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Old 27th February 2009, 16:24   #1
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Default Old Honda City ...Help Increasing the ground Clearance.

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I have a type II city and want the increase the ground clearance of it.
My silencer has been welded thrice so was wondering if 1 inch spacers and upgrade from 13 '' to 14 '' wheelbase would really help overcoming this problem. Want to know if any consequences for such upgrade .....heard ride becomes more bumpy.


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Hi Pras,

Are you sure that the culprit is ground clearance? The reason I ask is, the OHC's stock exhaust is known to have weak mounts. Once my car crossed 30K, it would require an annual weld / repair job at the time of service. No problems once I shifted over to an Automech exhaust though.
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Hi Pras,

Are you sure that the culprit is ground clearance? The reason I ask is, the OHC's stock exhaust is known to have weak mounts. Once my car crossed 30K, it would require an annual weld / repair job at the time of service. No problems once I shifted over to an Automech exhaust though.

Well when we are five in the car the silencer always touches on the speed breaker( kinda feel that it touches start to end). Day before yesterday I had a look of the car while washing at car washing centre. Saw the front drum was much lower and pretty much scratched. So decided to add some spacers to the shocks to avoid such bruising. What say sir?

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Well when we are five in the car the silencer always touches on the speed breaker( kinda feel that it touches start to end).
Aha, that's because of the soft rear end:

1. How many kms has your OHC run? Beyond 50,000, the stock suspension is pretty much beyond its optimal life span. See if your car needs a suspension overhaul.

2. If the stock suspension is still good, upgrading to an after-market (firmer) setup is your only other option. This will affect your ride quality, but will improve the handling.

I haven't really had a problem with speedbreakers in my OHC. And the really nasty type, I attack diagonally (one wheel at a time).
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Had the same prob until i got the shocks stiffened. U can get it done for around 4-5k.

Im pretty happy with the street spec setup which is neither too stiff nor too soft.

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GTO sir thats the only way to do it. the diagonal approach

the firmer suspension set up will only make the ride suffer. but yes if you are hell bent on attacking corners in the ball park of 100kmph all the time then its a nice idea
and yes a tyre upgrade say from the normal 175/80 R13( not sure if its the right size for OHC. pardon me if its wrong!) to 185/80 R13 these tyres will increase the GC ( very slightly ) this might help!!
the best way is to approach the speed breakers slowly . thats why they are kept for in the first place!! lol.
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Had the same prob until i got the shocks stiffened. U can get it done for around 4-5k.

Im pretty happy with the street spec setup which is neither too stiff nor too soft.

Shan2nu

Hi , can anyone tell me where to get the shocks stiffened up in mumbai ? How long do these stiffened suspensions last before they become soft again ?

Thanks !
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Had the same prob until i got the shocks stiffened. U can get it done for around 4-5k.

Im pretty happy with the street spec setup which is neither too stiff nor too soft.

Shan2nu
Hi Shan2nu,

How did you get gt the shock stiffened. I am interested in doing the same for my Baleno. Kindly provide more details of the same.

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Had the same prob until i got the shocks stiffened. U can get it done for around 4-5k.

Im pretty happy with the street spec setup which is neither too stiff nor too soft.

Shan2nu


Hey GTO
My OHC has done 62000 kms till date. My tyres are Good year 175/70 R13.
I feel the suspension are quite good ( One of the mechanic told me pressing the front of the several time should stiffened the the shocks ..He himself did that and said no need to change the shocks..well thats what his opinion was..). He also talked about rubber / metal spacers can be placed on the lower end on the shocks to increase the height of the car.

Hey Shan2nu where can i stiffen the shocks in mumbai? So that I can forget about adding any spacers.

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Hi , can anyone tell me where to get the shocks stiffened up in mumbai ? How long do these stiffened suspensions last before they become soft again ?
You can contact viper or rocam, they might help you out.

I've been running my car with stiffened shocks for a year now and haven't seen any drop in stiffness.

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How did you get gt the shock stiffened. I am interested in doing the same for my Baleno. Kindly provide more details of the same.
From what iv heard, they replace the stock fluid with one that has a higher viscosity rating.

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Whats the exact process of stiffening? i believe the springs are stiffened in case of the cars.
once i mean shock absorbers overhaul guy. he said he can stiffen them by changing the oil in the struts. he mixes 2 types of oil.one is for softness and one is hard. he said if the hard quantity of oil is mixed more the suspensions are stiffened.
he was doing the same for one bike there.
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Some options for increasing the ground clearence are
1. Add spacers ( Handling will get effected)
2. Increase the tyre profile size from 175-70-R13 to 185-70-R13
3. Upgrade from 13" tyres to 14" tyres & Rims, but this will effect your Speedo & odo reading
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I had got my OHC's shock stiffened to and had done about 24k kms on it before i sold it. i was very happy with it and no issues at all.

Just make sure that you get it done from the right guy.

I would recommend Fazal(FRK) in Bangalore for that.
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I upsized mine from the 13incher to a 15incher adn it's solved all my clearance problems - besides making it look good. I'd recommend an upsize from the 13" always - it makes the car look quirky.
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I upsized mine from the 13incher to a 15incher adn it's solved all my clearance problems - besides making it look good. I'd recommend an upsize from the 13" always - it makes the car look quirky.
Agreed, also because the 15"ers make the ride stiffer due to a lower profile. But do you also know how badly the suspension takes a beating!?

Stiffened shocks is a good way to improve the handling on the OHC. Does ANYONE have any idea who can do this effectively in NCR?

(Abhik, are you following?)
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