Starting a new thread based on findings mentioned in an earlier one, starting off with the same basic info and adding new as discovered. Bought a low-mile blue '05 to replace my outgoing red '05 and noticed a difference in front ride height. Here's a pic of the old and new together nose-to-nose. Both vans are on 215/65R-16 tires (Uniroyal on Red and Goodyear on Blue) so there might be some actual dimensional difference between the two but not enough to account for that difference. I was right on the ride height, confirmed by measuring. I went by the process agreed upon in Vanagon circles (we also have an '87 Westy) to avoid confusion of terms; you measure up from the center of a given wheel to the bottom of the sheetmetal wheel arch above it. This way everyone is comparing apples and you avoid problems caused by differing wheel/tire sizes or other conditions. Good for comparing lifts. Red = Front 17 1/2, Rear 16 1/2 and the van appears to sit level. Blue = Front 16 1/2, Rear 17 1/2 and the van shows a perceptible nose-down stance. To determine another measurement in front I simply compared clearance under the black plastic air dam under the front ends; Red has 8 3/4" clearance, Blue has 6 3/4". That's a big difference and it is evidenced in driving I do every day. There's a dip leaving the driveway on which the new van scrapes and the old one does not, and I regularly park at a dead end where I must do a U-turn to leave. When backing and filling the red van clears the curbs under the front during the turn and the blue van does not. I pulled the left front wheel on each to compare struts to see if there is any obvious difference and there is none, although the blue van appears to have brand new strut assemblies. See blue van pix below for measurements, which appear to be equal between the two vehicles. The only difference I can find is that the coil spring on the new/blue strut is about .5mm thinner wire than on the old/red strut. I can't believe that slight a difference could make 2" difference in how high off the ground the front is. The other measurements appear to be the same when comparing vans and the drop links are 12" center-to-center on each one. So my questions are: 1) What would account for the difference in ride heights between two vehicles that appear to have struts that seem to be the same? 2) Could struts for a different vehicle, one with less ride height perhaps, have been substituted for Caravan parts to lower it, maybe at the PO's request if he wanted some drop on his van, or could there be that much production variation between strut brands for the same vehicle? 2) Can the struts/springs/whatever on the blue van be tweaked/spaced/whatever to get me a bit of lift so the van has more front clearance than it now has? This is not a huge deal but it is perplexing and I'm willing to throw a little money at it for a solution but don't want to spend a boatload. Thanks!