Sep 12th, 2010, 09:18 PM
hi all, just looking into lowering springs for a clubman, i spotted that spax do a 45mm kit for the mini though its only for cooper, one and diesel 01>03
but the spax kit listed for the clubman is only 30-25mm
but i've seen other companies do springs for 'all mini's inc cooper/s and clubman.
i'd like to get the 45mm kit but did the suspension change after 03 ? does the clubman have different suspension to the cooper, s and one ?
any help would be great cheers
Sep 12th, 2010, 11:06 PM
The Clubman is a 2nd Gen MINI.
The 45mm lowering springs will only fit 1st Gen models built prior to March 2002, and probably won't fit too many of those as there was a recall because the suspension in those early builds caused cars to "pull to the left".
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:59 AM
if I were you I would look for a coilover kit for the clubman. you will get far better ride quality and comfort, plus you can adjust the ride height. for example, you set the coilovers at 45mm and find out you want the car lower you can lower it more, or if it is too low put it up again. the minimum drop with most coilovers is 30mm and go as low as 95mm, well mine do anyway.
Sep 13th, 2010, 01:03 PM
yeah i've had coilovers on civics's mx5's etc in the past and i've always loved the harsh ride but with the clubman i just want to lower it alittle as springs offer abit firmer ride and slight drop, my girlfriend is going to use the car for work so i dont want it slammed and dont want it to feel 2 stiff for her.
so i need 2nd gen springs, do all gen2 models use the same suspension set up?
Sep 13th, 2010, 01:31 PM
you can get KW springs for the clubman, they offer a 30mm drop and as far as i am aware thats the biggest drop you can get on an r56 without going for coilovers.
not too sure if all of the suspension is the same. have a look on the lohen website, then go somewhere where they will be cheaper!
Sep 13th, 2010, 02:26 PM
ok i'll check it out cheers.
do u know if there is any shock/spring kits for the mini ones that are not adjustable they normally cost around £250/£300 for other cars
Sep 13th, 2010, 02:47 PM
nope, not that i am aware of mate. the only thing i can think of is lowering springs + koni FSD dampers. but for that your looking at £500+ which is coilover territory.
Sep 13th, 2010, 02:57 PM
do all gen2 models use the same suspension set up?
Two types of suspension are offered for the 2nd Gen MINI ... Standard and Sports. You can check part numbers on RealOEM (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do) to see which models use the same struts and shocks. Spring rates depend on what options are installed on the car.