× 1-800-946-2642 Home My Account Social / Forum Articles Contact My Cart
Shop Now
Select Your Car Type Sale Items Clearance Items New Items

 coil springs

 Created by: fvracer72
Orig. Posting Date User Name Edit Date
Oct 17, 2022 03:30AM 6464s Edited: Oct 17, 2022 03:46AM 
Oct 16, 2022 07:45PM Rosebud  
Oct 12, 2022 04:32AM 6464s Edited: Oct 12, 2022 04:46AM 
Oct 12, 2022 03:38AM fvracer72  
   Forum Width:     Forum Type: 

 Posted: Oct 17, 2022 03:30AM
 Edited:  Oct 17, 2022 03:46AM
Total posts: 361
Last post: Mar 19, 2023
Member since:Jan 25, 2017
Cars in Garage: 0
Photos: 0
WorkBench Posts: 0
Rosebud, from the angle of your photo I cannot see if you have the poly spring perches.

For your front tires, have you tired "0" or full soft for the front shock and putting some more air in the tires? You are using your tires as shocks and generating more side wall flex and heat.

 Posted: Oct 16, 2022 07:45PM
Total posts: 1366
Last post: Mar 7, 2023
Member since:Jul 15, 2008
Cars in Garage: 0
Photos: 117
WorkBench Posts: 1
Regarding coil springs for the classic Mini, there doesn't seem to be an industry-wide color code standard. I have blue springs from Delta (Japan), and they're identified as "performance" springs. Delta's red springs are considered "road" springs. S-Racer's color coding is the opposite; red is hard, blue is softer.

It took me ages to dial-in my suspension. Hi-Lows were a must in order to get the ride height right, and as other's have said, shocks play a huge part in the equation. I have Gaz adjustables and began with a mid-way setting of 20 clicks, which to my surprise, was way to firm. I now have them at 5 clicks. I found that front tire pressure was also a big deal. 23 psi seems just about right. Here's a link to an article I wrote about dialing in my suspention.  link 


Michael, Santa Barbara, CA

. . . the sled, not the flower

      Poser MotorSports

 Posted: Oct 12, 2022 04:32AM
 Edited:  Oct 12, 2022 04:46AM
Total posts: 361
Last post: Mar 19, 2023
Member since:Jan 25, 2017
Cars in Garage: 0
Photos: 0
WorkBench Posts: 0
That is a good question. My mini is my only car. I've tried all suspension options available for comfort and daily use that includes the original cones, smootha- ride, blue coils, town & country coils and LSS coils. Shock absorbers play an important role as well.

My current set up is the town & country springs, cheap Gmax front gas shock and smootha ride HD rear shocks from kit. There is heavy lean on curves but I can still face plant my poodle into the rear windows ( she rides in the back ). We have rough roads here. I find these 4 coil springs very good for my comfort. LSS are basically the same spring. When I get around to it, I will change the rear shocks to the soft original shocks. Maybe try a rear sway bar.

I find the cones and blue coils too busy for daily use. By busy, I mean bouncy and jittery or constantly active. I even found the smootha ride cone too active but a little softer that original cones. 

You have to take into account what you are using the mini for, the condition of your roads and how often you use your mini. The number one issue with original cones is they collapse and the second issue is they get hard. Also the more "heavy duty" your shocks are the harder the ride.

To answer your question, the reds will be the same as the blues. Stiff and bouncy because there is only one coil, but the upside is they won't collapse.

 Posted: Oct 12, 2022 03:38AM
Total posts: 16
Last post: Feb 16, 2023
Member since:Oct 2, 2011
Cars in Garage: 0
Photos: 0
WorkBench Posts: 0
this has probably been covered, but i couldn't find it...... what is the realistic difference between the red springs and the blue springs for street use?......or should I not bother and stick to the rubber cones?