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Old 12-31-2012, 08:25 PM
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Lowered half way. Rides a little harsh on un-even roads. Very noisy (maybe i just need to change my bushings)
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im looking at picking up Vmaxxs as well right now.. anymore feedback on the Noisy comment by ^^^^^?
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:52 AM
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All (lowered) MINI's are noisy...
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I never had any problems with noise.
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I never had any problems with noise.
V-Maxx?
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:40 PM
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Yep. V-maxx.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:20 AM
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I have always wondered how the V-Maxx suspension rides as a daily driven setup that could pull double duty as a solid performer too. Every time I look into the coil over thing, I aleays settle on the idea that if I were to get some coils, I would want the H&R RSS setup. I wasn't a huge fan of the Megan Racing and the H&R sreet performance setup doesn't seem as aggressive as I would want. KW is nice, but spendy.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:37 PM
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You won't find a "solid performer" for much less than KW money. I've had V-Maxx, KW V1, M7, and BC Racing coilovers on MINIs and out of the bunch I'd list them in the order below.

Performance:
1. M7
2. BC
3. KW V1
4. V-Maxx

Slam:
1. V-Maxx
2. KW V1
3. BC
4. M7

This isn't to say that you can't get both out of one coilover setup, just that from my experience with each of these I found them to fall in these categories. When I first built my 08 Cooper S I wanted a performance/stance setup. I used M7 Coilovers, camber plates, JCW front sway bar, 19mm rear sway bar, rear lower control arms, and 215/40-17 sticky tires. It was unreal how well it handled. Honestly, I couldn't find a single thing I would change to make it handle better and yet still be streetable. I had damping adjustment, camber adjustment front and rear, and sway bars that tied it all together.

When I decided I had to get the car as low as possible, and wasn't finding my way to the track anymore, I went with V-Maxx. I loved the car as much as ever because it fit my wants and needs at that point, but no question it lost a lot of the handling and was bumpier than before. It also was lower, so I was expecting that.

The KW and BC options have been more focused on ride height, but have always been paired with camber plates. I can't really complain about either setup, but I feel like the BC option is the best option for the money that I've had yet. The car is low, it handles decently, has camber adjustment, and damping adjustment. You get more for your money than anything else out there, but I wouldn't hesitate to spend the $500-600 or so on V-Maxx again. You just have to know what you're getting out of it.
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I have always wondered how the V-Maxx suspension rides as a daily driven setup that could pull double duty as a solid performer too. Every time I look into the coil over thing, I aleays settle on the idea that if I were to get some coils, I would want the H&R RSS setup. I wasn't a huge fan of the Megan Racing and the H&R sreet performance setup doesn't seem as aggressive as I would want. KW is nice, but spendy.
"solid performer" the vmaxxs are not.
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Mine make a clunking sound up front from the springs binding when I turn but I just need to take the time to get under there and grease them up then it should go away.
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My KW V1 do the same...
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Mine make a clunking sound up front from the springs binding when I turn but I just need to take the time to get under there and grease them up then it should go away.
Mine are making some type of wheel bind noises up front. Went to inspect and noticed the upper strut mount was cracked. Ended up getting some H-sport camber plates to replace the front strut mounts . Rears are clunking too so I ordered some Powerflex Rear strut bushings. Planning on installing both soon. Will update if noise goes away.
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**Hint: don't use the oem bumpstops on the rear, the strut may broke.**

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Oooooo I love this thing!!
What are the specs on the wheels?

That scares me. I'm really worried about mine doing this now after seeing SO many people posting pictures of this happening to them with Vmaxx...
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The specs are:

16x7.5 ET 20 front
16x9 ET 10 rear

(Both after adapters.)

On the wheels, they look sweet, but it's my second set of 16"s and the ride is too harsh and the streets here are the worst. My next wheelset will be 17" (less drop than low profile's 16")

The Vmaxx representative said that the strut fail because of mounting the OEM bumpstop on the rear shocks. I've found some pics of the coils with them, even a website ho sells Vmaxx with pictures using the OEM bumpstops!

My coils where over the 2 year warranty and they did'nt cover that. I have to buy a new strut for half price ($75).
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