Dec 8th, 2005, 01:33 AM
ey guys...on what build date did Mini start using the softer shocks? was it 2003 or 2004? according to what i've read, the 2002 Minis (like mine) have a harsher ride than normal. i've already switched from 215/40 tires to 205/45 & the ride on my Mini is still harsh (compared to a friend's 02 MCS that has 2004 shocks, on lowering springs & 205/45 tires)the ride on his Mini's more firm & solid compared to the ride on mine. i saw a set of almost bnew 2003-spec shocks for sale in japan and would like to know if i would be wasting money if i got them :D any thoughts?
Dec 8th, 2005, 01:42 AM
The oil viscosity and valve structure change in shocks was effective with May 2003 builds.
Dec 8th, 2005, 02:03 AM
here's a pic of the shocks...no reply yet from the seller on the build date of the Mini where the shocks came from...he just said it's from a 2003 Mini
Dec 8th, 2005, 03:04 AM
Just get the Koni FSDs...
(See, for example, http://www.mini2.com/forum/showthread.php?t=100952.)
Dec 13th, 2005, 12:42 AM
i would...but would the ride be generally better than the ride now on stock shocks & springs? what would you suggest as the best combination of shocks & springs for a comfy ride? i don't really drive my Mini that hard anywayz ;) there are soooo many brands to choose from!
Dec 13th, 2005, 03:08 AM
The ride is a lot better -- see comments in the other thread.
There is no need to replace the springs as well, just the shocks. They're currently $630 from Tire Rack (link (http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?autoMake=Mini&autoModel=Cooper+S&autoYear=2005&autoModClar=&make=Koni&model=FSD+Damper+Set&group=FSD+Damper+Set&partNum=2100-4010&perfCode=S)), so total cost including tax and installation should be well under $1000.
Dec 13th, 2005, 03:25 AM
thanks for the info! it's either koni's or bilsteins for me :biggrin:
Dec 13th, 2005, 03:55 AM
here are my choices (it's in japanese, still awaiting translation from my jap friend)