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Old 11-10-2011, 07:51 AM
vogel60232 vogel60232 is offline
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ground clearance

2011 Z4. With the low ground clearance, am frequently scraping the front bumper"s underside, typically while backing out of a driveway that has a slight grade(even @ extremely low speed). Anyone else? Also, wondered if there might be something that could be applied to that area which would absorb the scraping.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:15 PM
rickb55 rickb55 is offline
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When backing out or pulling into my driveway, I go at an angle which helps prevent the scraping
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:25 AM
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Slight is a relative term. You probably have what most might consider more than a slight grade if the underneath portion of the front bumper keeps hitting the ground all the time.

I would suggest a short strip of duct tape as long as it is the underneath portion of the front bumper, so the tape cannot be seen.

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Old 11-11-2011, 04:41 PM
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I also had a problem with my sport 35i, which I think slightly lowered than non-sport. no matter how careful I am when backing out, it would scrape.
I found what helped me is to park backed in to driveway(ie, tail in first), since I did this I never scrapped. Not sure if there's any logic behind this or I'm just terrible driving reverse, but it solved my problem.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:04 PM
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When backing out or pulling into my driveway, I go at an angle which helps prevent the scraping
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I could barely straight into my driveway, the clearance is 1/4 inch. So, I had to make a full stop before driving on to or off from the driveway. But, nowbI am going at an angle, stopping is not needed, but slow down.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:01 AM
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This happens quite often. Even with the sedan. Not long ago, I went to trade in my car for a new one and the used car appraiser said they would have to reduce the trade-in by $1,000 to fix the scratches under the front dam. What a racket. Of course I politely told him to take a leap, and I sold the car myself.

It's gonna happen no matter how careful you are. Some are just luckier than others.

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Old 01-31-2012, 07:26 PM
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ground clearance

RPI makes aluminum skid plates that are cheap and easily installed.....google race precision instruments
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:04 PM
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RPI makes aluminum skid plates that are cheap and easily installed.....google race precision instruments
Went to the site...could not find. Any help?
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:20 AM
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Skid Plates

Try this link...

http://shoprpi.com/product_info.php?...487545580bfb85

My M coupe is a 2007....you may have to call them to see if they will fit the Z4 you own....
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