Do Mini Coopers have camber?
The MINI Cooper, being a lightweight front-wheel drive car, responds well to more negative camber in the front than in the rear. This allows for a more neutral feel when cornering hard, reducing understeer felt with factory specs.
What is camber in rear wheels?
Camber angle is one of the angles made by the wheels of a vehicle; specifically, it is the angle between the vertical axis of a wheel and the vertical axis of the vehicle when viewed from the front or rear. It is used in the design of steering and suspension.
How do you adjust the toe on a Mini Cooper?
On 2007-2013 models, rear toe is adjusted by changing the position of the trailing arm mounting bracket on the unibody. The procedure involves loosening the bolts 1.5 turns and moving the bracket with a special tool that has an eccentric cam that fits into a hole and can move the bracket small amounts.
Does camber cause tire wear?
Improper camber can make the tire wear on one edge and may cause the vehicle to pull to the side that has the most positive camber. Zero camber will result in the most uniform tire wear over time, but may reduce performance during cornering.
What can cause camber problems?
Reasons for camber misalignment:
- Vehicle involved in accident.
- Springs sag causing change in ride height.
- Ball joints or other attached parts are worn or defective.
How can I improve my Mini Cooper suspension?
Some upgrades to consider involve lowering kits, strut tower bars and bushing upgrades. Shocks help improve the ride quality, along with turning capability. Sway bars help stiffen the chassis and prevent body roll, while bushings help prevent vibrations from entering the cabin.
What is the standard ride height for a classic Mini?
Walk round your Mini and observe the ride height – it should be 9.5″ from floor to sill (seam edge) on the front and 10″ floor to sill (seam edge) on the rear.
How do you adjust the rear toe on a Mini Cooper?
Does camber affect toe?
Registered. Yes, camber change will change toe. If you go with more negative camber, your toe-in will increase. More positive camber will increase toe-out.
Can you lower the camber on a Mini Cooper?
Lowering the Mini can increase this camber to -3.0 degrees and more! Most Mini owners with lowered Minis simply replace the two lower control arms with adjustable units which allows the rear camber to be corrected back to factory specifications, but this also has a slight affect on the rear toe setting.
What does the rear control arm length mean on a Mini Cooper?
The Mini Cooper has ‘fixed length’ upper and lower control arms on each side of the rear axle. The length of these control arms determine the camber and toe settings.
Is a Mini Cooper a good daily driver?
The Mini Cooper is an iconic car with an intensely loyal following all over the world. It was born as a British race car, and today, decades after its debut, it stays true to its motorsports roots while being able to serve as a reliable daily driver.
How to improve the handling of a Mini Cooper?
For those Mini owners that drive on the track and need to ‘dial in’ the suspension for maximum improvement in handling, the best approach is to replace all 4 control arms with adjustable units. This allows independent adjustment of rear camber and rear toe.