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Has anybody had any issues fitting an upper strut brace to an r50 ?

I have just bought an OMP one (from ebay, second hand) and I'm struggling to get the bonnet shut properly.

There doesn't seem to be the room between the battery box and the bonnet.

Any help would be fab

Cheers in advance

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I've only ever seen them listed for the cooper s, is it meant to be compatible?

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It was advertised as a non 'S' model but I now have my suspicions. Anyone wanna buy a strut brace ????? Lol

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I'd have it off you but I'm skint till the 25th (just bought a bypass valve and belt tensioner and massive brembo's in the last few days)

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Kettlepot said:
Has anybody had any issues fitting an upper strut brace to an r50 ?

I have just bought an OMP one (from ebay, second hand) and I'm struggling to get the bonnet shut properly.

There doesn't seem to be the room between the battery box and the bonnet.

Any help would be fab

Cheers in advance

 

I think you've just gotta be carefully shutting the bonnet until the strut beds into the soundproofing, it is a very close fit

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I can't remember what my first strut brace was on my mini but my bonnet didn't shit correctly at first then after a while I noticed two little dents either side of the bonet so just be careful.

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Some peeps had to remove the padding if I rem rightly...

 

Hi Si

Yeh, I've already removed the padding, and it didn't help much. I thought I may have missed something silly. The brace seems to align with the bonnets inner skin reducing the clearance even further.

Ian

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I can't remember what my first strut brace was on my mini but my bonnet didn't shit correctly at first then after a while I noticed two little dents either side of the bonet so just be careful.

 

I wish I'd read this before I fitted it !!


I now have little dent on the bonnet. I can only assume that there is just less room under a Coopers bonnet.


Cheers

Ian

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So sorry to hear that mate wish I had got my comment in sooner.

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Don't worry about it, I had the little dents before I posted my query :-(

Cheers for the thought though

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I have managed to get rid of about 95% of the dents. I may have a go at modifying the brace (modifying a modification, what's that called ??? Lol) I won't fix the dents fully until the brace is either fitted properly or sold !

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I have managed to get rid of about 95% of the dents. I may have a go at modifying the brace (modifying a modification, what's that called ??? Lol) I won't fix the dents fully until the brace is either fitted properly or sold !

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Just chopped and welded the strut brace in a lower position, but still mighty close to the bonnet. Anybody know how much it could bend under stress and how much pre-tension it should be under ?

Should it pull the struts together or push them apart ? (I'm probably over thinking it)

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Just chopped and welded the strut brace in a lower position, but still mighty close to the bonnet. Anybody know how much it could bend under stress and how much pre-tension it should be under ?

Should it pull the struts together or push them apart ? (I'm probably over thinking it)

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The brace bar itself isn't under tension - ie. It doesn't push the suspension turrets apart or pull them together (sure on r56 about this but may do on r50/53???).


I used this guide :

http://motoringfile.com/files/R56_PDF/jcw_strut_brace.PDF


But again is for an r56.


Try searching for an r50 guide perhaps.


Hope this helps.

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The brace bar itself isn't under tension - ie. It doesn't push the suspension turrets apart or pull them together (sure on r56 about this but may do on r50/53???).


I used this guide :

http://motoringfile.com/files/R56_PDF/jcw_strut_brace.PDF


But again is for an r56.


Try searching for an r50 guide perhaps.


Hope this helps.

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The brace bar itself isn't under tension - ie. It doesn't push the suspension turrets apart or pull them together (sure on r56 about this but may do on r50/53???).


I used this guide :

http://motoringfile.com/files/R56_PDF/jcw_strut_brace.PDF


But again is for an r56.


Try searching for an r50 guide perhaps.


Hope this helps.

 


Thanks for that Mark. I had found similar but not as detailed. When I fit the brace and push the struts apart (to simulate cornering) the brace bends upwards and hits the bonnet, which is what I don't want !

But fitting it without tension doesn't sit right in my head as the struts have to move further before the brace starts to work ? If the brace was tensioned then it would help hold the strut rigid ???


Now I'm all confused


:-(

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The brace bar itself isn't under tension - ie. It doesn't push the suspension turrets apart or pull them together (sure on r56 about this but may do on r50/53???).


I used this guide :

http://motoringfile.com/files/R56_PDF/jcw_strut_brace.PDF


But again is for an r56.


Try searching for an r50 guide perhaps.


Hope this helps.

 


Thanks for that Mark. I had found similar but not as detailed. When I fit the brace and push the struts apart (to simulate cornering) the brace bends upwards and hits the bonnet, which is what I don't want !

But fitting it without tension doesn't sit right in my head as the struts have to move further before the brace starts to work ? If the brace was tensioned then it would help hold the strut rigid ???


Now I'm all confused


:-(

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I'm no engineer Ian but the bar shouldn't bend enough (at all even) to hit the bonnet.

And would the chassis flex that much to cause such bending??

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I'm no engineer Ian but the bar shouldn't bend enough (at all even) to hit the bonnet.

And would the chassis flex that much to cause such bending??

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What you say makes sense, how much would each strut need to move to put stress into the brace, which would then pose my question, how much does a strut brace do ?


From full positive tension to full negative must be at in the region of 7-10mm

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What you say makes sense, how much would each strut need to move to put stress into the brace, which would then pose my question, how much does a strut brace do ?


From full positive tension to full negative must be at in the region of 7-10mm

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