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Old 01-19-2006, 07:47 PM
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I've been told Ivan has had this problem and Hollis is starting to get it. After reading about it yesterday I checked my car and sure enough my passenger strut tower is bubbled up a little bit. I've read that you can jack up the front of the car then use a hammer and a 2x4 to flatten it out. Is this true? Also, would getting the M7 strut tower brace help prevent it just as much as the SRP's?. Here is a picture of the side that is starting to have the mushrooming,
http://tehsire.com/pictures/mini/DSC01269111.JPG
Notice how the area circled in red is curved and bubbled up.

This is the drivers side it's perfectly flat. In person you can really notice the difference
http://tehsire.com/pictures/mini/DSC01270%20(Medium).jpg
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Old 01-19-2006, 07:51 PM
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Old 01-19-2006, 07:53 PM
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I've been told Ivan has had this problem and Hollis is starting to get it. After reading about it yesterday I checked my car and sure enough my passenger strut tower is bubbled up a little bit. I've read that you can jack up the front of the car then use a hammer and a 2x4 to flatten it out. Is this true?
Yes, but I would let a professional (like Steve) do the hammering, and I'd also suggest getting an alignment done immediately after.

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Also, would getting the M7 strut tower brace help prevent it just as much as the SRP's?.
Yeah, I believe the underside is basically the same, so they should both be equally effective. I believe Strom has the M7 Strut Tower Brace, so he may be able to shed some light on the subject.

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Here is a picture of the side that is starting to have the mushrooming,
http://tehsire.com/pictures/mini/DSC01269111.JPG
Notice how the area circled in red is curved and bubbled up.

This is the drivers side it's perfectly flat. In person you can really notice the difference
http://tehsire.com/pictures/mini/DSC01270%20(Medium).jpg
Yikes, that's a pretty substantial bend. It doesn't look like you're running any aftermarket camber plates, either. Another option that would likely help quite a bit is getting a strong aftermarket camber plate, such as the RDR. When I had the H-sports, I noticed a lot of mushrooming. After hammering them down and installing the RDRs, with their thick underside base plate, I've barely noticed any mushrooming at all ever since.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:21 PM
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i posted links to the pics instead of pictures jsut so it wouldn't hog up the page and incase people were on dial up it wouldn't slow them down.

Where did you get the RDR camber plates? I didn't see them on mini-madness or webbmotorsports.
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Regarding the M7 strut tower brace: There has been quite a bit of discussion around using the M7 strut tower brace to help prevent this problem, since the brace goes all the way around the top of the strut tower and picks up all three bolts (unlike some strut tower braces).

In that same vein, I had a conversation with Peter at M7 not too long ago about just releasing the plates from the strut tower brace as a separate product, for those people who may want the added insurance of having the plates, but may not be completely "sold" on the idea that a car as rigid as the MINI needs a strut tower brace. The Strut Tower Plates are basically the same thing as the plates for the m7 strut tower brace, just minus the mounting attach points for the brace and they are also black anodized.

As a result of that, M7 recently released the M7 Strut Tower Plates.

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I currently have these plates on my new MC and took the photo above.

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Old 01-19-2006, 09:32 PM
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i posted links to the pics instead of pictures jsut so it wouldn't hog up the page and incase people were on dial up it wouldn't slow them down.

Where did you get the RDR camber plates? I didn't see them on mini-madness or webbmotorsports.
Helix and RDR merged or are in cooperation... so basically, www.outmotoring.com sells the "helix camber plates" which are basically the RDRs under a different name

or you can go to helix directly for a lil cheaper price
www.helix13.com
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... When I had the H-sports, I noticed a lot of mushrooming. After hammering them down and installing the RDRs, with their thick underside base plate, I've barely noticed any mushrooming at all ever since.
Oh for Christ's sake... Something else for me to worry about.
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I currently have these plates on my new MC and took the photo above.
Ahh, so you're DID..
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I do have the M7 STB, but I have not had an aftermarket suspension on my car until just recently, and I also only have about 11k miles on my car. I'll take some pictures later today.
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Has the gap settled Strom?
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:15 PM
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Oh yeah, I have 63,2** miles on my car now. It's a 2003
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Oh for Christ's sake... Something else for me to worry about.
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You have a new MC Dave? What happened to the S?
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His new MC rocks Rewinds too....like all the cool people

How common is this mushrooming? I have never looked at my cooper to see whats up....kinda scared considering how many potholes i have to go near.
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