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Old 09-10-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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1LE Ground Clearance vs stock 2SS

Does any one know how much lower the 1LE is compared to a stock 2SS for the 2014 model year? I was doing my daily commute this morning and there are two spots on my commute where I saw a stock Volvo station wagon scrape the pavement. I was planning on ordering a 1LE but now I'm having second thoughts. I live in the mountains and I have a feeling this will be an issue several places around town. I'm actually pretty sure I'll have to remove the front splitter to even get close to where I need to go on my commute. If the 1LE is much lower than the stock SS then I think the 1LE is not going to work.

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Old 09-10-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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Well from my experience I have not really noticed any ground clearance differences/issues compared to the 2011 2SS that I traded in for my 1LE. I'm pretty sure the suspension on the 1LE does not change the ride height, the only slight difference in ride height comes from the wheel/tire combination. The 1LE wheels/tires have an overall diameter that is a little shorter than the SS wheels.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:06 PM   #3
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Just back into parking spaces and there will be no issue
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:01 AM   #4
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The front splitter would negatively affect clearance going up hills. You could remove and sell If you did t like it
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #5
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Don't let this stop you!! A 1LE is soooooo worth the money and wait. Just the look alone not to mention the performance upgrades.... the splitter can be removed if it doesn't work in your area, just be sure to try it before assuming you will have issues
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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The splitter is not the low point, but you do need to be careful approaching inclines. The lowest point on mine is the exhaust brackets just behind the front wheels where there's not much more than 4.5" even though I think the official quote is 5".
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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A 1LE uses stock SS springs. So like the guys said it's really only the tires that drop it. The front spitter adds little to lower but extents the front and does away with that curve on the bottom of an SS's nose.

This is my first 5th Gen so I have nothing personally to compare to.

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Old 10-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
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You don't need to install the splitter. Just tell your dealer to leave it off the car for you. Unless the factory is now installing them on the 14 models...

There are some pretty steep driveways here and it's not been a problem for me if I go up at an angle, I only scraped once. Also, I've not been up any steep mountain roads yet but if there is "any" chance of there being any snow or ice or heavy rain, do yourself a favor and get all-season tires/wheels mounted. That I'd personally be more concerned with that than the ground clearance.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:02 PM   #9
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Really.

I would rather have a 1LE and watch out for the front splitter than not have one.

The freakin car is so awesome for the money. Dude, buy it, love it and dont look back. JUst sayin

When you pull into spots watch the front splitter on the curbs and tire stops.

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:28 AM   #10
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The splitter is not the low point, but you do need to be careful approaching inclines. The lowest point on mine is the exhaust brackets just behind the front wheels where there's not much more than 4.5" even though I think the official quote is 5".
Pulling in my driveway last night in my new 1LE and heard an awful scraping noise. It sounded more metallic that plastic that was scraping. I looked under the front and saw the plastic air dam that sits back from the front with some scrapes. Didn't check the exhaust brackets. Glad I read this. I'll check those tonight when I get home.

So is it better to pull in at a sharp angle or as straight as possible on to the driveway to prevent scraping? When I pulled out of the driveway going out nose first (forward), I did not scrape at all. I am thinking maybe I should try backing in. Thoughts?
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:34 AM   #11
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I dropped my 1LE and LOOOOVVEE the stance now. I use extreme caution on inclines and speed bumps as my exhaust is literally 3 1/2 inches from the ground. Get one dont be escared!
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:07 PM   #12
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I dropped my 1LE and LOOOOVVEE the stance now. I use extreme caution on inclines and speed bumps as my exhaust is literally 3 1/2 inches from the ground. Get one dont be escared!
So you are scraping but just going extremely slow in those situations?
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:19 PM   #13
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My 1LE has a TPW of this week...once I get it I plan to back in to my driveway and pretty much every parking spot possible.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:33 PM   #14
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I scrape the underside of the front splitter occasionally but it doesn't really bother me. You can't see it and I figure it's not a very expensive part to replace if it really does get damaged.

Have scraped the exhaust though
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:26 PM   #15
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Pulling in my driveway last night in my new 1LE and heard an awful scraping noise. It sounded more metallic that plastic that was scraping. I looked under the front and saw the plastic air dam that sits back from the front with some scrapes. Didn't check the exhaust brackets. Glad I read this. I'll check those tonight when I get home.

So is it better to pull in at a sharp angle or as straight as possible on to the driveway to prevent scraping? When I pulled out of the driveway going out nose first (forward), I did not scrape at all. I am thinking maybe I should try backing in. Thoughts?
I pull in at an angle, maybe 45 degrees. When I first got the car, I also heard a horrible grinding noise and couldn't find any signs of scraping anywhere. So I experimented and inched in having a buddy look for ground contact... close, but nothing. Then I noticed the TCS would light up. It happens more often when it's colder too so it seems one of the rear tires is unloading enough to trip the TCS. So, don't be suprised if you still hear a horrible noise and keep an eye on the dash for that TCS light.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:00 PM   #16
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I pull in at an angle, maybe 45 degrees. When I first got the car, I also heard a horrible grinding noise and couldn't find any signs of scraping anywhere. So I experimented and inched in having a buddy look for ground contact... close, but nothing. Then I noticed the TCS would light up. It happens more often when it's colder too so it seems one of the rear tires is unloading enough to trip the TCS. So, don't be suprised if you still hear a horrible noise and keep an eye on the dash for that TCS light.
I also heard a horrible grinding noise. Looked under the car today and the only place that it could have been is the inside plastic piece under the front (splitter ? ). Didn't see any other areas that showed scraping. TCS is the traction control system I assume? Have you tried to turn the TCS off before entering the driveway? Would be interesting to know if turning it off prevented the noise.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:49 PM   #17
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When I back out of my driveway, I cut the tires so only one tire goes down the incline at a time. That seems to stop the scraping of the air dam for me. Now when I pull in, I come in at an angle and I never scrape it but then my drive way is at an angle to street (we live in a cul de sac). So far I've been very careful where I drive it because of the reduced approach angle. When I drive my son to school (up a pretty steep hill) I go the long way which is a much more gradual incline. Leaving the school I have to leave it at an angle so I don't catch the air dam. It's a pain to have to worry about but I don't regret the car, just not having a set of all season tires right now. She hasn't seen the road in over a month :-(
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:19 PM   #18
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So you are scraping but just going extremely slow in those situations?
I cut extreme angles on driveways and speed bumps. Rarely scrape but, usually if I do scrape it's the underside of the splitter (very light) as mentioned by severl others. My exhaust has scraped while running a fresh amber light once or twice
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:17 PM   #19
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Ditto - I cut an angle in and out of my driveway to avoid scrapes, and just go slow over speed bumps. So far so good. The splitter adds to the character of the car. I can't see running without it personally, but different people have different circumstances. I'd rather have the 1LE and remove the front splitter than not have the 1LE at all.
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