I am thinking of getting the S rear spoiler on my Cooper , because I love the shape of it and would make the Cooper look even more cool and racy.
Is there anybody who has done such a mod, and is there anything special to consider and think about?
I checked with the rep., and they said it might be enough just to use the double sided "tape" that is available in a kit ,and not drill holes in the hatch for the screws, that also comes along in the kit.
The Z4´s rear spoiler is stuck using that tape according to the rep., and serveral BMW´s spoilers (not mounted in factory) is using this technique and "once they´re there, they are stuck" I was told.
Suggestions, good or bad is more than welcome
On an older MINI or the new r56? not sure on the R56 but on the older Cooper the chilli pack spoiler had mounts in the same place as the S spoiler anyhow so the holes will already be there. If you didn't have chilli then you'll have to have holes made as the bolts are moulded into the S spoiler.
I think the Cooper Chilli spoiler has 3 holes bolting it too the roof and the Cooper S only has 2 and therefore one of these holes would be visable and would require filling. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Another option if I am right is the aero kit spoiler which is similar in size to the Cooper S spoiler but doesn't have the gap in the centre its all filled in. This spoiler has no bolts and as you decribed above this is just stuck on covering the bolt holes. I had the aero kit spoiler on my old One and its lovely! But I didn't have a spoiler to start with so I had none of the removal part.
R56 the spoiler is perminately attached to that small roof part and the whole assembly comes away and is interchangable so I think any spoiler will fit on any of the R56 range.
I removed the cooper chilli spoiler on my cooper when it was crashed and the ends were bolted on mine but there was no central bolt just the sticky tape stuff they use to hold it on...but maybe mine was an odd one. Either way you'd have to drill holes, if your car doesn't already have a spoiler, in the roof to fit the S spoiler as it has bolts moulded into the ends...but the aero kit spoiler is just glued on as far as i know and that looks a bit beefier than the S or Chilli spoilers so maybe thats worth some thought as an option?
Thanks for the replies. My Cooper is a 2002 model so it is not the new R56.
I have seen an Aero spolier that was fitted on a Cooper and, as you say Richard, it looked quite beefy, but there is something with the shape of the S spolier that I think is very cool. I have decided to go for an S one, so I will keep you posted on how the development goes.
I really hope I does not destroy "Trigger" when drilling the holes, this car really triggered me into the world of Mini
One final question, I guess I have to remove some plastic parts (just beneath the spoiler on the inside, or is it the plastic frame surrounding the window that has to come off a bit?) so the bolts is possible to attach to a screw so it stays in place.
I looked at a Cooper S at the dealers site, but you could not see the bolts inside the hatch just beneath the spolier. Anybody with a suggestion to that?
On my 2006 Cooper I've got the Chilli spoiler, which is held on with a bolt at either end. These are covered on the inside of the bootlid by two black plastic grommets, are these and the bolts coming with the spoiler kit? Then you will also have to bond the spoiler into place, I have a feeling it should come with a double-sided sticky pad. This is definitiely needed as otherwise the spoiler isn't rigid and can be wiggled a good bit.
I have now bought the S spolier and it came mounted with two bolt taps, one on each side. I have to get it painted by a professional in my roof colour (white) first, but then, as far as I can see, I simply have got to do the drillin´on Trigger.
When I open the hatch and look on the inside, there is two small plastic black cups, one on each side, approx where the taps seems to fit.
The double sided tape was not included, so I have to get that from the rep aswell as two bolts to put on the taps. You don´t want it to go on the highway, being in front of a policecar or worse, another Mini being hit by the flying spoiler
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