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Old 08-25-2007, 03:17 PM
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I plan on purchasing springs within a month. I can't decide between the m7 and Texas Speed Works springs. I know that the m7 are progressive rate and the TSW are a linear rate spring. Can anyone give me their opinion on either spring? I do backroad driving, I do not auto-x, and I want the car low to eliminate the wheel gap (for now until I get coilovers). Also, would it be a good idea to purchase a set of used springs?
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:11 PM
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I'm biased, TSW are so local they often use my Mini for testing so with that in mind.

TSW are always working to keep their products updated and listen to what the customer has to say. They redesigned the spring to give proper rake and drop recently and from all accounts everyone is happy. Even a few ocal folks swapping out M7's for TSW's.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:50 PM
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Re-organize these in terms of your priorities (from most important to less important)
  • Visual enhancement
  • Handling Performance
  • Ride Quality
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:53 PM
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Re-organize these in terms of your priorities (from most important to less important)
  • Visual enhancement
  • Handling Performance
  • Ride Quality


I would say that is the order of importance.

Visual Enhancement 55%
Handling Performance 40%
Ride Quality 5%

I used to own lowered Camaros and Corvette, so a lowered MINI will still ride like a dream compared to my previous cars
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:05 PM
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even the new lower tsw springs only drop 1"
the m7 springs drop 1.3"
if you are after looks go for the m7
if handling is the most important thing to you go with tsw

just so you know i'm unbiased
i sell both m7 and tsw parts
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I would agree with nypepper which is why i asked for the priority list. I think M7 offers a better option in the looks category and the TSW's probably handle a bit better. BUT...if you're just back road driving, the M7's will still do well in the handling area. The TSW's would probably step ahead in the autocross and track situations
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agreed, the TSW are the better spring but if the amount of drop is important they'll probably will leave you wanting more (drop)...


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I would agree with nypepper which is why i asked for the priority list. I think M7 offers a better option in the looks category and the TSW's probably handle a bit better. BUT...if you're just back road driving, the M7's will still do well in the handling area. The TSW's would probably step ahead in the autocross and track situations
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:42 PM
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The stock MINI springs are a progressive rate spring, right? They don't bother me and once you learn where they stiffen up, you know how far it is going to take to push them so they 'sit down'. Just as cooldaddy said, I am afraid that if I do buy the TSW, I am going to want more of a drop. That is why i say that the apperance is a little bit more important than the looks. I am hopeing that this will satisfy me until I do get coilovers, which will prob be a year or so. I doubt that I will ever auto-x the car so the backroads driving will be what I need the springs for. Who, if any, other company would you suggest springs from?
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Anybody have side by side pics of both springs installed? Is .3 of an inch really that noticeable?
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Anybody have side by side pics of both springs installed? Is .3 of an inch really that noticeable?
yes it is
i'll look for some pictures
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It's definitely noticable......even a quarter inch is.
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yup, I lowered my car another 1/4 inch today and "I" can see it

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yes it is
i'll look for some pictures
Were you able to find any pics?
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I have the m7 springs mounted on my '04, and I can supply a photo of that setup if somebody else can ante up a TSW photo...

You can see the difference.

I think it is worth noting the TSW springs also purposely level the vehicle, the m7 springs do not. That changes the look a good bit too.

If you want that "forward & hunkered" down look then m7 is the answer. If you want to focus on performance and a nice level looking car, then the TSW springs are the way to go.
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