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sasquatch 12-03-2002 09:06 AM

Lowering question.
I would like to get rid of the stock "nose-high" attitude of my 74 1.8. Do I just measure from the ground to the fender lip and make all four corners equal? Or do I use some other point on the car to measure from?


Conrad W Peden 12-03-2002 09:32 AM

Personally, i use the center of my front tire to the fender lip then compare to the ground.

Seeing as you will be under there... I would make the front suspension cross bar level.

Too low you may need rack spacers.

Doug M 12-03-2002 09:44 AM

I use the seam on the flooor pan and a 4" piece of 2x4

tryan 12-03-2002 09:44 AM

the fender lips are different front to back. the front is easy to adjust, but to low and the handling ' goes away'.

3D914 12-03-2002 11:01 AM

I agree with Tryan,

Lowering too far and you'll degrade the steering/handling characteristics, unless you're doing more to the suspension. I'm actually going to raising mine about 3/4in, front & rear.

Also, I found the fender lips to be somewhat unreliable side-to-side, as there can be variations from assembly. So I started checking at the jack donuts (front & rear). Here you have to be careful too, to be sure they're not damaged/bent as it will affect your measurements. Be sure to cycle the suspension after adjustments before checking measurements.


sasquatch 12-03-2002 01:03 PM

Thanks for all the good information. The jack donuts on my car are in pristine condition. I just want to get the car flat, then I can corner balance the car. I gotta put that $1200 set of corner scales to use somehow in the winter time. :D I ordered a new set of shocks all the way around, and I am going to get springs for the rear, probably the 140lb ones. I think I will wait untill then to set all the ride heights.


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