How to Install a Cold Air Intake in a Mini Cooper R53

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How to Install a Cold Air Intake in a Mini Cooper R53
Installation of the cold air intake system is quick with the R53. (intake hose image by Five Arrows from

The cold air intake system allows your engine to breath much better. The air system sucks in cold, outside air into the engine intake. This provides a more efficient oxygen fuel mix. In return, the engine will provide more horsepower and torque, boosting performance of your vehicle. This is especially for turbocharged vehicles, like the Mini Cooper R53. The cold air speeds the turbo up, making it spool up much quicker.

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  • R53 Cold air intake system

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  1. 1

    Open the bonnet on the Mini and remove the battery from the engine. Do this by simply unclipping it from the engine bay.

  2. 2

    Remove the heat shield of the stock air box by removing the bolts at the base of the intake system. Remove the top of the intake and the filter.

  3. 3

    Use a small screwdriver to remove the two plugs on the intake hose. Squeeze the tabs to release the plugs.

  4. 4

    Remove the bolt holding down the airbox. Remove the two clamps holding down the intake hose. Pull the snorkel, attached to the hose, out of the R53. Pull the rest of the airbox out of the engine bay.

  5. 5

    Bolt on the new cold air intake mounts onto the throttle body with the flat head bolts. Mount the R53 computer chip to the wall of the mounting bracket.

  6. 6

    Attach the cross brace to the mount with the bolts and nuts. Place the new air box into the engine bay where the stock one previously was. Secure it with the bolts.

  7. 7

    Reconnect the computer chip cables that you disconnected in step one. Insert the tab on the cable into the air box housing to secure it.

  8. 8

    Slide the conical filter over the steel piping and secure it with the hose clamp. Place the cover of the air box into the top portion and tighten the bolts that line up to secure it.

  9. 9

    Close the bonnet and turn the ignition to test out your new cold air intake system on your R53.

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