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Old 01-31-2015, 02:13 PM   #1
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Ready Brute Elite + Mini Cooper S ??

Am thinking about setting up my '06 Mini Cooper S conv. as a 4-down toad. Looking at using a Blue Ox baseplate (hopefully less cutting of the bumper than the Roadmaster) and a Ready Brute Elite tow bar.

Knowing how tightly things are packed in the engine bay, I'm wondering if anyone else has done this, and how the surge brake cable routing worked out for you...

Any advice would be most welcome!
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:20 PM   #2
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I use the Ready Brute system, I don't have a mini cooper but pull a Chev Malibu. The cable is very easy to route, you have to drill a small hole in the firewall near the brake pedal. I believe they have a video on their website and some on YouTube as well. We have used the system for two years now works great.
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:54 PM   #3
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Thanks! I may also give NSA a call to see what they can tell me...
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Something I didn't know until recently, is that Blue Ox offers a similar surge braking system they call AutoStop.
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Interesting! Wonder if it's been out long and which is better... More stuff to read up on I spend more time doing that...
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:08 PM   #6
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I have 06 Mini S convert. Six speed that I tow behind 2013 Lexington 265GTS class C.
Blue Ox baseplate, Blue Ox Avanta (?) tow bar and Patriot brake system.
17000 miles with no problem. Click image for larger version

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Had to get Hi/Lo hitch adapter to maintain 4 inch level tolerance
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:57 PM   #7
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Interesting! Wonder if it's been out long and which is better... More stuff to read up on I spend more time doing that...
I don't know. I was researching the same things when I stumbled on it on Amazon. I've used Blue Ox on my previous toads and was surprised when I found they offer a surge brake setup.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:53 AM   #8
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Nice rig, Displaced! Same color Mini as ours - you have good taste Really appreciate the front-end pic - I was concerned about the level of cutting required, and that looks really minimal.

I see your full-length mudflap - what else do you do (if anything) to protect the Mini's paint? I've noticed that ours chips very easily.

Also, did you consider a surge brake type hitch? What made you go with the in-cabin style?
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I have three vehicles that I tow. Discussed it with my RV mech and they recommended it. These guys are GREAT and I follow their lead. Part of the solution not part of the problem
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I tow a 2009 mini convention JCW. I used the Blue ox base plate hardly noticeable when blue ox tow bar disconnected worked out great! I used the SMI sir force one break system.

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Mine is set up similar to what Displaced2 (photo post 6) has. I did the install but that was a few years ago. I do not remember that running the cable as a problem. As the photo shows you do need to cut a little out of the grill. I alternate towing 1995 Wrangler and the Mini. I also had a 2011 CRV that I towed - all with the ready brute brake system.

Added on edit: I have a "protect a tow" that I use to help protect the paint.
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