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I have a 2003 R53 with the sport suspension package. I've already increased the size of the rear sway bar. So my question is will the car benefit with the installation of a front strut tower brace. I've installed M7's front shock plates and they will have to be removed to install the tower brace. Pro's and cons would be helpful
Front strut braces are a tricky fit. Do you have an aftermarket Intake? And all that you'll really feel fron a front strut brace is increased front end rigidity which will result in increased understeer.
IMO it does make a difference. You will be surprised on how it stops a lot of squeaks and rattles too. The RSB is one of the best mods to do to a MINI. I have never heard of anyone on dry roads or track ever spinning their MINI around because it was too stiff. I have a 22mm adjustable and I have it on the firmest setting and never had a spin out and trust me I drive aggressive.
I have an M7 front strut bar & Cabrio braces on the front. I respectfully disagree that they will make any noticeable difference in the way your MINI handles or feels. I'm sure they must add some rigidity to the MINI, but I can't feel it. No harm in putting one on & maybe it will make a big difference. ;-)
After talking to a friend of my whose a BMW mechinic I think I've decided against it. Won't make enough of a difference to justfy the cost. And according to him to much understeer is not necessarlly a good thing. For multiply reasons. Thanks guys for the input.
Instead of the brace, I would spend money on front camber plates such as these: http://www.waymotorworks.com/ireland...e-r50-r53.html
The plates will:
- Improve handling (reduce understeer)
- Combat strut tower mushrooming (thicker plate than OEM)
- Replace top rubber bushing that tends to crack/tear.
The only cons are that they cost money and will slightly increase (< 1/8") the front ride height due to the slightly thicker plate.
2006 MCS JCW GP #1405: Adj Front Camber Plates, 19mm Rear Sway Bar, MM Front Lower Brace, Milltek Cat-Back, TCE 13" Front/11.75" Rear BBK, 15mm Spacers, Wheel Studs, JCM Modified Intake, MM Filter, Gauges
I used to have a strut tower brace, and it was pretty neutral, when i had weight in the back, i had the rear seats and a subwoofer box that filled up the lower trunk area.
When i took off the rear seats, the weight balance changed and it translated into understeer, i took the brace off and boom, understeer was gone. In my opinion, the strut tower brace isnt worth it, it gives a harder ride and it really doesnt help handling
It does give you more front wheel feedback, but thats it. IMO dont buy this. Consider it when you have fully adjustable suspension in which you can correct the problems caused by the brace. If you dont have adjustable shocks/springs/swaybars dont even consider it
Oem shock valving is horrible. I recently bought some bc coilovers and the ride harshness just dissapeared. Yes it is way stiffer, but way smoother either way. And its only stiff because i set it up that way
Hope this helps
__________________ 2005 MINI Cooper S - Chilli Red - 6speed Manual - 17% Alta pulley, 2% Alta crank pulley, Alta large intercooler, 2.5" Custom straightpipe exhaust, K&N air intake with cowl mod, H&R Front sway bar, Alta 22mm rear sway bar, M7 strut tower brace, Enkei RP01 17" wheels, Wilwood front Big Brake kit, Sparco Torino Seats, Alta adjustable Tensioner, polyurethane lower control arm bushings