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Old 10-16-2017, 11:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It triggers cRIPPLErOOSTER{sp} when people slow down for speed bumps. ...so, watch out.
Speeding down is entirely different from getting stuck at the speed bump because a random penalty-box lowered in a half-ass way didn't have any ground clearance enough to go through a speed bump.

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Some adjustable suspension would make more sense.

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Old 10-17-2017, 12:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Knew it. Do you run into that much on the way home from work?
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As a skeptic of DIY alignments, I just tried it for the first time. It's not that difficult after all - the real time lasers make it quicker - not necessarily more accurate. I used a set square and digital level to check camber and set squares/ tape measures on the ground.

Are you using tape measures or string and axle stands or?
I just park in a level spot and use a tape measure for toe and eyeball for camber. Caster and all that other funky stuff seems to fall into place for the most part when toe and camber are good, and of course nothing in the suspension is worn out or bent.

BTW the 'Coupe stayed within camber specs after the drop, if only just barely.
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Minimum ground clearance of 4" is the figure used by sports car enthusiasts. In Ohio you won't likely be dealing with steep driveways but snow does build up in the chassis.
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30 mpg in an 05 Civic.....I think changing some driving habits would go a long ways to improving that. Are you really logging your mileage at each fill up? I have "Mycars" app on my droid that I put in the odo reading, gallons to fill, and price per gallon. The app does the rest of the math. My 04 EX has gotten 34.5 lifetime, and I can get 37 easy on the Highway if I keep it at 70mph.
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Bugatti,Buick,Ford,GM,Jaguar,Lincoln,McLaren,Mitsu bishi,Porsche,Renault,Subaru,and Tesla have,or are now using active suspension to lower their cars at speed,or have reported drag benefits from lowering.
Sometimes,the inclination of the vehicle was modified for optimum drag characteristics while on the highway.
Technically,you'd have to dial the car in in a wind tunnel,in order to achieve the best results.There is no 'shoot-from-the-hip' rule of thumb to go by,and vehicles will vary on a case-specific basis.
If you presume that HONDA optimized the Civic's production inclination already,during development,then you'd want to lower the front and rear by equal amounts.
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Do you run into that much on the way home from work?
Not so much, but when it happens usually the driver also turns the radio on and at an inconvenient volume that becomes bothersome to anyone else around who doesn't share their poor musical taste
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Old 10-28-2017, 03:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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It's worse than you think. Brazil is not for beginners.

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