Whether you are competing at an autocross or driving on a Sunday afternoon your MINI is at risk. Even if you already have some Strut Tower Defenders, you may want to double up. Because around every corner, in the very depths of every pothole, and the pinnacle of every bump G forces lie in wait.
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The occasional G may seem harmless by itself, but at times there may be several lurking in one rut and once they have done their damage to the sheet metal atop your tightly sprung strut towers, it will be difficult to resume normal activity.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you may not be able to detect the mushroomed strut towers if you looked at a thousand photos. Less than 3/8" of tower deformation can be extremely detrimental to your MINI's alignment. This has been a common issue that MINI owners have had to face. It is a compromise in the design of the vehicle, where the tight springs allow for the griptastic handling that we love on the twisties, but are the main reason that our MINIs have a unique disposition for sheet metal deformation.
Craven Speed UTIs are an additional preventative measure. Double up on protection, using UTIs and STDs together to your advantage will strengthen your MINI's strut towers before deformation can occur. By sandwiching the sheet metal between the 1/8 inch cold rolled steel UTI and our 1/2 inch thick aircraft aluminum plate there is no possible way for tour your frame to bend. Just like STDs, you'll always get UTIs in pairs, one for the right tower and one for the left.
UTIs (Under Tower Indurators)
Installation is a little more difficult than the Strut Tower Defenders, using the included instructions, it will take about 30 minutes to ensure that you do not have to go through a lengthy and expensive alignment repair. You will need to lift the car, bolting the strut unbolt the struts, and maneuver the UTIs into place before bolting the strut back in place.
CravenSpeed UTIs are only available for first generation, 2002-2006 (R50/52/53) MINI. The pair comes plated in a gold nickel finish. The finish will have some scratches from the manufacturing process, but do not fear, the UTI is barely visible once it is installed.