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Old 02-13-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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Anyone ever raise ride height on a C5?

Ok I know i'm going to trigger alot of why's with this one. I was wondering if anyone ever raise the ride height on a c5 versus the popular slam it to the ground. I love my c5 but i hate worrying about hitting anything over the height of a penny. I rarely ever go over 100 mph so high end handling is not a concern of mine.
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Tighten the rear bolts and lower the front bump stops that will raise it.
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Ok I know i'm going to trigger alot of why's with this one. I was wondering if anyone ever raise the ride height on a c5 versus the popular slam it to the ground. I love my c5 but i hate worrying about hitting anything over the height of a penny. I rarely ever go over 100 mph so high end handling is not a concern of mine.
Boy, looking at your photos it's pretty high already.

My C5 Z has to be 2.5" lower than yours at least, and I live in Chicago. I never hit anything on the road but I will scrape the airdam on driveways and such.

What are you hitting? Just curious. If you are hitting the airdam, then I recommend cutting off the bottom half of it. That'll give you another inch of clearance up front. I can't imagine you are hitting the undercarriage.
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air dam scraps on sudden angles such as driveways. But i'm getting better on predicting when it will hit and adjust speed or approach from a different angle than straight on. Right now we have like 3 feet of snow outside looks like it will be around 6 more weeks before i take my baby back out on the road. Letting ordinary cars blow me away on the turnpike while i'm in my F-250 diesel 4x4 is starting to get old. I wanna run in the Left lane again!
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Ok I know i'm going to trigger alot of why's with this one. I was wondering if anyone ever raise the ride height on a c5 versus the popular slam it to the ground. I love my c5 but i hate worrying about hitting anything over the height of a penny. I rarely ever go over 100 mph so high end handling is not a concern of mine.
I understand where you are coming from. I'm under the assumption this car is driven all the time and is taken just about everywhere, rite?. I don't know what the roads are like in your town but here in the 5 boroughs of NYC there are so many dips and bumps that an inch or inch and a half is good insurance. If it were my car, I would set it up just that way for where I live.
Just my opinion.
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air dam scraps on sudden angles such as driveways. But i'm getting better on predicting when it will hit and adjust speed or approach from a different angle than straight on. Right now we have like 3 feet of snow outside looks like it will be around 6 more weeks before i take my baby back out on the road. Letting ordinary cars blow me away on the turnpike while i'm in my F-250 diesel 4x4 is starting to get old. I wanna run in the Left lane again!
Just for the record, your entire air dam can be replaced for $75. That's all 3 pieces. I say beat the hell out of it and replace it once a year with a fresh one.
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yes. the dips and bumps are a problem too. Nothing too serious though. I'm going to look into raising it the next time I get underneath to change the oil(which i enjoy doing myself). Another question. If i raise it will i need to get it aligned again?
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Yes Patrick I agree with your belief in how to treat a covette. It's only a car(though a very nice car) drive it(beat it) and when or if it breaks just fix it. I bought my car to drive and make good memories so when i'm old I'll have something to grin about.
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yes. the dips and bumps are a problem too. Nothing too serious though. I'm going to look into raising it the next time I get underneath to change the oil(which i enjoy doing myself). Another question. If i raise it will i need to get it aligned again?
It depends how much she goes up. Do before/after measurements then decide. Make sure you raise the corners evenly, or you can upset the handling.
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Yes Patrick I agree with your belief in how to treat a covette. It's only a car(though a very nice car) drive it(beat it) and when or if it breaks just fix it. I bought my car to drive and make good memories so when i'm old I'll have something to grin about.
Right on, brother.
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In LI NY there are so many pot holes it jus scares me of ripping out the bottom , most vettes i have seen , are really high, i guess they are not into even thinking a damaging their under carriage , hopefylly i said that right , but a lowered vette defenitely looks awesome , espaecially with tinted windows , and BIG FAT ASS TIRES
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