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Thread: Maximum lower ride height without sacrificing handling?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    10 May 2008
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    nearby singapore

    Maximum lower ride height without sacrificing handling?

    Hi everyone,may i ask?Actually DA series how low can go without sacrificing the handling?Example:axles damage,steering rack damage or upper control arm will hit the body???ETC...
    Picture below is tein super street ride height adjustment for da9(copying from tein usa),everything should be fine if i follow it?THANKS

    My presently setting;



    front height 340mm



    rear height 330mm

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    29 Oct 2001
    Location
    Southern California, USA
    Your question cannot be answered simply. It depends on MANY MANY other factors:
    - spring rate
    - shock design and amount of travel
    - UCA being used
    - alignment settings
    - tires
    - how the car is driven
    - where the car is driven

    Plus, your question doesn't even make sense. You wanted to know how low you can go before you affect handling in a negative fashion, but then you specified items like the axles. Handling is independent from damage done to axles. For instance, you may want to sacrifice added wear and tear on items like axles so that you can improve your car's handling. Typically any amount of lowering will cause increased wear and tear on an item like axles. The amount of wear and tear is again dependent on many many other factors.

    With all of that said, your pictured ride height looks very conservative. Assuming everything is being well maintained and you're using quality parts I would not expect any significant negative effects due to that ride height.
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    i wouldn't go any lower then you are now from a performance view. however you can go much lower then that if everything is adjusted properly and wear on parts won't be much greater besides axles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin View Post
    Your question cannot be answered simply. It depends on MANY MANY other factors:
    - spring rate
    - shock design and amount of travel
    - UCA being used
    - alignment settings
    - tires
    - how the car is driven
    - where the car is driven

    Plus, your question doesn't even make sense. You wanted to know how low you can go before you affect handling in a negative fashion, but then you specified items like the axles. Handling is independent from damage done to axles. For instance, you may want to sacrifice added wear and tear on items like axles so that you can improve your car's handling. Typically any amount of lowering will cause increased wear and tear on an item like axles. The amount of wear and tear is again dependent on many many other factors.

    With all of that said, your pictured ride height looks very conservative. Assuming everything is being well maintained and you're using quality parts I would not expect any significant negative effects due to that ride height.
    - spring rate
    > 10K/4.5K
    - shock design and amount of travel
    > mono tube and long travel
    - UCA being used
    > stock
    - alignment settings
    > front camber 1.3 degree and zero toe
    > rear camber 1.0 degree and zero toe
    - tires
    > potenza re001 205/50/16(next target is re001 195/55/15 or 205/50/15)
    - how the car is driven
    > normal
    - where the car is driven
    > city drive and uphill/downhill drive,both have rough surface

    I post out this question is because i saw a lot forumer low their car till look slammed and beauty...
    But if this mod will effect directly to handling performance,
    Then i will ignore it forever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtegra View Post
    i wouldn't go any lower then you are now from a performance view. however you can go much lower then that if everything is adjusted properly and wear on parts won't be much greater besides axles.
    Actually,i prefer performance than appearance...

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    09 May 2010
    Location
    toms river, NJ USA
    Looks like you need new tires, and have uneaven wear.

  7. #7

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    10 May 2008
    Location
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    Quote Originally Posted by 94mark3 View Post
    Looks like you need new tires, and have uneaven wear.
    Yup,a month later will change a set of new tires...
    RIM:
    -15 X 7j 38 offset...
    Tires:
    -195/55/15
    -195/50/15
    -205/50/15
    Either one...

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