Whiteroof Radio

Posted by murmini Wed, 15 Feb 2006 23:23:00 GMT

Whiteroof radio, the mini podcast put together with incredible frequency by Don Burnside (better known as db) , Todd Pearson (a self-confessed dangerous MINI owner) and Gabe Bridger (editor of motoring file) just seems to go from strength to strength. They have just put up woofcast #35 and you should certainly check it out.

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Installing an iPod in Your MINI

Posted by murmini Sun, 05 Feb 2006 10:52:00 GMT

With the incredible storage capability of the iPod and some nifty deign and engineering from Dension the process of installing your ‘tunes’ in your mini is quite straightforward. Read more...

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MINI Fix

Posted by murmini Wed, 25 Jan 2006 16:00:00 GMT

Last week, while traveling south on I-95, I was confronted with a huge chunk of truck tire that came out from under the car in front of me. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of three lanes and, with no where to go, I was obliged to drive right over it.

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Audio Tweak

Posted by murmini Wed, 18 Jan 2006 19:28:47 GMT

Anyone thinking of upgrading the stock audio system in their mini should see this from the diy network. The host, Andrew Totolos’s show ‘Tricked Out’ episode DTRK-212 that ran in December, upgrades a factory stereo with an outboard amplifier, custom amp-cover and subwoofer in an ‘03 Mini Cooper S. The on-line information documents the entire procedure with excellent pics and shows the wiring and install of an amplifier and a fiberglass subwoofer enclosure that is installed in the rear of the car. Nice!

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! New Look !

Posted by murmini Tue, 17 Jan 2006 16:39:32 GMT

Well, took the plunge and changed the style of the blog. Selected this from Typo Theme Contest Winners. Thanks as ever, to Bradley of Fluxura.

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Fuel Gauge Problems Fixed

Posted by murmini Thu, 29 Dec 2005 06:44:00 GMT

Couple of mornings recently I fired it up only to find the gas gauge at zero causing a brief moment of panic until one recalls filling up just a couple of days ago. Next time I started it it was fine so I assumed a bad sender unit as the on board computer was also going nuts trying to calculate the distance I could go on the remaining fuel and just showing dashes in place of a mileage reading.

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Auto-Up Circuits from Ian Now Available...

Posted by murmini Tue, 27 Dec 2005 19:55:11 GMT

Ian’s Auto-Up Window Circuits are once again available. He has produced 128 of them but they are going fast. This is an easy mod to do yourself and provides you with several options:

  • Auto-Up Windows only $45
  • Auto-Up and Track Mode DSC $48
  • Auto-Front Fog Light Add-On $18 (requires auto-up circuit)
  • Garage Door add-on $49-$53 (contact Ian)

Ian’s site is here.

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MC2 Out Now

Posted by murmini Thu, 22 Dec 2005 08:49:58 GMT

The new independent American magazine for all Mini owners MC2 is out now and promises to be informative, newsy and well just plain interesting. While most enthusiasts certainly get their ‘fix’ from the web, it is always good to have the hard copy of a periodical. This premier issue has some excellent articles and I think as a form of encouragement, they are making many of them available on line as downloadable PDFs.

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Auto-Up Windows...update

Posted by murmini Thu, 01 Dec 2005 19:19:45 GMT

I promised in an earlier post, that I would keep you informed if Ian Cull’s Auto-Up went back into production. While Ian states that he intends to start manufacturing again in the future, there now seems to be an alternative at The Official Home of the Mini Cooper Automatic Window Circuit or MCAW. It looks very good and has a few design differences from Ian’s. In fact it looks like Kevin has designed it from the ground up using Ian’s concept as inspiration only. It claims to offer DSC track mode as well as integration with garage door openers. Ian has given it a very thorough technical review here.

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Parking lights....

Posted by murmini Thu, 01 Dec 2005 07:38:00 GMT

I guess it’s part of the it’s English heritage but if you park your MINI, shut off the lights and the ignition as you leave the car, flip the traffic signal switch to the left or right and it will illuminate the front and rear side lamps on the selected side only. Why you might ask? Well in England (and other European countries), it is a legal requirement for a stationary vehicle to display front/rear position lamps on the offside of the vehicle, when the vehicle it is parked in an area governed by a speed limit of more than 30mph. I have noted that all of the BMWs exported to the USA do this as well. It’s the Law!

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