Announcement

Collapse

Get more Tips, Specs and Technical Data!

Did you know... this Forum is a service of the Studebaker Drivers Club? For more technical tips, specifications, history and tech data, visit the Tech Tips page at the SDC Homepage: www.studebakerdriversclub.com/tips.asp
See more
See less

Avanti Ride Height

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Laemmle
    replied
    Please send me via pm the e-mail..I need to send you the attachment from my e-mail

    quote:Originally posted by wagone

    Laemmie,
    My apologies, I did have an incorrect e-mail address in my profile. I've just now changed it. Please try again. And thanks for the patience.

    wagone and the Old R2 Avanti

    Leave a comment:


  • sbca96
    replied
    True .. this one seems to show the rake the best :



    I have to use 2 inch lowering blocks, BUT that was with Wagon springs.
    The original Avanti springs were completely blown out with a reverse
    arc, & fan-ed out leafs. They were shot. It kinda dragged its butt.
    I am not happy using the blocks, unless I can eventually use the holes
    I had put in them to mount a traction bar I am playing around with in
    my head. I had two holes bored through the steel block from front to
    rear to mount "something" to. Adding lowering blocks will increase a
    leaf springs ability to wrap up adding to wheel hop.[V]

    Tom

    Leave a comment:


  • wagone
    replied
    Tom,
    That's not the BEST picture to judge how the wheels fit their openings, but it does look about right (allowing for the photograph, the shadows and the angle of the shot). And what did you use: one or two inch lowering blocks in rear?[?][?][?][?]
    wagone and the R2 Avanti

    Leave a comment:


  • sbca96
    replied
    I have been pretty happy with this height :



    Tom

    Leave a comment:


  • Dick Steinkamp
    replied
    It's just me, but I'd be putting it where it looks the best, not where it was originally (if it can even be determined where it was originally). All stock Studes seem to be nose high which (IMHO) is a pretty awkward stance. I remember seeing pictures of cars being photographed for Studebaker ads with the opposite side from the camera jacked up to lower the side nearest the camera. Even Studebaker didn't like how their cars sat stock [:0].


    Leave a comment:


  • wagone
    replied
    True, true, true PackardV8. We're trying to reduce the myriad of differences which could (will) affect this. Somewhere there has to be a standard or reference point.....admittedly subjective. But ya gotta start somewhere.

    wagone and the Old R2 Avanti

    Leave a comment:


  • sbca96
    replied
    Agreed, I think that the places a mesurement should be made, is frame
    and wheel openings. This is needed to compare the spacers between the
    frame and body .. which MIGHT be different between Avantis. I believe
    I added the diameter of my aftermarket wheels AND a distance from the
    center of the wheel to the ground - which IS the real number to be a
    concern here. Keep in mind that even though a 75 series tire on a 15
    inch rim, and a 45 series tire on a 17 inch rim could have different
    overall diameters, they COULD have the same distance from the center
    to ground due to the marshmellow-like sidewall flex the 75 series tire
    has. The center to ground is the measurement that counts here.

    Tom

    quote:Originally posted by wagone
    If I jack it up that one inch then the height to the wheel well opening increases about 3/16 to a 1/4 inch and then is just about the 27 11/16 inch which, I believe, you said yours was.
    quote:Originally posted by PackardV8

    FWIW, measuring to the center section of an Avanti front bumper is not good science for comparing ride height ...... Tires make a huge difference in frame height measurements. Comparing the OEM tires with the larger 15" radials, not to mention the huge 17, 18 and 19" which some are using, makes true comparisons difficult.

    Leave a comment:


  • PackardV8
    replied
    FWIW, measuring to the center section of an Avanti front bumper is not good science for comparing ride height. Those who have worked on the bumpers know there is so much slack in the mounting bolt holes and the whole bumper assembly is like a piece of spaghetti as far as rigidity. It could move up or down an inch or two depending on where it was tightened.

    Tires make a huge difference in frame height measurements. Comparing the OEM tires with the larger 15" radials, not to mention the huge 17, 18 and 19" which some are using, makes true comparisons difficult.

    thnx, jv



    PackardV8

    Leave a comment:


  • wagone
    replied
    Tom,

    I too am concerned about getting new springs hoping to set the ride height correctly and finding out after all that work that the "new" height is the same as the "old." My Avanti sits in the front at 16 1/2 inches from the bottom of the bumper center piece to the ground. Laemmie has stated that in his "spec" sheet it shows 18 1/2 inches. If I raise mine two inches it looks awfully high in front. A one inch raise at the front bumper to 17 1/2 inches is the highest and still have it look decent. If I jack it up that one inch then the height to the wheel well opening increases about 3/16 to a 1/4 inch and then is just about the 27 11/16 inch which, I believe, you said yours was. But I wouldn't want to install new springs (ok, my king pins could stand a rework) and have it be the same height to ground it is now! QUANDRY; but Laemmie's sheet may shed some light.

    wagone and the Old R2 Avanti

    Leave a comment:


  • wagone
    replied
    Laemmie,
    My apologies, I did have an incorrect e-mail address in my profile. I've just now changed it. Please try again. And thanks for the patience.

    wagone and the Old R2 Avanti

    Leave a comment:


  • sbca96
    replied
    For a car that seems to have an impressive following, it sure is not
    easy to find a picture of. I wonder if I have even seen it. I wonder
    how driveable it is at the "lowered" height, if I drop mine much more
    then I will have trouble with speed bumps. I guess if you tuck up the
    exhaust well enough (I have a few clamps hanging on my crappy example
    on the car now) you can just drag the frame over bumps slowly.....

    Anyone have a link, or contact info? I would like to drop my Avanti
    about .5 to 1 inch all around, but Eaton Spring can not provide me a
    "stock" height starting point to measure from, which I could detirmine
    where it will end up. Since the car has had 40+ years to sag, I could
    get "lowering" springs that will sit right where it is now![B)]

    Tom

    quote:Originally posted by grobb284

    Malcom Berry did nail the Avanti with the lowered ride height.
    The wheels and tire sizes he selected help with that look.

    Leave a comment:


  • Laemmle
    replied
    I attempted to e-mail the page to you.....it bounced back to me as undeliverable. Please provide a correct e-mail address.

    Leave a comment:


  • wagone
    replied
    Laemmie,

    E-mailed or faxed? I e-mailed you a fax number yesterday. Please clarify. Thanks.

    wagone

    Leave a comment:


  • Laemmle
    replied
    Page e-mailed to you...very easy to understand!

    Leave a comment:


  • Laemmle
    replied
    PM me your fax number and I will fax the entire page to you! it has drawings.

    quote:Originally posted by wagone

    Lammie,

    Thanks for your factory measurements. Now if I can just understand exactly what the description of each measurement means I'll know more than I did before. For instance, I don't know what is meant by the center of the X member and it being the low point. The middle or center of X member is not going to be the low point...........unless the frame originally sat DEAD level and the rake was all the result of how the body was attached to the frame. And was there a difference in how the Avanti frame sat relative to the ground as compared to the Lark with the same frame? Also, I don't know what is meant in the last measurement by "excluding the flanges and front fender." Flanges is probably referring to the frame flanges but what is excluding the front fender referring to--unless the measurement is taken at bottom of rocker at some point BEHIND the front fender (front edge of door, perhaps?).

    wagone and the Old R2 Avanti

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X