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Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Some video footage of the Gravity Performance eBay exhaust I bought for my 2006 Mini Cooper S R53 Works edition (210BHP).

The JCW catback exhaust was a little too quiet for my liking, so took a gamble and went with the Gravity Performance exhaust with the carbon tips. Very happy with this exhaust, good quality welds, the carbon tips blend in very will with the other pieces of carbon trim I already have (GP bumper inserts, R56 JCW Roof Spoiler & carbon Latch).

Unfortunately, my video focus should’ve been better. Maybe do it all over again soon 🙂

Pictures of the exhaust and installation available here: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/andyramdin/albums/72157714537601506




Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Bought myself a stainless catback exhaust for my Mini Cooper S R53 Works, as I found the original John Cooper Works catback a little timid for my liking. The JCW catback sounds good, but I know the Mini can sound better 🙂

I took a gamble with the Gravity Performance, a shop which I found on eBay. I noticed the real carbon tips, which looked awesome on pictures and should tie in good with the black/carbon theme I already have.

I’m glad I chose the Gravity Performance exhaust, quality welds, good clamps and awesome carbon tips. Check my video review on Youtube, which also has a small comparison with the JCW catback > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJC8XYb1rPw

For now, enjoy the pictures!

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust


Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Scored a uprated exhaust manifold, which is stock on newer turbo models. It has better runners and collector.

It should give some extra performance and also has a lower thermal load, which should reduce the strain on the turbo and exhaust.

Made in Japan

Volvo Partnr: 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921


Volvo S80 2.4T CAI Intake Modification

Decided to mod the intake flap to a more direct version, which should aid in forcing air into the airbox. Performance could be better, although right now I dont have the means to measure this.

Volvo S80 2.4T Default Air Intake

Volvo S80 2.4T Air Intake Mod




BMW 140i M-Performance 370BHP / 590Nm Showcase

Teamed up with Driveaholic.nl to shoot some videos of his awesome daily driver, a BMW 140i M-Performance edition with a whopping 370BHP 590Nm (JD Engineering Dynaflow dyno proven, bone stock ECU and no modifications).

Car feels very planted with the wide Michelin Super Sport tyres wrapped around the black BMW 18″ wheels. Suspension and geometry feels good, the power delivery feels very smooth and it never feels dangerous or out of place.

The video shows:

  • small showcase (inc dyno figures)
  • Idle / tickover sound -Revving (pop & bangs)
  • Launch Control (0-60mph / 0-100kmh in 4.6s!)
  • Fast driveby -U-Turn fast cornering (light shake)
  • Driveby – Fast roundabout
  • German Autobahn – Encounter with a Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2D AWD Veloce

Thanks to Driveaholic.nl for a wonderfull day 🙂

Equipment used:

  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX
  • Rode VideoMic Pro