Category Archives: BRR Technical Articles

Oil Changes – Does Frequency Make a Difference?

Oil Changes – Does Frequency Make a Difference? There seems to be a lot of contradictory information on oil changes. (The picture above was from a BRracing customer who did not change his own regularly) Most manufacturers are starting to promote longer oil change intervals. Why? Has some breakthrough been made that makes oil last […]

Oil – It’s all the same isn’t it?

Engine oil – when its synthetic…its all the same isn’t it? For the longest time…BRracing prided itself on offering the same engine oil that the dealership offered for their customers.  We carried the same oil as the BMW dealership for BMWs, the same oil as the MINI dealership for MINI’s, the same oil as the […]

MINI Cooper R53 Auto Tranny Issue

MINI Cooper Automatic Transmission Issue For years, we have seen many MINI Coopers in the R53 / R52 line, and some models of the R56 line (up to 2011), with the AISIN automatic transmission (NOT the CVT transmission…those are still without a great solution), have all sorts of issues, usually starting at about 70-80k miles.  […]

Brake Rotors – Which One?

BRAKE ROTOR OPTIONS – Which One is  Right For You? When customers are adding or upgrading their brake system, we often get asked the question about which brake rotor type should they order (plain, cross-drilled, slotted, J-hook). The answer really comes down to the application(s).  If the upgrade is being done just for the looks […]

BMW CCB Brake Maint

Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) are not new, but they are relatively new to BMW cars. The new BMW F80 M4 and the F82 M3, along w the M5 / M6 now have ceramic brakes as an option. The marketing hype seems awesome….lighter rotors, lighter pads, no brake dust, less unsprung weight, longer life….and just a […]

BMW / MINI Motor Oil – Major Shift

BMW / MINI Cooper Engine Oil Supplier Change For as many years as I can remember, BMW, and later BMW & MINI, have defined the ONLY engine oil of choice to be the synthetic engine oils produced by CASTROL for BMW & MINI Cooper. They were specifically designed, defined, and packaged for BMW / MINI […]

Let’s Get Blasted

Let’s Get Blasted – Intake Valve Cleaning Service using Walnut Shell Blasting Tool EXAMPLE below of a dirty intake tract and valves and a perfect candidate for walnut blasting cleaning – WHAT? There is an issue affecting most car gas engines these days, that is a direct result of two fundamental changes in the design […]

Do Street Tires Age Out?

Do Street Tires Age Out? On the side of a DOT tire, there are a whole bunch of markings.? They must mean something.? They do. And we will often examine them as part of our service inspection, and comment to our customers that their tires are “aging out”.? Then we get a queer look.? They […]

Tire Markings – Why All The Fuss?

TIRE MARKINGS If you go to any club race, semi-PRO race, or PRO race, and look at the sidewalls of tires, you will likely see all sorts of markings on the sidewalls of the tires. What’s it all mean, and why are the markings there? Are we all just kids wanting to draw on something, […]

MINI Cooper S R53 Engine Mount

This is a view by BRR on the engine mount used in MINI Cooper S models from 2003 to 2006, including the convertible / cabriolet. The models are – MINI Cooper S R53 2003-2006, and MINI Cooper S R52 cabriolet 2003-2007 The issue and concern is a simple one.? Based on our customers experience, this […]