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I created a checklist for replacing a clutch in a Mini Cooper R53 (The Gen I Cooper S). This procedure involves removing the subframe and then the transmission. I used this for my own installation, although I was wound up removing the engine and transmission together. If you have any suggestions for modification, please let me know.

I printed this out, taped it to my garage wall, and checked it off as I progressed through the procedure.

 

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I never touch the subframes, just pull the whole thing out, not worth pratting about racing a clock for the sake of a couple more wires and a few bolts, saves all the hassle of wrestling a box overhead and gives all the access required to resolve other motor issues if required,
 

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I never touch the subframes, just pull the whole thing out, not worth pratting about racing a clock for the sake of a couple more wires and a few bolts, saves all the hassle of wrestling a box overhead and gives all the access required to resolve other motor issues if required,
Right now I have the subframe, engine and transmission out. Do you think I should re-install the subframe first? It would make the steering linkage very easy to attach!
 

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yes, I would. ;O) Also makes it easy to refit the column lower surround gaiter should it come off engine side, and saves hassle with PAS res.
 
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