Jun 20, 2007 update to the Mini Cooper S project car

MINI Sssshock testing

Today’s task was trying out and tuning the Koni sport front shocks and double adjustable rears.

We started out with the front shocks set at one turn from full soft, or about 1/2 stiff.

The rears were first set at 1/2 stiff for bump (compression) and then later reset to full stiff.

Surprisingly, the uber-stiff rear shocks and more normal “sport” front shocks wound up giving the car a more planted feel, we’re theorizing that by keeping the rear suspension from doing a lot of movement, the rear toe is staying more consistent, yielding more grip. All-in-all, the car felt simply spectacular on the new shocks.

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