Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

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Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby Talkiet » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:56 am

If I wanted to temporarily raise the ride height using simple coilover adjustment (Gaz coilovers like the pic below), it seems I can just screw the bottom retainign ring up a bit. I am thinking of this just to gain maybe 2cm more ride height for a grass motorkhana/autocross... I imagine it will change geometry and maybe camber but are there any real concerns about doing this for uneven surface running?

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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby Linesy » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:57 am

Yep as easy as winding the seat up. It will change geometry however I wouldn't think it would make enough difference to matter. (on grass)
Just remember to measure a reference point so you can reset to exactly the same position when back on the seal

You'll be able to wind them right up for the Gravel event at the Nationals??? :D


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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby 7ish » Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:48 pm

Problem with winding the ride height up is that you will reduce droop travel... on the plus side, you'll have plenty of bump.
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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby Talkiet » Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:08 pm

I'm just doing 1.5cm at each corner and seeing what it feels like. I really should buy 4 200KG bathroom scales and see what the corner weights are with me in it... The suspension has been played with a few times since I got it, and I'm heavier than Patrick so I doubt it's optimal.

All 4 corners had heaps of adjustment to raise but the fronts were set at max length already... I took photos (to document number of threads visible) on each corner first so no problems returning to it's current known state.

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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby bzrse7en » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:02 pm

Talkiet wrote:t, and I'm heavier than Patrick so I doubt it's optimal.

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You reckon??
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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby Spyder » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:38 am

So are you coming out to test your mods tomorrow?
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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby Talkiet » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:44 pm

Assuming the rain stays away then I'll be there

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Re: Raising ride height a little bit using coilovers?

Postby Talkiet » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:10 pm

Just to close this off - I raised the height 2cm with the coilovers just winding up the preload... Worked great on grass and gravel. I have to say that the extra ride height of the rally tyres and this really changed the look of the car and it dealt with a gravel autocross superbly. Too well in fact - I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to keep racing on gravel it was so much fun.

However I think the best way will be to buy a $2000 WRX or Starlet as well :-)

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