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    Default R53 Sports+ Suspension

    What was the difference with Sports+ Suspension on the R53?
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    As far as I am aware it is just stiffer. No actual difference to mounting points etc.

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    Know it’s stiffer but wanting to know if it’s a different strut, spring etc
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    As far as I'm aware it's a stronger spring rate as the shock absorber is the same part number as non r53. The jcw shock is a different part number.

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    Yup I think it's just a higher spring rate. Ride height etc is the same


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    If there was ever a case of something being TOO stiff (a rare complaint...) it was Mini ‘Sports Plus’ suspension...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELFMAN View Post
    If there was ever a case of something being TOO stiff (a rare complaint...) it was Mini ‘Sports Plus’ suspension...
    Completely agree, the standard suspension on R53/R56 is shocking IMO


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    Quote Originally Posted by ELFMAN View Post
    If there was ever a case of something being TOO stiff (a rare complaint...) it was Mini ‘Sports Plus’ suspension...
    Depends, our Fitbits readily confuse holding the steering wheel and the associated Sports Suspension vibrations as a bike ride. Helps keep the step count up! Every cloud and all that.....
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    Can I just add that I don’t have any ‘Fit Bits’...

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