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    "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    I just received a 2-page fax from my Porsche dealer, dated 5-3-05:

    Vehicle Type: Carrera GT (980)

    Model Year: As of 2004

    Concern: Raising vehicle ride height

    Information: To reduce the risk of the vehicle underside bottoming out and/or getting high centered on uneven roads, speed bumps, steep angle driveways or parking garage entrances, the chassis on the Carrera GT can be raised.

    Front axle: 10 mm /rear axle 9 mm

    This is done by installing longer push rods on front and rear and increasing the spring preload (on rear only). The spring preload is modified by turning the concave washer clockwise by three turns. Raising the chassis does not affect driving behavior in normal driving conditions.

    Parts Information:

    Part Number 000.044.500.40 - Push rod set

    Set includes:

    980.343.257.04 (1) Front axle push rod, left
    980.343.258.04 (1) Front axle push rod, right
    980.333.257.04 (1) Rear axle push rod, left
    980.333.258.04 (1) Rear axle push rod, right
    900.817.003.02 (4) Lock nut (M10), upper push rod
    999.084.016.02 (2) Lock nut (M10), lower front push rod
    900.380.008.09 (2) Hexagon nut (M10), lower rear push rod

    (now comes a tool list and some work procedures which I am too lazy to transcribe)

    Vehicle height, DIN empty (mm)

    Raised Ride Height / Standard Ride Height

    Without underbody panels:

    Front 141 mm / 131 mm
    Rear 168 mm / 159 mm

    With underbody panels:

    Front 102 mm / 92 mm
    Rear 119 mm /110 mm

    Working Time:

    Labor Operation - 44 95 31 00

    Description - Vehicle modified front and rear

    This includes: Removing and installing 4 wheels, Removing and installing 4 push rods, Adjusting rear vehicle height. Without: Performing suspension alignment and adjusting vehicle.

    Time Units - 250 TU

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    Interesting Info, thanks Mike .

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    Is this something Porsche will pay for? The fax implies this is an optional fix to be decided by the owner.

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    this is terrific news, however, not just any dealer can handle this operation. i don't even think either of our dealers can align a CGT. if there was a dealer relatively close that was capable of performing this, i'd do it in a second.

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

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    nberry said:
    Is this something Porsche will pay for? The fax implies this is an optional fix to be decided by the owner.



    My dealer said he would be getting more info for me on "pricing".

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

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    W8MM said:
    Without underbody panels:

    Front 141 mm / 131 mm
    Rear 168 mm / 159 mm





    1) Why would they state the ground clearance without the underbody panels?

    2) Aside from downforce deficit issues, is it possible to drive the car without the panels in dry and wet street conditions?

    3) As it may be the lowest point on the car, is the front plastic bumper lip considered a body panel by Porsche?

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

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    MAVERICK said:
    Quote:
    W8MM said:
    Without underbody panels:

    Front 141 mm / 131 mm
    Rear 168 mm / 159 mm





    1) Why would they state the ground clearance without the underbody panels?

    2) Aside from downforce deficit issues, is it possible to drive the car without the panels in dry and wet street conditions?

    3) As it may be the lowest point on the car, is the front plastic bumper lip considered a body panel by Porsche?



    fwiw, the lowest part is the piece behind the front wheels.

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

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    ben, lj said:
    fwiw, the lowest part is the piece behind the front wheels.



    Thanks for the correction, Ben.

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    @ $10,700 (retail) + (gobs of) labor, not exactly the bargain.

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    Good to know Porsche AG does not discriminate against CGT owners. Porsche requires them to shell out proportionately for "options" as non-CGT Porsche owners.

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

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    ben, lj said:
    @ $10,700 (retail) + (gobs of) labor, not exactly the bargain.



    RUF is offering a better option on their Rt 12 for approx. the same price ($12k):
    An electro-hydraulic front lift that raises the front end 2 inches and stays up until 25-30 mph similar to the Cayenne, 959, Enzo, etc.

    A modern supercar that requires a low clearance for aero stability and does not have this feature as an option doesn't seem as super. BTW, the Gallardo offers, in addition to its 130 mm (5.1 inches) clearance, an optional front lift feature that raises it by 3 inches!

    Sources: A Porsche magazine and http://www.carreramotors.be/public/default.asp#RUF%20Rt%2012
    http://www.drive.com.au/used/search/deta...action=moreinfo
    http://www.lamborghinichicago.com/newmodels.html

    Re: "Raising Ride Height" - Carrera GT

    Quote:
    MAVERICK said:
    A modern supercar that requires a low clearance for aero stability and does not have this feature as an option doesn't seem as super.




    Yes but maybe that weighted too much

     
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