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 07 Cooper S Front Strut Replacement

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 Posted: Mar 19, 2019 05:09AM
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Thank you for the reply! I was looking at the Bilstein and was thinking about purchasing those until i came across these from Raceland. Lifetime warranty and lower the car 1 inch. Reviews seem solid as well.

https://raceland.com/mini-cooper-2007-2013-coilovers.html
We are not familiar with raceland products so I can't comment.  But please be aware that coilovers are typically designed for performance applications which means they will give up ride quality.  Combine that with the 1 inch lower ride height which means shorter suspension travel, which also means stiffer springs to prevent bottoming out.

Be prepared to give up some ride quality when switching to coilovers. How much depends on the shock valving and spring rates. 'Ride quality' is subjective so it is difficult to quantify in words....

 Posted: Mar 18, 2019 06:54AM
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Thank you for the reply! I was looking at the Bilstein and was thinking about purchasing those until i came across these from Raceland. Lifetime warranty and lower the car 1 inch. Reviews seem solid as well.

https://raceland.com/mini-cooper-2007-2013-coilovers.html

 Posted: Mar 18, 2019 05:24AM
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Hello,

I just recently purchased my first ever Mini (2007 Mini Cooper S Hatchback) and am immediately in love! I am having to replace the front struts on the vehicle and am unsure on which to buy. I am partly inclined to upgrade from the standard sport suspension but am currently unsure. OEM parts are expensive and can find aftermarket for significantly cheaper. Here in lies the question for you fellow Mini experts. What is a good replacement loaded strut assembly while still keeping the stiffer sportier suspension feel.

Thank You!
There are 3 components that are different with the sport suspension when compared to the 'standard' suspension.  The valving in the shocks, the spring rate, and the rear sway bar size.

I'm not sure you will feel a huge difference whether you choose a standard replacement front struts or a sport replacement.  However you will notice a difference if you upgrade to sport shocks such as KONI or Bilstein. If you go the upgrade route which will give you a firmer ride, you should replace all 4 shocks as upgrading just the fronts may adversely affect the handling.

 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 07:36AM
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Hello,

I just recently purchased my first ever Mini (2007 Mini Cooper S Hatchback) and am immediately in love! I am having to replace the front struts on the vehicle and am unsure on which to buy. I am partly inclined to upgrade from the standard sport suspension but am currently unsure. OEM parts are expensive and can find aftermarket for significantly cheaper. Here in lies the question for you fellow Mini experts. What is a good replacement loaded strut assembly while still keeping the stiffer sportier suspension feel.

Thank You!