Engine Drivetrain 1st Gen Cooper S Header Question

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  1. Red Bull

    Red Bull Active Member

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    Does a header like RMW, Supersprint, etc. fit on an auto R53, or are there clearance issues because the motor is shifted to the passenger side?

    I thought BlimeyCabrio (pre Phoenix) and a few others had highly modded automatic MINI's which included a header. Were they modified before install?
     
  2. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Helix & RMW Powered
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    RMW street header will fit no problem.
     
  3. BlimeyCabrio

    BlimeyCabrio Oscar Goldman of MINIs
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    RMW shorty header will work... but it DOES put more stress on the flex joint, and it's a bit more of a pain to put the header on, to get it lined up with the head.
    MIGHT lead to premature flex joint failure... I had mine replaced three or four times, over 5-6 years....
     
  4. Red Bull

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    Thanks for the info. I'll have to figure out if I want to deal with the the flex joint issues, or just stay stock.
     
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    I have the RMW race header with no problems.
     

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