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post #1 of 10 Old 09-09-2016, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ground Clearance = bad

My driveway apron is at a very steep angle from the road to the driveway, about 8" height difference for about 3 feet. The front skirt drags on the apron, and it started to pull the lower rubber strip out. I removed the rubber strip, but it still rubs slightly if I pull straight in. I have to pull in at an angle to avoid scraping, but something didn't feel right doing so. I watched my wife pull it in today and busted out laughing... The RR tire comes off the ground a good 6 inches because the rear suspension is topping out. My 2016 LS has 205/70R16 tires, I checked a tire size calculator and found 205/75R16 should give me just under 1/2 inch more ground clearance, but I can't find any good tires that size. There's about 1 inch clearance between the tire and front strut spring perch so that's about as far as you can safely go putting taller tires on it.
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Not related but... I just read that the 2014-2017 Chevy Trax is among 4 million GM vehicles being recalled for airbag and seatbelt problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37321361
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Not related but... I just read that the 2014-2017 Chevy Trax is among 4 million GM vehicles being recalled for airbag and seatbelt problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37321361
I read about that earlier today too. They should make that front page news on this site so everyone else knows about it. I have to bring the Trax in in a couple weeks for an oil change anyway so I'll probably be able to get the "update" at that time. I read online that it is just a simple electronic update of the software they need to do. What is odd is that for GM, the takata airbags fail to deploy, yet with Honda, Toyota, etc, the airbags deploy and explode and send metal shards flying.
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My driveway apron is at a very steep angle from the road to the driveway, about 8" height difference for about 3 feet. The front skirt drags on the apron, and it started to pull the lower rubber strip out. I removed the rubber strip, but it still rubs slightly if I pull straight in. I have to pull in at an angle to avoid scraping, but something didn't feel right doing so. I watched my wife pull it in today and busted out laughing... The RR tire comes off the ground a good 6 inches because the rear suspension is topping out.
Now that is really interesting.
I may have to do some experimenting to see if I am also carrying a tire into the driveway. I have a 12" rise over 5 feet and do not scrape anything with my 2015 LS.

If I get really ambitious I will get out the blocks and see just how much a tire can be raised before another one lifts.

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I thought the Trax would have had independent rear suspension. Nope. That explains why the RR catches air. I just hope it's not damaging the shock, which can happen if it's not equipped with a limiting strap.
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Holy moly 6 inches off of the ground ?! That is a photo opportunity right there
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It is a function of limited travel in the individual wheels... to change that would be a major undertaking.
I see some Trax owners want kits to Lower the suspension, I see none to Raise it... but that is another possible way to make bad things worse, depending on how it is done.

The Trax is actually Independent Suspension. The image posted above shows part of the story, but not all. That big U shaped thing is actually 3 separate pieces, the ends pivot on the cross beam.
Independent Suspension does not have much to do with it anyway. As an example the most capable Off-Road vehicle, the Unimog, has rigid axles but Lots of travel (and a flexible frame too).

On looking under mine (2016 Trax LTZ) I see there are no sway-bars either front or back. No help there. Sway-bars are intended to keep the two sides in sync, off roaders disconnect them, or remove them entirely.

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Not related but... I just read that the 2014-2017 Chevy Trax is among 4 million GM vehicles being recalled for airbag and seatbelt problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37321361
does that apply to the Mexican/World version? I will ask when I get it serviced again.

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does that apply to the Mexican/World version? I will ask when I get it serviced again.
GMs website has a recall area where you can enter your VIN# to see the recalls on your specific vehicle.
On the rear suspension hanging a tire in the air... The apron scraping is only going to get worse as the tread depth wears down. I'm going to try bumping the tire size up to 215/70R16 when it's time for tire replacement. A little wider, about 1/4" taller, and some cool looking rims at the same time.
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Smart move and that width should still be good for traction, even if you plan on using that same wheel for winter, a winter tire that wide should serve you well although some people like to go a bit more narrow.
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