CanberraCooperS said:Hi Steve, Welcome to the Mini2 Forums.
There are a series of things you can do to your MCS that will enhance it dramatically. A few options are. Eibach or HR lowering springs, Coilover suspension kits, adjustable Rear swaybar, bush kits, adjustable control arms. I guess its going to come down to what you are attempting to achieve with the car.. if you want to track it then Go coilovers, street then just the springs, as the factory shocks are very good. Swaybar replacement can be sourced locally through Whiteline... infact i think you can get alot through them.
Brakes... well there OEM replacement (better Discs and pads) available.. steer clear from EBC completely if you will be tracking the car at all. Big Brakes.. hmmm Jury is still out on the advantages of those.. the car is not imensly heavy so a brake package that is designed to pull up a 1.4 tonne car on a 1.1ton car is a bit of overkill in many peoples books. Plus the likelyhood is that you will have to get Wheels that will fit over them. By all means yes they are a great idea, but you will need an engineers report and about $2400 or more. AP/Brembo/Tarrox/Willawood/M7 and a few others make kits for the MCS. Remember though your adding weight to the car with big brake kits.
Everyones going to have opinions about whats good and whats bad.... there is a stack of different brands available for the MCS.. look around do some internet research.. look through the Technical forums.. and make an informed decision.
Good luck and have fun, they are awesome handling cars once tickled a bit.
Cool. well get onto whiteline as they are a local company that have done some good research and made some very good stuff. Adjustable rear swaybar, you can get front as well but its less of a requirement. I run Eibachs in mine.. but H+R are available through AutoPro Nation wide now.. or Whitelines own. Whiteline do braces front and rear but they are designed for race only and you will need an engineers report to run them on the road. DBA do the DBA542S Discs (slotted) Drilled will crack. Either ferodo 2500's or Galfer brake pads are well tested and there are plenty here online who use these.Petrol Spice said:Hey thanks for the information. I was a Canberra lad for a little while, live in Marnuka. I should have stated that by Big Brakes I meen Big Power, I don't think I need 350mm rotors or something stupid like that, just Drilled & Veined stock sized rotors. I plan on doing the suspension, sway bars, tower braces and coilovers at the start. I figure I'll leave the HP until I'm comfortable enough to say I can out drive the cars HP. I want to do hill climbs and trackdays ~ I have done the same with all my other cars and bikes (all four of them) but I haven't driven/riden anything since Feb 04 when I crashed a bike on Mt Glorious so I'll leave the power and make the MCS handle like a go-kart.
Fully adjustable doesn't scare me neither does the price. I plan to hold onto the car for a LONG time....
I love going round corners, that's why I think they put bends in bitumen(sp?)
hey there, heres a pic of my big brakes and 17" race wheels.Petrol Spice said:I'm a one eyed Michy zealot so I'll problably go wiht Pilot Sports or something. I have never had a bad set of michies and I don't mind paying for them.