Through the years, customers and friends with MINIs have had one common complaint: the strut towers mushroom after heavy impacts from the shocks and low aspect ratio tires. The MINI's shock towers take on a slightly convex shape barely visible at a first glance, but if you would compare it to the original sheet metal, you would find the horizontal plane has been moved as much as 3/8" upwards, throwing the suspension out of any possible alignment fix.
The problem will most likely show up as a slight pull either left or right when driving depending on which strut tower is buckled. The M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates (SRPs) will solve this problem by sandwiching the sheet metal and shock top plate, creating a reinforced top surface that will not bend, even during hard impacts loke hitting a pothole at speed.
If mushrooming is your primary concern, then the M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates offer the solid solution. Adding the M7 SRPs to your MINI is an inexpensive preventative measure to what could be an expensive fix. We have customers that won't drive a new MINI off the lot without a set of M7 SRPs installed, as well as dealers that sell every new MINI with a set of M7 SRPs.
Extremely durable, the 1/2" (13mm) thick plates come in sets of two (left and right) and are made from CNC machined billet aluminum that is black anodized to prevent chipping or oxidization. Our plates cover the ENTIRE surface of the strut tower (not just where the upper strut mount meets the tower) to evenly distribute any loads over a larger area and give you the extra peace of mind.
The M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates are designed to fit the R50 Base Model Cooper, the R52 Convertible and the R53 Cooper S.
For more about the specifics and development of the M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates click the tech article Link.
The M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates and the M7 Strut Tower Brace are two separate products that have the same function in regards to strut tower mushrooming (you only need one or the other).
- If you have performance driving in mind, the M7 R53-R52 R50 Strut Tower Brace is strongly recommended.
- If your MINI is mainly a daily driver, the M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates are sufficient for your needs.
Note: You cannot buy the SRPs and attach the cross-bar at a later time.
Installation is a snap (less than 20 minutes) and includes simple instructions that also address fixing existing mushrooming. No need for new nuts; the SRPs use the three stock nuts on each side for installation.
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