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California Lowering

Hi! im new here and going to be a owner of a 2009 California. And i need help because i just feel the car is a bit to high and i would like to lower it , but should i do it in a dealership? or another place. And will it affect the warranty? Can someone help me please!!
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Welcome to Ferrari Life. Your local dealer can lower your California 15-20 mm without having to do anything except realigning the suspension. More than that and buying lowering springs would be advisable.

Lowering affects both toe in and camber. Because the California's suspension uses shims for adjusting camber, it is advisable to have a dealer with a supply of shims do the adjustments. That much lowering should not affect your warranty.

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Thanks for the the reply!! but i spoke with the sales director and he told me you should t do it , but i also didn't explain very well what i wanted to do he probably thinks i want to replace with lower springs. i probably only want to lower it 10mm not any more. but asking one more question will lowering the car make the suspension stiffer? and i one day i want to put it back to original height , does the dealership know how to do it?
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At 10 mm, you will probably not notice any difference in ride at all. It will also be easy to put the car back to stock ride height just by turning the spring perches and realigning the suspension again.

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Thanks for the the reply!! but i spoke with the sales director and he told me you should t do it , but i also didn't explain very well what i wanted to do he probably thinks i want to replace with lower springs. i probably only want to lower it 10mm not any more. but asking one more question will lowering the car make the suspension stiffer? and i one day i want to put it back to original height , does the dealership know how to do it?
Might want to see what the handling package is on the New Cali 30 - maybe your car can be upgraded.

Ran with one on the track all weekend and it did extremely well.
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Thank you guys for the feedback it has helped me a lot. When i get the car hopefully this week im going to speak to the mechanics and see what we can do. Im also thinking about wheel spacers (novice) but lets see.
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Sebastião- Hill Engineering spacers are just as good as the Novitecs and less expensive. I run them on my rear wheels, Type 2 25 mm.

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im going to check those out , thanks for the advice!!! . But if i eventually put i only want 10mm in the front and 15mm. With those sizes can you keep the original bolts?

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Sebastião- No, absolutely not safe to do so. Hill Engineering will provide longer bolts to go with the Type 1 spacers.

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yeah i'm seeing them now, they seem to be very good and very well priced, im going see , thanks for the advice guys!

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