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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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4C Ground Clearance

I did notice this car sits pretty low. Anyway the ground clearance can be raised an inch or two?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 09:40 AM
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Anything is possible, but raising the 4C ride height from a handling and aesthetic viewpoint in my humble opinion borders on treason. I would not want my 4C to resemble a 4x4. If someone could photoshop an image showing a 4C with a 1 to 2 inch lift, I think you would see what I am saying. Not trying to be a butt hole here, but the car is a thing of beauty as it sits. And raising the center of gravity never is a good idea unless you are an off roader. Just my two cents worth, which in today's economy is worthless, but I will stick to my guns regarding my thoughts on this. Fran
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I did notice this car sits pretty low. Anyway the ground clearance can be raised an inch or two?
Are you joking?

Is he joking guys? He's joking, right? Ha ha?

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Get the standard suspension (gives you a few millimetres) and put slightly higher tires on it. I don't think you'll do better than that, nor would I think you'd want to. I don't believe that the available coilovers give you any option above stock height - just lowered.

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Well it's all true about aesthetics and lower center of mass and everything but if you live in the land of potholes and mega speed humps a bit higher ground clearance is not beyond reason... wish Alfa engineers considered a 'lightweight' front lifting option (a la GT3RS)...

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Maybe it is just not the car for an area with potholes and mega speed bumps.
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Maybe it is just not the car for an area with potholes and mega speed bumps.
Oops... don't go scaring me now

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Sorry, just a thought. I've not been to Jordan, but I'm sure many of the roads wouldn't be that bad, and you would be able to drive the car without trouble for the most part.
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Hehehe... feeling much better now... thank god for prosac.
But seriously I do empathize with the issue of ground clearance... no matter how hard one tries to master the skills of 'three dimensional driving' there were always that higher speed hump or deeper pothole. Here's a short clip where you hear the thumps of my baby negotiating speed humps at no more than 10 mph...
http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/58870ef8...124-WA0002.mp4


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Have to admit that through the years of always driving cars with less than the standard USA car ground clearance, I have naturally gravitated toward avoiding those roads which I know have such problems as bad speed bumps and known perennial potholes if I can possibly do it. Thus, for Steve, little or no need for a sump guard, lol.

The worst car for this was my bro's Austin Healey. You scrunched your butt up for every pebble in the road. Could get nerve racking on some roads. He and his new wife took that car on their honeymoon to some Nat Parks in the Southwest, and had to replace the beat in engine pan and part of the exhaust when they got back.
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I did notice this car sits pretty low. Anyway the ground clearance can be raised an inch or two?

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I wouldn't raise her that much. You'd upset the geometry to much.

I have a stock LE with the racing suspension and 18/19 wheels. When the OEM P-Zeros wore out, I replaced them with Michelin Pilots. I upped the size one notch because nothing is available in the stock size. They look better on the rims, fill the wheel wells better, and, raised the car 3/8 inch. I almost never rub the nose now.

I'll repeat that. The car raised up 3/8 inch and the nose almost never rubs now. She is my daily driver. I have over 24,000 miles in the two years I've owned her. I do not baby her. I've never high-centered her. The only time I've bent a wheel is when I slammed into a hay bale and a concrete wall. And I bent more that just a wheel.

stock size --> new size
205/40ZR18 --> 215/40VR18
235/35ZR19 --> 245/35VR19

Another option would be to by aftermarket coil-overs. Make sure to the kind that allow corner weight adjustment. You can adjust the ride height up or down. One quarter of an inch will make all the difference in the world for nose rubbing. Adjusting the ride height will not prevent a bent wheel.
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I have a stock LE with the racing suspension and 18/19 wheels. When the OEM P-Zeros wore out, I replaced them with Michelin Pilots. I upped the size one notch because nothing is available in the stock size. They look better on the rims, fill the wheel wells better, and, raised the car 3/8 inch. I almost never rub the nose now.

I'll repeat that. The car raised up 3/8 inch and the nose almost never rubs now. She is my daily driver. I have over 24,000 miles in the two years I've owned her. I do not baby her. I've never high-centered her. The only time I've bent a wheel is when I slammed into a hay bale and a concrete wall. And I bent more that just a wheel.

stock size --> new size
205/40ZR18 --> 215/40VR18
235/35ZR19 --> 245/35VR19
We did the same "Plus Zero" tire size upgrade as Racer Z describes above (on wider wheels as well) and it increased grip and made the ride a little more supple. Overall it was a great improvement and I highly recommend it.

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