R56 Hood Scoop Options/Thoughts

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  1. LazyEar

    LazyEar New Member

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    #1 LazyEar, Jul 9, 2016
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    My MINI suffers from the lovely melted hood scoop issue and I've been thinking about other options. I keep going back and forth between leaving it as-is (for awhile at least), purchasing a replacement and having it painted (either the body color or black), or going with a black hood scoop.

    I've photoshopped a few pictures to get an idea of what the black ones would look like. My photoshop skills definitely aren't the best, so take them with a grain of salt. :cornut:

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


    Currently:
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    Option 1: Notch Style
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    Option 2: M7 Vortex 2 (most expensive :eek6: and seems to stick up pretty high)
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    Option 3: what I think a plain black scoop would look like...
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  2. caseydog

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    I normally wouldn't go with a black scoop, but with the other black trim items on your car, I think it looks pretty good.

    I do NOT like the Vortex 2 one bit. Too "in your face" for a MINI.

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    +1 on option 3 :Thumbsup:
     
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    Option 3 definitely looks to be the cleanest install.
     
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    #5 Guapish_Fliver, Jul 9, 2016
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    Ya if you put that vortex on there you would need fake 3 piece rims, giant spoiler, and muffler delete to go with it. (Fart)

    I just left my OEM melted scoop right on there. It looks like something gnarly was going down at some point. I kind of like its "character".... :cornut:
     
  6. LazyEar

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    LOL
     
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    I forgot to add LED tire valve caps, neon glow, and at least ten boost gauges on the A pillar.
     

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  8. DneprDave

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    I read about melting hood scoops when I got my car. I bought a Way Motor Works turbo wrap and installed it.

    http://www.waymotorworks.com/wmw-turbo-heat-shield.html

    I work on large industrial engines, every one of them has lagging (insulation) around the turbocharger's hot side. It improves turbocharger efficiency. It also keeps the hood scoop from melting.
     
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    I have black accents on my car and I tried the black hood scoop and after a couple days I was happy it was just plasti-dip. I was on the fence before trying it out and ended up going back to stock. That M7 snorkel is gross. Stay clean, keep it body color.
     
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    What year MINI do you have? Mine is an 09 and I had the same melty scoop, replaced by the dealer under warranty...
    MINI had just come out with a fix that I mentioned and even the dealer wasn't aware of. They ordered a new scoop and painted it and installed it with the new heat shield... I haven't had an issue since... I think none of the aftermarket look any good, but that's only my opinion... Go with what you want...

    Here's the OEM aluminum heat shield P/N 51-48-2-183-986

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  11. caseydog

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    Reminds me of one of my favorite ad campaigns...

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1MNEqCr748"]Volkswagen: Unpimp Your Auto (All 3) - YouTube[/ame]

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  12. LazyEar

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    Thanks for the info. I'll ask my dealer about it. It's a 2008. I'm sure it's way past warranty coverage, but I'll them the cost of replacement.
     
  13. caseydog

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    If it is part of a recall, it is covered for a long time. It never hurts to ask.

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