I've got an R51 mini cooper that for the most part, I'm very happy with. The ride however, is pretty firm and I don't know how much more abuse my spine can take.
I love the sharp handling but not at the expense of the ride. Anything to reduce road noise would be a bonus as this gets quite tedious if the road is anything other than silky smooth.
I've read a few bits-and-pieces about Koni FSDs or coilovers but I'm really not sure how much to budget or what I should be looking for. I'd prefer to keep the run-flats but wouldn't be against swapping them out if necessary. I'm running the standard 16" cooper alloys.
Would agree with the comments above regarding runflats .... get rid! Runflats have been the culprtit for so many complaints about the ride quality of the MINI. It's not so bad on the 2nd Gen MINI's but even so, MINI decided a few years ago to stop fitting them as standard on most models.
Yeah, people do seem to like saying this - but it isn't in any way true. Standard tyres fit fine.
If you want a better ride, then changing to 17s would be a bad choice. Just get some non-runflat 16s and a compressor/tyre sealant kit (there's a neat Conti all-in-one).
However I will say that I found swapping from runflat 16 to non-runflat 16s didn't make a huge difference - but it was on a 2nd Gen car which did not have sports suspension. I think it's sports suspension plus runflats that is real purgatory.
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