Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Rogue Engineering Short-Shifter Kit - Project Street S MINI
Subscribe to the Free

Rogue Engineering Short-Shifter Kit - Project Street S MINI

Part 3: Update

Pablo Mazlumian
Nov 1, 2003
Epcp_0311_01_z+street_s_mini+side_view Photo 1/1   |   Rogue Engineering Short-Shifter Kit - Project Street S MINI

Our Project "Street" MINI Cooper S is a daily driver that's given its owner all the driving pleasure he expected. No problems have been reported over the past several months of ownership, and the current upgrades have enhanced the fun with little or no compromise. In spite of the old, "don't try to fix what isn't broken" saying, we are taking the car to the next level. Call us crazy, call us silly-we believe the payoff will be worth it.

The technicians at evosport have been especially helpful with our Project 325is and Project M3, and we called on their services once again for Project MINI. As I write, they are getting their hands dirty installing what should be a significant power upgrade from Mini Mania. When completed, the car will be re-dynoed using evosport's Dynojet as done earlier. I will report those figures in the next installment.

In the meantime, we procured a short-shifter kit from Rogue Engineering, which evosport also installed. This unit, which is shaped like a chess pawn and the size of a bishop, attaches to the bottom of the factory shifter to lengthen it. Using the factory lever with the short shift kit is smart. "Our short shifter reduces only the forward-backward throws by 20% and does not change gear spacing between gears as they are pretty close already," said Rogue Engineering's Ben Liaw.

The Rogue Engineering short shifter, made of 12L14 steel, is CNC machined and oxide-coated black. Since it doesn't replace the entire shifter, the shifter is also much easier to install than most other shift kits. However, removal of the exhaust system is still required to access the mechanism.

Using the factory lever, the Rogue short shifter helps keep the shifting in Project Street S MINI smooth and factory-like, without excessive notchiness or stiffness. Additionally, the stock shifter height remains unchanged. For just $60, this modification provides quite a bang for the buck. Rogue Engineering also carries a full line of other performance products, including drivetrain, intake, suspension and braking upgrades for the new MINI Coopers. Visit its Web site for more info.

Looking Back
Last time the Supersprint and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust systems were tested and registered surprisingly small gains. We were also stunned at how little the horsepower figures we measured at the wheels differed from the horsepower figures published for the stock car. However, we did not realize the possibility for the ECU adapting to the Magnaflow exhaust during the time the car was running around with it, prior to the test. This was possibly the culprit to the high baseline numbers when the car was tested.

While our own test results were close to Supersprint's own data for its system, which it provided to us before the test, Magnaflow's tests of its system provided very different results. After seeing our results, Magnaflow suggested that we should have allowed at least 50 miles or so of driving to let the ECU adapt to each exhaust system before testing it on the dyno. So, in fairness to the Supersprint and Magnaflow exhaust systems, we will again test them using a more-involved procedure and see if any additional power is really there. Stay tuned.


Supersprint North America
Tyler, TX 75701
Mini Mania
Nevada City, CA 95959-3200
By Pablo Mazlumian
81 Articles



For years Honda/Acura owners have been using chassis codes to refer to their cars, but because chassis codes can vary based on a number of factors, there's a good chance that they've been using the wrong labels
Aaron BonkJul 27, 2020
Eventuri has been a favorite among the most elite and highest-performing European sports cars out there. We see if the hype behind them is real using Sam's Supra.
Sam DuJul 23, 2020
A blowoff valve is designed to protect the turbo against damage. They just happen to make a loud sound while doing it! But the noise they make shouldn't be what you're most concerned about
Evan GriffeyJul 16, 2020
Tires are the most important investment you can make when it comes to your safety and car's performance. There's a lot of factors that go into choosing the right tire, some of which may matter to you more than others
Sam DuJul 13, 2020
At its most basic level, porting the intake and exhaust ports on a rotary engine is the same as porting the cylinder head(s) on a piston engine, in that the objective is to improve airflow in and out of the combustion chambers.
David PratteJul 9, 2020
Sponsored Links