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  • Front end lift kit: Yes or no?

    I have an appointment tomorrow to order my C8, but am on the fence regarding the value of the front end lift kit option? I've never had a terrain clearance issue with my C7 so I'm wondering if it's money well invested? Does anyone know if/how much lower the nose of the C8 is than it, predecessor? Will you get it on your C8?? Your guidance is greatly appreciated.

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    I was gun ho on this option as I was with most options . I now have to swindle down to a more affordable C8 from the 98K one I built. I did delete the Lift as I am under the impression that the clearance on the C8 is the same as the C7 and I have never had an issue with my C7. I hope I am right on the clearance as being the same, and anyone please correct me if I am not. HOWEVER, this is a very attractive option to many especially certain Ferrari owners and other exotic car owners that wished they had this option and at $1495 the general consensus believes this is a bargain considering the thousands of $$$ one MAY do to the front end of their car.

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    • #3
      I found the front of the c8 was about an inch higher off the ground than my stock height c6..

      if you are ordering a 2 or 3 lt interior and want an opinion.,l’ d say order the E60..

      speed tables are becoming all the rage these days on neighborhood streets...

      they are popping up all over the place...

      its like someone released the speed tables in all of suburbia...must have been an article of their value as a safety device...

      coming ti a town near you...

      didnt have them last year...never saw them on public roads...now freshly placed in many many towns...

      i recommend the E60 but only if you are already getting a 2lt or 3 lt...

      fwiw... accidently hit one of these speed tables and i dont speed in neighborhoods and it broke my spot welded by the factory lower radiator support when i hit at say 15 to 20 mph ....cost me 1100 to have a new one installed in my corvette...

      now i know they put them in i go five mph in a 25 mph zone and no problem...to get over the three speed tables..

      if i would be able to buy the E60 front end lift for even 2 grand without the gps i would..lbut im not buying the 2 lt option at 7 large and then order the e60 just to get a front end lift...

      now that I know the speed tables are in..lill just go slow...7 plus 1500 is nonsense.

      1500 by itself...and you are already getting a 2 lt...id say id recommend it...

      only because someone released the dogs in northern NJ with regards to speed tables on public roads just this past year...

      its coming to a town near you soon enough..

      if not...dont sweat not getting it...if I didnt just have this 1100 dollar repair this past june? Ive never had a problem before i probably wouldnt be recommending it..

      they really are popping up in many towns on public roads...

      its like speed bump speed table salesman are working over time at town councils.

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      • #4
        Front Lift E60 is definitely one of my options that I think will be worthy of ordering.
        2014 Laguna Blue 3LT Stingray
        2019 Sebring Orange 2LT Grand Sport

        2020 C8 in Sebring Orange 2LT with Z51, Magnetic Ride, Spectra Gray Trident wheels, Carbon Flash Mirrors/Spoiler, Front Lift, Orange Seat Belts, Black Interior, GT2 seats, Engine Appearance Package

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        • #5
          I was thinking about it but when I really thought about it I wasn,t sure just how many times I would use it.Very few I decided If it had a forward looking radar then it would be worth it. Just my opinion.
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          • #6
            Our gutters seem to be very difficult to negotiate without an acute angle and we have speed tables spread about our town, so it was CF interior or the lift. Lift won out.

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            • #7
              Definitely get the lift.
              1. Lift makes every parking lot, driveway and speed bump less stressful.
              2. Lift makes any sports car more desirable with a faster/higher resell.
              3. What pushed me over the edge is the 1000 lift memory locations.
              4. One bad driveway/dip approach and the lift will pay for itself.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by AirdaleC7 View Post
                I have an appointment tomorrow to order my C8, but am on the fence regarding the value of the front end lift kit option? I've never had a terrain clearance issue with my C7 so I'm wondering if it's money well invested? Does anyone know if/how much lower the nose of the C8 is than it, predecessor? Will you get it on your C8?? Your guidance is greatly appreciated.

                Only Important if you're getting the front splitter as in the Z51 option. That brings the front end clearance down significantly, especially with up angle approaches.

                Personally, I'm passing, as it's just not needed without those extra ground effects, not to mention possible expensive maintenance issues.
                '64 Silver Grey Coupe (custom paint)- still our favorite
                '77 Black L82 / 4SPD
                '78 Silver Anniversary L82 / 4SPD
                '13 White/Blue Diamond 427 60th roadster - favorite late model
                '14 Black Z51 Coupe
                '15 Shark Grey Z51 Coupe
                '20 ... Zeus Bronze Coupe, 2LT, GT2 seats, Natural two tone, Body color accents, Pewter wheels - Delivered 10/1/20😀

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                • #9
                  I'm NOT ordering it as I've not had an issue with any of our previous Vettes. By habit, I slow to a crawl over speed bumps. Our driveway is flat to the street, so no issues there either. I use the front camera for parking into parking spots with a curb and the Lift System wouldn't likely help out there anyways.

                  IF the system would automatically, instantly jump up to clear dead ground hogs, etc while following another vehicle at high speed, then it would be AWESOME, but that's not how it works.

                  I realize that it might be highly desirable option from a resale standpoint, but I'm buying this for us, not a future buyer. We will likely trade it in anyways when the time comes. Although, I've said this will be our LAST Vette ( being retired) ...... but I've said that 3 times before too .... LOL
                  3LT Coupe, Z51 Torch Red with two toned Red/black interior. 5VM visible CF ground effects, Carbon Flash wheels, engine appearance package and Carbon Fiber interior trim. Mag Ride control. Red Calipers. VQK Splash Guards. Carbon fiber mirrors and spoiler. Carbon Fiber door handles & boomerangs, and front grill trim

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                  • #10
                    An inch and a half is really quite significant. I'll take it. Will give peace of mind.

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                    • #11
                      Didn’t need it on my 17 GS so why would I need it on a C8 ?
                      Black 3LT. Z51 mag ride front lift. black wheels and trim. .... Order status ...in my garage

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                      • #12
                        Couple of reasons

                        1. Love racing, if off a stop light or drag strip, raise the front shifts even more weight on rear tire patch to ground
                        2. Want to jack front end up, lift up system for more floor jack free space.
                        Corvettes owned, wrenched on and raced since 1975:
                        1974,75,77,84,87,89,91,93,94 ZR-1 & 1999 Mallett 435

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Teamzr1 View Post
                          Couple of reasons

                          1. Love racing, if off a stop light or drag strip, raise the front shifts even more weight on rear tire patch to ground
                          2. Want to jack front end up, lift up system for more floor jack free space.
                          Two goods points I hadn't thought of before. Another would be that with the Z51, the coil-overs are height adjustable, so you could lower the car and still return to "normal" front ride height (when desired) with the lift system.
                          My C8:
                          '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

                          Current Vettes:
                          '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
                          '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
                          '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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                          • #14
                            Plan on lowering the car a bit after I swap out for custom wheels and tires and so the E60 was a no brainer.

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                            • #15
                              You guys calling them speed tables made me chuckle. In PA we call them speed bumps.

                              I would spec it out for mine. My driveway only has a slight incline, but getting onto the driveway has a sharp angle that if I go in straight with my C7, I rub the air dams. In my C4 that is much lower, I scrape that underside spoiler every time no matter what angle. Guys are right that these pop up all over the place and to protect the front end, I would spec one.

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