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Aero Grille at 12,100 miles

28 February 2009 - Filed under: Upgrades

I’m not a big fan of the large chrome grille on the R56 Cooper, I personally feel the slightly smaller grille on earlier models was more attractive and suits the MINI’s shape better. Luckily MINI have released an aero style grille which is compatible with the non-turbo Coopers bumper. Motoring file have some useful fitting instructions, I’d recommend picking up a pack of plastic expansion rivets from MINI as they’re designed to be a single use item.

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I also treated the MINI to a decent wash, polish and a couple of coats of Collinite 476s wax. It’s brilliant stuff, very easy to apply and lasts like no other wax I know of. As a bonus the MINI’s a very easy car to wax due to it’s lack of any rubstrips and relatively small size.

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  1. VikasUnited States 23 February 2011 - 2:28 pm

    Is your Chrome grille up for sale?

  2. IanGreat Britain (UK) 24 February 2011 - 10:13 am

    Hi Vikas,

    I’d rather hang on to it incase I ever fancy a change or come to sell the car on. Sorry.

  3. JaeThailand 7 August 2018 - 4:58 am

    Hi Do you have part number for that front grille?

  4. Carlos CruzUnited States 28 August 2018 - 3:49 pm

    It’s been a LONG time since you did this, but do you, by any chance, have a part number? or any other info as to where i can get this aero grill? Bought a JCW one but it’s not an exact fit.

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