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Sump. How Low = Too Low ?

My Duetto's front end seems way too low, and the springs are certainly so stiff that the rear seems to pivot about the front. The car sits on 185/65/14" tyres.

My main concern though is sump clearance. As you can see I can't squeeze my flat hand under the sump. It's less than 3" off the road, with the sump-to-block join almost exactly 4" off the tarmac.

What clearance do other Spider owners have ? What is factory standard for a Duetto ?

Also, I'd appreciate an idea of the clearance between a sump and sump-guard. I can manufacture a sump-guard myself but I need to know basic dimensions.
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Hey Beatle! - you used to own a Dolly - so did I! although not a Sprint.

Anyways, that sump sure looks very low. I'll have to look at my own to measure how low it sits - but I'm sure its more than an inch higher. As to the sumpguard, I would buy a new one if I were you. They arent that expensive.

Theres one right here.

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just went out and checked. My Duetto has 195/60/15 tires, and the sump sits about 5" above the tarmac. The sump guard sits about 4" above the ground.
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My Duetto has 195/60/15 tires, and the sump sits about 5" above the tarmac. The sump guard sits about 4" above the ground.
Hope this helps
My GTV sits just about the same on 195/60/14 tires. I have recently installed new Centerline springs and Koni shocks and had to shim the front with 11 mm shims to gain an extra inch as I was hitting the sump guard on almost every bump.

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74 stock spider, original springs, 185/60-14's, 4 1/2" clearance

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Perhaps a look at motor mounts, or other rubber parts that suspend the motor/transmission...

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