Just because the manufacturer of your ride had their ideas about how she should sit does not mean you have to agree with them.
How she sits, whether the factory look, or a stance more to your liking, is for you to decide.
What About The Factory Stance?
Because our early 20th century roads were just a tad worse than they are today, every vehicle manufacturer built their vehicles with lots of frame clearance. But as time went on and our roads improved, each manufacturer altered the stance of their vehicles to one they thought gave them the best look.
And to so many, the factory stances can be boring.
What Ways Can You Change Ride Height and Stance?
Some like their ride to be low.
Some like their ride to be high.
Some like the nose up and the tail dragging.
And others love the tail up while the nose is sniffing the ground.
And guess what? Just like that hamburger place, you can have it your way.
Are There Limits To Modifying Ride Height?
There are some limits we need to be aware of.
For those who want in the weeds look, you have to be careful that nothing is hanging below the scrub line. That is underneath parts are not lower than the bottom of the rims.
It would be rather painful to have a flat and end up plowing the asphalt with a shock bracket, or even the tranny or the oil pan.
And for those who desire being a mile high, be aware of the brake lines being long enough and the steering arms can still keep you heading in the right direction. And don’t forget the center of gravity. You sure do not want to keep tipping sideways when coming out of a curve.
What’s A Safe Range For Modifying Ride Height?
We like to say changing coil sprung suspensions no more than two inches and leaf springs suspensions no more than three inches up or down is a safe bet to keep you out of trouble. So not only think the stance through, but keep the changes safe.