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How low is too low?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrod54chevy, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. hotrod54chevy
    Joined: Nov 7, 2003
    Posts: 1,590

    from Ohio

    I'm talking for safety reasons. I'm running 4 inch blocks on what I think are the stock springs. Without a notched frame, I'm hitting the rubber bump stops in the fenderwells with the rearend. I've been thinking about bagging it or changing out the rear springs. Should I be worried about how it sits now? Thanks, guys!

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  2. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

    Thats how I roll, (haha) i have 4 1/4 inch blocks and removed two springs. It basically rides on the bump stops. Nothing unsafe about it, just not the smoothest ride ever, but its good enough for me!
    I wouldn't be worried about it, but if you wanted to change it for more clearance, you could do a simple old school pipe notch in the frame

  3. fordsteel
    Joined: Jun 27, 2006
    Posts: 490

    from Elkland PA

    hitting the bump stops keep you from over bending the stock springs. i would not worry but i would notch the frame if you like how it sits now. that way you have suspension still
  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,203

    Jalopy Joker

    did a search on this subject? can cut bump stops or use short aftermarket ones - just keep metal from touching metal - good shocks too.

  5. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    LAYIN FRAME is as fifties as an asian built minitruck
  6. Hot Rod Chris
    Joined: Mar 31, 2011
    Posts: 464

    Hot Rod Chris

  7. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

  8. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    Don't know what the "Laws" in Ohio are regarding Lowered vehicles...

    In California;
    24008. It is unlawful to operate any passenger vehicle, or commercial vehicle under 6,000 pounds, which has been modified from the original design so that any portion of the vehicle, other than the wheels, has less clearance from the surface of a level roadway than the clearance between the roadway and the lowermost portion of any rim of any wheel in contact with the roadway.

    Do a search for "Scrub Line"....
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,753


    That is the best quote of the year let alone of the day, week or month.
    Hr54Chevy keep at least some of the bump stop. If the axle bangs on the frame enough it can and probably will crack the frame over the axle.

    Too low is when you get hung up going in and out of driveways and over speed bumps even at a crawl.

    It may be because I am one of the older guys but to me a car with bags that is laid out on the ground at a show with the tires sitting at an angle that makes it look like a former Dukes of Hazard jump car is about the silliest fad that ever came down the pike. Why do guys think their car looks cool when it looks broken?
  10. THE_DUDE
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,601


    Looks low enough to me. Lets see a side shot of the whole car.
  11. If you are asking about safety, this would be the answer.

    If the vehicle is not violating scrub line, then you should be fine from a safety standpoint.

    Also good advice to not have metal-to-metal contact from the suspension to the frame.

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  12. Stop when you see sparks!
  13. gotit
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 357


    6 feet under is too low for me
  14. as posted twice now... scrub line
  15. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,249

    from Michigan

    If ya can't change your tires.
  16. 56 Frame Dragger
    Joined: Jan 4, 2011
    Posts: 1,212

    56 Frame Dragger

    Too Low is if you can't drive off but too high if a pregnant ant can crawl under it
  17. hotrod54chevy
    Joined: Nov 7, 2003
    Posts: 1,590

    from Ohio

    A virtual 360 around my car! :D

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  18. Too low is when you can't get it on and off the trailer.

    I have always tried to keep mine so that if I have a flat tire it doesn't drag off body parts. Less to do with safety and more to do with maintenance.

    All that said when I was a kid they were just starting to develop speed bumps and prior to that driveways was all you had to worry about. We used to run little casters on the rear bumper to help with the driveway problem. Speed bumps were a real game changer.

    Someone mentioned the axle housing smacking the frame, I don't really see that as a safety issue but a mechanical issue. I think that mechanical issues shuold be adressed before anything else but I am more of a function sort of a fella.
  19. On my old truck I could just barely make a fist and get it between the ground and the bottom of the front fender. I had to c-notch the frame at the rear. It could have presented a problem if I had a flat but I never did and I drove the crap out of that old truck. I would not have wanted it much lower than that though.
  20. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    you know your car is too low when everytime you get home you have to pick all the road kill out of the grill, so it dont stink your shop up

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