Raising Car Height?

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    Raising Car Height?

    Ok, I'm not talking about what I see where a sedan is jacked up way high - but my wife's Toyoda Camry being as low as it is - some parking lots we go into have a bad enough "dip" when going from the road into the lot - bottom of front of her car scraps pavement.
    Is there a way to do just a couple inch's lift to prevent this?

    It doesn't do it on every lot - just a few & the few it does I notice other similar cars do the same thing.
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    I don’t know if there is a lift kit for the Camry but if it uses a McPherson type of suspension you may be able to place spacers between the strut tops and the body without affecting the suspension geometry.
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    How old is it? Over time springs will collapse/sag a bit. Lots of places offer replacements for a lot less than the dealer. First thing I would do is see if I can find the ride height specs on line and then get out the yard stick and see what is what.
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    If you do raise it, remember that it may also be necessary to readjust your headlights.
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    It's an 02 but had this problem with some parking dips even when it was new.
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    Put some hydrolics on it, some big rims and an irridescent pain job. Then you can raise each corner independently and hop along with your bass. The bad news is you'll now have to hold your gun sideways, gangsta style. Sorry...couldn't resist.

    Maybe an airbag suspension of some sort? They make em for trucks that need support for heavy bed loads. Not sure about cars.

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    A stiffer shock absorber might help a little, but it will affect your ride quality. Being an 02, its probably about time for new ones anyway. I'd just take it slow and at an angle instead of fooling with modifying a perfectly good car.
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    I'll echo what Sixto said. As the driver of a very low car I have learned angle and speed are your best bet.

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    First, make sure that you car has the correct size tire installed. According to Tire Rack, you should have 205/65-15 on that car. If you or a previous owner mounted 205/60-15 - i.e., a 60 series aspect ratio instead of the OEM 65 series, that alone would lower you car by about 0.4 inches.

    Next, after you confirm the correct tire size, make sure your tires are properly inflated, which should be around 32 psi (check your door jamb or owner's manual for correct pressures). Even 6 psi lower can reduce the ground clearance by about 1/4 inch.

    Lastly, I second the recommendation for new shocks and struts, and I strongly suggest using good-quality gas-pressure units (such as Bilstein or KYB). Unlike standard hydraulic shocks and struts, the gas-charged units actually add a modest spring rate which can raise the car a tad. But the biggest advantage is that you won't experience as much front-end dive when you brake or hit that uneven pavement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21bubba View Post
    I'll echo what Sixto said. As the driver of a very low car I have learned angle and speed are your best bet.
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    I want to second what Gasmitty wrote. Also caution, that in some states it is illegal to fool with these things and get them outside of original specs. There are some safety issues involved, I suppose.

    One reason I really like a light truck or SUV format is because of this particular problem of dips. We have some really bad places in town, on the city streets at certain intersections, where you really have to proceed very slowly or you (if in a small car) you will bottom or your head will hit the ceiling.

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    Let her drive the Jeep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevew View Post
    Let her drive the Jeep!
    Oh, Thanks a lot. She saw your post and guess what.......

    That's right, she's got the Jeep now.

    Just kidding - well, a little. She gets it a couple days a week - whenever she wants it. No problem for me. I like her car too - better gas mileage and going to and from work I don't have any bad dips.... Her Toyoda is a great car - just not as fun as the Jeep.
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    Get a custom built 6" lift for it and put some 30" all terrains under it. Then it'll be more fun.
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