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post #1 of 7 Old 03-04-2014, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Those who have suspension lift as standard on your cars, can you keep the nose up or half way up when going at speed or does it self-resume when picking up speed?

It would be a great option to lift the car in all corners one inch when going on bumpy switchbacks. Only a classic can go flat out on such roads without scraping and banging the nose into the tarmac. Another good solution is the inflatable rubber front splitter on the new 911, very clever.

I've had this problem ever since I bought my first Ferrari, my 355 back in 1998. The Dino and the 308 do small road switchbacks just fine but the 430 not so.

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Capo, my suspension lift is not standard Ferrari issue, but it will stay elevated at speed if I wish - it's completely manual control via a window type raise/lower switch in my dash.

A colleague of mine developed the system for the GT40 replica crowd, who have similar issues with low hanging bodywork being damaged when their cars are driven on the street and up/down steep inclines.

He put the system on all 4 corners of his GT40, and it added about 1.5 inches ride height to both the F&R, for just the situation you describe.

My setup only lifts the front of my 550 Maranello, but that 1.5 inches is more than sufficient to keep it from scraping in my driving environment.

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John, that sounds like the way forward. I'd like something that sits on top of the spring and adds more height without extending the spring itself. That way the damping and spring characteristics remain the same only at a slightly higher ride height.

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Capo, this is what one of my 550 coilovers looks like with the hydraulic ram acting on top of the spring.

It does require a shorter spring than stock, and there is some suspension travel lost due to the ram, however we're trying to minimise that with the next iteration, which will hopefully allow the spring to go over the ram, but it will be cantilevered.

This same system has been adapted to the 360 and 430 cars, as well.
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Interesting!

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Those who have suspension lift as standard on your cars, can you keep the nose up or half way up when going at speed or does it self-resume when picking up speed?
Probably not quite what you are after, but cars with air suspension tend to offer the capacity to increase ground clearance, but usually lower automatically when a certain speed (I think it is around 30 mph on my E-class Merc) is reached and will not operate above this speed. Older Citroens also offered variable ride height (no idea whether the current ones do) and they were manually controlled, so in theory you could drive as fast as you liked on the highest setting, but the handbook advised strongly against it. There is no provision to alter the angle of attack: all four corners rise the same amount.

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The one on the 458 lowers itself above something like 30 km/h


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