Fit and finish were perfect. Mounted right up, and looks great.
I had a bit of disappointment today when my new hitch arrived - it was not the correct model for my car.
In retrospect, I looked back at the ordering page and found that it was my mistake but I could see why. I searched for a hitch for a Mini-S R53 and it took me to a 1001 which is for a non-S R50. The model numbers for the hitches and the cars they match up with were at the very bottom of the page, which I didn't see when ordering. It would have been very helpful if the drop-down menu had not just the hitch model number (1003) but the car model as well (R50, R53...) to help avoid this confusion.
It cost me return shipping and another week or more of wait. Not fun.
I cannot say enough good things about Outmotoring. Quick, on-time shipping. Excellent products for a decent price. But, what really makes them stand out is the excellent customer service. They've been quick to help me find the right part when I couldn't find it on their site. Their knowledge of MINI's and the best parts to use is fantastic. I don't want to go anywhere else for my MINI - whether buying replacement parts (e.g. tie rods) or upgrading the trim elements. After three orders, I'm sold on them!
NM Engineering’s Rear Adjustable Sway Bar Links provides three benefits:
* Direct transmission of suspension movements to the sway bar
* On lowered vehicles, allows repositioning of sway bar to neutral position
* Can eliminate sway bar pre-loading to compensate for poorly manufactured sway bars
Everything starts with the material – after all, it is the
foundation of the part. NM Engineering did not skimp here as these links
are precision CNC machined from 7075-T6 aluminum in California. Because
this is a high-stress part, 7075 was chosen because it has the same
tensile strength as steel, yet is much lighter. Just to compare, 7075-T6
has almost twice the tensile strength compared to 6061-T6.
Another benefit afforded by 7075-T6 is it allowed NM Engineering to
machine or turn-down the centers of the links to save weight and stay
clear of elements such as brake lines and brake pad sensor wires. To
give you an idea how thin the link is, the centers of the NM links are
thinner than a standard AA battery.
NM’s links also utilize precision CNC machined stainless steel
ball-joint spacers as stainless steel is stronger and more durable than
6061 aluminum alloy. To maximize adjustability, NM chose a special thin
jam nut which allow an additional ¼" of adjustment compared to others
being sold in the market.
The length of front and rear links are compensated for lowered
vehicles so the sway bar arms will sit in a neutral position relative to
the swing arm. The length of the rear links are 25mm shorter and the
fronts are 12mm longer compared to OE links. This is also 'the' solution
for enthusiasts out there with coil-over suspension that lower the ride
height more than 1.5".
By the way, a quick note on the materials used…whether it is 6061-T6
or 7075-T6, all grade materials purchased are certified. Uncertified
scrap or overrun materials from metal/alloy vendors is NEVER used.
NM Engineering’s Rear Adjustable Sway Bar Links will not yield like
their OE counterparts making sure that all suspension movements are
transmitted to the sway bar for maximum performance. This part is a
must, especially on lowered vehicles or cars equipped with aftermarket