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 Posted: Apr 17, 2017 03:30AM
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Hey Al, funny as I was just making my list of to do s for today. Buy new underwear is at top of list. Whole thing maybe 3 secs. and my mind was busy adding up my Lucas head lamps, rims, spots, grille, sheet metal. All that and all I need is new underwear. I hope everyone had a great Easter.  Steve (CTR)

 Posted: Apr 17, 2017 03:11AM
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So Steve,tell us, what colour underwear you wearing now ? LOL

Big AL

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Niagara Ontario Canada

 Posted: Apr 17, 2017 03:05AM
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My 1000 E fitted with the late boosted master cyl. 7.5 S disc and currently running on 165/12 Falkens. I'm using the Rover 12 inch alloy mini lite knock offs. It's powered by a 1360 Cooper S engine. I burned the tread off a set of 145/12 Falkens in no time at all. They would spin in first , second and third gear at will. They were also less than useless in the wet. Replacing them with the Falken 165/12 improved the wheel spin issue in the dry. After a year and one winter I notice I again have an issue with wheel spin when having some fun. I plan to replace soon with Yokos in 165/12. 

This thread and a recent thread on brakes have me thinking  about safety. I was out saturday in the mini. Three lanes 45 mph so everyone was doing 50 or more. I was in the slow lane minding my own biz. I had left  a couple of car lengths in front of me. I glanced to see if the parking lot of my favorite dive was full. Yes it was and only took a instant, looking back someone had changed lanes and was stopping in front of me. I will tell you this 165/12 Falkens stink when they burn. I flat spotted the fronts they smoke also. Stopped straight and true making lots of noise, smoke and smell. I know I should have and most likely let up a little just before impact. Not sure it would have stopped any quicker if not locked up. Just as I was about to hit they pulled forward maybe 12 inches. making me very happy with the 6 inch space I had left. I have recently worked on a mini that I refused to test drive. One and a half pump is not a good pedal. The last two minis I have bought have been heavy front end damage. Both drum brake cars with 1275 drop ins. Be careful and think about safety when working on or driving you mini. Steve (CTR)

 

 Posted: Apr 14, 2017 04:04PM
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  I drove the Mini today.  Forecast says cloudy with some rain, but clear when I get off.....  We shall see.  First time for everything, right?

 Posted: Apr 13, 2017 08:17PM
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Originally Posted by fMix

I was going to say I have the Falken ZE914 and have been happy but never driven in the rain.  But you seem to want something else. 

 

For shipping time, I ordered my exhaust from Mini Spares back in Feb and it took a week to get here (Seattle).  The last few things I ordered last summer also took a week or less.

Insert obligatory joke about how you live in Seattle but have never driven in the rain "here"

 Posted: Apr 13, 2017 05:08PM
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I was going to say I have the Falken ZE914 and have been happy but never driven in the rain.  But you seem to want something else. 

 

For shipping time, I ordered my exhaust from Mini Spares back in Feb and it took a week to get here (Seattle).  The last few things I ordered last summer also took a week or less.

 Posted: Apr 12, 2017 10:32AM
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The pricing on the Yoko 539's is really good. I ordered those. Thanks all for the advice!

 Posted: Apr 10, 2017 01:50PM
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cooper tune.. I have used www.minisport.com for about 20 years.. ( well since I have been back in NC and Lic dealer again here in the USA..(  just ask for mick holt..)  funny thing I can order CHOKE parts from Chongqing China on a thurs and it is here in Earl NC. the following tuesday.. but shipping UPS from the UK can take 10 days.. 2 weeks.  later bc

 Posted: Apr 10, 2017 02:46AM
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Not sure who you deal with over there. Seems everything is on slow down in the UK. My sales rep is out for the whole month. Looking like two weeks and not one week like normal. Steve (CTR)

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 08:54PM
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Originally Posted by thewerewolf
whee..  I just bought brand from the UK.   nangang ( sp??)  and they are dirt cheap. only about 22 quid each.. and work great..  later bc
How long does shipping take from the UK these days? I'm probably 10 days or so from wanting to use the tires.

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 07:59PM
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Yokohama 539's will far out perform the Falkens for not a lot more money.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 07:38PM
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I currently have Falken 165/60/12 on them. That height/width looks good so I think I will stick with it. I liked the price on the Falken's and tread wear was excellent, but they are 11 years old now, so probably need replacing for safety.

Was not impressed with the Falken's in the wet at all - they did fine in the dry. 

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 07:22PM
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What width ?

Yoko 165/60/12s are hard to beat as a great all-rounder. If looks are important, in 145/70/12 the Michelins are fantastic.

Metric is for people who can't do fractions...

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 07:17PM
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whee..  I just bought brand from the UK.   nangang ( sp??)  and they are dirt cheap. only about 22 quid each.. and work great..  later bc

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 06:17PM
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Yokies 539s.  Used Falkens around OZ...better grip with the Yokies, especially in the wet.
 

 Posted: Apr 9, 2017 05:49PM
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Hi,

What's the recommendation these days on 12 inch tires? Car is not used so much these days, so not too worried about tread wear as they will probably need replacing due to age before the tread wears out.

Car mostly driven in the dry, sometimes in rain, once in a blue moon in snow. Not worried about autocross performance. This is for a 68 Cooper S. Somewhat modified as you can tell by the 12 inch wheels.

Thanks!

-Peter