Listener Feedback, Todd complaining about the price of gas in KC (whatever) and Gabe, again, with the YouTube videos.
It’s late, but more for the show notes coming Monday morning.
Todd WAY did the hard part
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With regards to the brake disc surface area differences….
Are you taking into consideration that the whole area of the circle isn’t used? I’m not sure of the exact diameter of the hub area but if you subtract out the area of the circle of the hub you would get closer to the 30% larger figure.
I did some quick and dirty calculations here assuming a 4″ hub size and the difference went from 13% to 21%.
The auto vs manual A/C argument sound a lot like the auto vs manual transmission argument. hmmm. 😉
>I did some quick and dirty calculations here assuming a 4â€³ hub size and the difference went from 13% to 21%.
Alright rainman – your turn!
Oh no, not another anti-flamespoke episode!
Nice call CmdrVimes. I measured the actual surface of the front stock rotor. The shiny part (the actual surface that brake pads touch) is 1.75″ or has an OD (outside diameter) of 10.9″ and an ID (inside diameter) of 9.15″ giving a total surface area of 110.23 sq. inches. The difference of the areas if the OD is increased to 11.6 is actually 44.8% more surface area! Now taking into account that the JCW pads are probably not the full size of the increase most likely gives the accurate specification of a 30% larger brake.
Thanks for keeping me honest. Now I can brag that the GP brakes are at least 30% larger than stock!
Good post on NAM about [tire storage](http://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/showpost.php?p=870224&postcount=20 )based on a BMW service bulletin. It is from this [thread](http://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51975&highlight=tire+storage ).
The thing Gabe touched upon on Motoring file, but not on Woof, is the feel of the manual controlâ€™s plastic and design is cheap, but if you have to manually adjust your auto one that much, then they are not really automatic. Iâ€™m happy with my manual controls, but not the same quality feel as my old Acura Integra.
Todd realy outdid himself with the production of this webisode. Good work Mr. Pearson!
Guys, you mention that the CheckMate package was available in other colours, not only in Space Blue. I think you are incorrect. Have you seen any other MINI sporting CheckMate in anything other than Space Blue exterior with space blue/grey seats?
Please post pictures!
>Guys, you mention that the CheckMate package was available in other colours, not only in Space Blue. I think you are incorrect. Have you seen any other MINI sporting CheckMate in anything other than Space Blue exterior with space blue/grey seats?
Here in the states on MINIUSA.com it was possible to configure a MINI with the checkmate package in a color other than Space Blue (I’m pretty sure. The checkmate package is no longer available). I’ve not seen a picture, but even talked about this on show Woof 17
I saw a Pepper White CheckMate last night…
Brian, was it a true CheckMate with FlameSpokes, special bonnet stripes, CheckMate interior and B-pillar CheckMate badge?
Apart from the A-panel checkerboard design, did it have the above features?
I’d love to see a picture!
[Checkmate Cooper pic](http://minicci.org/Gallery/Sunday-Drive-Feb-2006/DSCN0014)
It’s a Cooper; this owner’s chosen the bridge spoke wheels, instead of the flaming spokes–I mean **flame** spokes. Checkmate details [here](http://motoringfile.com/2005/07/13/the_us_checkmate_special_options_package/), and ’06 wheel pics [here](http://motoringfile.com/2005/08/30/2006_mini_wheel_details/#more-4328).
Thanks a stack for digging these up, Brian – much appreciated.
I think it speaks volumes for the purchasing power the States has if MINI is able to supply such a unique option to its customers in the US.
In South Africa we only got the Euro spec: Space Blue. Only options were whether you wanted a silver roof (otherwise body colour) and bonnet stripes.
CheckMate was only available as an MCS. Parklane is available in both MC and MCS, while Seven is only available in MC.
My Checkmate is Astro Black/Silver. The dash is Space Blue. In Canada there were 3 choices for exterior colours on the Checkmate.
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