Brakes Wheels 1st Gen Tires Wheel Alignment

Discussion in '1st Generation: 2002–06 R50, R53 & 2004–08 R52' started by Gutterman, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Gutterman

    Gutterman Member

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    I have a 07 Mini S Convertible, I will be getting new tires this spring would like to get a alignment , purchased in 2011 just rolled over 50,000 miles. My tire store says it's very involved and more than they can do. I live in Ashland ,Ohio so I could go north or south. Any recommendations?
     
  2. Minidave

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    It IS very involved if you do it right......for example they call for weights to be placed in various places around the car.....ride height measurements and so on - so kudos to your tire shop for not wanting to do it wrong and screw up your new tires.

    My dealership charges $200 to do a 4 wheel alignment on a MINI, I've decided it's worth it......so that's where I take mine.
     
  3. RussWK

    RussWK Active Member

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    A local tire/wheel shop did 4-wheel alignment on my 06 R52 and also reduced negative camber on the rear by 1/2 degree. ( Stock is 1.5 degrees) Car tracks and drives perfectly and tires Wear evenly. Just find a competent suspension Person.
     
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    Many shops have the same issue with any BMW. I've heard about the weights from a few places that won't do MINI, so I just go to the dealer.
     
  5. Razone23

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    A full tank of gas and a someone to sit on the drivers side. Is recommended Just had mine done at some place by the way. Afterward I decided to put on the control arm bushing. And will have it checked again once everything is seated. Tires can get pretty expensive. Good luck
     

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