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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-24-02, 08:40 PM
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Legal limit for lowering...

Does anyone know the legal limit for lowering a vehicle? My car's insurance allows any amount of lowering as long as it is still legal for roadworthy...


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-24-02, 08:56 PM
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When cops do roadworthy checks they measure the distance of the bottom of the front headlight which has do be more than 520mm from the ground. Generally Most insurance companys like 30mm as a good lowering distance.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-24-02, 09:05 PM
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My insurance company doesn't care as long as it still is roadworthy.. I looked up on the qld transport department website and found a pdf on allowable vehicle mods. They state that there has to be at least 100mm ground clearance at all parts of the car.

I was only thinking 1.5" anyway so everything should be fine. I was thinking 2" at the back but then again I suppose that the car is angled slightly forward for a reason which has to do with the geometry of the car so I don't wanna **** that up..

post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-25-02, 07:46 PM
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in vic, u can legally go 100mm off the ground, it use to b 120mm, but yay it went lower.. and what was that about off the lights, sorry but i think that is BS..
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-25-02, 08:14 PM
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I didn't know what the legal limit on suspension lowering for an EA was, I suppose it could be 2 inches if approved from Qld Transport, however, this won't cover your Third Party Insurance in an accident for some reason. Check with your insurance company on how far you can go and with geometry of the car... I wouldn't have a clue about that. I recommend you go to Pedders to get your suspension done and there you can ask one of the specialists if you can lower the front 1.5 inches and the rear 2 inches... I know an EA looks stupid with the rear raised up a little apart from the front.

I am with RACQ Insurance and I have to meet their rule of lowering to a maximum of 1.5 inches but I guess that's a fair amount of lowering considering the speedbumps and driveways you will have to go through with. I am saving up around $800 to have my suspension done at Pedders, my suspension is screwed completely... it squeaks and shudders... needs new gas absorbers, bolts, bumpstops and all... rusted out.
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-28-02, 09:45 PM
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Well I am in NSW and as a rule of thumb the cops here are pretty strict on lowering. But here it is 600mm from road to headlight. So it's not BS about the headlight measurements. I think they use the headlight as a guide because of how it effects your driving lights and their effectiveness. But for NSW. 600mm or defect notice.
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-29-02, 07:36 AM
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Not sure about the headlight business here in Vic. but the 100mm measurement is right.
It is taken from the lowest point in the car, usually it would be your cat.
Most insurance like 30mm from Standard ride height, but you can go 30mm from standard ride height of an XR6 model.. Reason being is that they are a production car.
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Re: legal limit

NRMA Insurance has 3 or 4 stipulations and if you fail on all of them they won't insure you (ie. you can fail on 3 and pass on 1 and they'll insure you). The three i can remember are:

1. Not lower than 30mm from standard.
2. Distance from ground to centre of headlight not less than 590mm.
3. Road clearance must be 100mm or more.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-30-02, 06:32 PM
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100mm or 10cm from the ground to the lowest part of your car.

Mine is 115mm

Thats in CAnberra

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-07-02, 09:52 AM
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The legal limit in canberra is roughly a coke can or 10 cms, 100mm.

Cept my 93 ED falcon GLi, is sitting 6cms of the ground at da back and 7cms at da front........ but with proper springs.... lovells to be precise.

I'll see if i can get some pics and post em up 4 uz!

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