Exhaust install

December 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Santa flew in from England a little early this year. My wife asked what was wrong with my current stock exhaust, umm nothing. What is special about this one? Bigger pipes, better flow, more power! Basically a xmas gift to myself. Below is a dry fit of the pieces, and a close up of one of the tips. As you can see a nice bit of craftsmanship.


I first picked up the car and set it on four jack stands. I did  not notice until I was under the car but one of the stands was not even touching the car- the MINI is very stiff. This is a 2010 MINI Clubman S, or R55. The exhaust is a Milltek I picked up from Way at Way Motor Works . He is always very helpful with suggestions on replacement and repair of this vehicle. I pulled off the old system without much trouble. What wore me out the most was undoing the rubber hangers. I took the rears off by first removing the brackets from the car body to get better leverage. Once the rubber was off the old muffler hanger I put the clamps back on but did not tighten them, although I could have it would not have made much of a difference. There is a center bracket that needed to come out, I added WD-40 to everything first, the rubber especially.

Getting the exhaust in place did not take long at all. I kept everything loose while I jostled everything as best I could. I did not add any anti-seize or sealant between the joints. I debated with myself about this for a while, it would have made a good lubricant. Perhaps I should have added anti-seize in the event of returning to the stock pipes. With my floor jack I lifted the split section tight to the bottom of the car and centered as best I could then tightened the clamps. The supplied clamps are very good. If I were to do it again I would buy a new clamp to attach to the downpipe which was not included. Fortunately mine was not too corroded.

The sound is slightly lower/deeper than stock, but not loud. They also sell and un-resonated version which is supposed to make more noise, but this IS a daily driver! I have only put a few miles on it and seems to rev more quickly and slightly improved acceleration. I will update with more data as it is generated.


Entry filed under: goofing off, How to, Mini Clubman.

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