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Ride height - opinions? by yellowstone
Started on: 01-11-2014 12:21 PM
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Report this Post01-11-2014 12:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for yellowstoneSend a Private Message to yellowstoneEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Trying to decide the best rise height, what I had was too low for Miami streets and I ended up cracking my rockers...

After some tinkering, this is what I have now:

Front:


Rear


Overall:


I think the rear has to come down again a bit - what do you think?

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Report this Post01-11-2014 01:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I was thinking maybe the front should come up a bit. You wouldn't want those rockers bottoming out on a speed bump.
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Report this Post01-11-2014 01:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for gtoformulaClick Here to Email gtoformulaSend a Private Message to gtoformulaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
IMHO it looks great the way it sits. I'm about to adjust my rear coil overs to lower the rear end. I will shoot to get mine about where yours is sitting.
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Report this Post01-11-2014 05:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for LT188GTClick Here to Email LT188GTSend a Private Message to LT188GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Hi Kolja
Take it back to Phil and raise the front to level the car.
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Report this Post01-11-2014 05:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for onesexyfieroClick Here to Email onesexyfieroSend a Private Message to onesexyfieroEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Looks good to me right where it sits. I like a little rake on a fastback.
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Report this Post01-11-2014 06:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Arns85GTClick Here to Email Arns85GTSend a Private Message to Arns85GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
looking good as it sits.

My experience is the lower the ride height the less forgiveness going in driveways and the like

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Originally posted by Arns85GT:

My experience is the lower the ride height the less forgiveness going in driveways and the like

Arn


Same here, but then I don't live in the big city anymore but driveways do tend to do a number on frt spoilers as well as rockers. Then there is always the pot hole to remember, I think the standard height is still to low for anywhere but the race track.

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Report this Post01-15-2014 12:50 PM Click Here to See the Profile for project34Send a Private Message to project34Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by yellowstone:

Trying to decide the best rise height, what I had was too low for Miami streets and I ended up cracking my rockers...

After some tinkering, this is what I have now:


 
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[B]Originally posted by yellowstone:[/B
I think the rear has to come down again a bit - what do you think?

You asked, so what I think is that it might be more prudent to...
  1. EITHER raise the front to eliminate the rake, presumably lowering the risk of cracked rocker panels,
  2. OR leave the front and the rear alone --- IF you already know your Fiero's current set-up, which you've photographed above, won't end up cracking your Fiero's rocker panels (as you reported having experienced with an earlier set-up on your Fiero).
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Report this Post01-15-2014 01:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BoogalooSend a Private Message to BoogalooEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That front is too low especially over on lower southbeach where the roads are bad and unevernn with them bricks.
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Report this Post01-15-2014 04:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Bigger wheels and tires maybe?
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Originally posted by gtoformula:

IMHO it looks great the way it sits. I'm about to adjust my rear coil overs to lower the rear end. I will shoot to get mine about where yours is sitting.


This past weekend I adjusted my rear coilovers down about an inch for the rear ride height. The front end of my car sits a little higher than yours, but I kept about the same front/rear rake as yours in the photos. Looks great. It took me about twice as long to realign the rear suspension as it did to adjust the coilovers. PITA getting at the rear strut cam bolts with 17" wheels.
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Report this Post01-15-2014 10:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Joseph UpsonClick Here to Email Joseph UpsonSend a Private Message to Joseph UpsonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Raise the front, a good hard deflection from a big pot hole can take out a front fender if the wheel is deflected hard enough. It happened to me with stock ride height and wheels, the fender split just aft of center of the wheel.
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