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Old 04-21-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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Bottoming out. Help please!

My car bottoms out (scraps against the ground) when I go over some speed bumps. I live in a gated community and normal hit the one right at the gate, and Im scared Im gonna rip it to shreads if this keeps up, what should I do?
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What is scraping? Body or undercarriage? Can you drive through grass to avoid the speed bumps?
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

No I cant, the police would take me down, plus theres a wooden fence. Also Im not sure, I think its the undercarriage, eather way I want to get it fixed.
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No I cant, the police would take me down, plus theres a wooden fence. Also Im not sure, I think its the undercarriage, eather way I want to get it fixed.
I'm assuming the car is lowered??
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

Once again wouldnt know. Sorry, Im a fail. >.< But I was suprised with it. So I dont know what was done with it when my parents bought it.
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Once again wouldnt know. Sorry, Im a fail. >.< But I was suprised with it. So I dont know what was done with it when my parents bought it.
It would have to be lowered if it is bottoming out on speed bumps. If you want it to stop I would suggest finding out how much the car was lowered and start looking for a different set if springs to give it a little more clearance. It kinda sucks that you can't get around the speed bumps. I don't know if anyone else will have any other tricks. I avoid speed bumps at all costs being lowered 2". I have never gone over a speed bump since being lowered
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

Most I can. But those I cant, and the weird thing is. The one at the gate is the only one that does it.
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Most I can. But those I cant, and the weird thing is. The one at the gate is the only one that does it.
Is it possible to not hit the speed bump straight on?? If you take it at an angle you will have a better chance if not scraping. Try that and see how it goes
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

go over it at an angle..
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Go like very very slow. And go over it sideways if at all possible. I have the same problem. My headers hit.
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Do u have a pic of the car to see how low it is?
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

I had a similar problem with my GT in my old condo complex. I'm running H&R Super Sport Springs and I took each speed bump as slow as possible and at an angle every time. I didn't change my springs because I knew we would be buying a house in the future so I just dealt with it until we moved.

Unless the speed bumps in your complex are abnormally huge your car was probably lowered by the previous owner at some point. Which means the only way to fix your problem is to get taller springs unless you plan on moving as I did.
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

raise it up, if its stock ride height you should have NO trouble clearing things.
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

try approaching it at an angle. thats what I have to do with some speed bumps
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Re: Bottoming out. Help please!

Yah it's more than likely lowered...a considerable amount too.

As said, either buy some springs that lower the car less, maybe some Ford Racing C Springs or Eibach Pro Kit Springs.

If you can tell how much the car is hitting by you might be able to throw some isolators in the tops and bottoms of the springs and clear the bumps. That way you'd still get the nice drop and not scrape every time.
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I have H&R springs on my car and it's about a 2 inch drop and all I do is go over speed bumps sideways and really slow and I have no problems.
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