Ground clearance

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 11:05
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Where do most manufactureres measure their ground clearance from? I have asked around and as yet no answer, yes I know I should have asked here first.
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Reply By: Goran - Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 12:33

Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 12:33
They measure ground clearance from the lowest point of the vehicle which is usually the bottom of the diff housing.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 11:01

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 11:01
sure bout that? I thought the same thing till I read a write up on the toureg which quoted max and min clearences depending on suspension settings even though the diff to ground clearence doesnt change.
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Follow Up By: KENM - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 13:19

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 13:19
The Toureg has independant suspension both ends so the diffs move up & down with the vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Goran - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:06

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:06
As i said they measure from the lowest point on the vehicle, whatever that is. In most cases it is a diff centre, or on independant sunspension it is front axle and it' components.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:25

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:25
yea, right you are! I will crawl back under my rock
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Reply By: Arkay - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:47

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:47
Our first venture into (sort of) 4WD was a 2.0 litre Subaru Forester. Loved the vehicle and it went place the manufacturer never intended, Wloow Springs/Skytrek, Plumbago Station, Canunda, Coffin BaY (to name a few), but it really did lack ground clearance on bush tracks. The brochures and manual said it had 200mm "ground clearance" (same as a Landcruiser !!, or so I though when I bought it - silly me). I asked the selling delaler the same question, "Where do they measure it from?". Got no sensible reply. Sent a letter to Subaru Head Office Customer Relations. Said if they still swear by the 200mm clearance I would offer to get a 200mm square block of wood and drive over it, and then send them a bill for repairs. Never got a reply. Wonder why.

P.S. Now have a REAL 4WD. Can fit in Heathers' make up kit, her plastic boxes, extra jumper, saucepans for cooking, a spare pair of sandals & slacks in case we go to a bush restaurant etc. etc. Marvellous things these big 4WDs.
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Follow Up By: Goran - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 16:14

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 16:14
Yes they are. There are too many new 4WD on the market today that don't deserve that designation. For me only live dual axle and dual transfer case will do. Anything else is a joke.
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Follow Up By: Simon T - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 18:09

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 18:09
Arkay, if your suspension wasn't sagging, you could have driven your forester over that 200mm block. I can mine.

Difference is the amount of area that only has 200mm clearance (and how solid that area is). On a dual live axle 4WD only two small points (the diffs) have that clearance, the rest of the car is much higher.

Goran, in 5-10 years time I reckon your going to be driving a joke (if you buy new)....
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Follow Up By: Goran - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 20:17

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 20:17
I don't think so.......good old troopie will still be around. There must be something for mining companies and army to use.
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