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Old 7th June 2009, 11:37   #31
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Thanks for the comment GTO, but is there any place where this is done professionally.I have known that rally cars use skid plates for protection.Check out this link
02 to 07 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Can this be done to poor civic?
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hi guys, one of my friends recently bought a civic.It's a lovely car and has sharp handling.But his problem is the one which was discussed to death already on multiple threads.It is the ground clearance/soft suspension/long wheel base issue.Yesterday evening we were discussing about installing skid plates under the car.Taking some cues from the grand vitara skid plate design by samurai, i was thinking on similar lines.But using cork or rubber spacers in between to give some flex to the plates and to prevent excessive pressure at mounting points or to the car chassis metal underneath.The exhaust looks safe and considering the heat dissipation i felt it should be left open.But other parts of the car will be covered by this skid plate thingy.Please post your comments guys what do you think of this?Would it be an overkill or prove entirely useless exercise?What are the possible mounting points?Is there any alloy lighter and better than aluminium which can be easily fabricated?Can a coating of tar or rubber be applied to the skid plates to deaden scraping sound ?
While I read this ground clearance issue in many threads and articles, I wonder, why the Car manufacturer, Honda, never bother about this. If they can't do anything, why do they sell it in the Indian road.
I believe We are all living in a world of compromises, which is the advantage they have. I really do not know how do they sell a Car in India (though it is a perfect car in many other was) which is not fit for Indian roads. Alas!
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I have known that rally cars use skid plates for protection
Rally cars (and offroaders) use skid / protection plates because of the unfamiliar terrain that they drive on. Rocks & stones are abundant where we take our 4x4s. However, for a road going car primarily driven on tarmac, I don't see any need of after-market skid plates.
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Default Re: Increase ground clearance of Civic & improve mileage

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Hi Visu03,

Your problem will not be solved by upsizing the tyres & rims. What you need to do is either install a Coilover suspension setup or spacers. We just installed a set of Coilovers on a Civic fitted with 22/45/17 tyres. The overall height of the car is actually slightly lower than the original, but the car does not bottom out or touch speed breakers any more. Handling has improved drastically as well.

Am giving below some pics of the same prior to the install.







I need Coilovers for my Accord 2005,
any idea about pricing ?
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Default Re: Increase ground clearance of Civic & improve mileage

Any advise on Punto GC improvment? Can we adapt the same technique of Civic? Now Fiat has offered better ground clearance by fixing made to order kit, but I wish I could make use of existing and the new one to make it look like a SUV. Is that possible or a crazy imagination?
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