Bugeyes look funny when they have too much ground clearance. Immediately, the tires look odd when they don’t fill the wheel wells with a nice uniform arc.
We set up “Creamsicle” this week for her new home in Georgia, with stock wheels and new tires for the new owner. You should be able to see the roughly three inch gap between the top of the tire and the fender, front and rear. Ground clearance is nice, but this Bugeye looks too proud.
Leaf springs change with time, and coil springs are replaced, upgraded and otherwise altered. It’s hard to know why this particular car came out high at all four corners, but we are happy we have the weapons to change it.
Above you can see the car after our lowering wedges were added below the rear leaf springs. (click here if you need to order rear lowering wedges for your car). Now the rear tires are filling the wheel arches nicely.
Next we lower the front end, which you can see below. We have two lowering kits available, (low, for about one inch lower front end and lower, for about 1.5 inches), so you can choose the final height of your liking. You can order those kits by clicking here. This car required the “lower” kit but the “low” kit is usually sufficient.
Below, the car is ready to depart, and the height looks great, front and rear.
Below, you can see “Doobie”, which we are preparing for departure for a new home in Kentucky. This car is the right height in back but needed to be lowered in the front. Below you can see Doobie as we received it, with the nose too high.
The next photo shows Doobie with the “lower” front lowering kit installed (it needed the most lowering possible) and now the car looks just right. Getting the ride height right can make your car look a lot more like the sports car it was designed to be!