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Old 01-25-2013, 12:50 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by CharlieFoxtrot View Post
I've got 125K on my 330CiC, stone stock, southern car. I measured the ride height as instructed in the Bentley manual and found 3 corners about 1/4" lower than the lowest tolerance in the spec.

most likely its because of the old shocks/struts. The shocks don't change the hight of the car, but if you install new shocks, such as Bilstein Touring or HDs, you willl notice a slight hight increase from original spec due to the firmness of the shock itself. the springs are one of those items that do not have a set lifespan... they could last the life of the car. The problem begins when someone doesn't change out the old suspension and allows more of the weight to rest on the spring, increasing the stress and shortening the lifespan.
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