event ...
Mini Tec MTB2 Honda B18C Type R vtec Powered 1976 Mini Clubman. 220hp = SuperFast!
Created: January 30, 2012
We just wanted to share with you our latest build. This is a 1976 Mini Clubman with a JDM Honda B18C Type R Power-plant (about 220hp) using our MTB2 Kit. The Clubman's offer a little more room than the standard round-nosed Minis making for a clean looking and easy installation.
MINI USA Water Pump Recall
Created: January 16, 2012
  In perhaps the largest recall ever announced, MINI USA is recalling every Cooper S and JCW model sold from 2007 to 2011. The recall effects almost all 2007 – 2011 R55, R56, R57 and R60 models with the turbocharged Cooper S engine. For a full list of the cars affected an...
MINI brings a Diesel Countryman .. a Rumor?
Created: January 16, 2012
Since the moment the first MINI diesel was released in Europe, US MINI enthusiasts have been wondering when they could share in the diesel love. It would now appear that the answer is 2013
MINI Clubman Cargo Van revealed
Created: January 05, 2012
MINI intends on showing a cargo van version of the current Clubman in late February at the Geneva Motor Show.
Flash2Pass™ Installation for MINI
Created: October 14, 2011
The Flash2Pass™ transmitter and receiver are designed as a do-it-yourself installation.
Created: January 29, 2000
These mirrors were originally designed to fit Mini doors that already had fixing holes provided by the factory. Depending on YOUR door there are three alternative methods of fitment.
Spark Plugs Overview by NGK
Created: January 21, 2011
This basic guide is designed to assist the technician, hobbyist, or race mechanic in understanding, using, and troubleshooting spark plugs.
Created: February 01, 2006
Is the Ignitor™ a "universal" electronic ignition system? The Ignitor electronic ignition is far from being universal. Each kit is designed specifically for the distributor type. However, our kits will often fit many distributors from the same manufacturer. A kit that has been designed for a particular distributor type may also fit other distributors that use the same point set, cap and rotor. For additional information . 
Created: January 31, 2006
Mounting instructions for the '123ignition' type : 123\MINI-R-V & 123\MINI-R-V-A+ for : all 6 & 12 Volt cars, negative earth only ! IMPORTANT Please read the entire instructions before you begin installation. If after reading you are unsure of the procedure to be followed, plea...
Ignition Tune-Up Kits
Created: March 16, 2005
This visual guide will assist you in finding the right tune up kit for your Mini!
Created: November 23, 2004
Something that came to light during a conversation with a colleague and friend may be worth passing along! It's one of those things that, once ingested, lurks in the dark corners of the mind until a pertinent situation comes along. Such a situation reared its head a couple of weeks back - so now's t...
Created: April 11, 2003
Firstly - re-runs or re-hashes of technical literary prose always brings to light either new, or old forgotten subjects for close scrutiny/re-examination. The arrival of 'A Well Known A-Series Tuning Bible' is no exception...
Created: April 11, 2003
I'd like a pound coin for every time I've been asked about what these are all about and why they are used. Folk seem to hold them in some kind of awe - but they are very simple.
Created: September 26, 2000
Establishing an accurate TDC reference point is of paramount importance when developing and monitoring ignition timing (and cam timing come to that). When an experienced engine builder assembles an engine - no matter whether for road or race - he will establish an accurate TDC indicator that can be used for ignition purposes.
Created: September 25, 2000
Any deviation away from the original standard engine specification, or where a dizzy from another source is used in the engine you have, the ignition timing will generally be different from that set by the manufacturer.
Newton Commerical Mini Interior Trim
Created: January 06, 2014
Newton Commercial interior trim for the Mini range including seat covers, carpets, interior panels and headliners
Created: April 01, 2013
Supplies needed: Vacuum with narrow nozzle Stiff toothbrush Several towels or Microfiber Cloths Vinyl or Leather Cleaner Prima Nourish Leather Treatment Prima Nero Vinyl Treatment or Aerospace 303 Most classic Minis have vinyl seat covers. On occasion, there were cloth bu...
Created: April 01, 2013
Get the Sunvisor Kit Here Given enough time, the sun visors in your mini will begin to sag or flop down into your field of vision regardless if you use them or not. The hinges use a cam lobe system to apply pressure to a metal tube inside the sun visor to keep them where they should be. Hea...
Created: March 12, 2013
Where'd the heater go? The new T7 makes a lot more room for your toes, and a lot more heat for them too. Installing Mini Mania's T7 Lightweight Heater into the Classic Mini Under the dash lurked a multi-tubed Medusa that spat rust and Prestone at all who entered. I lacked the courage to ...
Created: February 18, 2013
 How to Install the Classic Mini Sun Visor Repair Kit SV2021  Given enough time, the sun visors in your mini will begin to sag or flop down into your field of vision regardless if you use them or not. The hinges use a cam lobe system to apply pressure to a metal tube inside the sun viso...
Created: February 16, 2000
Having trouble putting together that righteous color scheme? Browse through this virtual carpet sample book and be enlightened.
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Paddy Hopkirk, 1964 Monte Carlo Rally Winner Visits Candy Store
Created: April 14, 2014
Fifty years ago, a young Irishmen named Paddy Hopkirk surprised the racing community by driving a 1964 red Mini Cooper S to victory in the world famous Monte Carlo Rally.
Created: April 08, 2014
Collection of Team Mini Mania Pictures
Mini Mania tests the Twin Engine 4 wheel drive MINI Cooper
Created: February 27, 2014
The first ever Mini with 2 engines was produced by the factory in 1963, it was built on the original classic version of the Mini Cooper called the “MOKE”. The Moke was a jeep version of the Mini with intended military applications. It ran the standard 10” wheels and built simple by putting a second engine mounted on the original front subframe in the back of the vehicle. Originally the gear shift linkages were connected together along with the clutch and throttle pedal. This proved to be a bit of as nightmare as it was very difficult to synchronize both engines and transmissions.
Created: February 05, 2014
Motor Werks Magazine covers the Nevada City Adventure 2013 with pictures and stories of the 13 annual event
Winter Rebuilds Photo Captions
Created: January 20, 2014
Winter Rebuild Photo Captions needed!
Created: December 11, 2013
Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure 2014 What: 14th Annual Nevada City Adventure Where: 870 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City, California When: May 31, 2014 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Customer Product Reviews
Created: November 28, 2013
Customer Product review posts are in many ways the core of what Internet buying is about—the ability for regular folks to express an opinion about a product, be it positive or negative. Every day, tens of thousands of product reviews are written on websites across the world, and often, on just one product alone, hundreds of new opinion/review posts are written each week.
Wish List Feature on Mini Mania Site
Created: November 20, 2013
Wish your family could read your mind and get you what you'd REALLY like for the holidays? Mini Mania’s Wish List feature is just what you’re looking for!
Created: October 01, 2013
The Mini Mania Free Shipping Promotion is a limited time offer with the following qualifications:
Motorsport
Created: August 07, 2014
Race report by Phil Wicks of the Can-Am Mini Race, June 2014 56 Minis entered ranging in groups from M1-M5, with M5 being mostly space framed rear wheel drive cars with a lightweight Mini body shell, extra wide 13” wheels with slic...
Created: August 04, 2014
Coming straight off the Mid-Ohio Can-Am Mini Challenge race in June, I pulled the cylinder head of Snoopy, my 1967 Austin Mini racecar, and freshened it up. Everything seemed okay. We found a couple of things amiss on the front suspension and corrected accordingly.
Created: June 06, 2014
2014 is the 40th year that Mini Mania has enthusiastically supported the Mini Cooper community. Our celebration started with our party at the Nevada City Adventure at the end of May and will continue with are touring across the US to participate in a number of special Mini races.
Created: June 03, 2014
Brands Hatch raceway is the quintessential track that has represented English racing since 1950 and while probably best known for the “Grand Prix” circuit, it uses a smaller portion of that famous track that has been called the INDY circuit.
Get Ahead with TEAM Mini Mania's Contingency Program
Created: January 07, 2003
Join Team Mini Mania and get purchase discounts for doing what you love most -- RACING!
Created: February 13, 2013
Spend a Day With Your Mini Speeding Around One of America's Best New Tracks... There is an exciting event planned the day after Mini Meet West is held in Bend, Oregon.  Steve Joneli, a member of Oregon Mini Society, is organizing a Mini Cooper Track Day to be held on June 21, 2013 at...
Phil Wicks at VIR Racing Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Created: November 02, 2012
We traveled to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Thursday, October 4, so we could take advantage of the Friday morning practice. Floyd Harper, the suspension guru from Black Art Design had spent a lot of time the previous week adjusting the suspension on Snoopy and corrected as best as possible the caster, camber, tracking, ride height, and shock settings.
Basic Autocross Techniques
Created: September 19, 2012
Competitive autocrossing is a great alternative or supplement to track days. In autocross events, yours is the only car on the course while you’re running, so you don’t need to worry about anyone else getting in your way, or worse. Speeds are typically slower than on the track, so if something should go wrong, you are more likely to be able to deal with it than you might on the track.
New Zealand's Project 64 goes for Land Speed Record at Bonneville
Created: June 26, 2012
Garry Orton, Guy Griffith and Garry Grand have named their unbelievable sounding mission "Project 64", as they look to demonstrate to the world just how much power their modified Mini Cooper S possesses.
Created: October 24, 2005
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