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Ride Height Measurement

Created on 2011-03-03 by IPD Staff

Knowing the ride height of your Volvo before and after making modifications is important.

Here’s how we do it:

1. Place your car on a smooth, level, flat surface, such as a parking lot or garage floor.
2. Measure vertically from the center of the wheel to the center of the wheel opening. Do this at all four corners of the car and record your measurements.
After making modifications such as installing lowering coils, overload coils or replacing worn bushings or other suspension components, measure again and record the results.

Typically, a 1/4” to 3/8” difference side-to-side and front-to-back is acceptable. If you find that your car is out of this spec, then you may have a worn out spring or severely worn bushings. You should also check to make sure that the springs are properly seated or that other parts of the car, such as worn suspension bushings, are not the cause.

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