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Default Adjusting gap R56 bumper. - 24th June 2015, 08:52 AM

My 2011 MC R56 LCi has a gap between the bumper and bonnet as can be seen in the attached photo. Can someone please confirm how I adjust this so that I can close the gap to match the other side.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Default 24th June 2015, 09:10 AM

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My 2011 MC R56 LCi has a gap between the bumper and bonnet as can be seen in the attached photo. Can someone please confirm how I adjust this so that I can close the gap to match the other side.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mine is the same - Never been able to fix it annoys the hell out of me


  
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Default 24th June 2015, 11:08 AM

Yep same on my wife's coupe and my old mans hatch. Both LCI.
My clubman has always been fine. It's the way the bonnet hinges work and they can be adjusted. They seem to easily go back out of spec though. Also annoys the hell out of me

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Default 24th June 2015, 12:32 PM

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Default 24th June 2015, 05:43 PM

Hi Donkeyoatay. No need for body-filler; ages ago I had the same problem on a 2012 MCS LCI and fixed it. A little later someone on NAM posted about an uneven bonnet gap problem and I replied:

I set my bonnet gaps first with the hinge bolts close to the windscreen (these can bring the bonnet up/down forward/backward, I think) then adjusted finally with bonnet catches then rubber buffers. I did this a few times over a couple of days before I felt it lined up to my satisfaction.
For bonnet catch latching, if you take off the two black plastic rivets on the front of the bonnet then withdraw these bases you can screw the square latches in and out to raise / lower them, then reattach the bases. When you get them at roughly the right height to 'catch' the bonnet you can screw the rubber buffers up or down to hold the bonnet in tension.
(Careful though; you'll always be looking for symmetry on other MINIs...)

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cjm have to say that you were right on the money!

I removed the black bits and saw that the latches could be adjusted. Through trial and error, I determined that (in my case), it was better to adjust the rubber bumpers on the bottom to where I wanted the hood to sit, and then adjust the latches until they both just caught with light pressure on the hood emblem when closing the hood. I also had to make sure that both latches caught. Sometimes, you find one latches but the other one does not. This can appear to be a misalignment problem, but turns out the second latch did not catch. Good stuff. I think I opened and closed the hood about ten times. Not that bad. Further, I did not adjust the hood at the windshield as the gaps seemed fine. I suspect that I will end up doing as you cautioned against (i.e., I will be noticing the hood gaps on other Minis). Thanks again.


I can’t really remember the ‘ins and outs’ but I was determined to get it right! I found I needed to raise the bonnet up on one side then adjust the catches/buffers. You might be lucky in that your bonnet’s at the right height and you only need to adjust the catch ‘latching’ like the NAM chap. Hope this helps…
  
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Default 25th June 2015, 07:42 AM

Thanks JCM for the input. I will play around with the adjustments referred to in your post. I think it is a matter of patience adjusting a bit there and there!
  
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Default 25th June 2015, 05:41 PM

i just played around with the rubber buffers at the front by the catches on mine


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