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#1 Green-Chameleon

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 10:19 PM

Scenario: You’ve got a pretty much untouched 90s carb mini. What are the first things you’d do to modernise/improve? I’m not talking massive mods and body kits, just improvements to functionality and speed.

Particularly interested in the exhaust set ups as mines on its way out... 👀

This isn’t the thread to argue for complete originality, that’s not the question.

#2 nicklouse

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 10:26 PM

decent inlet and LCB and RC40 twin box side exit. KN filter element in standard housing.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:56 AM

Some decent tyres and a suspension upgrade. A bit of negative camber front and back is nice..


Edited by mikal, 05 March 2019 - 01:58 AM.


#4 Vinay-RS

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 03:44 AM

An Autospark electronic ignition kit to replace the points and condenser.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:31 AM

Would do as follows: reliability/safety first, then extras/performance.
 

I did mine as follows: ignition/dizzy, then tires/suspension setup/camber all the goodies, now beauty stuff. My engine already had a stage one kit and exhaust etc so it was just a matter of geting it to run smoothly



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:21 AM

stage 1 kit, new ignition parts and service then rolling road 100%



#7 Cooperman

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:45 AM

Solid mounting the front sub-frame and then setting the suspension is the first thing to do. Set the rear suspension to 1 mm to 2 mm toe-in with zero to 0.5 degrees negative camber. 

 

Then think about the engine. You can gas-flow the head, which is the basic key to better performance in addition to a better exhaust system. If it has an HIF38 carb, change that for an HIF44 and gas-flow the inlet manifold or fit a better one. Set the compression ratio to around 10:1.

 

If the engine is coming out, a change of camshaft would be good as well. The Kent 266, MG Metro, Evo001 or similar will all give good results. A bit of lightening of the flywheel is always a help with improving acceleration and if better acceleration is what you really want, fit a 3.44:1 final drive ratio.

 

There are so many things which can improve the way the car goes for the use to which you wish to put it. These days, most owners are more interested in how the car goes on a twisty road rather than how fast it will cruise on a motorway.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 03:53 PM

An Autospark electronic ignition kit to replace the points and condenser.


A 90s model would probably have electronic ignition as standard.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 05:37 PM

An Autospark electronic ignition kit to replace the points and condenser.

A 90s model would probably have electronic ignition as standard.

Some early 1990 cars are points ignition. Best to check

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 08:43 PM

Id keep it original. At the rate they're modifying these now, in 10 years your fully original 90s mini will be sought after.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:47 PM

If it does get modified, keep all standard parts if you have the room




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