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Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – New Downstream O2 Sensor

Replaced the O2 sensor with a fresh new one from Vemo. I totally forgot that the Mini Cooper has 2x O2 sensors 🙂 Don’t forget that O2 sensors have a replacement interval which is usually somewhere between 160.000 – 250.000 km.

Update per 01-01-2021: I replaced the Vemo with a new O2 sensor from Magneti Marelli. The Vemo already started giving issues after a short while. It will be the last time that I will be using Vemo.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW New Lambda Sensor


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Injector Service

Cleaned & replaced the rubbers on the blue 380cc Siemens Deka injectors. The rubbers tend to get hard and brittle due to heat, so very important to replace these in time.

I will probably replace the injectors somewhere in the near future for peace of mind.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Injector service


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Sitting in the driveway

Snapped a picture of the Mini sitting in the driveway. I love this car 🙂

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Sitting in the driveway 10-06-2020


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Airbox Intake Modification

I wanted to replace the stock air pipe, as it contains a resonator which keeps it silent. It’s also not optimised, leaving room for improvement.

Used 2 aluminium joiners/couplers and flexible piping. Very happy with this cost effective result! Also, I love the supercharger whine 🙂

I also ordered a K&N RU-3190 filter, I didn’t know the previous owner fitted a Pipercross PX1875. In the end I sold the K&N as the fitment wasn’t good.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Vacuum Gain System VGS Modification

As usual, the Mini Cooper S with the Eaton M45 supercharger also has a bypass valve, which helps with fuel economy and lighten the load on the supercharger during idling (for instance). On NAM (North American Motoring forum) I noticed a popular mod, which is also known as the VGS or Vacuum Gain System modification.

Basically, the VGS mod changes the way the Bypass valve is operated. From indirect vacuum to direct vacuum, allowing faster response of the butterfly valve, but also keeping it shut better so no boost is lost.

I liked it in the beginning, but it makes for a rough driving experience. So in the end I reverted and never went back. Thats why we experiment 🙂

Source: https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/how-to/38268-drivetrain-operation-vacuum-gain-system-vgs.html

Changing the vacuum line routing.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Brand new Bapmic Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV).

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve

Modifying the bypass valve.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve