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brian73 02-07-2006 06:12 AM

ride hieght
 
At what point on a car do you measure ride hieght from? , and Where is a good resource to find ride hieght for 73 caprice 2 door ? . I trying to determine how much it might of settled after 30 + years because I don't want to end up with
3 or 4" when I'm only looking for 1.5-2" lift .

curtis73 02-07-2006 09:48 AM

Usually its just a reference point. I measure up to the wheel opening or a molding strip for a before/after reference.

If you buy a shop manual for the car, sometimes they have body and frame layouts that will tell you. They'll give you points where you can measure from the floor up to the frame.

BillyShope 02-07-2006 10:26 AM

Yes, "ride height" is usually used without a specific numerical value in mind. "Minimum ground clearance," however, IS associated with a vertical height and is often included in a tabulation of vehicle parameters. That "minimum" can occur anywhere, but it's a good idea if its value is a little greater than the highest speed bump you'll encounter.

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techinspector1 02-07-2006 09:04 PM

I have found that the minimum practical ground clearance for a street driver is 4". Before I get flamed, remember I said "practical".

xntrik 02-19-2006 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brian73
At what point on a car do you measure ride hieght from? , and Where is a good resource to find ride hieght for 73 caprice 2 door ? . I trying to determine how much it might of settled after 30 + years because I don't want to end up with
3 or 4" when I'm only looking for 1.5-2" lift .


All decent front end alignment shops have specs for every car so that they can measure the ride height prior to aligning. These specs are for factory tire sizes and inflation pressures. Some charts indicate suspension to chassis dimensions.


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