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Things you didn't know about your GT ...

The North American Motoring (NAM) web site for Mini owners has a thread of a similar title, with many hundreds of posts. The new Mini has several on board computers with many functions that can be owner-programmed, and the owners manual is often unclear or out of date. This is a very interesting thread for us Mini owners.

I don't expect nearly as many posts here about the GT, but it could be informative.

I'll start: the handling of my GT is extremely sensitive to tire pressures. I started off using 42 psi rear, 40 psi front, on an '07 GT running Michelin Pilot Road II tires. I usually check pressures every few days, but on one occasion I went about 10 days without checking. Handling had become a bit vague - not a big change, but I noticed it. On checking, pressures had dropped 2 psi each, front and rear. Went back to 42R/40F, and the vague handling disappeared. Because of this, I've decided to run 43 psi rear, 41 psi front.

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Be careful when using a funnel to fill the oil tank. If the funnel has a long spout and you push down on the funnel when it's resting on the holder for the dipstick you can pop the holder loose and it falls down into the oil tank.
Took me a couple of hours to fish it back into position, then figure out a way to hold it up there while I pried the four fingers back up over the lip. Not fun.

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Be careful when using a funnel to fill the oil tank. If the funnel has a long spout and you push down on the funnel when it's resting on the holder for the dipstick you can pop the holder loose and it falls down into the oil tank.
Took me a couple of hours to fish it back into position, then figure out a way to hold it up there while I pried the four fingers back up over the lip. Not fun.

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I broke the catches off of the end of the fingers and just pull the basket when changing oil.

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OK, I'll play.

To turn off the low beam headlight (halogen or HID):

With the engine running and the bike stopped:
Press & Hold the Turn Signal Cancel button 5 seconds
Press & Hold the Right Turn Signal Button for 5 seconds
The low beam shuts off.

To turn the Low Beam back on, simply Turn On or Flash the High Beam switch. Note that shutting off and restarting the bike will also turn the Low Beam on again as normal.

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Be careful with the retractable "straps" attached to the side case lids.

The strap can easily become de-tached causing your painted lid will hit the ground! Always use your knee to support the lid when opening to avoid this pitfall.

Ask how I know!

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Be careful with the retractable "straps" attached to the side case lids.

The strap can easily become de-tached causing your painted lid will hit the ground! Always use your knee to support the lid when opening to avoid this pitfall.

Ask how I know!
Easy fix! Just turn the attachment point on the strap around. It goes in hard, but will never accidentally come off.



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Easy fix! Just turn the attachment point on the strap around. It goes in hard, but will never accidentally come off.


I sure wish I had read this prior to last week! It really sucked!

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While securing the bike in the back of the truck, for track day, I found that if the handle bar hold down strap is pressing in both directional switches and you turn on the ignition the horn will sound like an alarm until you turn it back off and correct the problem with the switches.

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Easy fix! Just turn the attachment point on the strap around. It goes in hard, but will never accidentally come off.
Brilliant! Thank you!
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Does your GT transmission "clunk" when shifting from neutral into 1st gear? I mostly ignore this, but at times it can be slightly embarrassing. Here's how to avoid it: pull in the clutch, ** wait about 4 seconds **, and then shift into 1st gear. No clunk.

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Does your GT transmission "clunk" when shifting from neutral into 1st gear? I mostly ignore this, but at times it can be slightly embarrassing. Here's how to avoid it: pull in the clutch, ** wait about 4 seconds **, and then shift into 1st gear. No clunk.

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Sorry Bob, but it doesn't work on my late 2007 GT. It still clunks, whether I hold in the clutch for 4 seconds or not.
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Sorry Bob, but it doesn't work on my late 2007 GT. It still clunks, whether I hold in the clutch for 4 seconds or not.
Well, dang! Sorry 'bout that. I did assume that if it worked on my GT, it'll work on all GTs. Guess not.

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Sorry Bob, but it doesn't work on my late 2007 GT. It still clunks, whether I hold in the clutch for 4 seconds or not.
Try holding the clutch in for a bit longer then.

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Be careful with the retractable "straps" attached to the side case lids.

The strap can easily become de-tached causing your painted lid will hit the ground! Always use your knee to support the lid when opening to avoid this pitfall.

Ask how I know!
Hard to do, but reverse the tag end where it attaches; change from the outside to inside. OR, zip-tie for added insurance.

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Try holding the clutch in for a bit longer then.
I have. Clutch-in time doesn't seem to make a difference.

Just so we're all on the same page, I'm talking about being at a stop light in neutral, then pulling the clutch in fully and holding it for a while, and then shifting from neutral into first with the clutch still fully in.

I have noticed that when the engine is just started after the GT is parked overnight in the garage, the transmission doesn't clunk for the first few shifts.
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Hard to do, but reverse the tag end where it attaches; change from the outside to inside. OR, zip-tie for added insurance.
Have you ever been able to detach it again after this reverse insertion? I looked at it but then decided not to. Being able to open the cases flat for packing/access is a feature I like. (I put all the stuff I need on the road in the smuggler or topcase.)
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