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Ground clearance on a 147

Hi,

Been looking over these forums for some time now since I was looking into a finally purchased my 147 back in May. This is the first time that I have had to explicitly ask a question rather than reley on the wealth of knowledge that is already here, and i thank all of you for that.

So the question. Like many owners I love my 02 2.0 TS 147 Lusso but am not that keen on the ride with the 17 SuperSport wheels. I am nearly set on getting the Koni FSD / Eibach Pro kit combo but am unsure on the 30mm drop this will give. I know that it will look better and handle better but the issue is whether people who have done similar have had problems with grounding out. I am guessing that as the springs are firmer less travel will be used to it might not be much of an issue and as it is I think that there is clearence to spare.

So then, anyone lowered their 147 TS, I have found plenty of GTA owners and also 156 that have lowered but not many 147 TS, yes all very similary but also not at the same time.

Thanks for any input.
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Re: Ground clearance on a 147

i have

nearly ripped front bumper off at work parked front over curb and when i reversed back bang but that was my fault other than that take speed bumps and wot not slow and you should be fine
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So worth extra caution for improved ride and looks, is it just the lowered springs or did you change dampers as well?
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dampers as well but i used pro set and want to upgrade to koni fsd
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mine is lowered 30mm, my bumper needs resprayed after 3months of loweredness Its not too bad, i just sometimes forget my car isn't as high as it once was, which was VERY HIGH!!!
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Thanks for the info guys, I think that it will get it done when something else needs doing. Squeak coming from offside rear that might be a radius arm, while its in bits it would be churlish not to get new dampers and springs put in.
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Planning on lowering mine 35mm!!!

I wanted to go 60mm as per normal in the lowering industry!

But looking jamz3k's 147 on a 30mm kit It looks NIIICE indeed!

I've bought the H&R springs but at this stage on standard dampers...waiting for the time to replace the shocks then i'll look into Koni FSD's!!!
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60mm is overkill. I would advise 30 or 40mm max.

I have gone 30mm all over on my 147. Sits very nicely.

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/just-...tya-think.html

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Re: Ground clearance on a 147

I went from standard sport pack suspension to Eibach ProKit on my 147.
Distance between centre of the wheel and top of wheel arches was 373mm on the front and 384mm on the back with standard suspension... and now with Eibachs it is 351 on the front and 354 on the back... so -22mm on the front and -30mm on the back.

It looks fab. And it drives even better (Koni FSDs are mindblowingly good)

Oh and regarding ground clearance. On the lowest point under the engine there was around 85mm ground clearance before (that plastic engine guard sucks) now it is fitted with aluminium engine guard and the ground clearance is at 100mm even with lower suspension
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I dropped mine 30mm on Eibach springs & Bilstein shocks.

You need to be careful over dips/gutters/etc, but it doesn't get in the way and it's not overly impractical etc.
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Previously went a bit nuts and dropped my 147 to 60mm on coilovers, looked stunning but I spent too much time avoiding bumps and crawling up parking lot ramps. The only part that scraped was the plastic engine cover below the sump. I've now raised it to 30mm and it still looks good, handles just a bit worse yet I don't have to worry about scraping the bottom.
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Re: Ground clearance on a 147

Can I ask a question? Doesn't the car have to be reverted back to standard height for passing the MOT?
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My 147 JTD was lowered with Eibach Pro System (-30mm)
Height at wheels:


Clearance at front bumper:


Clearance beneath oil sump:


Last week I was on hollidays in Serbia and in Bulgaria. Since the roads in both countries are very poor I was afraid thet I would hit anything, but I didn't
My Aluminium undertray repeled all atacks to the engine, even at this kind of terrain:
Serbia:

Bulgaria:


Undertray was left only with some scars which I got, while climbing to parcing place in front of the house.
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