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Mini Cooper S Clutch Kit Upgrade Gen1 R53 Cooper S

Mini Cooper S Clutch Kit Upgrade Gen1 R53 Cooper S

Mini Cooper S Clutch Kit Upgrade Gen1 R53 Cooper S
Cooper S Performance Clutch Upgrade kits for 2002-2004 R53 MINI Cooper S Hatchbacks.


2002-2006 R53 MINI Cooper S Hatchback

These Kits includes:

  • High clamp pressure plate
  • Steel-backed solid hub clutch disk
  • Throwout bearing

NOTE:  Clutch Kits are available with sprung or unsprung (solid hub) clutch disks. Select the Clutch Kit with the unsprung (solid hub) clutch disk if you have a Dual Mass Flywheel like the stock unit. If you are using an aftermarket lightweight 'solid' flywheel, select the Clutch Kit with the sprung clutch disk.

Stage 1 Performance Clutch Kit offers a nice upgrade from the factory setup for the 'sport minded' MINI driver.

Features an integrally molded carbon-based, high performance organic lining that offers smooth engagement and excellent life. This lining has an integrally molded steel backing for strength under high clamp loads and temperatures. Best for street and limited track/off-road usage.

Stage 2 Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a perfect upgrade for the Cooper S with some performance modifications and used in an occasional autocross or 'driver education' events.

Features pure segmented kevlar disc with steel backing. This lining features excellent drivability like the Stage 1, but offers slightly longer life and higher torque capacity. Best for street, drag, pulling and autocross.

Stage 2 PLUS Bridging the gap between stage 2 and stage 3, the 2+ offers drivability and engagement quality characteristic of the stage 2, but with a 15-20% higher torque capacity. Features a multi-friction disc in a full faced configuration with carbon semi-metallic on one side and Kevlar on the other.

Stage 3 Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a nice upgrade for the MINI with performance modifications and used in some racing applications including drag racing. This is the ultimate street / strip clutch providing sharp but smooth engagement with light pedal.

Spec High Clamp Load Pressure Plates are standard with all performance kits. These plates can feature clamp loads from 20%-40% higher than original equipment and have a very reasonable pedal requirement. The exclusive 360 degree pivot technology assures a perfectly even lift and disc clamp, maximized leverage, more consistent clamp load and minimized wear.

Recommended Torque (at Flywheel):

 235 ft lbs  280 ft lbs  300 ft lbs  315 ft .bs  420 ft lbs

Stages 1-3+ recommended for street/strip Stages 4-5 Race only.

For replacement factory Pressure Plate Bolts - see NMG7608.

For replacement factory Flywheel Bolts - see NMG7623.


Unless using a new flywheel provided by SPEC, existing unit must be resurfaced prior to installation of the clutch product to ensure integrity of friction surface. Owner must also break in the new high performance clutch for a minimum of 450 miles, primarily city and/or stop-and-go driving, before full throttle engagement, drag launching or speed shifting. * FAILURE TO EXECUTE EACH OF THE ABOVE WILL HINDER CLUTCH PERFORMANCE AND VOID ALL WARRANTY!!!

Unless otherwise instructed by written notice from SPEC, follow manufacturer’s instructions when installing clutch and flywheel products. SPEC recommends that all bolts be inspected before re-installation, and any bolts that have been removed and re-torqued multiple times replaced. SPEC will not warrant any component failure due to install error.


S.P.E.C., Inc warrants all products to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for normal use and service up to 120 days after retail purchase. SPEC reserves the right to examine any part returned for warranty claim to determine whether a defect in materials or workmanship exists in such product. SPEC liability is limited to repairing, replacing or crediting towards other product, and credits will not exceed the invoice total for the parts. Labor and storage charges are not products of SPEC and, therefore, will not be reimbursed for any reason. Final determination of the condition and suitability of the parts for uses contemplated by the buyer is a sole responsibility of the buyer. SPEC will not be liable for any damage or injury to persons or property that might be claimed as a result of improper installation or misuse of any part subject to this warranty. There are no warranties expressed or implied beyond those set forth above.

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