Category:MINI How To + DIY Posted:08-17-2015 02:29 PM Views: 6230
Synopsis: Take out the guess work and get your MINI up to speed!
After many years of selling the same parts over and over, it has become
very clear to see which perform the best and which combination creates
the most power with the most livable results. There are tons of products
out there and more opinions than can be counted. Combine that with lots
of misrepresentation from tuners and retailers alike and ta-da... you're
confused. This Stage 1 Speed Kit is the best way to get your MINI S up to speed
without dropping a ton of cash, ordering each item from
different retailers, or taking the risk of buying a poorly made product.
We only sell high-quality, proven products and have years of experience
in the MINI world.
If you're not quite ready to drop the additional cash on the Stage 2
Speed kit (which is this exact same kit but adds an aftermarket exhaust),
this is the best value that will get the most gain for your
Supercharged MINI. When you're ready, simply add the exhaust to your MINI for an upgrade from Stage 1 to Stage 2.
Out of all the intakes on the market, there are a few that stand
out. If I think they have merit, they are on the site. The DDM, Alta and
JCW intakes are on the top of my list - followed closely by the AFE and KN
Typhoon. I have lived with nearly all of them for at least 4 months
each. You can't go wrong with any of these intakes as they are all going
to perform great and will sound similar. The Alta has a slightly higher
pitch to it at full throttle but that's about it. They all produce
similar HP gains. There is virtually no risk to the car when installing a
cold air or standard upgraded intake on your MINI.
The real power from this kit comes from the smaller supercharger
pulley to replace the factory pulley. By spinning the supercharger
faster, more air is pushed into the engine which in turn produces more
power. We offer 15% or 17% V2 pulleys from Alta or Cravenspeed, and both are great designs. When a smaller pulley is installed in place
of the stock (very lame supercharger pulley), it will bring the MINI up
to speed. This will get rid of most of the lag that occurs at low to mid
RPMs and wake the MINI up! The stock pulley is just a dog so doing the
pulley swap makes the supercharger work a little bit more. You can
feel it! Everywhere. It has proven to be safe as well. Out of the many
thousands of pulleys we have sold over the years, we have only heard of
one or two that have caused superchargers to go bad... which quite
honestly could be contributed by a host of other issues that I hear of like belt
tensioners going bad as well as plain old defective superchargers from
the factory or abuse.
Most professional MINI mechanics will recommend putting in a spark
plug that is better suited to handle the change in performance from
doing these particular mods, so we also include Beru Ultra X colder heat
range spark plugs, NGK, Brisk OR the Denso Iridium IK22 plugs to keep
your car performing at its best.
Because no car should be without a set of upgraded spark plug wires,
we also include a set of of MSD wires (red only), Nology Hotwires
(blue, black, yellow or red) or Kingsborne 8mm Firebraid plug wires (red, blue, black or yellow).
All of these mods have proven themselves over time and when combined
(even with some variation) produce the perfect balance of power for
your dollar - leaving your car the way, in my opinion, it should have left
the factory. Lets face it. The stock Gen 1 MINI Cooper S is a flat out dog
off the line. Blame it on gearing, heavy tires and wheels, or whatever.
It is plain sluggish and don't even think about turning the air
If your dealer refuses to work on your car because of this 'scarlet
letter' in your engine bay, do yourself a favor and search
"magnuson-moss warranty act"
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson-Moss_Warranty_Act), print it out,
give to your dealer and smile. Of course, you may need to hand them your
keys so they can fix your power steering pump or your whatever that has
stopped working. Plus, after your warranty has expired, it doesn't
IMPORTANT: We don't include dyno numbers with this kit as other
vendors and tuners do because it is just plain crazy to think that
putting these mods on any Cooper S will generate the exact same results
time and again. I have seen dyno charts from STOCK cars that pound on
cars with 5K in mods as well as cars with this exact list of parts that
pound on cars with 5K in mods. Every dyno is different. Every car is
different. Time of day, location, position of fan in relation to the
car, dyno operator, build date and what size shoes the guy at the MINI
factory had on when the engine was installed all play into how dyno
results are achieved. Just know that this is a great kit and you will
have what I (and many other experienced MINI tuners) consider to be good
Do yourself a favor. Consider it a doggy treat for your bulldog
MINI. Get this Stage 1 Speed kit. Have it installed by a professional
and enjoy. When you're ready, consider getting a free-flow exhaust
system and maybe an ECU reprogrammer like the Unichip or other custom-tuned engine mapping. With those mods, you'll have a car that will easily
perform as well as the JCW at a fraction of the cost.
INTAKE: Choice of leading intakes (see drop down menu- prices update with options)
SPARK PLUGS: Beru 'colder' Plugs OR Denso Irridium IK22 plugs
PLUG WIRES: Kingsborne 8mm Firebraid Plug Wires in Red, Black, Blue
OR Yellow OR MSD Wires or Nology Hotwires (see drop down menu- prices
update with options)
PULLEY: Alta V2 OR Cravenspeed 15% OR Cravenspeed 17% pulley (see drop down menu- prices update with options)
No belt is included with this kit as a stock belt can be used with
the 15% pulley. If you have more than 40K miles, we suggest putting on a
fresh belt and if you do a 17% pulley you will need to get a smaller
The Stage 1 Speed Kit is one of the many MINI Cooper
Parts and Accessories that we carry and fits the following MINI Cooper Models