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    Default Grand Vitara Ground Clearance

    After our recovery of the luxurious blue grader on the weekend, I decided to get out the tape measure and check the ground clearance of my own grader. This was prompted when following the GV home, a previous generation Forester passed and appeared to have significantly more clearance. I did a little investigation and found that the Forrester's clearance is also supposed to be 200mm.

    That's when the tape came out. I measured 185mm at the lowest central point between the front wheels, and 200mm under the T-Case cross member.

    Will some one else please measure their GV's clearance.
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    I need more ground clearance to get under there myself, i'll send the ankle biter
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    Bloody hell i shouldnt have gone out there. The radiator and aircon plumbing as well as the front suspension was covered in rock hard mud. Now to explain the driveway previously known as clean.

    I measured 200mm at the lowest central point between the front wheels, and 205mm under the T-Case cross member
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    This link may help with the ground clearance issues?

    http://www.bits4vits.co.uk/store/ind...ewDoc&docId=13

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdriaanO View Post
    Bloody hell i shouldnt have gone out there. The radiator and aircon plumbing as well as the front suspension was covered in rock hard mud. Now to explain the driveway previously known as clean.
    I measured 200mm at the lowest central point between the front wheels, and 205mm under the T-Case cross member
    I'll have to measure again on a level surface. I'm used to SFA's where the clearance doesn't change regardless of the angle.
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    Just to rub it in now, I went and measured my 1st generation GV.

    Lowest point - cross member between the front wheels - 205mm

    Gearbox/tfr case cross member - 210

    Rear axle diff - 215

    This with standard 235/65/R16 tyres as she comes out of the fqctory.

    I love my 11 year old GV ('99 model), hee hee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericl View Post
    Just to rub it in now, I went and measured my 1st generation GV.

    Lowest point - cross member between the front wheels - 205mm

    Gearbox/tfr case cross member - 210

    Rear axle diff - 215

    This with standard 235/65/R16 tyres as she comes out of the fqctory.

    I love my 11 year old GV ('99 model), hee hee.
    Ahh Shurrup you ours are low slung for faster cornering and cool low rider looks
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    if anyone finds out about a lift kit.. PLEASE let me know!

    Think it would be a great vehicle with an extra 20mm!

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    Hi JNel,

    There are lots of places that sells lift kits. There are quite a few listed on Ebay. My GV is not lifted as I'm waiting for the factory warranty to expire. In the mean time, I've fitted a set of aftermarket bash plates to protect the vulnerable underbody components (transfer case, sump etc) for off road work. I purchased my accessories from outdoor autos based in Australia. I don't know what the freighting cost is to your location. here is the bash plates, made from 3mm thick steels attached to existing factory points underneath the vehicle. http://www.outdoorauto4x4.com/c/1905...rotection.html

    Here are the lift kits currently available. http://www.outdoorauto4x4.com/c/1905...uspension.html

    Quote Originally Posted by JNel
    Think it would be a great vehicle with an extra 20mm!
    As for a mild 20mm lift, I can think of two available options. You could fit a set of 20mm taller springs and you can get them from either ARB outlets or directly from kings Springs. The other option is fitting spring spacers. Unfortunately neither of the above options is going to improve the ride and handling characteristics of your GV as the OEM shocks are travelling near full extension and the life of the shocks are also shorten.
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    Thanks for the info..I agree, the OEM shocks needs to be replaced. Spoke to one of the LA Sport Guys in PTA, said they looking at importing a lift for the GV, and should not affect warranty. BASH PLATES IS AWESOME, and the snorkel too.... the bumper on the website also makes the gv look more aggressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandAuto View Post
    I don't know what the freighting cost is to your location. here is the bash plates, made from 3mm thick steels attached to existing factory points underneath the vehicle. http://www.outdoorauto4x4.com/c/1905...rotection.html
    These are the ones I copied for my set.

    But there's already a lot I want to change on them
    Stay tuned for Ver.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLineR View Post
    These are the ones I copied for my set.

    But there's already a lot I want to change on them
    Stay tuned for Ver.2
    Lemme knowe where and when you dump your old ones
    2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2 Auto (7.7km/l)
    2008 Honda Civic 2.2TDCi (15.8km/l)
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    Ex Range Rover 4.6 HSE (7.5km/l)
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