With our Green F56 hatch Cooper D daily demo sold as well as the all new R55 Clubman we finish and also sold, it didn’t take us long to find a replacement or two, with yet another F56 hatch but this time the much more powerful Cooper SD in black and a rather beautiful Countryman SD in true blue that has gone straight into surgery so we can develop our 35mm flares for the R60 chassis.
As soon as we got hold of the F56 Hatch it took us no time at all to start modifying and the first job was to attack the suspension by lowering it with a set of H&R springs which not only lowers the car 30mm but also keeps the comfort levels quite high, we really do rate H&R and would fit nothing else to this platform, and believe us when we say we have tried most suspension set ups on Gen 2 & Gen 3 platforms and this is by far the best set up for day to day driving, H&R have done an incredible job of lowering and keeping the oem quality drive.
Next mod was to de-chrome with the Smiffy’s black out pack, the front and rear head light surrounds grill, front bumper panel petrol cap, door handles and rear boot lid handle and whilst we were in black out mode we fitted the OEM Mini gloss black belt surround, which combined with the blackout pack transforms the look completely, it’s a serious must to get rid of the horrible chrome which we absolutely loathe, with the De-chroming complete Wayne from Smiffy’s added a touch of purple to the front grill strip, front and rear SD logos and Mini badges, which looks uber cool.
A mini wouldn’t be a mini without a set of our market leading flares and we still get blown away by how they transform the Mini, the Gen 2 is a great look, but the Gen 3 chassis its mind blowing to look at and we must say this black Gen 3 SD is the best one to date, especially sitting on our all new flow formed RS split spoke 6 spoke wheel design in gloss black measuring 9x18 at the front end and 10x18 at the rear wrapped in Yokohama 245/35R18 & 255/35R18 tyres front and rear respectively, which now completes the look of this particular build, which we hope to keep for now, but now its time to get stuck into the R60 chassis.
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