Created: November 17, 2017
Use this handy troubleshooting guide to assess problems with your classic mini. Bad starting, fuel system, steering, suspension & transmission.
Created: September 22, 2016
Mini Cooper coilovers struts and shocks 'tech 101' article for the novice provides basic understanding of the different solutions available from KONI
Created: March 03, 2016
With questions about replacing or updating the suspension springs or cones, it seems appropriate to have a quick look at all the options available for most Austin Minis and Classic Minis, from Mini Coil Spring Conversion Kits to Coil-Over Suspension Kits and Mini Rubber Cone Suspension Options.
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.
Created: January 28, 2006
Frequently Asked Questions How do I adjust my rear telescopic dampers? There is a knob or a screwdriver adjustment at the bottom of each damper. If you turn the adjuster fully anticlockwise it will be on the lowest setting, then turn the adjuster clockwise - On our newer dampers there will be 28 points of adjustment and on our older dampers 14. You need to count the clicks, as once the maximum damping has been reached, the adjuster will keep turning. Always adjust both dampers an equal number of clicks.
Created: December 02, 2004
The principle behind a sway bar is to achieve a ‘balance’ to the car, front to rear, such that when we turn at our chosen speed we can maintain control of the car. As a Mini Cooper will naturally understeer in order to get closer to a balance, we either have to decrease the understeer or INCREASE oversteer.
Created: October 20, 2004
Technical lowdown on Classic Mini dampers (shock absorbers), what to look for and what to buy. Stock version & fully adjustable race shocks are better bought with understanding the technical background.
Created: March 16, 2004
Created: July 24, 2003
These rods have been produced to improve car stability when cornering and braking and to facilitate easy adjustment of caster angle. Manufactured from a high-grade material in a much larger diameter than the standard items they are far less susceptible to bending - both in use and where poor workshop practice is observed. The most common fault here is jacking the car up with a trolley jack sitting the cup up against the forward tie-rod mounting bracket on the front subframe. As the wheel droops, the tie-rod becomes bound hard up against the jack cup, the sheer force of the un-loading rubber spring causing the insubstantial standard tie-rod to bend. This effectively shortens the tie-rod, therefore increasing caster angle.
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.
Created: July 12, 2001
This step by step outline will allow you to change the ride height of each corner of your Classic Mini Cooper. Improved handling and looks. Simply ask the experts at Mini Mania
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’)
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.
Created: February 27, 2001
Understanding the effects of changing to wider wheels and it's impact on King Pin Inclination is the objective of this article for the classic Mini Cooper.
Created: February 20, 2001
Despite the five main factors that control the front suspension geometry – kingpin inclination, caster angle, camber angle, track, and bump-steer – we are only really able to alter three of those easily. King-pin inclination is non-adjustable, as it’s a feature of where the swivel-pins are mounted on the hub at the factory.
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.
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'.
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
Created: June 08, 2000
The data on this page relates to all Minis unless specified. Major changes to suspension and steering are limited to the introduction of a new steering rack and steering arms for Mk2-on models. Mk2 steering arms have two `ears' to aid in the use of ball joint splitters; this is how they may be differentiated from Mk1 steering arms.
Created: January 30, 2000
A car has "neutral" steering when while turning in tight circle at moderate speed the car will complete the circle at approximately the same position across the diameter of the circle. A car has "understeer" when turning on the same tight circle at the same moderate speed the diameter of the circle is increased because of the front wheels "pushing" out!
Created: January 29, 2000
This kit has been designed specifically for road use with the view to limited tarmac competition events. If used for “off-road” purposes, strengthening modifications will need to be made, as failure may be a possibility. All wheels and tire combinations fitted to the vehicle should be inspected as it is essential that there is enough clearance between the wheel . tire and suspension units. Very minor adjustments using wheel spacers may be required otherwise.