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SUSPENSION - Basic set-up method
Created: February 02, 2011
This is one of those subjects viewed as a ‘black art’, largely because of lack of understanding and confusion. The confusion part is because folk encompass the whole suspension set-up deal with suspension arrangement and design, lack of understanding instilling terror at the thought of ‘fiddling’ with the suspension components.
Shocks / Dampers - Fitment data
Created: August 31, 2001
Following the various articles I've done on suspension modifications and vehicle lowering, the most often asked question is 'do I need shortened dampers?'. It all depends on what the car ride height was before lowering took place.
Suspension - Fitting Hi-Los and similar derivatives
Created: August 06, 2001
Many suggest that fitting HiLos will allow you to change your ride height for different situations; this simply isn’t so for two important reasons
SUSPENSION - Lowering the standard dry set-up
Created: July 12, 2001
Possibly one of the most asked questions by new mini owners since not only does lowering the car improve it aesthetically - giving that 'mean low' look - it also further improves the Mini's already phenomenal road
SUSPENSION - Converting from wet to dry
Created: July 11, 2001
The steady decline of readily available hydrolastic displacer units has prompted an escalation in the number of folk asking how to go about swopping from hydrolastic (‘wet’)
Suspension - Corner Weights and Bump-Steer Basics
Created: February 27, 2001
A surprising number of racers still avoid dealing with them, as with geometry in general they're seen as another 'black art'. Not at all alleviated by the sight of the well-to-do single seater teams producing computer controlled, highly accurate scales to make last minute corner weight adjustments or slipping wafer-thin shims in between steering arms and hubs.
Suspension - Effects of Fitting Wide Wheels
Created: February 27, 2001
In the 'Suspension - Terminology' section, I covered what KPI is, as it is an ancient but still oft-used term despite being pretty redundant. Not that it isn't attendant in current cars - it has to be.
SUSPENSION - Basic Priorities
Created: February 20, 2001
Having studied the Suspension - Terminology article you should now have a ‘job description’ understanding of previously possibly un-comprehended words associated with suspension control. Now - what to do with it?
SUSPENSION - Terminology
Created: February 20, 2001
The Mini has consistently more than proven its capability in competition with very limited and cost-effective modifications based on the standard equipment fitted.
SUSPENSION - Shock absorbers (dampers), basic knowledge
Created: February 14, 2001
During 1997 I penned (typed) a number of articles encompassing suspension and brake modifications carried out by you innumerable and fanatical Mini owners. Throughout those discourses, I frequently alluded to the necessity of damper changes to maintain the status quo of the Mini's formidable 'handling'.
C-AJJ4004 New road-use front anti-roll bar
Created: October 09, 2000
This bar has been developed to complement those road cars fitted with post 1990 rubber springs. Being the softest compound yet used on the Mini in an attempt to improve comfort, they allow more body roll, thus compromising