Measuring Ride Height

Setting ride height is especially important to ensure your car handles correctly.   Light weight cars are very sensitive to proper set-up and right height is a key criteria that should be managed carefully.

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First, pick a spot to measure from. The best spots to measure ride height on a Lotus Elise/Exige are from are points A and B shown in the above picture. Make a mark where you measure the first time, so you can check the same exact spot each time thereafter. Being precise in your measurements matters and the little details are key.

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We measure ride height with a telescoping gauge. When measuring the gauge, use a digital micrometer if possible, as this is much more precise than a ruler. Above, you'll see a picture of the rear of the car, and as you can see, in this position it is very easy to access and not touch the car.

This can be a long and tedious task. Be patient. Remember: details and precision matter when setting a car up for the track. We believe that correct setup is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you have a fast car.

Here are some other tips as you plan on setting your ride height:

  • Make sure tire pressures are set at your preferred track pressures
  • Make sure your suspension is settled before checking anything
  • Try not to touch your car after settling it
  • Fill up your fuel tank so that it is full