M7 Strut Tower Brace (R52 & R53 "S" Models) - 53-5M7102


The M7 Strut Tower Brace for the R53 was the industry's first and still the best add on suspension kit. Helps improve overall handling AND prevents strut tower mushrooming problems. Solve two problems with one part. Simple to install & top quality.

SKU: 53-5M7102

Availability: In stock




If you are concerned about strut tower mushrooming and looking for improved handing, then the M7 Strut Tower Brace (STB) is the answer.
This is the ONLY strut tower brace on the market that features anti-mushrooming technology.

Over and over we've heard the same complaint: the strut towers mushroom after heavy impacts from the shocks and low aspect ratio tires. At first glance the shock towers take on a barely visible convex shape, but if you compare it to the original sheet metal, you would find the horizontal plane has been moved as much as 3/8" upwards, throwing the suspension out of any possible alignment fix.

The problem will most likely show up as a slight pull either left or right depending on which strut tower is buckled. The end mounting plates of the M7 Strut Tower Brace will solve this problem by sandwiching the sheet metal and shock top plate, creating a reinforced surface that will not bend, even during hard impacts.

The M7 STB features 1/2" (13mm) thick end plates that add extra strength to the strut towers and prevent mushrooming and potentially costly repairs. The cross brace greatly improves handling by adding torsional stiffness to the front body structure. This helps keep your tire planted on the ground and pointed in the direction you want to go, especially during hard turns. Machined from billet aluminum and matte black powder coated, the M7 Strut Tower brace features a durable black finish that looks great and will not chip or oxidize.

We have customers that won't drive their new MINI off the lot without one and dealers that sell every new MINI with either the M7 Strut Reinforcement Plates or M7 Strut Tower Brace.

Concerned about clearance? No worries. The M7 STB profile is designed to clear both stock and aftermarket cold air intakes & ECUs. The strut tower brace's modular design allows easy access to the oil filter or any other accessories that might normally be blocked and require removal of the entire brace.

Installation is a snap (often taking less than 20 minutes)! No need for new nuts - the brace uses the three stock nuts on each side. Installation instructions available online by simply clicking the "INSTALLATION" link on this page.

The M7 Strut Reinforcement Plates and the M7 Strut Tower Brace are two separate products that have the same function in regards to strut tower mushrooming (you only need one or the other).

  • If your MINI is mainly a daily driver, the M7 Strut Re-Inforcement Plates are sufficient for your needs. 
  • If you have performance driving in mind, the M7 Strut Tower Brace is what you're looking for!

Please note:

  • You cannot buy the SRPs and attach the cross-bar at a later time. 
  • The brace does not fit on the R50 and  R52 Non-"S" Cooper due to limited hood clearance of the non supercharged cars. M7 suggests the SRP (Strut Reinforcement Plates) for this application.
  • Trimming of the underhood insulation material may be required to 100% clear this brace. This is a very tight space.
Fitment Notes :Fits R52 & R53 "S" Models Only

2008MINI CooperConvertible (R52S)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2007MINI CooperConvertible (R52S)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2006MINI CooperConvertible (R52S)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2006MINI CooperHatchback (R53)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2006MINI CooperHatchback (R53)S JCWL4 1.6L Supercharged
2005MINI CooperConvertible (R52S)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2005MINI CooperHatchback (R53)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2005MINI CooperHatchback (R53)S JCWL4 1.6L Supercharged
2004MINI CooperHatchback (R53)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2004MINI CooperHatchback (R53)S JCWL4 1.6L Supercharged
2003MINI CooperHatchback (R53)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
2003MINI CooperHatchback (R53)S JCWL4 1.6L Supercharged
2002MINI CooperHatchback (R53)SL4 1.6L Supercharged
Additional Info
Additional Info
Manufacturer M7 Speed
Mfg's Part # 53-3M7102
Shipping Weight 8.0000
Length 24
Width 7
Height 3
Country of Manufacture
Customer Reviews (6)
excellent product and easy to install
Would Recommend
excellent built, aesthetically pleasing, and quality product that is easy to install. It improves the car a great deal; installed on my R53 S and didn't have my hood pushed up like others have experienced. Review by KingB (Posted on 11/16/2018)
Well Built and it works
Would Recommend
This easy to install strut tower brace is well made. It bolted on with no problems and really help my little mini handle much better. I was a non believer but M7 proved me wrong.....again. Great company, great products and great customer service! Review by MiniMe (Posted on 11/16/2018)
Spot on !!
Would Recommend
Excellent build quality, super simple install & immediate difference
I couldnt ask for a better strut brace. I am sold on M7 parts AND customer service. I will be ordering the rest of the chassis brace parts as well. Thank you M7, you guys & gals ROCK !!!
Review by Johnny 5 (Posted on 5/26/2018)
10 Min Install....Instant Benefit
Would Recommend
OK...so when you put mods on your wife's car, especially those that are not as obvious, and she texts you 20 min later saying "WOW that made a huge difference to the feel of how the car gets through the turns" you know you've done well.

As easy an install as you'll find so long as you don't have to work out a little mushrooming as I had to.

Craftsmanship of the part was great and not to mention that black mat finish just looks cool.

A bit on the pricy side for a sway bar but should be worth it in the long run...would recommend it for sure.
Review by BC (Posted on 7/17/2017)
Installed yesterday, so far so good
Would Recommend
Corrected the problem and the car drives great. Great quality and installed easily. Long term, we'll wait and see! Review by Joe (Posted on 5/6/2017)
Solid & Sharp
Would Recommend
Great looking product and just a note that the hood will be pushed up at the rear a bit until the padding under the hood forms to the bar. You could wet it with water if it bothers you that much in order to speed up the process of shrinking. You feel the difference more if you accelerate thru the gears as if your doing the 1/4 mile. The front wheels feel and stay planted. Review by George (Posted on 1/8/2017)
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