One of the best things about the MINI is its go-kart-like driving experience. Although, looking at the ground clearance, you would think that the MINI is geared toward off-roading, not carving corners! When Air Lift Performance set out to build a performance air suspension for there MINI, their engineers knew that the suspension not only had to give the car a more desirable ride height, but had to perform as well, from daily driving to the track. This project stemmed from the MINI kit that had already been developed for the R50/R52/R53 MINI kit, previously developed for Project Alter-Ego.
Starting with the front, Air Lift Performance replaced the stock front struts with their threaded-body, monotube, 30-way adjustable struts, which are topped off with smooth-riding, double-bellows air springs. There’s no need to purchase a set of camber plates to help with handling duties – included in the kit is a killer set of T6061 red-anodized plates, paired with high-quality spherical bearings for precise steering and quick reflexes. This hardware all adds up to provide an astounding 4.0″ drop from factory ride height.
In the rear, Air Lift Performance utilizes a progressive-rate, sleeve-style air spring, mounted to a monotube, 30-way damping adjustable shock to match the front. Just like in the front, Air Lift Performance use T6061 aluminum upper mounts with spherical bearings. When it is all said and done, you end up with a 4.9″ drop from the original, off-road type altitude.
It’s not all about fancy parts and a show-stopping stance, however. This suspension was designed on the race track, placing emphasis on handling performance, all served up with a side of ride quality. Not only will the air springs give you a smooth, progressive spring rate under hard driving conditions, but the damping adjustability allows for you to fine-tune the ride, as well as provide you with the handling capabilities that you are looking for. Go from a smooth, comfortable ride to racecar-stiff handling with just the twist of a knob.
What does this mean? It means that you can have a comfortable drive to the track, then quickly and easily change just a couple of settings and you’ll be able to carve corners with the best of them! It also means that steep driveways and speed bumps will no longer make you cringe. With the push of a button, you can raise the car to factory height and clear pretty much any obstacle that appears in your path.
Detailed instructions will help you get your MINI slammed within a few short hours. If you have the ability to wire a stereo or swap out suspension parts, you should have no problem installing this air suspension. If you do run into a snag with installation, the Air Lift Performance tech support team is top-notch and can walk you through any questions you may have.
In order to bring to market the most durable air suspension possible, Air Lift Performance has torture-tested all of the components of this kit to 1 million cycles (equivalent to approximately 100,000 miles) on our hydraulic test rig, at temperatures from -30º F to 15º F. Couple this test lab work with thousands of miles of on-road testing — not to mention the one-year manufacturer’s warranty – and this is a kit you can count on to handle whatever the road throws down!
- 2007-2013 Mini Cooper (R56) (ALL Powertrains)
- 2009-2015 Mini Cooper Convertible (R57)
- 2008-2014 Mini Cooper Clubman (R55)
- 2007-2013 Mini Cooper S (R56)
- 2009-2015 Mini Cooper S Convertible (R57)
- 2008-2014 Mini Cooper S Clubman (R55)
- 2009-2013 Mini Cooper JCW (R56)
- 2009-2015 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible (R57)
- 2009-2014 Mini Cooper JCW Clubman (R55)
- Modifications Req. Front: None
- Modifications Req. Rear: None