madness Strut Tower Reinforcement Plates for the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S R56 Second generation MINI
Finally a true strut tower reinforcement that actually works to stop strut tower mushrooming!
For the last year we have been amazed by the poorly designed attempts to stop strut tower mushrooming. The current solutions on the market are made from billet aluminum and are mounted atop the strut tower in an attempt to strengthen the affected area. Not only that but our competitors cut a small notch in the aluminum surface for fitment atop the strut tower which weakens the plate by 50% or more!
The Madness reinforcement plates mount below the strut tower and cover 100% of the usable strut tower surface area for maximum strength. The Madness Plates are also made of high strength carbon steel which is significantly stronger than aluminum.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY STRUT TOWERS ARE ALREADY DEFORMED?
Our MINI Cooper Strut Reinforcement Plates will pull the metal back into alignment when you tighten the nuts. Since the sheet metal of the existing strut towers is thinner than our reinforcement plate the two will be pulled togther when tightening the nuts down. We advise NOT to hammer the towers back into shape, this does more harnm and damage to an already damaged tower.
Our plates will accommodate the use of Koni adjustable shocks and work with most upper stress bars and are very easy to install.
Also included are our strut tower covers which add a cleaner look under hood area.
Bent way beyond a little
Matthew Varley (Beverly, MA) 2/25/2014 5:24 PM
Spoke with George on the phone and he recommended I get this, boy am I glad he did. After receiving them in the mail, I popped the hood to see what I was in store for. Not one but both towers are noticeably bent, almost rounded. I looked a bit closer and realized my passenger side strut mount was cracked as well. Took a quick drive over to my local Mini dealer, spent some money there then got back to work. The plate went in with a little shaking things around. New strut mount is back in and I am ready to roll. I highly recommend this product for some piece of mind and straight up reinforcement like in my case.
Really necessary, one suggestion
Thomas Weber (Tampa, FL) 4/26/2010 11:08 AM
I've been waiting a long time to address the mushrooms on my strut towers. They were first discovered in '04 when I tried to put a Dinan strut brace on but couldn't due to the 'shrooms. What I had to do to get these on was take my Dremel tool to two of the holes on each plate and elongate them about 1mm. The mushroom effect had slightly bent the threaded posts on the strut and that was the only way to get them on. I suggest that they come with slightly elongated holes to accomdate such deformations due to mushrooming. Now that they are on, I share the sense of relief that I've fixed an old issue and can carve up the streets without worrying about getting the 'shrooms.
(Unknown) 5/8/2009 12:41 PM
Just installed these on my '04 MCS. Had some mushrooming before the install and the car had a slight pull to the right. The install was easy and took about an hour with a tire rotation. The plates took care of the mushrooming and the pull is gone! I believe this is the best option if you already have deformed strut towers.
An Ounce of Prevention
Anonymous (Unknown) 8/31/2008 2:35 AM
I haven't seen mushrooming on my '05 but I have seen it on other Mini's. I must not thrash it as hard as some others do even though on a recent outing I did bottom out the right front supension. These plates fit neatly inside the strut tower and don't require any alterations. Would I ever experience mushrooming without the plates? There is no way to tell. I'm solidly convinced that I will most certainly never experience it with them installed. Fit and finish are first class and for my money the peace of mind is worth the asking price. ex997guy
All-in-all, a great investment in my GoKart!
Anonymous (Unknown) 1/14/2009 11:32 AM
As one of the very first to have these installed (August 30), I'm happy to report that they are awesome! Not only did the installation remove the bit of mushrooming I developed on my road trip to MTTS, I can now hit the occasional hard bump or small pothole without worrying that I'll need new strut towers one day. All-in-all, a great investment in my GoKart! (and you can quote me on that ;-) John