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Old 08-22-2009, 03:39 PM
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I have ~ 3" of ground clearance. I scrape on speed bumps, to the point that I've gotten an exhaust leak.

I scrape on uneven surfaces in the road.

I even scrape my front bumper on the pavement if I take a turn too hard.

It's gotten to the point that I can't handle this crap anymore, so I'm going to reinstall my stock springs. Here are some pics of my car the way it is now.



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you just need to teach your self to drive differently thats how low the exhaust on my trans am was
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I never understood lowering cars to the point you have to drive differently.
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mine wasn't lowered thats just how low the exhaust is on them
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you just need to teach your self to drive differently thats how low the exhaust on my trans am was
oh how I've tried. sometimes you just can't avoid those bumps.

like onramps onto the NJ turpike - the one from route 78 has a huge dip in the road.... I had to slow down from 75 to 25 mph just so I didn't rip the oil pan off.

or any speed bump...... and NJ has a boatload of those.... speed bumps / humps are pretty unavoidable in my area.

getting into / out of any driveway was awful....

driving on any road with potholes was terrible too, because if one of my tires went into a pothole, the car would scrape. so basically driving in newark was 100% impossible due to the fact that every street was essentially one pothole after another after another.

any time there was construction and raised man hole covers, I basically had to drive halfway on the other side of the road to avoid them.

I am so through with that crap.
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mine wasn't lowered thats just how low the exhaust is on them

oh, it's not just my exhaust. it's my k-member, my oil pan, my front bumper..... if it was just the exhaust I could tolerate it, but...

One day when parking, I pulled up too close to the end of the parking spot, and the lip of my front bumper got ripped off as it got caught on the concrete stopper. Given, it was my fault for driving drunk but still. Pretty damn annoying.
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how much did you lower it?
my 82 was lower 5" and I didn't have that many problems
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how much did you lower it?
my 82 was lower 5" and I didn't have that many problems

haha. it has an eibach pro kit, a new k-member, new ball joints and tie-rod ends

also, I've got a whole lot of camber so my tires aren't 100% flat - that also makes it lower. When I put the tie-rod ends on, that's just how it turned out... I have the caster/camber plates in a box downstairs, but haven't had time to put them on yet.

I didn't really measure the exact amount that it's lowered, but I can't even get a hydraulic floor jack under it.... I have to use one of those crappy little screw-type jacks to lift it about an inch then I can fit the regular jack under it.


I'll say this though.... you'd need a spatula to flip this car. When I crashed it on the highway going 90mph it spun around several times and banged into the divider, but it didn't flip. Being this low probably saved my life.

Drunk driving FTL again... I've quit drinking altogether since then.
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oh well I would throw the chamber plates on and get it aligned that will help alot
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oh well I would throw the chamber plates on and get it aligned that will help alot

in the works! my alignment guy fell off his bike and tore up his legs so he's been out of work for the past month.... I'm waiting for him to recover before I put the plates on haha
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