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Due to the unusual interest in ride height and other issues related to lowering of 2004-2007 R models, we have set up this thread to allow owners to record there ride height measurements. Origination of this post began here- <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=52992" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=52992</A><p>In regards to the amount of actual ride height change you may experience when lowering the R, this will vary from car to car, so TME advises focusing on the new ride height instead of the change in ride height. We don't have a large databse of installs for comparison, but it would be helpful to get some feedback from those of you that have installed TME springs or other brands of springs so we can establish an average lowered ride height for different brands of springs to assist others considering lowering.<p><br>If Admin would like to set up a sticky on this, feel free to do so. Once we get a good sampling, it can go into the FAQ or?<p>For consistency, please measure from the center of the wheel center cap straight up to the lowest edge of the fender lip at all 4 corners. As shown in the photo below. (this elimnates any differences due to tire pressure and tire/wheel size) <B> Make sure the car is on a level / flat surface and that the front wheels are pointed straight. (Yes it makes a difference!) </B><I></I><U></U>Also note the amount of fuel, if you have a trailer hitch, Volvo Subwoofer or any other items in the trunk / cargo area that might effect the ride height. You'd be surprised at some of the things we've discovered when pursuing ride height inquiries. "We'll I do have a floor jack, set of tire chains, full size spare, tool box, bags of sand!, etc....")<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.ipdusa.com/uploads/files/ride%20height%20measurment.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Please cut and paste the info below into your post<br>****************************************<p>Year:<p>Model:<p>Brand of Springs ( or stock) :<p>Notes (trailer hitch or?): <p><br>**Please round to the nearest 1/8" **<p>Drivers Front:<p>Passenger front:<p>Drivers Rear:<p>Passenger Rear:<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Scott Hart at 11:21 AM 6-29-2007</i>
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

OK, I'll play - maybe a random entry will be selected ot receive a free set of springs & sways <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Year: 2004<br>Model: S60R<br>Brand of Springs ( or stock) : Stock<br>Notes (trailer hitch or?): empty trunk (except for an iPod adapter)<p>Drivers Front: 14"<br>Passenger front: 14 1/8"<br>Drivers Rear: 14 3/8"<br>Passenger Rear: 14 1/2"<p>interesting, my car is 1/8 inch higher on the passenger side all around... <maybe its time for a diet><br>
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (bschurr)

Car probably wasn't 100% LEVEL, also your car seems very low for a stock one. Are you sure you measured from the middle of the cap to the middle of the fender?
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

May I also suggest the measurements be taken from the middle of the fender to the ground, obviously with the ruler going thru the middle of the wheel cap<br>This is also accurate and can eliminate trying go get the exact center of the cap.<br>I know Scott likes it the other way (fender to center cap) not sure why though, but this way also works well, and is easier to do, as a before and after measurement<br>JRL
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

Here are some more:<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53261" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53261</A>
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (JRL)

Would the tire-size affect the distance from center-cap to bottom of fender? For example, would a 17" wheel be 1/2 inch different when compared to 18" wheel when measured from center cap to bottom of fender, springs being the same? <p>For certain, there WOULD be a difference from bottom of fender to ground, as JRL suggests; at least 1/2 inch for every 1" tire difference...<p>Mathematicians need apply! What's the answer?<br>
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Short Circuit)

I would also post whether you're running 17's or 18's<br>in fact I would post every measurement you can think of, the more the better so Scott can get a handle on this.<br>It may be a (spring) problem or it may be an install problem, no one knows this yet
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

2005 V70R 1/2 fuel tank 18" Pegs Stock OEM spring<p>Drivers Front: 14.125<p>Passenger front: 14.25<p>Drivers Rear: 15.125<p>Passenger Rear: 15.25
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">May I also suggest the measurements be taken from the middle of the fender to the ground, obviously with the ruler going thru the middle of the wheel cap<br>This is also accurate and can eliminate trying go get the exact center of the cap.<br>I know Scott likes it the other way (fender to center cap) not sure why though, but this way also works well, and is easier to do, as a before and after measurement<br>JRL</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Scott's measuring method eliminates the variable of tire pressure. Hence, it has a higher degree of precision.<p>Believe it or not, 1 psi difference in the tire DOES effect ride height. Whenever I do an oil change on my car, I have to lift it up to get the lift arms underneath if the tire pressures are 35 to 36 psi. If I bump it up to 40 (briefly), the arms swing underneath without any problems.
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (R Salesman)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>R Salesman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Scott's measuring method eliminates the variable of tire pressure. Hence, it has a higher degree of precision.<p>Believe it or not, 1 psi difference in the tire DOES effect ride height. Whenever I do an oil change on my car, I have to lift it up to get the lift arms underneath if the tire pressures are 35 to 36 psi. If I bump it up to 40 (briefly), the arms swing underneath without any problems.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Measuring to the center of the center cap also elimantes any variables due to tire / wheel size. <br>
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

Stock: Front 14.0" Rear 14.75"<br>TME Springs after 10 days: Front 13.75" Rear 14.0"<p>Measurements accurate to within .125"
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

Here goes<p>04 V70R stock w/ tow (full tank)<p>DF 14.25 PF 14.25<br>DR 14.75 PR 14.75<p>06 S60R Eibach pro springs (~250mi post install, 1/8 tank)<p>DF 13.25 PF 13.25<br>DR 13.75 PR 13.75<p>Just did the IPD sways and the springs this week, what a difference. Thaks Scott!<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by martynunya at 7:28 AM 4-2-2006</i>
 

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Here's my data:<p>2004 S60R 1/4 fuel tank empty trunk 18" Pegs Stock OEM spring<br>Drivers Front: 14.0<p>Passenger front: 14.0<p>Drivers Rear: 15.0<p>Passenger Rear: 15.0<p>Now I'm curious about why my rear is so high (keep your jokes to yourself <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> ) I'll have to measure again with a full tank.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rollie</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Now I'm curious about why my rear is so high (keep your jokes to yourself <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> ) I'll have to measure again with a full tank.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>As I have said now a couple of times, these cars are ALL DIFFERENT
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

Year: MY2004<p>Model: S60R (Euro)<p>Brand of Springs ( or stock) : Eiback Pro kit S60R<p>Notes (trailer hitch or?): iPD Anti-Sway bar track kit installed. Springs ~3.5K miles on them, track kit ~500-1K miles.<p>**Please round to the nearest 1/8" **<p>Drivers Front: 13.4<p>Passenger front: 13.5<p>Drivers Rear:13.6<p>Passenger Rear: 13.7<p><BR><BR>
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Year: 2004<br>Model: S60R MT, 235/40/18 PS2.<br>Brand of Springs ( or stock) : Eibach Pro kit S60R<br>Notes (trailer hitch or?): Full sized spare, Subwoofer and stuff approx 30kg. 1/4 tank of fuel. Total weight of car 1700kg (based on stated config, excluding driver.)<br>1 year of abuse - way too many trackdays...<p><br>**Please round to the nearest 1/8" **<p>Drivers Front: 12 15/16"<br>Passenger front: 13"<p>Drivers Rear: 13 7/16"<br>Passenger Rear: 13 1/2"
 

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Re: Post Your Ride Height Measurements Here Please (Scott Hart)

Please cut and paste the info below into your post<br>****************************************<p>Year: 2004<p>Model: V70R<p>Brand of Springs ( or stock) : Stock<p>Notes (trailer hitch or?): Volvo trailer hitch with volvo wiring, volvo sub, volvo floor mat and volvo cargo bed liner, extra liter of oil in RH tail light opening. 1/3 tank 94, 18" pegs but I don't think that matters here.<p><br>**Please round to the nearest 1/8" **<p>Drivers Front: 14 1/8<p>Passenger front: 14 1/8<p>Drivers Rear: 15<p>Passenger Rear:15 1/8<p>
 

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Year: 2005 <p>Model: S60R<p>Brand of Springs ( or stock) : Evolve <p>Notes (trailer hitch or?): rear IPD Sway <p><br>**Please round to the nearest 1/8" **<p>Drivers Front: 13.25<p>Passenger front: 13.25<p>Drivers Rear: 14<p>Passenger Rear: 14 <br>
 

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Year: 2004<br>Model: S60R<br>Brand of Springs ( or stock) : Heico (Eibach)<br>Notes (trailer hitch or?): IPD track Swaybars<p>Drivers Front: 13.0<br>Passenger front: 13.0<br>Drivers Rear: 13.5<br>Passenger Rear: 13.5 <br>Other: Had gas for about 90 miles in tank.
 

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If anyone doubts their car is on level ground, just turn it around 180 degrees and place the tires on the same spots. Repeat the measurements and inspect for differences in the data. If there's any difference, you could probably average the before-after measurements and get close to perfect level results.
 
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