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hello, on my 1989 S3 I have 14" wheels with 195/60/14 tires. Is that usual? I find that the car is abnormally down and I frequently touch the ground... fortunately there is a crankcase protection... What tires set do you have?
 

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The tire/wheel choice will not have much effect on ground clearance. It is possible that a prior owner may have installed shorter (sport) springs to lower the car a bit. Changing back to original springs would raise the car a bit.

For full disclosure, I installed sport springs, but I removed the sump guard because it hit the ground too much in normal driving. I have 15" wheels with 205/55-15 tires.
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195/60/14 is too short. Stock size is 185/70/14 which has a 130mm sidewall, and yours have a 117mm sidewall so your engine is 13mm closer to the ground.

Old tired springs and shocks will also let it hit the ground more easily.

Can you post a photo of it? Has it been lowered?
 
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The tire/wheel choice will not have much effect on ground clearance. It is possible that a prior owner may have installed shorter (sport) springs to lower the car a bit. Changing back to original springs would raise the car a bit.

For full disclosure, I installed sport springs, but I removed the sump guard because it hit the ground too much in normal driving. I have 15" wheels with 205/55-15 tires.
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The tire/wheel choice will not have much effect on ground clearance. It is possible that a prior owner may have installed shorter (sport) springs to lower the car a bit. Changing back to original springs would raise the car a bit.

For full disclosure, I installed sport springs, but I removed the sump guard because it hit the ground too much in normal driving. I have 15" wheels with 205/55-15 tires.
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I think you’re right, the car’s probably been lowered... the choice of tires isn’t going to change much. We’ll have to change the springs

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You can run 185 tyres on a rim that has been widened to suit 195s
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There are spacers available for these cars which sit above the springs. As a US late model spider, I suspect your car had some when new (Coz of headlight height regulations), and they have been removed.
If you are happy with the handling and ride quality of the springs you have now, perhaps you could consider putting some spacers back...they would be cheaper than new springs, and still raise your ride height.
Note that a 10mm spacer in front will give you a 20mm ride height increase (2:1). In the rear it’s more 1:1, so 10mm spacer = 10mm rise.
 

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Il existe des entretoises disponibles pour ces voitures qui se trouvent au-dessus des ressorts. En tant qu'araignée de modèle tardif aux États-Unis, je soupçonne que votre voiture en avait quand elle était neuve (en raison de la réglementation sur la hauteur des phares), et elles ont été supprimées.
Si vous êtes satisfait de la maniabilité et de la qualité de roulement des ressorts que vous avez actuellement, vous pourriez peut-être envisager de remettre des entretoises ... elles seraient moins chères que les nouveaux ressorts, tout en augmentant votre hauteur de caisse.
Notez qu'une entretoise de 10 mm à l'avant vous donnera une augmentation de la hauteur de caisse de 20 mm (2: 1). À l'arrière, c'est plus 1: 1, donc entretoise de 10 mm = élévation de 10 mm.
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Ok, merci pour l'information. Je vais regarder ça, mais la voiture vient d'Allemagne ... merci pour l'idée
 
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