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I need new shocks for my 84000 mile mini. Not looking for competition or lowered shocks, but looking for quality shocks to help with the ride. Stock springs are still fine. Ride has just got very harsh on small ripples in the pavement.
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i would get rid of run flat tyres before altering the shocks if no visual leaking as run flats are terrible
 

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Thanks I agree, did a Track day with the run flats, ?
What tires would suggest ?
how deep are your pockets, could put road legal sticky tyres on it ie really track tyres bit they dont last very well on road use,
or just good branded road tyres,, good tyres on story running gear is such an improvement and one i would always turn to first before throwing shocks and springs and poly bushes etc and caster and camber adjustable arms etc ie big bucks, where car maker spend a lot on setting a car up,, and just adding grip amplifies the good they have already designed maybe
 

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Terrible, until you have a flat in the middle of no where.
or carry a puncture repair kit with you might be a good idea after removing run flats wonder how the law see run flats ie your tyre goes flat that makes its unroadworthy but still keep driving to garage or home maybe. as even run flats effect the breaking on any car in a big way,, wonder if law see them on a basis that when have blow out its a controlled blow out and are really for pulling over safely and not really driving on after the fact or its fine to keep driving on,, i know someone who did just that kept driving for over 20 miles had a accident after getting pulled over a few hours earlier by plod, never did find out what happened at court,
anyway most sensible people would have AA or RAC cover in place anyway or carry a couple of bottles of tyre foam around with them £10, still a lot cheaper than cost of run flats, also after driving a mini without run flats you would never go back to run flats again
 

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Am going to check out the You Pull junk yard to see if I can get a spare to carry along
i've owned many cars have worked on many cars and have recovered on break down many cars and not many have been for punctures a lot have been timing chain and timing belt failures or clutch failures that said the same people who had these failures only had happen a few times in 10 years and mainly on ill serviced and maintained cars,, ie a good garage when a car comes in dont just do what is asked of them but also casts a eye over it and try's help from future failures, or maybe thats juts my way i was always taught year ago,, ironically some customer wrongly might feel this is just a garage looking for things to fix,, until they do break down in middle of no where,, even a worn out tyre can ruin someones day in some way,
below a good thing to have i have one hmmm in ten years never used it but piece of mind handy to have
and these cans are good as well
 

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I don't know Mike. I think you are in Europe correct? Big difference than here in the States. I live in Texas. I could drive 300 miles on a major highway in some places in Texas and never see a gas station. I drive 20 miles to work and 20 miles back from work every day. So in other words, we drive a lot and have to go far distances to get from point A to point B. I would not want to be in the middle of no where with a spray can. Run Flats also have a lot of side wall protection to you really are less likely to get other types of tire problems that a spray can simply will do nothing for you.

However, I do know what you mean. Run flats feel like you are driving on solid rubber tires with no air in them and so you feel every pebble.

Also, that means a lot more work out on the shocks. Almost every Mini I drove over 72000 miles, the shocks where gone. You can replace shocks before they leak out all their internals. It is very cheap fix and very easy to do if you stay with the self-contained shocks. Easier than a brake job and you can probably do both at the same time to save time.

To each their own. I have enough things to worry about.
 

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have you ever been to the uk the roads are terrible pot holes all kinds of cambers on the roads that solid car tyres tram like you would not believe, also we have corners here all kinds of old methods of coating a road badly and a government that gives the contracts to anyone they know and not so much anyone who knows how to it would seem,, ha ha they gave a shipping contract to one company who never even had a ship,, anyway before long this country will be no longer a exporter of any car the way its going
 
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have you ever been to the uk the roads are terrible pot holes all kinds of cambers on the roads that solid car tyres tram like you would not believe, also we have corners here all kinds of old methods of coating a road badly and a government that gives the contracts to anyone they know and not so much anyone who knows how to it would seem,, ha ha they gave a shipping contract to one company who never even had a ship,, anyway before long this country will be no longer a exporter of any car the way its going
I wasn't thinking necessarily about pot holes. Last year I was driving my Toyota Tacoma from here up to Waco which is about 100 miles. There was all sorts of construction on the roads so sort of a normal weekend in Texas. On the way back I must have run over something. I started to hear tink, tink, tink depending on speed. At first, I thought it was a rock and figured it would be flung out of the tire at speed. Then after a few minutes, boom. Luckily I had a spare. It blew whatever it was out but I'm guessing it was a big lag screw about the size of an arrow shaft based on the hole it left. You would not have been able to fill the hole it left with tire goo or a patch.

 
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