Brakes
Classic Mini Brake Service Kits and Components
Created: August 28, 2017
Browse our Classic Mini Brake Service Kits and Components. We also carry upgrade kits and big brake kits.
Brake Kits
Created: March 18, 2015
The faster you are able to accelerate, the quicker you’ll need to be able to modulate your speed or even stop. You’ll also want to improve the modulation of your braking power. Beyond merely stopping, the ability to finesse your brakes has a good deal to do with the quality of braking equipment that you are using. Here at Mini Mania, we have solutions for all your braking needs.
Upgrading Classic 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 Brake 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
Fitting the front wheel bearing seal to the Mini Cooper with drum brakes
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.
BRAKES - Pad types & choices for the Mini Cooper & S
Created: December 07, 2000
Selecting the brake pads that work best in your situation has a number of variables. Here we try to impart some understand how to pick the best brake pads. Ask the experts at Mini Mania . com
BRAKES - Pads, function and parameters
Created: December 07, 2000
The past few years have witnessed a great deal of activity in the brake-swapping department by Mini enthusiasts world wide. The reasons are quite diverse, ranging from fashion to necessity. Some fit vented Metro 4 pot brakes because it’s the ‘in’ thing to do, giving max pose value. Some believe it’s a performance improvement, usually misguided by a misinformed vendor hell bent on making a sale.
BRAKES - Fundamental considerations
Created: December 06, 2000
Most folks immediately turn to considering higher engine power outputs. Because of this pre-occupation brakes tend to slide down the improvements priority list. However, they are far more important...
BRAKES - How they work
Created: December 06, 2000
Without a doubt the most important point to get sorted at the outset is just what makes brakes do their thing - FRICTION. The sole purpose of the brake set-up on any vehicle is to convert kinetic energy into thermal energy. In English that’s motion into heat - friction. The motion of the disc/drum across the surface of the pad/shoe produces a prodigious amount of heat.
Hawk Brake Material Description
Created: September 26, 2000
Hawk Brake has utilized world class technology to develop and manufacture superior disc brake and clutch materials for the Automotive/Racing industry. Hawk products include Ferro-CarbonTM, CarboticTM, Carbon-Carbon and full metallic disc brakes and clutches. Hawk Brake's persistent development of racing friction will not only set new standards, but will also greatly enhance the quality, performance and integrity of your racing programs!
Classic Mini Brake Data
Created: June 09, 2000
Over the years, many changes were made to Mini brake configurations. The manufacturers tinkered with the master cylinders and rear brake balance valve, and rear shoes and cylinders on many occassions, and did not necessarily write these changes into the official service manuals. As specific data on change points is found it will be added to this page
Metro 4-pot conversion
Created: February 16, 2000
From my time on the Internet it became apparent that in England there is an easy and inexpensive option to upgrade Mini brakes, thanks to their favourite donor car, the Rover Mini Metro.
Competiton brake pads
Created: January 30, 2000
Carbon metallic pads will fade at high temperature if not fully bedded. Only fully bedded pads will provide fade-free high performance. For maximum efficiency, new discs are recommended. AP recommends that the pad be bedded with the actual disc on which it is to be used. A pad can be heat conditioned on any disc, but it must be run with a coated disc to perform (the pad coats of the disc during bedding in procedure).