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Old 10-10-2009, 02:47 AM
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Nice thread.

I have 2 MINIs in need of gapectomy surgery. One which will not be driven quite as aggressively as the other. I will probably follow the advice of a friend and lower the cars as far as possible then raise them just enough to make it into the driveway (unless my village will let me replace the rounded curb with the ramp style).

My questions: Will camber plates or spacers likely be needed with 17" R99 (et48) and if so any ideas on spacers (wouldn't mind if that car wound up close to flush either)

Same question for the second car only with the 17" Ultraleggeras (et37)

I'm thinking KW or Vmaxx depending on total drop (and price)

any suggestions/input welcome. I'll be having a mutton lettuce and tomato sandwich while I wait.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:55 AM
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My questions: Will camber plates or spacers likely be needed with 17" R99 (et48) and if so any ideas on spacers (wouldn't mind if that car wound up close to flush either)
Front camber plates are never really "needed" like rear control arms are. The front camber changes very very little, if at all, when lowered, so it's not like you need to "correct" anything.

With that said, the handling benefits of camber plates are one of the funnest handling mods IMO, so they're worth considering at some point when you're looking for a new mod to install.
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:57 PM
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Just curious, but what do you know about these? They look pretty nice. I'd be interested in trying them out.


From what i understand about the stance coilovers, and i may be wrong, but i thought that M7 sources there coilovers through them. So i would assume that they are just like the M7 coils
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Front camber plates are never really "needed" like rear control arms are. The front camber changes very very little, if at all, when lowered, so it's not like you need to "correct" anything.

With that said, the handling benefits of camber plates are one of the funnest handling mods IMO, so they're worth considering at some point when you're looking for a new mod to install.

yeah, camber plates are a must when considering handling ability. its really the thing that allows your tires to stick best.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:04 PM
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ok cool that's what I figured not needed for stance only applications but highly recommended to aid in handling. off to price coils.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:40 PM
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Need some help...

there is a set of vmaxx im about to pull the trigger on but the guy has them on his 2001 mini cooper...

I have heard there are difference between the drop links ??? on 2001 cars compared to my 2006 r50...

So the question is will vmaxx coils of a 2001 cooper fit on my 2006 one?

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:17 PM
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I'm not aware that they even made vmaxx's with droplink mounts for the 01-early02's. That would surprise me honestly.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:15 PM
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they only list one type of coilover on the website for r50's/r53 i might just take a gamble!
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There's such little demand for those early coilovers that almost no one makes them...and of all the coilover companies, vmaxx is probably one of the last that would make special adjustments just for a few early cars You'll probably be fine.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:21 PM
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haha fair enough... well on this occasion the fact that minis are poorly catered for in some aftermarket areas could work out well for me lol
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:43 PM
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I know I said I'd never get a set of v-maxx, but I've been reading up on these coilovers recently and I thought I'd bring this thread back to talk about them. I figure since stratmosphere is local to me I might as well consider a set of these.

I'm pretty much just looking for impressions on these. Besides thewanderer, I'm pretty sure xnotfunkylex is running these as well?
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rally's on these shocks with no problems. (he disassembled the coilover and is using airbags instead of springs)
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:05 PM
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Yup. Love mine.

With that said, I think they're good for a certain set of people. People who acknowledge that you won't get a smooth ride from slammed coilovers. People with the "don't give a ****" attitude that won't mind a stiff ride, scraping subframe, or rubbing. You seem pretty concerned with this whole coilover decision...so they may not be right for you. I don't mean that as an insult or anything....they're just not for everyone and I don't want you getting them and then being disappointed.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:07 PM
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v1's will probably ride a bit better. I think their coilovers are valved slightly sitffer than vmaxx's are. Other than that, vmaxx's are basically kw reps.
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nice ninja edit there rally
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