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In the history of the Mini the drive to keep the product alive and marketable meant the factory decided to modernize the fuel system of the Mini from Carb to Fuel Injection. Thus in 1991 the first FI was installed on the Mini. Know as Single Point Injected or SPi for short, the system also incorporated its first ECU into the car. This version of the Mini was produced until late '96 when it was changed to the Twin Point or Multi Point injected version. The SPi Mini might have achieved the objective of better fuel economy and emissions control, but the loss of performance and reliability still plagues the life of the SPi Mini. In addition the SPi Mini is very difficult at best to upgrade to get any significant performance enhancements.
Thankfully the best solution is still very practical: convert the car back to a single 1 3/4" SU carb and eliminate the ECU. This opens up the entire universe of performance enhancements and upgrades that have been developed so successfully over the years.
The basic elements of the conversion process are simple enough: Remove the entire FI assembly and ECU, install a conventional 1 3/4" HIF series carb and manifold, replace the ECU with a simple relay, install a fuel pressure regulator and replace the distributor. Wire and plumb all of this together and you have it! Wiring and plumbing diagrams are provided in the kit.
The temperature gauge is no longer used with this conversion kit.
The Carb Shop
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Is that old carburetor of yours tired, leaking, dirty? Is your fuel mileage or performance not what it should be? We have the solution!
Mini Mania is proud to announce the opening of the Carb Shop.
You can order an exchange unit, or we can rebuild your carb.single or duels to your specs. We also have complete fuel system upgrade kits for increased performance and reliability. The rebuilding process includes a complete dismantling and inspection, cleaning and, replacing of worn or damaged parts; new gaskets, seals, o-rings, needle and seats are installed in every carburetor, and new throttle shafts and plates, jet tubes, floats, and needles, are replaced if requested or needed. We can also re-bush for throttle shaft play if requested or needed. Then they are polished, assembled, and set to the model specifications. Technical assistance is available to help with your carburetor needs with over 30 years experience in the field. We will also buy old used carbs.for cash anytime, call for details.