Indian roads are not the best in shape. We often face potholes and badly designed speed breakers on which the underbelly of the vehicles get scraped. Due to this, SUVs are doing so well in our country. They have high ground clearance which can tackle such bad roads a lot more easily. But there are still some people who are buying hatchbacks or sedans. These body styles have less ground clearance when compared to SUVs. However, there are some ways through which you can increase the ground clearance of your car. Here are 3 simple ways that can help you.
Assisters for coil springs
Installing assisters is the most affordable way to increase ground clearance. Assisters are made up of very hard rubber and if they are of good quality then they can last for a very long time. They are placed between the coils of a coil spring. What this does is limit the suspension travel. Due to this, the vehicle cannot bottom out as assisters are stopping from doing so. There are various sizes of assisters that are available in the market. Usually, they can increase the ground clearance by 10 to 15 mm.
Installation and important info
Installation of assisters is pretty simple so any experienced mechanic should be able to do it. These can be installed on any vehicle that comes with coil springs. Some manufacturers might void the warranty for installing assisters. So, what you can do is remove them before going into the service centre. Assisters also modify the handling characteristics of the vehicle.
Taller Tyres and Rims
This is the first way that strikes in people’s heads when they think of increasing the ground clearance of their car. Many people are doing this already but not for practicality but for looks. You can retain the current rims and increase the tyre size. For instance, you can upgrade from 165/55 R15 to 165/65
R15. So, now you get 10 mm of additional ground clearance. However, there are some limitations. For instance, it is not necessary that the larger tyre size is offered by a tyre manufacturer. So, you might have to first find the right tyre manufacturer. The second way is to upgrade the rim size. So you can go from a 15-inch rim to a 16-inch rim. You will also have to upgrade your tyres too because they were originally designed to fit a 15-inch rim.