Cooper S (R53)

The R53 MINI Cooper S is a hoot to drive right out of the box. We can help you make it even better. Here's where to start: sway-bar, pulley, intake, exhaust, and brake pads. If you have a non-JCW car, those five items will give you 90% of JCW performance for about a third of the cost and won't require reprogramming of the ECU.

Once you've taken ...

The R53 MINI Cooper S is a hoot to drive right out of the box. We can help you make it even better. Here's where to start: sway-bar, pulley, intake, exhaust, and brake pads. If you have a non-JCW car, those five items will give you 90% of JCW performance for about a third of the cost and won't require reprogramming of the ECU.

Once you've taken care of the basics, check out our suspension offerings. If you have already upgraded your SC pulley, consider an ignition upgrade next: MSD high performance coil, Super Conductor Wires, and one-step colder Spark Plugs.

We specialize in parts for the Supercharged Cooper S models (Hardtop 2002-2006 & Convertible 2005-2008), but many parts fit all models. Check each listing for application details.

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  • R53 Brakes & Rotors

    Stock MINI brakes are pretty good for OEM brakes. However, the stock pads -- as best we can tell -- seem to be made out of chalk, and exist mostly to sell wheel cleaning products. With the right pads, the stock calipers are more than up to the task of spirited street driving or occasional track use.  For extended track use, heat management becomes an issue and many track drivers opt for upgraded calipers and rotors. 

  • R53 Drivetrain

    Starting in 2005, MINI offered a limited slip differential as an option. While it's better than nothing, it's hardly a performance oriented LSD. Although it isn't at the top of the list of things we'd change first when building a MINI track car, if you're going to change the clutch and flywheel, consider a better LSD at the same time.  You might save some labor cost and will definitely appreciate the performance increase the next time you hit the track.

  • R53 Engine Performance

    Bolt-on, Go-Fast(er). Parts for the 2002-2006 supercharged MINI Cooper S Hardtop (R53) and 2005-2008 Cooper S Convertible (R52). Get the most out of your supercharger by changing the pulley.  Smaller pulleys spin faster = more boost.  15% reduction pulley is the best solution for most drivers (including track drivers). 17% reduction produces more boost lower in the RPM band, but also produces more heat and is harder on water pumps and belts.  Either one requires a new (shorter) belt.  Take advantage of the increased boost with a hotter coil, beefier wires, and colder spark plugs.

  • R53 Exterior & Lighting

    All MINIs look better with fog-lights.  It's just a MINI thing.

  • R53 Exhaust

    The stock Cooper S performs fairly well for a stock exhaust, but it's heavy. The least expensive way to improve performance is to remove the resonator (so-called "one-ball" mod.) If you're looking for a more elegant solution, consider the Alta Stainless Exhaust.

  • R53 Interior

    Steering wheels, quick releases, seats, mounts, shifters, parking brake handles, door sills -- the interior can be customized to suit your needs and taste.

  • R53 Suspension

    The stock sport suspension is pretty good for an OEM set-up.  Add a thicker rear sway-bar and that's all you need to get started. For the more advanced track driver, you'll quickly realize you need some more negative camber in the front, and if you lower the car, you'll need adjustable camber arms in the back. Fortunately, the suspension is very customizable. 

  • R53 Wheels & Spacers

    MINI wheels are beefy and strong. What they aren't is light, and in the world of unsprung weight, that's a killer to performance. Lighter wheels will accelerate, brake, and turn faster, especially if you have the woefully mis-named "S-Lites" on your car.  

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