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Old 06-24-2012, 12:05 AM
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Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

I took a ruler to my car today just to see how far my tires were from the fender (mainly for estimates and for future reference). What I found, however, was that my back drivers side is 2", my back passenger side is 1.5", my front passenger side is 2", and my front drivers side is 1.5". I doubt it's sitting like that due to my up-slope driveway but it's a slight possibility. Anyone know why my car sits like this? Or if it could cause problems?
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

try n re measure it on a level ground first
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

I will next time I have a ruler around. It's a evenly sloped driveway, I would say. Just uphill. But wouldn't I still have an even amount of spacing?
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

The entire right side on my '99 sits about a half inch lower than the left, too. It's strange. One of my coworkers thinks my car had been hit and somehow it bent the unibody severely. I'm lowering it on JIC Magic coilovers so I'll adjust it with those.
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

half an inch is a pretty significant difference, idk if it would cause problems though, i don't see how it would
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

Yeah I feel like a whole 1/2" is pretty outstanding. But from what I know, my car has never been hit, aside from the small damage to my front bumper reinforcement when someone backed in the my car in a parking lot and drove off -__________-. But I'm pretty sure I don't have chassis damage. Again, I'll check it on level ground sometime. But do you guys think that maybe my old-a$$ stock suspension is just worn down?
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

Springs can be worn out, and you have to remember about the different weight distribution around the areas of the car.
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

^^ this. and you have to account for the air pressure in each tire. there's a lot of variables you have to consider
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

With all my tires at 35 PSI, nothing in the car except for it's normal interior, and a full tank of gas, my car will sit 1/2" lower on the right side whether it's on stock struts or my JICs, I can't figure it out. when they're removed, both stockers are the same height and both JICs are the same height.
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

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With all my tires at 35 PSI, nothing in the car except for it's normal interior, and a full tank of gas, my car will sit 1/2" lower on the right side whether it's on stock struts or my JICs, I can't figure it out. when they're removed, both stockers are the same height and both JICs are the same height.
That sure is weird, man. But I do think I see a bit of tire pressure difference. I just had them rotated, aligned, and inspected but maybe Tires Plus didn't air 'em up :/ I'm gonna go to the gas station and air them back up tomorrow and see if there's still any difference. I'm also still yet to look at the gap on flat ground.
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

Bad bushings can cause a slight difference as well.



The rear passenger side is the lightest corner of the car

The driver side front usually sits up higher to compensate for the added weight of the driver.
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Re: Lop-sided suspension! Is this a problem?

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Bad bushings can cause a slight difference as well.



The rear passenger side is the lightest corner of the car

The driver side front usually sits up higher to compensate for the added weight of the driver.
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