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    What is normal ride height???

    My front end sits decidedly lower than the rear does. With the car at a slight incline (nose pointing upwards), and 285/40/17s (26.1 tall tire), the fronts are 27.00inches and the rears are sitting at 28.00 measured at the centerpoint of the wheel and wheel arch. Does this seem a bit low?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    My front end sits decidedly lower than the rear does. With the car at a slight incline (nose pointing upwards), and 285/40/17s (26.1 tall tire), the fronts are 27.00inches and the rears are sitting at 28.00 measured at the centerpoint of the wheel and wheel arch. Does this seem a bit low?
    Doesn't seem too low to me considering I sit at 26" front and back with 275/40/17's all around ! Also, you say your front sits lower but then say nose pointing upwards so that's a little confusing unless I'm missing something. My tires sit at 25" tall and I have a 1" gap tire to fender arch. I have Eibach lowering springs that gave me about an 1 1/4" drop. Don't know if that helps -- you sound about stock height to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmTerry View Post
    Doesn't seem too low to me considering I sit at 26" front and back with 275/40/17's all around ! Also, you say your front sits lower but then say nose pointing upwards so that's a little confusing unless I'm missing something. My tires sit at 25" tall and I have a 1" gap tire to fender arch. I have Eibach lowering springs that gave me about an 1 1/4" drop. Don't know if that helps -- you sound about stock height to me.
    When I said the nose was sitting up, thats because the car is sitting at an incline, with the front of the car facing upwards on the incline and the back facing down the incline. I would think the weight distribution, based on the incline, the bias would be pushing rearward.

    Most 275/40/17's are usually 25.7'ish , where the 285/40/17's are 26.1'Ish. I could see it if the front was facing downward. I also run snow tires in the winter that are about 25.7ish too ( which would drop the front to 26.5ish.

    My LT headers/Y pipe drag the ground on all but the smallest speedbumps, and honestly the ride has been getting harsher, I am figuring the springs are starting to weaken, the car is almost at 150k miles now.

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