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    Show us your MINI Cooper

    I hear that so many cyclists own a MINI Cooper or Cooper S and thought it would be fun if we all shared our vehicles here.
    We could also possibly meet up in May at the 4th annual MINIS on the Dragon. There is awesome mountain biking near there. :-)

    So here is my 2005 Cooper S.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Not mine but a very good friend of mine.



    More pictures here but I can't link to them because of the flash: http://www.jinsoku.com/
    click members then Jason Neumann.

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    I've been thinking about making a counterfeit Mini out of my Nissan Maxima. Some duct tape stripes and voila, nobody will be able to tell the difference!
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    My dream car

    I will own one of those very soon. I AM SO EXCITED.

    Quote Originally Posted by Herbert
    I hear that so many cyclists own a MINI Cooper or Cooper S and thought it would be fun if we all shared our vehicles here.
    We could also possibly meet up in May at the 4th annual MINIS on the Dragon. There is awesome mountain biking near there. :-)

    So here is my 2005 Cooper S.

    Herbert


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    I don't have pictures of my '63 Mini Cooper S. The original, not some BMW!
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    I will own one of those very soon. I AM SO EXCITED.

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    I dont have a pic, but my GF has a 2005 Cooper S in black with a white top. Love the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbert
    I hear that so many cyclists own a MINI Cooper or Cooper S and thought it would be fun if we all shared our vehicles here.
    We could also possibly meet up in May at the 4th annual MINIS on the Dragon. There is awesome mountain biking near there. :-)

    So here is my 2005 Cooper S.

    Herbert

    Nice Mini! What kind and size wheels are those?

    Drove a CooperS for the first time last week. Loved it. Very tossable and a lot more interior room than I thought there would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lebikerboy
    I don't have pictures of my '63 Mini Cooper S. The original, not some BMW!
    i, too have a '63 mini cooper. no pics on my work computer, but i will get them up soon. right now it's my daily driver.

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    Salami - Now thats a proper Mini. 100% Mini, 0% BMW.

    I wouldn't touch a BMW Mini with a particularly long barge pole.

    In the UK they are driven mainly by folk who are desperate to get onto the BMW ladder (estate agents, hairdressers etc) but can't quite afford a 3 series but are still unshackled by the 'badge blinkers' enough to see that the 1 series is a munter of a car (although only just more so than the plastic retro BMW Mini).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sooty and jim
    Salami - Now thats a proper Mini. 100% Mini, 0% BMW.
    Not entirely proper, there is a Honda engine under the hood. The owner does have Mini's running through his blood, he also has a pick up and van. He has had about 6 other older Minis. He had 2 of the newer ones with were promptly sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLud
    Nice Mini! What kind and size wheels are those?

    Drove a CooperS for the first time last week. Loved it. Very tossable and a lot more interior room than I thought there would be.
    Those are Exel Race matte black 17" with Yokohama AVS ES-100 205/17-45 and I replaced the stock wheels with the runflat Dunlops immediately with these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sooty and jim
    In the UK they are driven mainly by folk who are desperate to get onto the BMW ladder (estate agents, hairdressers etc) but can't quite afford a 3 series but are still unshackled by the 'badge blinkers' enough to see that the 1 series is a munter of a car (although only just more so than the plastic retro BMW Mini).
    I'd love to be on the BMW ladder too, but I think my other car (99 MCoupe) counts as a bastard cousin or black sheep to the BMW family only.


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    What RU doing 4 fun this weekend?

    Not my Cooper nor Excursion but a good biking friend drives a Cooper S and we have a 2K Excursion similar to the one below. I prefer to have my bikes and kayaks on my roof though.

    I'll ask him to post a pic of his S (Euro spec?) here. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbert
    I'd love to be on the BMW ladder too, but I think my other car (99 MCoupe) counts as a bastard cousin or black sheep to the BMW family only.


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    Hey, there's nothing wrong with the "shoe."

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    Mini boob job


    not mine...cool boob job though
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    The Jittery Joe's Pro cycling team also has a very neat cool Cooper S as a team support car. Very unique in road racing.

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    This thread is fairly old but I never thought to search MINI Cooper on MTBR! There are some updates by Francois and others here.

    FWIW I have no desire to be in a BMW. I like a MINI for what it is and the statement it makes. Sure the old ones are the "real" MINI's but I have a kid, I mountain bike, I commute daily and take customers in it... the old one really would not fit well with my lifestyle. Still I'd love to have one as a 2nd car.

    Here is mine...
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    Someone please move this CRAPPY thread.

    I though the reason that there is a CAR/BIKER forum is so that all the freakin car addicts out there would have a place to hide and discuss their carbon burning, earth polluting, nature killing and ego stroking death machines.

    Please move this thread there, I just freaking hate car culture.

    And if you really want to know how I feel, go here...
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    Here's a pic of my '06 Cooper S.
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    Ooooh Yeah now a Mini - that's my dream car!
    I actually knew a man called John Cooper (not THE John Cooper obviously) & he brought a Mini (not a Cooper S though), I loved that yellow mustard coloured thing and loved them ever since!

    This one's not mine!
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    My girlfriend's Mini. Her old one I should say. In May she traded it in for a Trailblazer. Much more practical. But definitely not as fun to drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TamJunkie
    I thought the reason that there is a CAR/BIKER forum is so that all the freakin car addicts out there would have a place to hide and discuss their carbon burning, earth polluting, nature killing and ego stroking death machines.
    Settle down. This thread was created long before the Car / Biker forum, Im sure it will be moved soon now that it has been bumped back up.


    Cool cars, but I must admit Im a fan of the real Minis. There have been some very interesting 16 valve and motorbike engine transplants documented on the internet recently too. (sorry to the purists out there!)

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    Yeah, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by sooty and jim
    In the UK they are driven mainly by folk who are desperate to get onto the BMW ladder (estate agents, hairdressers etc) but can't quite afford a 3 series but are still unshackled by the 'badge blinkers' enough to see that the 1 series is a munter of a car (although only just more so than the plastic retro BMW Mini).
    ... BMWs don't handle like a go-kart.

    And yes, it only has some styling cues in common with a real mini.



    I drove my sis-in-law's Mini S, and dang! It was fast. Throttle response was krap, tho. Probably that drive-by-wire stuff. Give me a proper throttle cable any day.

    I was reading up on the new Mini. Its a bit bigger, which begs the question is that even a mini? They've done away with the throttle body altogether, and they are now controlling the throttle with valriable valve lift. I wonder what mechnaisms make that work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TamJunkie
    I just freaking hate car culture.
    Then why waste time viewing/responding to this thread?
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    just thought you guys might enjoy some mini cooper gymkhana action...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huVa_Pf0_3g

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ... BMWs don't handle like a go-kart.
    go-karts are RWD
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    You got me there...

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve71
    go-karts are RWD
    but 'handles like' was what I was getting at. Wheels at the corners, short wheelbase, that sorta stuff.

    BMWs (apart from 2002s and those tiny Bmers we don't get in North America) tend to have long wheelbases.

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    Not all Minis are front wheel drive!

    Check this clip out. Z-Cars are behind this madness, and make conversion kits that support a variety of bike engines, although Hayabusa and R1 engines are the most common. Nothing beats the sound of a bike engine screaming along at 13,500 rpm.

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    Okay...

    Hope black and white is okay. The color of the car is red.
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    ARRRGGGHH!!! GO AWAY!!! It's just a frickin' car! Big f*ckin' whoop-de-diddly-f*cking-doo!

    EDIT: Mods, pleeeease move this idiot thread! The fact that a CYCLING site has to have a car forum is utterly pathetic, but as long as it's there...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewdane
    ARRRGGGHH!!! GO AWAY!!! It's just a frickin' car! Big f*ckin' whoop-de-diddly-f*cking-doo!
    My mother got one of these (S, convertable) to join our 1930 Model A in the family-wide use fleet. It's a junk show by our standards (two Toyotas and a 1930 Ford). They include a pompous dealer network and manufacturer with poor parts distribution for free so you get some insult added to your injury.

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    No camera/no pix but...

    My girlfriend has a 05 Mini - Pepper White black top.

    Hands down == the single best handling car I've driven. I'm a Jeep man and my next car will be a Mini.

    I take it down to Summit Store whenever I can dream up an excuse to drive it. I come back with a big sh** eating grin on my face. It's that much fun to drive.

    Hers is a Cooper. I can only imagine what the S is like to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbert
    I hear that so many cyclists own a MINI Cooper or Cooper S and thought it would be fun if we all shared our vehicles here.
    We could also possibly meet up in May at the 4th annual MINIS on the Dragon. There is awesome mountain biking near there. :-)

    So here is my 2005 Cooper S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewdane
    ARRRGGGHH!!! GO AWAY!!! It's just a frickin' car! Big f*ckin' whoop-de-diddly-f*cking-doo!

    EDIT: Mods, pleeeease move this idiot thread! The fact that a CYCLING site has to have a car forum is utterly pathetic, but as long as it's there...)
    So does that mean you wouldn't like something like this either?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    So does that mean you wouldn't like something like this either?
    Nope, not here at least.

    To me, motor vehicles are transportation, nothing more. I don't fetishize them, and I don't "get" people who do.

    (And yes, I know much the same can be said about bicycles/cyclists)

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    Meet Black Jack!

    No rack yet. The MINI rack is a highway-robbery $850 installed. I'm probably gonna go yakima with a cobra, but I just HOPE that the white roof'll be okay!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MRfire
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    lol my dream car
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewdane
    Nope, not here at least.

    To me, motor vehicles are transportation, nothing more. I don't fetishize them, and I don't "get" people who do.

    (And yes, I know much the same can be said about bicycles/cyclists)

    You know, being a member of culture that is not very well understood by general society has taught me to accept what people do. I no longer think people are weird or stupid if they spend money on the stuff they love, I just think to myself, well I have nearly $10,000 worth of bikes and bike related stuff in my garage. I no longer judge people for what they "fetishize." These nice people enjoy their Mini's, get over it.

    And how the hell else are people going to get to the trails? Might as well make the transportation part of that fun too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4blues
    No rack yet. The MINI rack is a highway-robbery $850 installed. I'm probably gonna go yakima with a cobra, but I just HOPE that the white roof'll be okay!


    Pretty car . I just went from the yakima to the factory roof rack. Before you buy the yakima set up read the instructions carefully - the two bars cannot be set more than 18 inches apart (you can visualize this as being only on top of the driver window area). So your bike will stick more than half way out on the back side. If you try to position rear bar farther back you will see that the rain gutters are much weaker there and that you can ruin your roof by tightning it . i got mine to work but was not comfortable with it and knew that i couldn't put too much more weight up there (i want a cargo box there too along with a second bike).

    So now i have factory rack - checking with yakima if i can fit my King Cobra bike rack directly on it, and i have a perfectly good, almost new (had it 3 weeks) complete yakima roof rack, locks included, for sale if you still want to put one on yours

    good luck!

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    My Yakima rack is well further apart than 18 inches and there has been no issue at all with the roof. Every now and then I'll take the rack off when I want to drive it harder (ie going to the Dragon Tail) and the only thing not so nice is that you can see an outline where the Yakima feet usually sit. But it is nothing terrible and I really have the rack on most of the time anyway.

    To me the factory rack looked a bit tall and I certainly did not want any holes drilled in my roof.

    Cheers,

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    Has anyone with a mini factory roof-mounted rack know if you can attach a yakima (or other brand) bike holder to it?

    thanks

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    mini factory rack update.

    After installing the factory rack I just want to point out that while some have had good results with the Yakima rack and setting the Qs more than 18 inches apart, the official party line from Yakima is to install the rack as per Jittery Joe's Pro cycling team picture earlier in this thread. If nothing else this warning may stop other mini owners from setting up the Q install to be very tight when initially installing. this is what I did - I had already put in the front Qs (which are tight and designated attachment points), so I knew I was going to set the rears tight as well. So I set it up and then I put my 200lbs behind it and set it down. Without warning I saw my guttergard move like it was made of tin foil. of course I quickly released it and cursed myself. This is just a word to the wise - if you do set them farther apart, take it slow, and tighten the rear Qs very incrementally.

    Finally my best advice is to get the factory rack (I hated the idea of drilling too Herber ), but knowing that there are factory caps that look good, and that I am serious about carrying stuff on top of my mini (that is I want to add a second bike carrier and a luggage box too) convinced me to go all the way.

    My final setup is factory rack with a Thule bike carrier (much more solid than the Yakima). I am finally happy. and as for the Yakima - it will go on my other car (bmw wagon) so it's not a total loss. I do however wish i could have found some real tips online.

    Warning - Thule bike carrier works/fits on factory rack only with longer bolts. I went to Lowes and got them. Feel free to PM me if anyone needs details. I promise to post pics as soon as i can.
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    My dad rolls in a 04 cooper S that modded to the sky. I usually roll in the badass little 67 at the bottom. Mom also rolls a cooper, she has a standard 06 cooper with a CVT.
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    So, how does the '67 compare to the '06? Damn, dude! Do you take your steed to the trail in that gem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4blues
    So, how does the '67 compare to the '06? Damn, dude! Do you take your steed to the trail in that gem?
    at the run that picture was taken at I kept loosing the guy behind me in his brand new cooper S. he would catch me on the uphill but couldnt hang down through the twisties. my moms 06 is a standard cooper with a CVT, pretty gutless really. My dad's 04 tied the HP record at edge motorworks in dublin running wicked fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ... BMWs don't handle like a go-kart.

    And yes, it only has some styling cues in common with a real mini.



    I drove my sis-in-law's Mini S, and dang! It was fast. Throttle response was krap, tho. Probably that drive-by-wire stuff. Give me a proper throttle cable any day.

    I was reading up on the new Mini. Its a bit bigger, which begs the question is that even a mini? They've done away with the throttle body altogether, and they are now controlling the throttle with valriable valve lift. I wonder what mechnaisms make that work.
    Throttle response is crap because the stock and the S have underpowered engines. Nothing to do with drive by wire. Drive the JCW Mini and you will have a diff opinion. I have DBW in my GTI and it hauls.

    They do have great handling, though.

    Oh, and it's not "begging the question" it's "asking the question." Begging the question is a form of logical syllogism.


    Quote Originally Posted by TamJunkie
    I though the reason that there is a CAR/BIKER forum is so that all the freakin car addicts out there would have a place to hide and discuss their carbon burning, earth polluting, nature killing and ego stroking death machines.
    Awwww, cmon, dude, you have to admit, When you think Marin Poseur/Bored MV houswife, what's the first thing that enters your head? MINI.
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    What a cooper works?!? is that the GP edition kit?

    Damn those things are fast. There aren't many cars on the road that could hold their own against a Cooper works GP. 218hp and light as a feather. That thing flies

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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin
    My dad rolls in a 04 cooper S that modded to the sky. I usually roll in the badass little 67 at the bottom. Mom also rolls a cooper, she has a standard 06 cooper with a CVT.

    Here you go. Your dad's Mini leading the charge!

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    No, that's not it....

    Quote Originally Posted by Random Drivel
    Throttle response is crap because the stock and the S have underpowered engines. Nothing to do with drive by wire. Drive the JCW Mini and you will have a diff opinion. I have DBW in my GTI and it hauls.
    My '96 with a 2.slo GTi has a lot less power than the Mini S my sis-inlaw drives (like 2/3 the power and the same curb weight), but when you hit the gas, it reacts immediately, when you let off, it reacts immediately. Same with my wife's now sold VR6 Jetta, which is prolly more on par power wise with the Mini S.

    The Mini S seemed to need to spin up the power before it was felt. Kind of like turbo lag, but I know its supercharged. Maybe it felt like it was an auto, but she had a 6 speed stick. I'm not talking power band. It seemed like the throttle was reacting a split second after I hit it, and not directly when I hit it.

    I mostly felt it when throwing it down in a hard turn with my left foot feathering brake to control the understeer (and scaring the crap out of my sis-inlaw... hey, she asked me to push it!).

    Other than that, it's a great car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Drivel
    Throttle response is crap because the stock and the S have underpowered engines. Nothing to do with drive by wire. Drive the JCW Mini and you will have a diff opinion. I have DBW in my GTI and it hauls.
    The S, even in stock form, has plenty of power. The difference is between the years. The gearing in the '02-'04 was VERY tall, and you'd have to slip the clutch just get the little car to inch forward. In '05, it all changed with more sensible gearing. Now you can get all the power to the ground.

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    i am now a member of the club

    I went out today and got a 06 mini cooper s. it is silver black top and black mirrors, 17 in rims and really really fun to drive. it is the exact opposite of my last ride. i am parting with my 04 f150 with a six inch lift 35s and lots of other mods. (insert tear here) i am now in the market for a rack and some window tint. at any rate getting to the trail head should be a shorter trip from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darth tracer
    i am now in the market for a rack and some window tint. at any rate getting to the trail head should be a shorter trip from now on.
    If you can swing the extra money, get the MiniFini rear rack (SportLink). It is well worth the money. Easy to use, clean rooflines, and most importantly, stable when driving a MINI up twisty canyon roads to the trailhead. I just don't trust even the best racks on the plastic raingutters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MINImtnbiker
    If you can swing the extra money, get the MiniFini rear rack (SportLink). It is well worth the money. Easy to use, clean rooflines, and most importantly, stable when driving a MINI up twisty canyon roads to the trailhead. I just don't trust even the best racks on the plastic raingutters.
    I'm curious about this. Intuitively, I feel the same way, but I'm also wondering about the actual experience of folks who've gone the yakima/thule route. Personally, I haven't heard of a roof rack failing like this.

    Me, I just count countenance the $850.00 installed MINI Sportlink. I'm also not crazy about supporting my bike by its top tube. I'd much rather have it connected securely at the fork.

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    mini factory rack update.

    After installing the factory rack I just want to point out that while some have had good results with the Yakima rack and setting the Qs more than 18 inches apart, the official party line from Yakima is to install the rack as per Jittery Joe's Pro cycling team picture earlier in this thread. If nothing else this warning may stop other mini owners from setting up the Q install to be very tight when initially installing. this is what I did - I had already put in the front Qs (which are tight and designated attachment points), so I knew I was going to set the rears tight as well. So I set it up and then I put my 200lbs behind it and set it down. Without warning I saw my guttergard move like it was made of tin foil. of course I quickly released it and cursed myself. This is just a word to the wise - if you do set them farther apart, take it slow, and tighten the rear Qs very incrementally.

    Finally my best advice is to get the factory rack (I hated the idea of drilling too Herber ), but knowing that there are factory caps that look good, and that I am serious about carrying stuff on top of my mini (that is I want to add a second bike carrier and a luggage box too) convinced me to go all the way.

    My final setup is factory rack with a Thule bike carrier (much more solid than the Yakima). I am finally happy. and as for the Yakima - it will go on my other car (bmw wagon) so it's not a total loss. I do however wish i could have found some real tips online.

    Warning - Thule bike carrier works/fits on factory rack only with longer bolts. I went to Lowes and got them. Feel free to PM me if anyone needs details. I promise to post pics as soon as i can.
    Finally got some pics to share of factory rack and thule bike carrier. I have more closeups of the attachment points of the thule on the crossbars if anyone is interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indio
    Finally got some pics to share of factory rack and thule bike carrier. I have more closeups of the attachment points of the thule on the crossbars if anyone is interested.

    could you commnet on the wind noise. any detail would be appreciated.
    i switched to the rear hitch on my car because of this problem. i would like to get a mini S but the exhaust pipes are in the center and this would prevent me from placing a hitch. i was told that the new mini has slots so that you no longer have to drill holes into the car.

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    hi because,

    I do get some wind noise, its more of a little whistle. I could tell you that I don't mind it but that would be a lie. I have accepted the slight noise as the price for a very stable safe bicycle mount. Also I have yet to try adding a wind guard, which I assume would help out. if I get around to it I will try it, but I want to add a cargo box first so I am waiting to see how it all fits together.

    To answer some PM'ed questions too - the towers can be removed - you use a (supplied) Allen wrench to remove the rack and you can replace them with caps (flat plastic pieces) that cover the holes. the only issue I have with this setup is that it take s a while to get them. dealer will tell you that they have to paint them to match your roof. I still have to go pick mine up . I'll try to get pics of the roof without the rack on, but frankly I use the bike rack all the time so that may be a while.

    Another PM'ed question - the rack was expensive: ~700. most of that is labor costs - you have to sit here half a day at least while they line up the stencils that show them where to drill into your car. As I said earlier, I only recommend this route if you have to have the maximum weight capacity and tightest fit. I am comfortable in thinking that I have not taken away from the car's value but instead added to it.

    here are some more pictures of the rack :
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    I guess you didn't know that there's a piece of metal underneath that plastic. No problems in over a year so far with the roof rack and unlike rear racks I don't worry about being rear ended.

    All in all they are both good if installed Properly. Unfortunately many times they are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indio
    hi because,

    I do get some wind noise, its more of a little whistle. I could tell you that I don't mind it but that would be a lie. I have accepted the slight noise as the price for a very stable safe bicycle mount. Also I have yet to try adding a wind guard, which I assume would help out. if I get around to it I will try it, but I want to add a cargo box first so I am waiting to see how it all fits together.

    To answer some PM'ed questions too - the towers can be removed - you use a (supplied) Allen wrench to remove the rack and you can replace them with caps (flat plastic pieces) that cover the holes. the only issue I have with this setup is that it take s a while to get them. dealer will tell you that they have to paint them to match your roof. I still have to go pick mine up . I'll try to get pics of the roof without the rack on, but frankly I use the bike rack all the time so that may be a while.

    Another PM'ed question - the rack was expensive: ~700. most of that is labor costs - you have to sit here half a day at least while they line up the stencils that show them where to drill into your car. As I said earlier, I only recommend this route if you have to have the maximum weight capacity and tightest fit. I am comfortable in thinking that I have not taken away from the car's value but instead added to it.

    here are some more pictures of the rack :
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    Indio,
    I just installed my factory roof rack for my R56. At this point I am considering the Sidearm but concern with the requirement of Xadapt1 to attach it to the factory roof rack.

    What Xadapt did you use? Xadapt1? Any suggestions.

    I will post pics once done.

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    Indio,
    I just installed my factory roof rack for my R56. At this point I am considering the Sidearm but concern with the requirement of Xadapt1 to attach it to the factory roof rack.

    What Xadapt did you use? Xadapt1? Any suggestions.

    I will post pics once done.
    are you done yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghosthound
    are you done yet?
    yes, i have finished installing the roof rack (actually, i paid someone $50 to install)(dealer cost wasapprox $ 150 to$200 dollars) and bike tray.
    will try to post pics by the end of this week.

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    cool! cant wait to see them.

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    looks real sweet! do you have a list of parts needed to mount that rack? if its too much work dont worry about it, also, how stable is that rack with the bike on it? do you drive more cautiously or is it fairly solid?

    also... i LOVE your interior!! how bout some shots of the seats/leather!

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    ok my BMW's lease will be up shortly, and I have test driven a lot of cars. I really llike the way the 2007 s handled and drove.
    My questiion is, by pushing the passenger seat forward can you fit a mt. bike into the back of a mini?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine
    I've been thinking about making a counterfeit Mini out of my Nissan Maxima. Some duct tape stripes and voila, nobody will be able to tell the difference!
    I was going to do the same with my 06 GTI, before I realized it was a much better car to begin with . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4blues
    The S, even in stock form, has plenty of power. The difference is between the years. The gearing in the '02-'04 was VERY tall, and you'd have to slip the clutch just get the little car to inch forward. In '05, it all changed with more sensible gearing. Now you can get all the power to the ground.
    VERY good point, did not know that.

    And for all my ragging on MINI's as Poseur vehicles, the truth is, I think they are great cars.

    Just not as good as the new GTI *


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    Quote Originally Posted by ghosthound
    looks real sweet! do you have a list of parts needed to mount that rack? if its too much work dont worry about it, also, how stable is that rack with the bike on it? do you drive more cautiously or is it fairly solid?

    also... i LOVE your interior!! how bout some shots of the seats/leather!
    The roof rack that I have is a factory rack. I believe that Thule made it. But anyhow, it comes with all the parts and tools necessary to install if yourself. I just didn't want to screw it up so I paid a local rack/hitch company to do it. I would recommend you have another person to help.

    The Sidearm is very solid. still drive 70-80 mph with the bike on top( but will slow down for corners). there will be wind noise of course, worst with the bike on. a fork mount would be more stable but i did not want the hassel of taking of the wheel.

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    yeah, im deciding between the thule sidearm or the yakima highroller. I just ordered my MINI today and will be purchasing the factory rack and installing myself... I agree about the fork mount but i too do not want to deal with taking the tire off and putting it back on.

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    To everyone that calls cars polluting whatever whatever yada yadas. Think about how much ecological damage the manufacturing plant that built your bike caused. The mountain that was strip mined to get the metals needed to produce your bike. Makes a little bit of carbon dioxide look like a good thing in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagatahawk
    ok my BMW's lease will be up shortly, and I have test driven a lot of cars. I really llike the way the 2007 s handled and drove.
    My questiion is, by pushing the passenger seat forward can you fit a mt. bike into the back of a mini?
    I would like to know the answer to this as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagatahawk
    ok my BMW's lease will be up shortly, and I have test driven a lot of cars. I really llike the way the 2007 s handled and drove.
    My questiion is, by pushing the passenger seat forward can you fit a mt. bike into the back of a mini?
    Very doubtful. You'd have to take both wheels off at the very least, stacking the parts. I'm not sure it'd even fit then. Also, you'd have have many hard metal parts poking around your brand-new interior.

    Many of us have grappled with the bike transport question again and again, and I think that we all end up with some sort of roof rack: Yakima, Thule, or the more expensive factory job. Any one of them is probably the best option. Actually, I believe the factory system for the '07 does NOT require drilling into the roof.

    I have recently gone the Yakima route, and it seems to suit me fine. If you install it properly and don't overload it with two or three DH bikes, you'll be doing fine. BTW, if you decide to go yakima, you don't need the $50 billboard advertisement they call a "fairing". There's just not enough wind noise to be concerned about!

    If you get an '07, I'm sure you'd love it! Don't hesitate to go with a roof rack of some stripe. I wouldn't even bother with trying to stuff it into your hatch. Too many problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4blues
    Very doubtful. You'd have to take both wheels off at the very least, stacking the parts. I'm not sure it'd even fit then. Also, you'd have have many hard metal parts poking around your brand-new interior.

    Many of us have grappled with the bike transport question again and again, and I think that we all end up with some sort of roof rack: Yakima, Thule, or the more expensive factory job. Any one of them is probably the best option. Actually, I believe the factory system for the '07 does NOT require drilling into the roof.

    I have recently gone the Yakima route, and it seems to suit me fine. If you install it properly and don't overload it with two or three DH bikes, you'll be doing fine. BTW, if you decide to go yakima, you don't need the $50 billboard advertisement they call a "fairing". There's just not enough wind noise to be concerned about!

    If you get an '07, I'm sure you'd love it! Don't hesitate to go with a roof rack of some stripe. I wouldn't even bother with trying to stuff it into your hatch. Too many problems.
    or use the MINIFINI adapter hitch rack receiver..they look cool to me...off topic but I tried to buy a mini this week after test driving a bunch of cars...I did the research on the racks and had settled on the MINIFINI stuff but I was offered $1500 less in trade in for my car and with no discount on msrp and terrible finance rates despite my FICO score of 790 I bought a VW GLI with 2.9% financing and $1000.00 off list price.

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    Regular Gas or High Octane?

    Does the mini (S or Non S series) require high octane gas or is regular gas ok? I was talking to some folks today about these cars and was told you have to run high octane in the mini.

    This post on the mini has really got me considering looking into these cars. The mpg and cool look of this car is very tempting especially if it can run on regular gas.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks04
    Does the mini (S or Non S series) require high octane gas or is regular gas ok? I was talking to some folks today about these cars and was told you have to run high octane in the mini.

    This post on the mini has really got me considering looking into these cars. The mpg and cool look of this car is very tempting especially if it can run on regular gas.

    Thanks!
    I got a regular mini about a month ago and regular mini does not require high octane gas but S models need at least 89. I am getting over 35 mpg so far (city 60/ highway 40).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimguroo
    I got a regular mini about a month ago and regular mini does not require high octane gas but S models need at least 89. I am getting over 35 mpg so far (city 60/ highway 40).
    Thanks for the info. Awesome looking car I am so jealous!

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    I have an 05 Mini Cooper S I use a rear rack. The rack I use is a thule 965 backpack.
    It clamps to the back hatch at the top and bottom, so no straps are used. The rack is
    very secure,. My bike and rack do not budge on many" Spirited"drives. Thule discontinued
    this rack, but you can still find them on e-bay(where I got mine). The only caution I would
    say is carefull how tight you clamp it on your car as it might pull it out of wack.
    Here is a link to one on e-bay.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Thule...spagenameZWD1V
    Oh, it is recommended to use high octance gas in the cooper S.
    Hope this helps.
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    Because,
    In using the factory rack with the '07+ MINIs, how does the rack secure to the rails? It doesn't look like it's clamped on the outside of the rail like a Thule or Yakima would. Just curious. I have an '05, and I wish they did the factory racks the way yours is, since they started producing them. Maybe if you can get super close-up shots of how they clamp on, that'd be cool too. Thanks.
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    Because,

    What parts did you need to get to install the sidearm on the factory rack? I have the factory rack now and i want to get the sidearm but im unsure of what i need to get that rack on the factory rack. Any parts you used would be very much appreciated! thanks!

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    Ghousthound,
    I just used the parts that came with the sidearm. You should not have any problems because the factory cross bars are made by thule. Post pics when you are done.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghosthound
    Because,

    What parts did you need to get to install the sidearm on the factory rack? I have the factory rack now and i want to get the sidearm but im unsure of what i need to get that rack on the factory rack. Any parts you used would be very much appreciated! thanks!

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    Here we go,

    I ended up with the sidearm + the Xadapt1 kit. for some reason, the front crossbar has a diffuser under the rack which posed some problems for me when mounting the rack. I ended up going to a hardware store to buy longer bolts. All in all, it came out fine. I also bought a washer to slide into the back channel of the back crossbar.





    I also added some foam tape on the rear mounting plate to reduce any vibration... i will probably go back and cover it with some black electrical tape so it doesnt stand out.







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    very clean. did you install the MINI rack yourself?
    I tried but wasn't comfortable so paid a local rack/hitch company $50 to do it.

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    Yeah, i installed it myself. Once you figure out how its done, its not so bad.

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    Mini with four bikes

    We used to carry four bikes on our 2004 MINI. Bombed all over Eurpope with them. Two back on the Sportlink, two on the roof. We have the roof rack and cage on top. Bought two yakima bike carriers that bolted right on. These have since been moved to the Jeep after we returned to the States. I will try to post some pics of the set up... BTW, 4 bikes, camping gear, two adults, two kids (one 6ft 3in) and a 90 lb dog in a MINI is all about family... We also had a Lada Niva for the short trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg61doc
    We used to carry four bikes on our 2004 MINI. Bombed all over Eurpope with them. Two back on the Sportlink, two on the roof. We have the roof rack and cage on top. Bought two yakima bike carriers that bolted right on. These have since been moved to the Jeep after we returned to the States. I will try to post some pics of the set up... BTW, 4 bikes, camping gear, two adults, two kids (one 6ft 3in) and a 90 lb dog in a MINI is all about family... We also had a Lada Niva for the short trips.

    how the heck do you cram all those people plus gear into a mini???

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    We would pack the camping gear in the basket on the top. With the bikes towards the sides you could stack stuff pretty high. It was us, the dog and the snacks/food inside the car. Still pretty packed though. We did scrape bottom a few times on some of the back roads in Portugal and Spain. Car is still runnig like a champ though.
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    I still have to explain to my wife how a 46 year old likes to get down and play in the mud.

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    My New Mini

    I installed my Mini Roof Rack today along with a Thule Fairing and 2 Thule bike fork mount trays. On the fairing I was able to cut four 4 strips of aluminum to extend the brackets and allow the fairing to move out far enough to clear the sunroof and windscreen. I cut 1 off the trays so they would clear the rear spoiler. I had ordered adapter kits for my Thule trays, but ended up only using the T Screws. The adapter kit used a special plate to mount the tray to the rear rail and it was kind of bulky a bit of an eyesore, so I just drilled one hole in each tray and used one T screw to mount tray to the back rail.

    Overall pleased with the install. I kind of hate having a rack on my Mini, but I haul my bikes often and want to drive my Mini when going to bike rides.





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    Nice Install!
    I know what you mean about not wanting to mount the racks on the car. But I also think the Thule rack and front spoiler look good and gives your mini a unique biker look. the Thule name is Euro so it looks good on the Mini.

    I will be converting my Thule rack to my from my old BMW to fit my Matrix. It will make mounting the bike a lot quiker and simpler. I should receive my income tax return this week!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konarider22
    To everyone that calls cars polluting whatever whatever yada yadas. Think about how much ecological damage the manufacturing plant that built your bike caused. The mountain that was strip mined to get the metals needed to produce your bike. Makes a little bit of carbon dioxide look like a good thing in comparison.
    But the car was also made in a manufacturing plant that caused ecological damage and the car required a stack load more metals to be produced than the bike did. Sorry but your comment seems pretty stupid unless you somehow got a car made from thin air.

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    Here's my 2006 MINI Cooper S. Just installed the new wheels. Has OEM roof racks as well as the bike attachments (obviously Thule made). Snowboard/ski rack is Thule. I also have a Thule Backpack 965 (which I purchased brand new a few years ago for my 2002 Golf), and really like it a lot. I used it quite a bit on my 2003 MINI Cooper, but don't know if it will fit the Cooper S due to the spoiler. This spring I'll find out...
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    please post pics

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks04
    I installed my Mini Roof Rack today along with a Thule Fairing and 2 Thule bike fork mount trays. On the fairing I was able to cut four 4” strips of aluminum to extend the brackets and allow the fairing to move out far enough to clear the sunroof and windscreen. I cut 1” off the trays so they would clear the rear spoiler. I had ordered adapter kits for my Thule trays, but ended up only using the T Screws. The adapter kit used a special plate to mount the tray to the rear rail and it was kind of bulky a bit of an eyesore, so I just drilled one hole in each tray and used one T screw to mount tray to the back rail.

    Overall pleased with the install. I kind of hate having a rack on my Mini, but I haul my bikes often and want to drive my Mini when going to bike rides.





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    MINI Sports Link system owners - need some advice

    Any Mini-S convertible owners out there with a MINI Sports Link system? I've got a full suspension bike and so i'll need one of those top-tube adapters. I'm wondering how stable the bike is?

    (BTW - i agree it's highway robbery but us sun lovers don't have much options. My back seat is starting to get gear grind from just throwing my bike into the car).

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