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Stage 1 Performance Clutch Upgrade Stage with a sprung Clutch Disc for use with aftermarket lightweight flywheel in your For the 1st generation MINI Cooper S models including 2002-2006 R53 Hardtop
Clutch Kit Stage 1 Sprung Gen1 MINI Cooper S R53 2002-2006

Clutch Kit Stage 1 Sprung Gen1 MINI Cooper S R53 2002-2006

Clutch Kit Stage 1 Sprung Gen1 MINI Cooper S R53 2002-2006
Selected: Stage 1 Sprung Clutch
Part No: NMG1600S
Specially Priced. Discounts Do Not Apply.
Fits the following:
MINI (2002-Current)

Performance Stage 1 Clutch Upgrade kit from Spec Clutch for the MINI Cooper S. The clutch disc in this kit is 'Sprung' for use with solid single mass flywheels. (Not compatible with Dual Mass Flywheels).

Fits the following models:

2002-2006 R53 MINI Cooper S Hatchback

Image shown is an approximation and not the actual product.

Kits are available with sprung or unsprung (solid hub) clutch disks. Select the Clutch Kit with the unsprung (solid hub) clutch disk if you have a Dual Mass Flywheel like the stock unit. If you are using an aftermarket lightweight 'solid' flywheel, select the Clutch Kit with the sprung clutch disk.

These Kits includes:

  • High clamp pressure plate
  • Steel-backed sprung hub clutch disk

Stage 1 Performance Clutch Kit offers a nice upgrade from the factory setup for the 'sport minded' MINI driver.

Features an integrally molded carbon-based, high performance organic lining that offers smooth engagement and excellent life. This lining has an integrally molded steel backing for strength under high clamp loads and temperatures. Best for street and limited track/off-road usage.

Spec High Clamp Load Pressure Plates are standard with all performance kits. These plates can feature clamp loads from 20%-40% higher than original equipment and have a very reasonable pedal requirement. The exclusive 360 degree pivot technology assures a perfectly even lift and disc clamp, maximized leverage, more consistent clamp load and minimized wear.

This kit includes a high clamp pressure plate, a sprung hub integrally molded carbon-based high performance organic disc, and thowout bearing.

Recommended Torque (at Flywheel):

235 ft lbs 280 ft lbs 300 ft lbs 315 ft .bs 420 ft lbs

Stages 1-3+ recommended for street/strip Stages 4-5 Race only.

NOTE: Flywheel must be resurfaced or replaced in order to maintain product warranty.

For replacement factory Pressure Plate Bolts - see NMG7608.

For replacement factory Flywheel Bolts - see NMG7623.


Unless using a new flywheel provided by SPEC, existing unit must be resurfaced prior to installation of the clutch product to ensure integrity of friction surface. Owner must also break in the new high performance clutch for a minimum of 450 miles, primarily city and/or stop-and-go driving, before full throttle engagement, drag launching or speed shifting. * FAILURE TO EXECUTE EACH OF THE ABOVE WILL HINDER CLUTCH PERFORMANCE AND VOID ALL WARRANTY!!!

Unless otherwise instructed by written notice from SPEC, follow manufacturer’s instructions when installing clutch and flywheel products. SPEC recommends that all bolts be inspected before re-installation, and any bolts that have been removed and re-torqued multiple times replaced. SPEC will not warrant any component failure due to install error.


S.P.E.C., Inc warrants all products to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for normal use and service up to 120 days after retail purchase. SPEC reserves the right to examine any part returned for warranty claim to determine whether a defect in materials or workmanship exists in such product. SPEC liability is limited to repairing, replacing or crediting towards other product, and credits will not exceed the invoice total for the parts. Labor and storage charges are not products of SPEC and, therefore, will not be reimbursed for any reason. Final determination of the condition and suitability of the parts for uses contemplated by the buyer is a sole responsibility of the buyer. SPEC will not be liable for any damage or injury to persons or property that might be claimed as a result of improper installation or misuse of any part subject to this warranty. There are no warranties expressed or implied beyond those set forth above.

Related Technical Articles:
R55 / R56 MCS Clutch Bleeding Instructions
Created: March 29, 2011
The clutch operates using brake fluid. It draws off the brake fluid reservoir via a black tube on the side. Fluid flows from the reservoir into the cylinder above the clutch pedal (when there is a negative pressure). Then when the pedal is pushed the pedal cylinder pushes fluid through the tube into the clutch slave cylinder which activates the clutch.