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Old 03-01-2007, 01:18 AM
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Default BC Coilovers installed (how-to & feedback)

I have installed the new BC (BR series) coilovers.

here is a short how-to with photos of the units and the install.

The BR series are 30 way adjustable compression / rebound adjustable.
Have ride height adjustability both Front and Rear.
AND come with adjustable front camber plates.

All 3 of these features were what I was looking for in doing a upgrade.

An additional feature is flexable adjuster extensions for the rears that I wanted to install to be able to use the adjustability feature WITHOUT having to remove the unit or even lay on the ground

These coilovers are well known in other market applications.

HERE THEY ARE...(as delivered)

Tools and extenders included
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Here is a short HOW-TO

Again I installed to be able to adjust from above. They can be set and then installed, but to then adjust the rears they would need to be partially removed to reach the knob on the TOP of the rear.

The main point of the install is to show the MODIFICATIONS needed to do the install.

Jack up the vehicle and use jack stands
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NOW to remove the fronts ... then do all the install

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TIME TO INSTALL

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I jacked up the rear so as to be sure that in the normal position AND under load the adjuster clears the hole. As the suspension works the top does move.

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... about stock height.
My final setting is 1+" lower then this.
I set the rear were I wanted it THEN adjusted the front.

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Final shot of panel reinstalled and the flexable adjuster on.

This is about a "straight shot" up from the coilover.
I was going to put at the "cubbie" door in the back but the more than 90 deg. bend...
just didn't feel quite right.
I could feel the indent position but not as "clearly" as the straight position.

MORE photos to come of vehicle shots as soon as weather permits.

I have now had the coilovers on for just 2 days (the car will be having a full alignment and corner balancing this weekend).


My first impressions are GREAT !

Firm and good road feel.
Still trying different settings on the compression / rebound.
The adjustment stiffens up the compression.
OR adjusting the other way softens compression.

You can feel the difference.
I started in the middle (setting 15) and today reset to 5 and could feel the softer ride.

The springs are stiff... they feel stiffer then the H sport (with stock shocks ) that were on before.

When ALL adjustmenta are made I will put them through more testing and adjusting.

All in all the quality looks good and the features are great.

The price point is excelent.

Camber plates, shocks and springs OR camberplates and coilovers elsewhere are more $.

Nice to see other manufacturers and vendors supporting the MINI crowd.
We now have more choices.
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:22 AM
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wow nice write up!
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:45 AM
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That is a great write up, excellent work on the rear adjusters. Book marking this thread for the future...
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:55 AM
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Wow amazing. Any idea what rate springs are on there? I wonder if the BC's will have the same problems as the Megans. Assuming they are using similar spring rates, i assume you will have problems with travel as these are using the same special thread design that Megans is using.

Definitely let me know if you are bottoming out.

How much...did i miss the price?

I almost thought you had BG's from the euro community, that would have made me jealous
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:15 AM
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the spring rate is 8 front and 8 rear

They are different than the megans

I have had a couple of questions about travel and will make some measurements.

They are not bottoming out, and today I really put them through their paces

Introductry price at Import Image $1000 !

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Old 03-01-2007, 02:21 AM
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yah but i think that because they are attempting to use the same ride height adjustment without losing travel by threading into the bottom. That's where the megans runs into problems. It works wonders on other cars....but apparently not on the MINI.

The bottoming out will occur after more miles according to others
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:54 AM
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Nice write and install! I've wanted to cut into the shock towers to adjust front camber but I just can't bring myself to do it yet.

I'm assuming BC has learned from Megan's (actually Pilo's) mistakes and have improved upon the design. 8kg is a big jump compared to Megan's 6kg rates. Could these be the same specs as Megan's track series of coilovers?

For $1,000 those coils are a bargain.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:17 AM
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Contact Wyvern Mini and they will do the cutting for you ...
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