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Old 08-07-2004, 22:30   #1 (permalink)
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My ute doesn't sit flat

I have measured my car on a flat surface all round to confirm my suspisions that the passenger side sits a fair bit higher than the diver side. I have found that the Font is 5mm higher and the rear is 10mm higher from one side to the other.

I am willing to bet that the rear leaf wasn't reset properly and its lifting the front 5mm and itself is 10mm.

What are my options. Can I get that spring reset 10mm? Should I just buy a set of new leafs that are lowered and get Rollin to fit them?

It really annoys me, maybe I can get them both reset and lowered more. Its sure needs it. I came down 45mm from stock.

Any help woul dbe appreciated.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My ute doesn't sit flat

Don't worry about height, worry about corner weights.

Easy to lower the Passenger side rear by 10 mm. Just put a spacer on the leaf.
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Re: My ute doesn't sit flat

so it wasnt before but it is now that its lowered?

have you tried with a full tank of petrol?
i was told that its to do with spring rates taking into account the weight of a full fuel tank

car was XF ute..... and i had verry similar height problems
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Re: My ute doesn't sit flat

There is over 5mm difference when the tank is full of fuel. And its around 12mm when its empty.

You can't put spacers in because of the angle of the shocks. That was was something you used to be able to do on the old X-Series utes.

The rear needed to come down another 10mm, so I am having the springs reset again tomorrow. Should get the LHS one set around 5mm lower than the right one.
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Re: My ute doesn't sit flat

isnt that the problem with resetting springs - you can never get it exact? i had a ea s pak once and the left sat higher than the right - turned out the stupid owner before had cut the springs at the back, but at different heights!

I know this doesnt help you...sorry!
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Re: My ute doesn't sit flat

OK - Problem fixed.

Turns out the back right was as low as it can go, so the leaf springs is flat. And the left one had 10mm still in it and is now flat. The result - the ute sits flat and low at the back and the gap from cetre of wheel to arch is the same on all four corners! And it was free of charge, so this is a happy ending.

Just need to get ANOTHER wheel alignment now, the car sort of crabs down the road a touch.
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You can't put spacers in because of the angle of the shocks. That was was something you used to be able to do on the old X-Series utes.
Yes you can
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I was told you can't. Prove me wrong. Not that it makes a difference. I would have needed a 70mm spacer to come down that much!
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I was told you can't. Prove me wrong. Not that it makes a difference. I would have needed a 70mm spacer to come down that much!
I thought you were trying to level the rear. You were only talking about 5 to 10mm. This can easily be done. You could probably go as much as an inch, but you would have to check shock/wheel clearance and shock travel first.

I wouldn't use a 70mm spacer regardless of what car it was.
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Ah yeah, that makes sense. Because I had come down at least 50mm from stock I noticed more easily the difference on each side. When I took it back I was told that one spring was flat and the other was still slightly curved (10mm). So now they are both flat I still have around 10mm gap from the wheel to the arch. The car dropped 70mm in total from being 80mm gap to 10mm. The only blocks available were 50mm blocks and a) they weren't enough and b) they were too much for the shock angle.

Its funny how a ute can have sports lowered suspension and still have a huge gap like that though. I consider 10mm gap front and rear sports low. No gap is superlow!
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