Mini Cooper Bolt Pattern (2001 – 2022)

The Mini Cooper is a compact economy car with a sporty flare. They are known for their speed and ability to handle corners well. In fact, the Mini Cooper is one of the most popular drifting cars. BMW bought the rights to the Mini Cooper name a few decades ago.

So, technically every Mini Cooper is a Beamer. Regardless of their high performance and prestigious reputation, there will come a time where you need to know the Mini Cooper bolt pattern. 

If your Mini Cooper was made between 2001 and 2007, it uses a 4×3.94 inches (4×100mm) bolt pattern and has a center bore of 2.20 inches (56.1mm). This version of the Mini Cooper uses 4 lug nuts that have a thread size of M12 x 1.25 that have to be tightened with 85 ft lbs. The Mini Cooper made between 2006 and 2014 has the same 4×3.94 inches (4×100mm) bolt pattern and 2.20 inches (56.1mm) center bore as the generation before it.

It even uses 4 lugs as well, but the difference lies in the thread size. For this range of years, the Mini Cooper uses a thread size of M14 x 1.25 that has to be tightened with 103 ft lbs.

If your Mini Cooper was made between 2015 and now, it uses a 5×4.41 inches (5×112mm) bolt pattern and has a center bore of 2.62 inches (66.6mm). This version of the Mini Cooper uses 5 lug nuts that have a thread size of M14 x 1.25 that have to be tightened with 103ft-lbs. 

The above information is useful, but it’s not exactly comprehensive. There is definitely a lot more you need to know about the Mini Cooper. In this article, we will outline the bolt pattern in more detail for each generation.

We also will go into what type of lug nuts need to be used for the Cooper. We will then cover things like the torque specifications of the bolts and the center bore. Finally, we will go over all the tire and rim options for each generation’s engine configurations.

Mini Cooper Bolt Pattern

Tables have proven to be very useful when humans need to make sense of a large amount of information. So, we made some convenient tables for you to take a look at below. The Mini Cooper bolt pattern, center more, number of lug nuts, and other information can be found below. After that, we will dive into tire and rim size options for a particular engine configuration. 

Year RangeBolt PatternCenter BoreLug NutsThread SizeTorque Specification
2001 – 20074×3.94 inches(4x100mm) 2.20 inches(56.1 mm) 4M12 x 1.585 ft lbs
2006 – 20144×3.94 inches(4x100mm)2.20 inches(56.1 mm)4M14 x 1.25103 ft lbs
2015 – 20215×4.41 inches(5x112mm) 2.62 inches(66.6 mm) 5M14 x 1.25103 ft lbs
2021 – current5×4.41 inches (5x112mm) 2.62 inches(66.6 mm) 5M14 x 1.25103 ft lbs

Wheel Fitment Specifications Per Generation

If you are going to be doing any serious tire work on your Mini Cooper, you are going to need to know some more information. Below you can find such information. We cover all the different tire and rim combinations that a Mini Cooper can come with. 

2001 – 2007

If your Mini Cooper has the 114 HP 1.6L I4 engine, then it uses a tire sizes of 175/65R15, 175/60R16, 195/55R16, or 205/45R17, 205/40ZR18 mounted to either a 5.5Jx15 ET45, 5.5Jx16 ET45, 6.5Jx16 ET48 ,7Jx17 ET48, or 7Jx18 ET52 rim.

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesBolt Pattern
Cooper 1.6L I4 Petrol114 HP175/65R15,
175/60R16,
195/55R16,
205/45R17,
205/40ZR18
5.5Jx15 ET45,
5.5Jx16 ET45,
6.5Jx16 ET48,
7Jx17 ET48,
7Jx18 ET52
4×3.94″(4x100mm) 

2006 – 2014

For the next generation, the Mini Cooper equipped with the 118 HP 1.6L I4 engine uses a tire size of either 175/65R15175/60R16, 195/55R16, 205/45R17, or 205/40R18. Rim sizes for this generation are either 5.5Jx15 ET45, 5.5Jx16 ET45, 6.5Jx16 ET48, 7Jx17 ET48, or 7Jx18 ET52

If, however, you have the Mini Cooper that comes with the 107 HP 1.6 L I4 engine, then it uses a tire size of either 175/65R15, 175/60R16, 195/55R16, 205/45R17, or 205/40R18. Rim sizes for this particular Mini Cooper are 5.5Jx15 ET45, 5.5Jx16 ET45, 6.5Jx16 ET48, 7Jx17 ET48, or 7Jx18 ET52.

The more powerful 172 HP 1.6L Mini Cooper for this range of years uses a tire size of either 175/60R16, 195/55R16, 205/45R17, or 205/40ZR18 mounted onto either a 5.5Jx16 ET45, 6.5Jx16 ET48, 7Jx17 ET48, 7Jx18 ET52 rim. 

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesBolt Pattern
Cooper 1.6L I4 Petrol118 HP175/65R15,
175/60R16,
195/55R16,
205/45R17,
205/40R18
5.5Jx15 ET45,
5.5Jx16 ET45,
6.5Jx16 ET48,
7Jx17 ET48,
7Jx18 ET52
4×3.94″(4x100mm) 
Cooper D I4 Diesel107 HP175/65R15,
175/60R16,
195/55R16,
205/45R17,
205/40R18
5.5Jx15 ET45,
5.5Jx16 ET45,
6.5Jx16 ET48,
7Jx17 ET48,
7Jx18 ET52
4×3.94″(4x100mm) 
Cooper S 1.6L I 4 Petrol172 HP175/60R16,
195/55R16,
205/45R17,
205/40ZR18
5.5Jx16 ET45,
6.5Jx16 ET48,
7Jx17 ET48,
7Jx18 ET52
4×3.94″(4x100mm) 

2015 – 2021

For this generation, if your Mini Cooper S has the 189 HP 2.0L engine, then it has a tire size of either 175/60R16, 195/55R16, 185/50R17, 205/45R17, 205/40R18, or 215/35R18. Rim sizes for the Mini Cooper S for this range of years are 5.5Jx16 ET46, 6.5Jx16 ET54, 5.5Jx17 ET45, 7Jx17 ET54, 7Jx18 ET54, and 7Jx18 ET48

If you have the Mini Cooper S JCW that has the 208 HP 2.0L engine, then it has a tire size of either 185/50R17, 205/45ZR17, 205/40ZR18, or 215/35ZR18. Rim sizes for the Mini Cooper S for this range of years are 5.5Jx17 ET45, 7Jx17 ET54, 7Jx18 ET54, and 7Jx18 ET48

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesBolt Pattern
Cooper S 2.0L I4 Petrol189 HP175/60R16,
195/55R16,
185/50R17,
 205/45R17,
205/40R18,
215/35R18
5.5Jx16 ET46,
6.5Jx16 ET54,
5.5Jx17 ET45,
7Jx17 ET54,
7Jx18 ET54,
7Jx18 ET48
5×4.41″(5x112mm) 
Cooper S JCW 2.0L I4 Petrol208 HP185/50R17,
205/45R17,
205/40R18,
215/35ZR18
5.5Jx17 ET45,
7Jx17 ET54,
7Jx18 ET54,
7Jx18 ET48
5×4.41″(5x112mm) 
Cooper SD 2.0L I4 Diesel168 HP175/60R16,
195/55R16,
195/55R16,
185/50R17,
205/45R17,
205/45R17,
205/40R18,
215/35ZR18
5.5Jx16 ET46,
6.5Jx16 ET54,
6.5Jx16 ET54,
5.5Jx17 ET55,
7Jx17 ET54,
7Jx17 ET54,
7Jx18 ET54,
7Jx18 ET48
5×4.41″(5x112mm)
Cooper JCW 2.0L I4 Petrol 228 HP185/50R17,
205/45R17,
205/40R18,
225/35R18
5.5Jx17 ET45,
7Jx17 ET54,
7Jx18 ET54,
8Jx18 ET42
5×4.41″(5x112mm)
Electric 184 HP175/60R16,
195/55R16,
195/55R16,
205/45R17,
205/45R17,
185/50R17,
205/40R18,
215/35ZR18
5.5Jx16 ET46,
6.5Jx16 ET54,
6.5Jx16 ET54,
7Jx17 ET54,
7Jx17 ET54,
5.5Jx17 ET45,
7Jx18 ET54,
7Jx18 ET48
5×4.41″(5x112mm)

2021 – 2022

Current generation Mini Coopers have a 189 HP 2.0L 4 cylinder engine and use a tire size of either 175/60R16, 195/55R16, 185/50R17, 205/45R17, 205/40R18, or 215/35R18. Rim sizes for the current Mini Cooper are 5.5Jx16 ET46, 6.5Jx16 ET54, 5.5Jx17 ET45, 7Jx17 ET54, 7Jx18 ET54, or 7Jx18 ET48

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesBolt Pattern
Cooper S 2.0L I4 Petrol189 HP175/60R16,
195/55R16,
185/50R17,
205/45R17,
205/40R18,
215/35R18
5.5Jx16 ET46, 6.5Jx16 ET54, 5.5Jx17 ET45, 7Jx17 ET54, 7Jx18 ET54, 7Jx18 ET485×4.41″(5x112mm)

Properly Tightening The Bolts

All recent Mini Cooper models use 5 lug nuts that need to be tightened to a specific torque level in a criss-cross pattern. This info is clearly stated in the Mini Cooper user manual, but it’s a lot more convenient to have it here on this web page with the rest of the info. 

The very first step is to tighten your Mini Cooper lug nuts with a basic hand wrench. Fight the urge to tighten them all the way, because if you do, you’re going to have a hard time getting them all tightened properly. Also, if you tighten them down in the wrong order, it could be dangerous as it could cause serious vibration and alignment issues.

After that, you have to tighten all the Mini cooper lug nuts down with a torque wrench to the appropriate pressure (usually represented in ft lbs). Again, I cannot stress enough, make sure to do this crucial step in a criss cross pattern. As a reminder, the Mini Cooper bolt pattern calls for 85 ft lbs of lug tightening torque. 

Don’t just trust your life to hoping everything is alright! It’s smart to do a lug nut loosening test. This can easily be done by driving for around 30 miles and then checking the torque on all of your lug nuts. If any of them come loose, tighten them back down again and drive for another 30 miles or so.

Check your lugs again. If any of your lug nuts are loose after the second test, then I have bad news for you. If that’s the case, then your rim is warped and is no longer safe to drive on and needs to be replaced. 

Rotating Mini Cooper Tires 

Tires last about 75 thousand miles or so, regardless of the vehicle. It is, however, important to bear in mind that there are many situations that will lead to tires wearing out either sooner or later than this general figure. 

Rotating your tires is something that you should do well before your tires need to be replaced. In fact, if you rotate your tires at regular intervals, they will last way longer than they would otherwise. 

When it comes to the Mini Cooper, the best time to rotate your tires is around every 7,500 miles or so. Rotating your tires is an easy, straightforward process. The only thing that you have to do is move the tires from the left side of the car to the right side of the car while also swapping them front to back. 

Conclusion

Every Mini Cooper is really just a tiny BMW. The Mini Cooper is known for its performance and handling characteristics and are lauded by drifters the world over. Despite all of these accolades and praises, there is always going to come a point in which you are going to need to know your Mini Cooper bolt pattern. 

Mini Coopers that were made between 2001 and 2007 use a 4×3.94 inches (4x100mm) bolt pattern and have a center bore of 2.20 inches (56.1mm). If you have this Mini Cooper, then it uses 4 lug nuts that have a thread size of M12 x 1.25. These lug nuts need to be tightened to 85 ft lbs.

If, on the other hand, your Mini Cooper was produced between 2006 and 2014, it has the same  4×3.94 inches (4x100mm) bolt pattern and 2.20 inches (56.1mm) center bore 4 lug nuts but has a thread size of M14 x 1.25 that need to be torqued down to 103 ft lbs.

Finally, if you have a Mini Cooper that was made between 2015 and now, it uses a 5×4.41 inches (5x112mm) bolt pattern and has a center bore of 2.62 inches (66.6mm). This version of the Mini Cooper uses 5 lug nuts that have a thread size of M14 x 1.25 that have to be tightened with 103ft lbs. 

We hope this article helped you learn everything that you needed to know about the Mini Cooper bolt pattern. Thanks for reading!

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