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Old 02-29-2016, 09:50 PM   #1
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To lower or not to lower

Been giving some thought to lowering from stock. 2011 GT currently stock springs. The problem is the foot of my driveway is a rounded curb. Currently if I pull in or back out straight I will rub the front chin. If I pull in at an angle the clearance is fine. Does anyone have a raised curb to their approach and has it been a problem lowering the car?

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If your careful enough you should be fine but it's hard to say without knowing the height of the curb or how much you want to lower.

This is the only reason my car is still stock ride height. I drive it everyday and occasionally will scrap as is and really don't feel like scraping my bumper on a curb or something. I've had lowered cars in the past and you CAN dd them but have to be very mindful or else you will scrap on things or bottom out on pot holes.


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it scrapes now and you still want to lower it?

On a helpful note pull in like you normally do but stop with the bumper lip over the curb, get out and look at the clearance then subtract whatever you want to drop it by.
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I too have the curb vs. apron vs. street problem. Street level is about 6" lower than my driveway apron. Question is how low do you want to lower your car? If you go with a lowering kit such as Ford's handling package (I forget the part number) that will lower the front 1" and rear 1.250" of which will lower the car about 1" overall getting rid of that rear higher that the front design. You can go lower with different kits however if you are a tall person of 6' or more you may have problems getting in and out like I did. Banging my head on the side of the roof is a pain in the you know what. When getting out of the driveway I found the best way is to make a somewhat tight turn and let one rear wheel roll off the curb then the next rear wheel then one front wheel then the next front wheel. Use your brakes and go slow. I know this is a long winded reply but I don't know how else to explain it. Here is a pic of my car with the 1" lowing package.
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Old 03-01-2016, 08:32 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I don't want to slam the car. I just don't want it to look like an SUV. Probably an inch is all I would do. I am 6'3 so getting in and out is already a chore. Lol. I assume speed bumps are about the same height or maybe just a hair lower than the foot of my driveway.

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My curb in my driveway is the same way, I just hit it at an angle and my Steeda drop clears no prob
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Been giving some thought to lowering from stock. 2011 GT currently stock springs. The problem is the foot of my driveway is a rounded curb. Currently if I pull in or back out straight I will rub the front chin. If I pull in at an angle the clearance is fine. Does anyone have a raised curb to their approach and has it been a problem lowering the car?

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Ugh, why do they make rounded curbs? I see no advantage to them, though I've scraped my front bumper on the stock suspension more than once
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You can buy those curb things made out of recycled tires? Sorry can't remember the name...lol
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You can buy those curb things made out of recycled tires? Sorry can't remember the name...lol

I looked at getting these but I didn't need them. A bit pricey tho

http://www.bridjit.com/buy
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I looked at getting these but I didn't need them. A bit pricey tho

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Tempting, but dang, three hundred for them? My neighbor has these for his Porsches
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Get a treated 2x6x8 angle edges with circular saw. Add a 2x4x8 in center. Vella, homemade curb thingy. Lol
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I only touched the rears with 55d springs, because I had them lying around from my last car but, I won't drop 'er any further, as the roads here tend to the crap. Plus, lowering and stiffening a macstrut car can have adverse handling effects in the wet, which get alot of here.
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When I lowered my car, my H pipe started scraping the top of my driveway because of the height of the driveway, so I added speed bumps at the bottom, cheaper than the kit someone else posted.

http://www.amazon.com/Electriduct-Ru...ber+Speed+Hump

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Just be careful backing out at an angle & that usually does the trick - I had the same issue, scraped going straight out, but a slow back-out at an angle always did the trick.

The sports will give you a 1" front and 1.25" in the rear - not too much.

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See if you have a buddy or someone in the neighborhood give the driveway a try that is lowered.

Let me know if I can offer further assistance on the springs - happy to provide pricing.

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Angle it and feather 'er over speed bumps, you'll be fine
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in my opinion these cars look so much better lowered. You just have to learn to drive a lowered car. Approach everything at an angle and you should be fine. To me the ride difference wasn't bad at all. I went with the Eibach prokit
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