Fits the following models with the N12/N14 engines:
2007-2013 R56 MINI Cooper and R53 Cooper S Haradtop
2008-2014 R55 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Clubman
2009-2015 R57 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertible
A Premium grade 8740 chrome moly steel is used to manufacture ARP High Performance connecting rod bolts. This material is heat-treated to provide a tensile strength in the 200,000 psi range, which is substantially stronger than the OEM botls. Cycle testing show ARP High Performance rod bolts to be nearly five times more reliable than stock bolts.
Unquestionably the most important fasteners in any engine are the connecting rod bolts, as they hold the key to the entire rotating assembly. A broken bolt will leat to catastrophic engine failure. As you can imagine, the most critical joint is where the connecting rod halves mate.
The rod molts must support the primary tension loads caused by each rotation (or cycle) of the crankshaft. When the crank rotates, the big end of the connecting rod essentially becomes oval shaped and the rod bolts bend. As the crankshaft continues to rotate, the rod becomes round again. With alternating tension loads and cyclic bending of the bolts, it is very important to install fasteners that are able to exert a clamping force greater than the load imposed upon the joint (tension).
In addition to utilizing a rod bolt with sufficient strength to withstand the tremendous cyclical strains placed upon it, it is absolutely imperative that the bolts be properly tightened. The preferred method of monitoring the correct amount of tension is through the use of a stretch gauge. This is far more accurate than using a torque wrench. Moreover, though subsequently checking the rod bolts length at teardowns, it is possible to determine if it has been stressed beyond safe limits and must be replaced.
TECH TIP: Measuring Rod Bolt Stretch
The most accurate method of obtaining the correct torque load on a connecting rod bolt is through measuring the amount of bolt stretch. This is preferred to using a torque wrench. See chart below for the appropriate amount to stretch a rod bolt over its relaxed state. ARP’s rod bolt stretch gauge can also be used to determine the condition of a rod bolt. If it has permanently stretched .001" or more, the bolt has been compromised beyond its yield. Replace it immediately!