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Old 03-08-2007, 09:37 PM
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its a almost completely style thing but you can get decent performance out of them. i think though they have to be built differently. the way it works, the air pressure in the bags sorta becomes the spring rate. so you have adjustable rate springs... sorta.

air ride technologies has a mustang with air bag suspension taking part in some forza motorsports showdown thing. i think if properly engineered you could get good performance. that said, how many race teams run bags?
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I want airbags so bad!!

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notice something in the video look how sparse the engine bay is... There is a reason.. everything that is under the fenders is now inside the fenders.. thats why you see a bunch of mini trucks doing this because the rear is easy but the front they usually have fender "skins"
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got airbags in one of my trucks at work (big-ass ambulance), its pretty awesome. every time you open the rear doors the tail end drops, and everyone is just like "daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam"
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I've never seen a bagged mini I think it would be awesome. Through some titanium block underneith for shooting some sick sparks. I've actually considered puttin my performance parts up for sale and go full show car, starting with bags
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notice something in the video look how sparse the engine bay is... There is a reason.. everything that is under the fenders is now inside the fenders.. thats why you see a bunch of mini trucks doing this because the rear is easy but the front they usually have fender "skins"
yah...very true....alhough thats how most old VW's look....lots of room in there and many modders shave the engine bay
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:12 AM
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I've never seen a bagged mini I think it would be awesome. Through some titanium block underneith for shooting some sick sparks. I've actually considered puttin my performance parts up for sale and go full show car, starting with bags
I just wish someone besides Autofashion made kits for our cars....you would have to find some awesome mechanic to fab up a custom kit for you.
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but all a kit really is is a collection of parts. i can't imagine there's any frame mods needed to run the bags...

you could call up someone like air ride or chassis tech and explain your situation. i've dealt with the chassis tech people before, they're pretty nice. and fender bender int'l sells 'bag equipment. they're nice over there too. you just need a compressor, some switches, some line, some valves, and the bags.

if they can slam this xb, shouldnt they be able to slam a mini?
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but all a kit really is is a collection of parts. i can't imagine there's any frame mods needed to run the bags...

you could call up someone like air ride or chassis tech and explain your situation. i've dealt with the chassis tech people before, they're pretty nice. and fender bender int'l sells 'bag equipment. they're nice over there too. you just need a compressor, some switches, some line, some valves, and the bags.

if they can slam this xb, shouldnt they be able to slam a mini?

Dont get me wrong....its probably totally possible to bag a mini. The biggest problem, and the one that is solved by kits, is the mounting. Kits come with the correct custom mounting parts and brackets. Often on smaller cars, its hard to find the space to get it all to fit.
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Dont get me wrong....its probably totally possible to bag a mini. The biggest problem, and the one that is solved by kits, is the mounting. Kits come with the correct custom mounting parts and brackets. Often on smaller cars, its hard to find the space to get it all to fit.
i guess what i'm saying is that it isnt that bad either... ditch the spare tire and get a tank that fits there, or ditch the rear seats and mount the tank to the floor there. same with the switches and such (chassis tech makes a FBSS switch, compressor, valve, everything box all pre-wired). actually, i think i'd mount the compressor and switches in lieu of the back seat and mount a small compressor under the car somewhere (probably in the spare tire area). the hard part is getting someone to do the work- but with a car even that shouldnt be too hard. i'm sure with a few emails you could figure all that stuff out.

the thing that will eventually suck is giving up SCCA competition. i don't think i could do it...
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:31 PM
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the thing that will eventually suck is giving up SCCA competition. i don't think i could do it...
yup same here.....i'm not one to do any performance driving on the street....even in the twisties. But I couldnt imagine givig up even the occasional Auto-x events i go to. Bags are gonna wait until i have 2 cars (how ever long that is from now )
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This picture is pretty convincing to bag my mini, Im lovin the steelies
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I've was thinking that the battery box area might make a nice place to mount alot of the stuff. I wanna see a MINI on fat steelies or Schmidts and bags.
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I've was thinking that the battery box area might make a nice place to mount alot of the stuff. I wanna see a MINI on fat steelies or Schmidts and bags.
mmmm schmidts

I would have no problem having the tank in the trunk....its the perfect size trunk for a clean install. The tanks are all pretty large...so fitting them in hidden spots on the MINI would be hard.

Man, i really want to just do it....i dont auto-x THAT much
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