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JCW Pro coilover unboxing

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I decided that for now I'm going to opt for an "OEM+" motif for my JCW. Part of that decision was centered around the fact that the new JCW Pro coilover offering is in fact built by KW, yet still comes with a MINIUSA warranty that spans the new car warranty. Motor City MINI gave me a lovely package price with the coilovers when buying the JCW, so it was an easy decision. Keep in mind the JCW is my daily driver, and I have my turbo Miata built up as the hardcore Hoosier-shod track car, so a dollop of comfort with sporting intentions are the theme here.

The bigger-than normal box fits comfortably in the F56's larger boot. :biggrin5:
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

The part number is 33502341197 for "retrofit kit sports suspension" (for cars without DDC)
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

A very nice microfiber bag holds the spring perch adjuster wrench
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

A little more unpacking shows the foam-wrapped rear springs, thread-locker compound, "Attention: John Cooper Works sport suspension installed" sticker (LOL), and front struts, the expanding foam keeping everything night and snug.
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

Here's an up-close of the stainless steel front strut, the stickers indicate "Left" and "Right" sides, and the "made by KW" clearly marked.
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

Here are the dampers and springs all together on the bench. The rear bumpstops have new dust boots snapped into them. I presume the fronts will re-use the original dust boot bellows
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

The rear springs, rear height adjusters with very nice rubber noise isolators, thread locker, wrench, and sticker. Where should the sticker go? :confused5:
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

Close up of the rear height adjuster. It's nicely anodized aluminum, likely right off the shelf at KW but anodized black instead of purple. The rubber isolator is actually a very OEM looking 2-piece design that plugs into the coil spring end.
JCW Pro coilovers unboxing by Ryephile, on Flickr

In all it's a very nice looking kit. It's clear it's had an OEM touch over the normal KW offerings, which is a big plus. I'll post more information on the stroke and bumpstops when I remove the stock bits to have a solid comparison.
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Your analysis and comments have convinced me. When I read the first reviews of the sport suspension there were statements about how stiff it was; not okay for the roads like we have here in Michigan. When I drive the car, I think, this is not bad at all; better than my R53 and others that are my baseline. Concur that the car, for my tastes, could use some more precision and body control.
So, just need to figure out when this is going to happen.
Settings, from the JCW pro-coilover installation manual:
JOHN COOPER WORKS PRO Sports chassis axle setting MlNI Cooper (FSS, F56)
MINICooperS(FSS, F56)

Front axle: 

Total toe 0° 12' +/- 10'
Camber -35' +/-25'
Toe offset angle -1°16' +/- 30'
Tracking 4° 16' +/- 30'
Max. steering angle on the inner wheel 36° 2'
Rear axle:

Total toe 0°24' +/- 8'
Camber 2° 5' +/- 20'
Geometric axial difference 0° +/- 10'
I have this. is it good compared to your values?
Working to sort through the French descriptions (thank you Google translate), but your settings don't look significantly different than mine.
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