Ride height

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Ride height

Post by morningglory » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:59 pm

Hi all,

Would there be an issue with driving in between lowest and normal ride height settings?

Just a thought. Driving a bit lower might make it a bit more aerodynamic for motorways and eek out an extra mile per gallon (also looks a bit cooler).

Obviously smooth roads only so the suspension doesn't bottom-out, but could this potentially damage the height correctors, mess with the the braking circuits or anything else?

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Re: Ride height

Post by Tinkley » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:26 pm

I'd check your 'normal' setting is correct first!. My last car is definitely too high at standard and will be corrected, the last one was a tad out at the rear. So do not assume yours is correct. Unfortunately the setting (twisting te control on the ARBs'. is best done on a ramp where you can measure it and adjust without the car falling on you.... :wink:

The whole point of the hydraulics was to give better aerodynamics by the car remaining more stable to oncoming air and not wasting energy pushing air upwards and downwards. Keeps the drag factor down to a reasonable 0.32/34. Note the best Audi of the period was 0.30.. The C5 (last type) had a special automatic adjustment which would loewr it by 15mm on a motorway/dual carriageway above about 65 if I remeber correctly.

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Re: Ride height

Post by morningglory » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:30 pm

But can I drive with the hockey stick in between settings or does that cause a problem?
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Re: Ride height

Post by Defender110 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:59 pm

morningglory wrote:But can I drive with the hockey stick in between settings or does that cause a problem?
Very dangerous, your suspension / handling of the car could dramatically change without notice. Is this a wind up?
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Re: Ride height

Post by mds141 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:32 pm

The BX, unlike the XM and Xantia has only three height settings :- Low, Normal ie middle setting and High. On the XM and Xantia the height lever has several 'steps' to it's movement through the full range, but even so, driving in between the height settings isn't to be recommended.
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Re: Ride height

Post by morningglory » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:56 pm

No wind up! I might be looking at 100+ miles/day commute on motorways so every little bit of mpg helps. It was just an idea for certain steady slogs of smooth road I knew well, then put it back to normal ride height for the rest of the journey.

I don't understand why the handling would change without notice if it was me that set the ride height. I'm just seeing what problems people might foresee so any thoughts welcome. Might be a total non-starter but might be worth trying.

I imagine the hockey stick would get in the way of the handbrake if it wasn't in one of its grooves. Not a problem until you want to stop. Mainly worried about knackering the suspension or it affecting the brakes.
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Re: Ride height

Post by Defender110 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:15 pm

morningglory wrote: I don't understand why the handling would change without notice if it was me that set the ride height. I'm just seeing what problems people might foresee so any thoughts welcome. Might be a total non-starter but might be worth trying.
Because if it is not locked into one of the slots the linkage could move on its own without you touching it?
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Re: Ride height

Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:28 pm

I've heard of people who have filed in an extra notch to lock the lever in position so that would be an option although friction *tends* to hold it in place. Wouldn't count on it though and dropping into low at speed isn't much fun...
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Re: Ride height

Post by mds141 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:30 pm

Might be worthwhile buying a C5/6 with Hydractive 3 suspension, as this automatically lowers at motorway speeds.
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Re: Ride height

Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:33 pm

More expensive than a round file though :lol:
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Re: Ride height

Post by mds141 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:34 pm

:D
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