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Old 03-05-2013, 05:48 PM
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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).
Yeah I actually considered getting 17's for a while. Changed my mind since I already had some 16" BBS.


Really!? I don't remember if I have the oem bump stops in or not..... Im going to check though..
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:23 PM
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They're the yellow thing on top of the strut:

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:29 AM
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They're the yellow thing on top of the strut:

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Yup mine definitely have the bump stops. What kind of noises were you hearing when that one broke in the rear? Because I think I'm starting to hear things... I'm getting paranoid now....
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Well I wasn't hearing any strange sound...

only in the fronts when I make a turn and the car was not moving, I think was the broken bushings on the links.

When the rear strut broked himself I decided to use the OEM suspention for a while so I haven't put back the coils again to see if there's any difference with out the rear bumpstops.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:28 AM
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Well I wasn't hearing any strange sound...

only in the fronts when I make a turn and the car was not moving, I think was the broken bushings on the links.

When the rear strut broked himself I decided to use the OEM suspention for a while so I haven't put back the coils again to see if there's any difference with out the rear bumpstops.
So do you think I should take the bump stops off or something? Try and save myself while I can? Or would that ride terribly then?
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So do you think I should take the bump stops off or something? Try and save myself while I can? Or would that ride terribly then?
Well the guy at Vmaxx told me that the strut failed because of using the Oem bumpstop, this gives more stress on the upper end of the strut.

I really don't know if this statement is true, obviously they did it to avoid the warranty. When I install the coils again im not gonna use the bumpstops.

Vmaxx really need to point this out to customers because most Minis has the bumpstops, even the one at One Motoring! Weird right?
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:18 PM
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Well the guy at Vmaxx told me that the strut failed because of using the Oem bumpstop, this gives more stress on the upper end of the strut.

I really don't know if this statement is true, obviously they did it to avoid the warranty. When I install the coils again im not gonna use the bumpstops.

Vmaxx really need to point this out to customers because most Minis has the bumpstops, even the one at One Motoring! Weird right?
Yeah that's really weird. Because I figured the bump stop would only help..? Seems to me they're trying to avoid replacing so many struts because they have a design failure.
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^Yes! I thought the same

Don't know if this have to influence the failure but my car was with Oem rear control arms and lots of negative camber. My plan is to install the coils and rear adjustable control arms at the same time.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:11 AM
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^Yes! I thought the same

Don't know if this have to influence the failure but my car was with Oem rear control arms and lots of negative camber. My plan is to install the coils and rear adjustable control arms at the same time.
Hmm... I have Hotchkis lower control arms and alta endlinks. So maybe that helps..?
How did you know your strut was broken when it happened?

Oh and by the way, whenever you sell the porsche wheels and the adapters, let me know.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:52 AM
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Hmm... I have Hotchkis lower control arms and alta endlinks. So maybe that helps..?
How did you know your strut was broken when it happened?

Oh and by the way, whenever you sell the porsche wheels and the adapters, let me know.
I scraped the car more than usual, also made some weid sounds. The Porsche wheels was from a friend.
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good for looks but a terrible ride for sure. I used to have them and sold them within a few months
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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.

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1. M7
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3. KW V1
4. V-Maxx

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3. BC
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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.
glad i picked what i did.
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I scraped the car more than usual, also made some weid sounds. The Porsche wheels was from a friend.
What kind of sounds? Because I keep hearing a weird almost rotation kind of noise almost like something is rubbing but I am pretty positive nothing is because it would do it a lot more often. And it usually happens worst when I do a sort of rough downshift and the car jerks a little or if I take off really fast and it will start making a "wubwubwubwubwub" type noise in my back left corner. If that made any sense at all.
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...it will start making a "wubwubwubwubwub" type noise in my back left corner. If that made any sense at all.
i think your dubstep sensor is going out
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wubwubwubwub humming noise could be wheel bearing, but it would be all the time dependent on speed
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