04-19-2006, 07:43 AM
This is not about how high or low should it be. This is a question about how should we balance the height on left and right.
The shop I went to has balanced the ride height for me when it is on the hoist by measuring the distance between the fender and the center of the disc brake (same distances for all sides). However, when the car is on the ground and settle, the driver side has a ground-to-fender-height 25 3/8" (both front and rear) and the height on the passenger side is 25 7/8".
Do you think this is ok? Or should I adjust it have the same ride height on the ground?
So it would probably be best to go off some of the frame of the car. Old Camaro was off 3/4" from side to side on the rear fenders but sitting level from the frame.
04-19-2006, 08:08 AM
The different looks and wheel gaps on both sides start getting to me.
That is so that the car is level for alignment issues and balancing etc. If you go by the body panels the car could actually be leaning because the panels arent straight. I have a similar issue coming up when i do my coilover install, everyone seems to go by ground to middle of the fender to measure. But the problem is that fender may not be correct or straight so i am thinking of going from ground to somewhere on the subframe side to side on the front and not so sure for the back yet.
04-19-2006, 11:57 AM
1. for looks (and should be decently balanced). Adjust the coilovers to as close as possible side-to-side, wait for them to settle, and lift car to adjust sides that you want to change. Mid fender to ground is an OK way to measure this, and you can compare back to front or positive or negative rake. get all the heights where you want them and it will look good! Doesn't mean car is balanced though
2. Corner balance. Adjust the corner heights while car sits on 4 scales, per corner. Once all scales display the same weights (or whatever changes from neutral you want), the car's balanced. Doesn't mean the heights will be the same at each corner though. Driver shoudl be in car for this technique IMO. You should think of this only if you track the car hardcore.
Hope that helps