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Old 12-21-2010, 11:25 PM
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i think im gonna lower it 1" and see how it goes. ill adjust it as i go. To tell the truth this is my first time lowering a car,
so i have no idea how it would feel but 1" sounds like a start.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:30 PM
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1"=25.5mm

h&r (and most other lowering springs) are rated at lowering the MINI 30mm. you'll basically still be higher than lowering springs.

1" (wheelgap) from the arches is low but on the more conservative side IMO. just less than 1 finger gap for me, which is about 1/2" gap between arch and tire started to get scary around the ugly roads.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:32 PM
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If i got springs wouldn't it harm the stock shocks? and plus if i can go lower i would =]. i'll just start at 1"
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if you run stock springs over rough roads daily wouldn't it harm the stock shocks too?
it's a wear and tear item. running lowering springs would indeed speed up the wear but you wouldnt be as concerned about how much to lower them would you? you'd just be fine and content with being at the height that the manufacturer tested to work well with your application.

instead you have coils and you're going to lower the car just above the lowering spring height. just seems odd to me.
all good, you're car. do what's comfortable.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:47 PM
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thanks for the advice. i'll keep it in mind. like i said this is my first time lowering a car and i have no idea how it would feel. if i feel that im not low enough
then i would go lower. thanks for telling me all the specs. now i know that 1" = 25.5 and it is recommanded at 30mm.
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enjoy. it should be a firmer ride regardless of what height you choose. if you start getting addicted to low you'll start to feel the point where the shock is sad and bottoming out due to a lack of travel as you begin experimenting with lower ride heights. that won't happen for at least another 1 1/2" from where you are projecting. honestly i didn't fear that for daily as much as i was scared of wrecking the ac condensor or cracking the oil pan because of being too low.
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axles were my biggest fear.
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Is that a common problem when lowering a MINI? The axles breaking, I mean.
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Is that a common problem when lowering a MINI? The axles breaking, I mean.
I wouldn't say "common"....no.

A few here have broken axles and had issues with re-furb or cheap axles re-breaking on them.

If you're worried about it, just raise your engine.
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I wouldn't say worried. Just curious. It's just because of the more extreme angle out of the gear box?
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Gearbox desn't move.

It's theoretically the more extreme angle of the outer CV joints. That and torn boots which leads to contamination.

It's mainly happening on the older, more used first gen's so I'm sure age is a factor that has been playing into it as well.

I plan on raising my engine. It's a simple procedure for the most part and you get the added benefits of adressing the CV angles and getting the oil pan out of harm's way.
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I never really thought about the axles. good heads up RALLY
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This. That was supposed to be my next "big project" on the mini. Wish I could've gotten to it


But my axles never broke and they were fairly stressed for daily driving.
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Fairly stressed, who are you kidding
your shit was low.
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