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Mini Cooper Clutch Kit Upgrade R55 Thru R61

Mini Cooper Clutch Kit Upgrade R55 Thru R61

Mini Cooper Clutch Kit Upgrade R55 Thru R61

Performance Clutch Upgrade kits to match your application from performance street to full race!

Fits the following Cooper S models with the N14 engine:

2007-2010 R56 MINI Cooper S Hardtop
2008-2010 R55 MINI Cooper S Clubman
2009-2010 R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible

Image shown is an approximation and not the actual product.

These 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 the factory Dual Mass Flywheel. Select the sprung clutch disc only when used with the SPEC Clutch solid single mass flywheel. (Not compatible with Dual Mass Flywheels).

Torque Rcommendations (measured at flywheel):

  STAGE1  STAGE2  STAGE 2+  STAGE 3  STAGE 3+  STAGE 4  STAGE 5 
 TORQUE CAPACITY  257 ft-lbs 295 ft-lbs  330 ft-lbs  352 ft-lbs  407  ft-lbs  352 ft-lbs 493  ft-lbs

Stage 1 Cooper S Performance Clutch Kit offers a nice upgrade from the factory setup with stock-like daily drivability and very good wear characteristics. Whether you are looking for something 'more durable' or 'better than stock', or a nice performance upgrade, the Stage 1 kit is a great fit.  Torque Capacity of 257 ft-lbs.

Features high clamp pressure plate, steel-backed and multi-compound woven organic material and high torque solid hub disc assembly, and bearing.

Stage 2 Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a perfect upgrade for mild to moderately modified and power added engines. (Also good for stock power levels and spririted driving when good daily drivability and extremely long life are the goal.) Stock-like daily drivability and EXCELLENT wear characteristics. For Street, Drag, Pulling, Autocross. Torque Capacity of 295 ft-lbs.

Features high clamp pressure plate, pure Kevlar friction material and high torque rigid hub disc assembly, bearing and tool kit.

Stage 2 PLUS Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a perfect upgrade for all modified engines making more torque than the stage 2 can support. Maintains stage 2 feel for good daily drivability and offers very good wear characteristics, but provides a higher torque capacity. For Street, Drag, Road Race, Rallye, Pulling, Autocross. Torque Capacity of 330 ft-lbs.

Features high clamp pressure plate, composite multi-friction carbon-kevlar material, high torque rigid hub disc assembly, bearing and tool kit.

Stage 3 Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a nice upgrade for heavily modified street and race engines. Offers sufficient daily drivability with a comfortable pedal feel and quick engagement. Offers good wear characteristics under low and high stress usage. For Street, Drag, Drift, Road Race, Rallye, Pulling, Autocross. Torque Capacity of 352 ft-lbs.

Features high clamp pressure plate, 6 puck carbon semi-metallic friction with high torque rigid hub disc assembly, bearing and tool kit.

Stage 3 PLUS Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a nice upgrade for heavily modified street and race engines making more torque than the Stage 3 can support. Offers good daily drivability and better manageability than the stage 3, with even better wear characteristics. For Street, Drag, Drift, Road Race, Pulling. Torque Capacity of 407 ft-lbs.

Features high clamp pressure plate, full-faced carbon metallic friction, high torque rigid hub disc assembly, bearing and tool kit.

Stage 4 Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a nice upgrade for heavily modified engines or engines of any modification level being used in the above driving environments, where an instantaneous engagement and light weight are beneficial. Not street-friendly due to harsh engagement. For Drag, Drift, Road Race, Rallye, Pulling, Circle Track. Torque Capacity of 352 ft-lbs.

Stage 5 Performance Clutch Kit for the MINI is a nice upgrade for heavily modified engines or engines of any modification level being used in the above driving environments, where an instantaneous engagement and light weight are beneficial. Not street-friendly due to harsh engagement. For Drag, Drift, Road Race, Rallye, Pulling, Circle Track. Torque Capacity of 493 ft-lbs.

Features high clamp pressure plate, 3,4 or 6 puck carbon semi-metallic friction with high torque rigid hub and carrier assembly, bearing and tool kit.

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.

For the factory replacement Flywheel Bolts, see G2NMG7603.

INSTALL NOTES

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.

SPEC LIMITED WARRANTY

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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This Item (G2NMG1601-P) Fits the following cars:
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper
  • R55 Clubman
  • Automatic
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper
  • R55 Clubman
  • Manual
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper
  • R57 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper
  • R57 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R55 Clubman
  • Automatic
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R55 Clubman
  • Manual
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R57 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2010
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R57 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper
  • R55 Clubman
  • Automatic
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper
  • R55 Clubman
  • Manual
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper
  • R57 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper
  • R57 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R55 Clubman
  • Automatic
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R55 Clubman
  • Manual
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R57 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2009
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R57 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper
  • R55 Clubman
  • Automatic
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper
  • R55 Clubman
  • Manual
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R55 Clubman
  • Automatic
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R55 Clubman
  • Manual
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2008
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2007
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R56 Hatchback/Hardtop
  • Manual
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