Howdy! I picked up a 1992 JDM Mini that I'm in the early stages of converting to electric using Nissan Leaf batteries and motor. Current plan is to slap everything together as simply/cheaply as possible and get it street-legal in California, which could be rather involved (so I'd like to get that out of the way before I focus on niceness). I'm gonna ditch the Mini motor and transmission, and put the Leaf in their place, driving the front wheels directly through it's 8:1 reduction gearbox.
This forum seems to get the most traffic, so I thought I put the more Mini-centric aspects of the build here, reserving the EV nitty-gritty for the conversion forum. I will definitely need knowledge of suspension setup and subframes when all is said and done! I'm hoping to avoid purchasing the more spacious Minitec subframe, because, well, it's USD$3k. I'd also like the option of sticking with standard Mini suspension components, as there seem to be many more options than the somewhat non-standard Minitec stuff. This is the only Mini I've ever driven, and it's a blast. I don't want to ruin the handling or the factory looks.
First order of business is taking the car apart. I'm hoping to have the front subframe modified to fit the Leaf motor with custom drive axles, but space is limited...I'm gonna drop it and measure for feasibility. Is there anything I should do before taking the motor out in case I sell it? My plan was to check compression, get a video of it driving, and clean it up a bit. It's nothing special; runs well, leaks a bit. It's fairly rare in the States, but so are Minis in general...
Wish me luck! This could be disastrous.
Edited by Tremelune, 28 September 2019 - 06:52 AM.