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Default Re: Could anyone help a n00b with coilovers pls? - 20th May 2013, 11:50 AM

Yes and no, got the APs at a deal I could not refuse and I woupdnt have been able to afford any woth top mounts at the time :P if you can afford it though definitely better to do it right first time round. My biggest worry is having to use spring compressors again to fit the new top mounts, those things are scary as hell :P

Glad you didnt have any problems with the shims. I just question the point of lowering to improve handling then running shims. Better off with wheel gap than wobbly wheels :P

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Default 20th May 2013, 01:59 PM

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Yes and no, got the APs at a deal I could not refuse and I woupdnt have been able to afford any woth top mounts at the time :P if you can afford it though definitely better to do it right first time round. My biggest worry is having to use spring compressors again to fit the new top mounts, those things are scary as hell :P

Glad you didnt have any problems with the shims. I just question the point of lowering to improve handling then running shims. Better off with wheel gap than wobbly wheels :P

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Default 20th May 2013, 02:04 PM

'Hobo' springs will ruin your handling and ride as well as quickly deteriorate your stock dampers, even if you don't want major lows and are happy with the handling coilovers are the best option!
  
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'Hobo' springs will ruin your handling and ride as well as quickly deteriorate your stock dampers, even if you don't want major lows and are happy with the handling coilovers are the best option!
Agreed. However some people don't drive their Minis they use them to go shopping

Of course! I wouldn't think of using anything else personally.

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Agreed. However some people don't drive their Minis they use them to go shopping

Of course! I wouldn't think of using anything else personally.

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Default 21st May 2013, 05:59 PM

Sorry if I'm being thick, what are 'HOBO' springs?

Are you just referring to lowering springs?

If so, I couldn't afford coilovers, so ran Eibach lowering springs and standard shocks on my Honda Prelude for around 8 years and never had a problem.




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Default 22nd May 2013, 01:00 PM

I am currently running H&R progressive springs on my car
and i have been nothing but impressed.

they will soon be up for sale, just because i got an INSANE deal on a set of coilovers
and i want to scrape the ground while looking really cool for my 80mile a day commute

if you spend good money on springs, they are fine
if you buy the toss ones from ebay.. they will ruin everything you love about your car.
  
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Default 22nd May 2013, 01:00 PM

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Sorry if I'm being thick, what are 'HOBO' springs?

Are you just referring to lowering springs?

If so, I couldn't afford coilovers, so ran Eibach lowering springs and standard shocks on my Honda Prelude for around 8 years and never had a problem.
You never had a problem but you probably never saw many benefits. My Cooper S came with Eibach lowering springs and even though the mini as stock handles well, this setup is nowhere near as much fun as my old 106gti with coilovers.

It's so much more precise and you feel 100 times more confident cornering at speed. If I didn't just have some head work done then I'd already be running APs. It's next on my to do list.
  
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Default 26th May 2013, 07:30 AM

I recently got Meister R coilovers on my r56 cooper s. a truly awesome buy. Now have to work out how I'm going to fit my 17 inch Rota RBs...
  
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