Adjustable rear control arms are a must-have for lowered MINIs. Without fixing the camber related problems of lowering a car, you'll be wearing out the insides of your rear tires prematurely. MINIs come with fixed-length control arms. One controls Caster/toe (upper arm), the other controls Camber (lower arm). You can see them by standing behind the rear wheel and looking for 2 long bars that look like stamped metal welded together which connect the hub assembly to the sub-chassis. These factory control arms have flimsy rubber bushings pressed in both ends. While an acceptable choice for the street, they are not ideal for performance-minded driving or for any car that has been lowered.
The Alta adjustable rear control arms allow you to fix the problems associated with lowering a MINI or give you more control over camber settings.
Since the MINIs have more or less fixed positioned Camber and Caster, an alignment shop may NOT be able to adjust the factory settings, as they are non-adjustable (until 2005 when MINI added some adjustability). You will need to replace the factory lower control arms if you want to adjust Camber. Most MINI drivers are usually happy with adjustable LOWER (same physical part as the upper arms) control arms on the rear for adjusting camber.
Rear Control Arms
ALTA Rear Control Arms add adjustability for camber and toe to the rear end of your MINI. This is especially helpful on lowered vehicles. Plus by removing the OEM control arms you eliminate the soft rubber bushings at each mounting point. By adding the spherical rod ends on our control arms you increase handling while cutting weight by nearly half. So many benefits to such a simple upgrade!
ALTA Rear Control Arms directly replace your rear lateral links. The solid design of the ALTA control arms improve traction and handling. As well as giving you far greater control over camber and toe settings on your MINI. Once installed, ALTA control arms are adjustable for fine tuning of camber and toe without having to remove and install the linkage. Simply loosen the adjustment lock nuts and twist the center section to the exact setting you desire. These are easily installed when adding other suspension products like springs, coilovers or swaybars.
The ALTA Rear Control Arms are CNC machined from 6061 aluminum rod and then heavily texture powder coated for corrosion resistance as well as adding some color to your otherwise boring undercarriage. They feature Teflon-lined spherical rod ends for a solid connection, greater articulation and prevent dynamic alignment changes that occur with the rubber bushings found in the OEM control arms.
The ALTA Performance Control arms use an aircraft quality, spherical bearing type of rod end. This solid type connection still allows for smooth and precise movement of the control arm through a far larger range of articulation. Alta rod ends use injected Nylon around the center of the ball to keep the ball joint quiet as the part ages.
Two sets of arms can be purchased to replace both sets of upper and lower control arms. Further increasing rear end adjustment, removing even more deflection from the OEM rubber bushings and reducing even more weight from your MINI. Please note on models with Xenon style headlamps the installer will have to modify the mounting for the leveling sensor.
The ALTA Rear Control Arms use high quality hardware including corrosion resistant spacers and high quality Grade 8 adjustment nuts.
The Alta Adjustable Rear Lower or Upper Control Arms is one of the many MINI Cooper Parts and Accessories that we carry and will fit the following MINI Cooper Models and Years:
R50 MINI Cooper Hatchback: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
R52 MINI Cooper Convertible: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
R52-S MINI Cooper S Convertible: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
R53-S MINI Cooper S Hatchback: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
R55 MINI Cooper Clubman: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R55-S MINI Cooper S Clubman: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
R56-S MINI Cooper S Hatchback: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R57-S MINI Cooper S Convertible: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R58 MINI Cooper Coupe: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R58-S MINI Cooper S Coupe: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R59 MINI Cooper Roadster: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R59-S MINI Cooper S Roadster: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
R60 MINI Cooper Countryman: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
R60-S MINI Cooper S Countryman: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
R61 MINI Cooper Paceman: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
R61-S MINI Cooper S Paceman: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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