After about 3-4 years of hard driving, you may find that the front end of your MINI is starting to feel a bit soggy. Some of that is from control arm bushings, motor mounts and overall wear and tear but the bulk of it is also due to chassis fatigue. While the upper strut towers are virtually a part of the firewall, it would seem odd that there would be much movement between the strut towers but there is.
Factory fresh MINIs don't tend to show this weakness, but over time it will creep in. Upper stress bars are a good thing not only for older MINIs but for newer MINIs to help keep the front end more stable, especially when the chassis twists going into to high speed turns, etc.
This is one of the best upper stress bars we have seen, and it is super light and stiff. To top it off, the aluminum cross brace looks absolutely stunning. When installed, this will clear the stock airbox on the R50 and R52 Cooper and R52 and R53 Cooper S. It will likely fit over just about any aftermarket intake such as the Alta, etc if the two vertical metal walls are trimmed.
Install is a breeze and can be done by just about any skilled person in 15-20 minutes using basic tools.
The Front Aluminum Upper Stress Bar by Racing Dynamics 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
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