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Lots of threads on lowering, wheel spacers, springs, etc. I would like to hear the consensus of XK owners that are happy with the "LOOK" of the standard ride height...Ride, camber, rubbing, scraping facia, etc to be excluded in topic. Base your thoughts on looks only! My thoughts are the stock height is to high and degrade the look of the sleek elegant body style...Your thoughts please.
 
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I could see mine a bit lower for that sleeker look, however; that would present an issue for my ground clearance which makes it a no-go for me.
 
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I'm happy with the OEM design Viper1996. Lower looks great but it's not for me.
 
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It is standard height is good for me. would look a little better lower but then ground clearance would be negatively effected.
 
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OEM ride height on my ‘09 XKR Portfolio is just right in my eyes and I usually lower my cars with Eiback Pro-Kit springs as I consider their Sport Lines too low. I like about 2 finger with clearance between fender lip to tire.



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I prefer the wheel arch to neatly frame the wheel. To my eye lowered X150's look odd.
 
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My Personal Preference.................. A Lower Profile.
 
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XKR-S springs in mine which are supposedly 10mm lower at the front and 15mm lower at the rear. Looks just about right to me.

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Your Right! Here's Mine!
 
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Here's mine from the dealer before I bought it - stock set up


 
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Originally Posted by Cambo View Post
XKR-S springs in mine which are supposedly 10mm lower at the front and 15mm lower at the rear. Looks just about right to me.

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By comparison, mine is stock. I don't see much of a difference. And, yes they're both Shadow Grey, just a difference in exposure.

 

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This car is not designed like a BMW M3.
Its a throwback to the etype, and they have mimicked the massive 'in-set' the front wheels had on the Etype.
No way will you ever fix that and keep the steering geometry.
BTW the Etype had no gap.











Slammed but front fender is a mile away

 

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Adamesh springs!:-)
 
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Thanks to the bodykit on mine it already sits lower, in the case of my 2014 a garage that services a friends 2010 XKR can't get mine up on their lifts because it is too low, approx 20mm lower

Will try to take a better picture, imo it's too low as keep catching the lip spoiler on curbs etc




 
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I have the H&Rs on mine and it sits a little to low to me...I have 15 mm spacers all the way around. I think the Amadesh or Spires at 25mm look the best to me. opinions? H&Rs 33mm
 

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Adamesh springs!:-)
Are you using spacers as well?
 
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Originally Posted by MarkyUK View Post
Thanks to the bodykit on mine it already sits lower, in the case of my 2014 a garage that services a friends 2010 XKR can't get mine up on their lifts because it is too low, approx 20mm lower

Will try to take a better picture, imo it's too low as keep catching the lip spoiler on curbs et
Same problem here, the 2014 is just that bit lower due to the styling and makes for more issues driving it; sat beside the older XKR it does not appear lower but I have not gotten the spirit level out to check,

 
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Are you using spacers as well?
Yes, 20mm front 15mm rear

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Same problem here, the 2014 is just that bit lower due to the styling and makes for more issues driving it; sat beside the older XKR it does not appear lower but I have not gotten the spirit level out to check,
YOU HAVE 2 XKR's!?
Nice!
 
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I really appreciate the aesthetics of the nearly perfect concentric circles formed by the rim, tire, tire gap and wheel well rim. Lowering skews the gap and cancels the entire aesthetic effect. Besides, if I lowered it, I would risk a daily threat from the ridge in my driveway!




Of course, many will have different opinions of the aesthetics of the XK--especially the XKR-S owners--but then, their preferences lean more to the aggressive sport look than simple classic lines--otherwise they would have bought an XK (and if I leaned that way, I would own an XKR-S). In fact, I normally have difficulty picking out the lines of the XK when looking at an XKR-S.

Beyond the need to tinker, the more I read these type of threads, (lowering, larger rims, HP increases, body mods, etc.) the more I sense a certain desire to have the car seem more aggressive--to move it across the scale from XK to XKR or from XKR to XKR-S. You'll notice I said "across the scale" versus "up the scale" because, to me, the latter would imply a sense of increasing desirability that I, personally, do not feel. There is certainly nothing wrong with striving for something more/different/better/shinier than what you currently have, but at least for me and cars, I've always taken the route of finding something I truly enjoy looking at and driving the way it was designed versus trying to change it into something it wasn't.

I've owned my Toyota Supra Turbo for 30 years because it was exactly the car I wanted back in 1989. Up until a couple of years ago it was completely stock. Only when parts became virtually impossible to obtain did I do a few mods. For example, no one, and I mean no one, makes electronically adjustable shocks that work with the Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension (TEMS), so I was forced to find an alternate solution--which turned out to be manually adjustable coil-overs. Did they lower the car? Yes. Did lowering look better? Maybe. Would I have considered lowering if I could have found TEMS-compatible shocks? Not for a second.



So, to bring this back to XKs,
If you love to tinker, then tinker.
If you would love for your XK to be/look/perform like something else, change it.
If you love your XK the way it was designed, relax and enjoy it.
 
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