216 coupe ride height

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216 coupe ride height

#1 Post by 216secoupeessex » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:05 am

Hi guys

Am trying to get some plans in place regarding my 216 coupe.
I think the ride height is a bit high but don't want to lower the car too much - something that will still look a bit factory but reduce the empty space between the top of the wheel and the wheel arch.
I have got some Rover 16" wheels to fit when my current tyres are worn down (currently 15" 5 spoke VVC wheels).

I was thinking :

i. Fit ZR\ZS springs - but I don't know how much this will lower the height and if its worth it. If its only a few mm I wont bother. I haven't got the money to spend £700 on a lowering kit and I don't want it too low anyway.
ii. Fit the 16" wheels and then upgrade the brakes to something sensible - probably zr160 discs and fit braided brake lines at the same time.

Can anyone tell\show me a coupe or cabriolet with a ZR\ZS spring combo?
Many thanks
Neil

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#2 Post by RoverRevival » Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:12 pm

This video might help you more as our good friend Matt did a review on some cheap coil overs for rovers (honda).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5_FWvAFxU
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#3 Post by 216secoupeessex » Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:41 pm

Thanks - this is the guy I watched when I upgraded my speakers!

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#4 Post by akronos » Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:29 pm

In the video you can see that the upper part of the shock absorber has only 2 fixing points. Our 216/416 have 3.

But on the site i have seen a coilovers with 3 studs, have you some information?

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#5 Post by RoverRevival » Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:07 pm

You would need adjustable top mounts anyway when dropping on coil overs.
Plenty of parts for sale @ www.roverrevival.co.uk

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#7 Post by 216secoupeessex » Wed May 12, 2021 1:42 pm

Thanks

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#8 Post by The Origina lNom » Thu May 20, 2021 4:59 pm

I'd check that the 25mm front anti roll bar and 20/22mm rear was fitted before changing tyres or springs along with poly-bushing the drop links.
I would suggest wheel/tyre upgrade next to check clearance between wings and tyre tread.
If you use 16 inch wheels , test fit and measure the wheel arch to tyre before changing springs as the tyre profile will be critical, also you mention 280mm brakes. Dont forget that more powerful brakes will make your front inner wings closer to the tyres when you emergency brake so you will need decent tyre to wing clearance.
The reason I say this is because your tyre profile will to a large extent, dictate any possible lowering.
A 205/40/16 or 205/45/16 profile tyre will obvs allow more lowering than a 205/50/16 but the 50 profile tyre would make for a more comfortable ride with almost zero lowering possible on the spring side of things.
I've been through a similar process on my HHR400 and wish I had done it this way around.
Hope this helps.

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Re: 216 coupe ride height

#9 Post by tonyco » Thu May 20, 2021 11:35 pm

You could look at this site

https://www.wheel-size.com/calc/

to get an indication of the result of any changes you might make.

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#10 Post by JOHNDQ » Fri May 21, 2021 1:30 pm

I tired the ZR/ZS route before coilovers the difference it makes is not worth the time to swap the parts over. Ring Avo and get a set of lowering springs or coilovers
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Re: 216 coupe ride height

#11 Post by Kriss707 » Mon May 24, 2021 9:54 pm

Not wanting to appear thick, is the Prelude front strut the same & if so how does this top fit into the R8 front strut top with 5 bolts ?

https://ibb.co/h1f4T5j

Do yo use the single bolt as a locator & remove the 2 bolts that don't line up with the holes, effectively making the top plate fit both sides. If you get what I'm saying.

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#12 Post by 216secoupeessex » Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:38 pm

Thanks again

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#13 Post by akronos » Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:56 pm

sorry kriss i dont understand:
the kit sold for the prelude were you able to mount it on the 216?

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