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MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52

MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52

MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52

MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52

MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52

MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52

MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52
Selected: NMS7300
MINI Cooper, Cooper S Suspension Strut Tower Reinforcement plates, Gen 1, Hardtop R50, Hardtop R53, Convertible R52
Top Plate Reinforcement
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$149.95
Part No: NMS7300
In Stock
Internet Price $149.95

The combination of MINI's short suspension travel and the inadequate rigidity of the front suspension strut towers make the MINI susceptible to strut tower deformation (also known as 'mushrooming') when hitting severe potholes. These reinforcement plates add rigidity to the strut towers to minimize this deformation. If you live in an area where the roads are a little 'rough' - these are a must-have! Sold in pairs with all necessary hardware for installation.

Avoid costly repairs from strut tower deformation in your MINI Cooper and Cooper S with the Strut Tower Reinforcment Plates (STRP). These plates are designed to strengthen the strut tower and prevent 'mushrooming' which can result from hitting large potholes or bottoming out the front suspension. Sold in pairs.

Fits:

2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 Cooper S Hatchback
2005-2008 R52 MINI Cooper and S Convertibles

These Strut Tower Reinforcement plates includes 'stud extenders' to lengthen the studs from the guide plate.  No worries that the studs are long enough!

When your strut tower 'mushrooms', the alignment is adversely affected and can cause handling problems as well as premature tire wear. This is a small investment to prevent future problems, especially if your roads are less than 'smooth'!

By sandwiching the sheet metal between the strut and the STRP's 1/2 inch thick aircraft aluminum plate, it is strengthened ten-fold. The STRP retains 1/2 inch thickness throughout ensuring that there are no weak spots. Installation is easy using the included instructions, it will take about 10 minutes to ensure that you do not have to go through a lengthy and expensive alignment repair.

MINI Cooper Strut Tower Brace Plate Installation Instructions

See NMS7301 MINI Cooper Under Strut Tower Plates for additional protection.

NOTES: 

  • If your strut tower is deformed or mushroomed, you can 'carefully' repair this with the struts rmoved.  Use a block of wood and a mallet and carefully flatten the top of the strut tower.  However, once you've altered the strut tower, the structural integrity is severely weakened so you should install these reinforcement plates to  restore the integrity.  The Guide Support or Strut Mounts are probably deformed  so you should replace them as well.
  • The deformation needs to be corrected before installing these strut plates.  Do not rely on these plates to correct the deformation.  These plates are designed to add strength, not correct the deformation. 

Note: This Strut reinforcement plate is not compatible with most Front Strut Tower Braces.

MINI Cooper Strut Tower Brace Plates Installation Instructions

The combination of MINI's short suspension travel and the inadequate rigidity of the front suspension strut towers make the MINI susceptible to strut tower deformation (also known as 'mushrooming') when hitting severe potholes. These reinforcement plates add rigidity to the strut towers to minimize this deformation. If you live in an area where the roads are a little 'rough' - these are a must-have!

Fits:

2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 Cooper S Hatchback
2005-2008 R52 MINI Cooper and S Convertibles

Installation Guide

Parts included are:
1 ea Right Defender Plate
1 ea Left Defender Plate
6 ea Hex Nuts
6 ea Small Washers
6 ea Large Washers
6 ea Custom Bolt Adapters

Tools Required are:
Torque Wrench
Socket Wrench
9/16” Deep Socket
7/8” Socket
1/2” Socket

Installation Instruction

1. Remove 3 factory nuts from the top of each strut tower using your ½” socket and wrench

2. Drop one of the small washers onto each of the exposed bolts.

3. Twist the included bolt adapters onto the protruding bolts on the two strut towers.

4. Use the deep 9/16 socket and torque wrench to tighten the adapters to 25 FT/LBS.

5. Notice the left and right plates are different; the logo will be on the windshield side.

6. Line up the plate with the adapter closest to the windshield and slide it down ¼ inch.

7. Turn the plate to line up the other two holes and press straight down.

8. Drop one of the large washers on top of the plate around each bolt.

9. Notice that the hex nuts have one flat and one concave side; use them flat side down for steps 10 and 11.

10. Use the 7/8” socket to torque the hex nuts to 25 FT/LBS.

11. Repeat process on the opposite strut tower.

 

 

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This Item (NMS7300) Fits the following cars:
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper
  • R52 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2006
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper
  • R52 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Automatic
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R52 Convertible
  • Manual
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2005
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2004
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2004
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2004
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2003
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2003
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2003
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2002
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Automatic
  • 2002
  • MINI Cooper
  • R50 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
  • 2002
  • MINI Cooper S
  • R53 Hatchback /Hardtop
  • Manual
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