This has been a common issue that MINI owners have had to face. It is a compromise in the design of the vehicle. The stiff springs allow for the griptastic handling that we love on the twisties, but are the main reason that our MINI’s have a unique disposition for sheet metal deformation. STDS (STRUT TOWER DEFENDERS) STDs are a preventative measure. Instead of suffering the consequences of a lack of protection, using STD’s to your advantage will strengthen your MINI’s strut towers before deformation can occur. By sandwiching the sheet metal between the strut and our 1/2 inch thick aircraft aluminum plate, it is strengthened ten-fold.
STDs come in pairs, one for the right tower and one for the left. STDs retain a 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. You do not need to lift the car, and the only tool needed is a torque wrench.
FITMENT STDs are available for: MINI Cooper R50 2001-2006MINI Cabrio and Cabrio S R52 2004-2008MINI Cooper S R53 2002-2006