1st Gen R53 Cooper S Looking for advice on body trim repair/reattach

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  1. fridayxiii

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    I had the matte black plastic trim on my '06 painted BRG a few weeks ago, and just noticed that the trim over the front wheel arches (right and left) has started to pull away from the bonnet a bit. Both arches have a small gap: 1/16" to 1/8" wide, maybe 2" long.

    I popped the bonnet, and the plastic clips are still in place. All the factory fasteners are there. Is there a glue, epoxy, or other adhesive I could use to help reattach the wheel arches and get rid of the gap?
     
  2. MCS02

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    No glue. I have had this happen. some of the factory clips are going bad and not holding it tight. You will need to go to the dealer and get new ones.
     
  3. eMINIparts

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    Little Grey clips

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  4. Crashton

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    New widgets is the fix. I've had a few fail too. Now I keep extras in the tool box. Thanks Steven!

    eMINIparts.com to the rescue. :Thumbsup:
     
  5. fridayxiii

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    Thanks! Some web content in my browser is disabled here at the office, but I'll check for links and/or pics when I get home. I may have another question or two, but I definitely appreciate the help! :Thumbsup:
     
  6. TheModFather

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    Dont feel bad, I need to replace ALL the clips that hold on the arches and side skirts. :(
     
  7. N2MINI

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    If the clips don't do the trick you may need to "slightly" bend the fender lip under the plastic trim a bit to force the trim/clips to put pressure on once clipping into place.
     
  8. Dave.0

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    Yup those clips can be a PITA to replace sometimes. That's why I have a bag full of new ones in my tool box. :Thumbsup:
     
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    Yea and your mini is a rust bucket! :lol::lol:
     
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    My hood scoop is held on by adhesive windshield sealant :)
     

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