As I tend to do my upgrades/mods when things are due for replacement…at roughly 39,590 miles, the first performance related mods have gone onto Ghost Pepper. Nothing to make her go faster…just stop faster.
A set of WMW rotors on all four corners, paired EBC Red Stuff brake pads, a new braided-steel brake lines, and fresh ATE Type 200 brake fluid…and since I would be replacing the brake lines, it was the perfect opportunity to finally paint the brake calipers as well.
If I could, I would have ditched them on day one…but it’s a bit difficult to justify spending several hundred dollars on new tires when your brand new MINI comes with a perfectly usable set of runflats (that just cost you roughly a thousand dollars). So they were put to use.
It took 2 years, 7 months, 23 days…968 days…to reach 36,000 miles on my MINI Clubman. Which, for me, is actually pretty impressive, considering put over 50,000 miles on my 2003 MINI Cooper S in under 2 years.
It’s been a while since I shared my everyday carry (EDC) items…roughly three years. In that time, my EDC hasn’t undergone much change, but it’s seen upgrades across the board…from the watch(es) I wear on a daily basis, to my laptop. The items are a bit more refined to meet my needs and tastes. Read more →
After waiting nearly a year for it to become available again, during which time I grew impatient and was nearly tempted by a few other watches, my Halios Tropik SS finally (FINALLY!) arrived in early January! A nice belated Christmas gift to myself. Since then, it has been strapped to my wrist most every day.
Over the weekend, I visited the Chicago Auto Show, and took my 6-year old son with me. A few cars stood out to me…the new Ford GT, the (new?) Acura NSX, the Toyota FT-1 concept, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo that will be competing at Le Mans later this year.
Pardon my dusty dash…but since I took delivery of my MINI Clubman in July 2013, one of my biggest annoyances has been MINI’s (or BMW’s) elimination of the coolant or oil temperature gauge, with an idiot light. It’s been said ad nauseam, but a physical gauge or readout is nice to have because it alerts of an issues that is impending…you see your coolant or oil temperature rising above where it normally hovers…so you can resolve it before it is an actual issue. Instead, an idiot light, just tells you when the issue has arrived. But that time, it’s possible damage has been done, and any fixes or repairs are going to end up costing even more.