2nd Gen R56 Cooper S Skid plate?

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  1. OhBe1

    OhBe1 New Member

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    Thinking about adding a skid plate, in case we actually get winter this year.
    Any experience with Rennline or other suppliers?
     
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    #2 Crashton, Sep 17, 2012
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    I have a Cobalt skid plate on my R53 & feel it is a good idea because of the cast aluminium sump. They don't bend they break.

    On an R56 you have a pressed steel sump & an exhaust that runs under it. The sump will bend not break. I'd be worried about hitting the skid plate on something & pinching the exhaust.

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    That skid plate looks very well made. Wonder how much heat it will hold in on a turbo car?

    http://www.rennline.com/Aluminum-Skid-Plate-Mini/productinfo/U03/
     
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    Yes, heat might be a concern - although the protection offered in either forward or backward directions is a plus.

    Cobalt's newer one might alleviate the heat issue, but Moss says it fits only 2007.
     
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    Bump before I order a Rennline skidplate...
     
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    That is a very well made skidplate. If you find things getting too hot under the bonnet after bolting it on you can always take a hole saw & add some cooling vents.
     
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    Of course if you get one, you'll need to do a little paint work in case anyone is peeking under your car..
     
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    ^ nice job, but I like mine scratched & scared.....
     
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    What crashton said, the numerous scrapes and one big gouge (exhaust fell off the car in front of me lol) on mine means it is working :)

    That is neat how it matches the stripes :Thumbsup:
     
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    Got mine from Mini Mania a couple years ago - $145 plus shipping. Haven't installed it yet, 'cause it probably won't fit around my 3" exhaust, without some extra cutting. Then, if installed, I couldn't get around it to work on / fix anything it's protecting.

    It's still in it's original protective wrapper and shipping carton. Make me an offer?
     
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    Which one?
     
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    Oldbrokenwind do you know if yours will fit on a 12' Clubman S Automatic? Might be interested in seeing it.
     
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    Bought it from Mini Mania in early 2011 --- part # G2NMA3041. You can go to their website, fill out the info for your car, then check the "will this item fit my car" box. Here's a link ---

    MINI Cooper - Skid Plate Stainless Steel Sump Guard - R56 Cooper

    HurricaneDave, looking at the other skid plates available, mine probably won't work in a 2012 clubman automatic. Since you're so close, if you want to check it out, send me a PM and I'll respond with an address / directions, etc. I have a good floor jack and a couple stands in my garage.
     
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    Everything I can find says it will not fit on a 12" Cllubby Auto. Thanks anyway oldbrokenwind!
     
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    Got the Rennline skidplate in. Changed the acoustics a bit, no negative.
    Installing with the front on 6" high ramps was fun, supporting the plate on my chest and belly-breathing. Added a couple rubber washers to prevent scraping the frame.
    Gotta get some RaceRamps...
     
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    Interested in how it changed the acoustics?

    That Rennline looks very well made. :Thumbsup:
     
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    Not quite so much high frequency stuff, and especially does not sounds so, um, ticky-tacky on cold start.
    Now to get some decent tires.
     

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