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Old 03-07-2007, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Parking deck clearance

Anyone have experience in fitting their Superduty in to a parking deck? Anyone know what the minimum clearance (as displayed on the overhead bar when you enter the parking deck) would be required for the following truck:
2007 F-350 4x4 crew cab with 6.0, roof clearance lights, FX4, and snow plow package?

Online specs indicate this truck is approximately 6.8' tall. The deck I'm targeting has signage posted at 7' clearance.

Seems like it would be simple math to measure and figure if it will fit, but I know there are other considerations including angle of approach to the overhead beams, spring from bumps in the deck, and options on the truck. Also, I don't know if it's common to post the clearance on parking decks conservatively to leave some buffer for the guy that doesn't read the sign.

I guess the only way to tell is to test it out, but that could have embarassing results. Looking for some experience before I do.

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Re: Parking deck clearance

Pull slowly up to the bar. Your cab lights will be the first thing to hit if it's close, so you can lean out the driver's window and keep an eye on them. If they are going to contact the bar, then back out again and park somewhere else.

Usually the bar is the lowest thing in the garage, so if you clear it, and watch out for ramp angles and sprinkler heads, you'll be fine.

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Re: Parking deck clearance

I park in a deck at work. The signs say 7' max height. There a couple of signs that hang a little lower than 7', so I drive around them. It's a tight fit but haven't hit anything yet. I also have a 2.5" leveling kit in the front and that made a big difference in clearance.
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Re: Parking deck clearance

You feel the leveling kit increased or decreased clearance?
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Re: Parking deck clearance

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You feel the leveling kit increased or decreased clearance?

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Definitely decreased the clearance by at least an inch or so. Even though I know it'll fit under all of the supports, it's close enough that I flinch when I go under them [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] If I had cab lights it would not make it.
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Re: Parking deck clearance

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Anyone have experience in fitting their Superduty in to a parking deck? Anyone know what the minimum clearance (as displayed on the overhead bar when you enter the parking deck) would be required for the following truck:
2007 F-350 4x4 crew cab with 6.0, roof clearance lights, FX4, and snow plow package?

Online specs indicate this truck is approximately 6.8' tall. The deck I'm targeting has signage posted at 7' clearance.

Seems like it would be simple math to measure and figure if it will fit, but I know there are other considerations including angle of approach to the overhead beams, spring from bumps in the deck, and options on the truck. Also, I don't know if it's common to post the clearance on parking decks conservatively to leave some buffer for the guy that doesn't read the sign.

I guess the only way to tell is to test it out, but that could have embarassing results. Looking for some experience before I do.

Thanks.

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They are all going to be different. I have been in ones where my truck at stock height wouldn't fit and I have been in ones where my lifted truck has no problem fitting.
So I would get a good estimate on how tall your truck is and just pay close attention to the max height bars.

I do have a funny story related to these. I was driving a bunch of liquored up girls in my truck and we were going to park in the parking garage.... Well I started to pull in and the max height bar was real close... well it hit the top of the cab....then the girl in the passenger seat..rolls down here window and pushes up the bar..thinking that we could just pass underneath... It was funny!!! I ended up having to back out into the street. I will never forget that...it was funny!

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Re: Parking deck clearance

I do a lot of work in parking garages. The overheight bars are usually measured at the lowest point in the garage. There have been times I have had to dump my airbags to not hit the bar. This was a garage I had been in plenty of times previous to the airbag installation, so I knew I fit. When I am going into a garage, I always watch and if it is close, I will stick my head out to make sure I clear. I do not usually have a choice if I need to go into a particular garage, it is how I make my living.
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Re: Parking deck clearance

A nifty trick instead of going all the way up to the cab is to:
1. Park truck on level ground.
2. Measure max height of truck
3. Find antennae. Using a scribe or some dark colored tape and mark your height on to the antennae.

Next time you drive up to the bar, you'll be able to tell once you're antennae gets to it. Of course, my antennae is not stock, and I can't remember if the stock SD antennae goes up high enough.
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Re: Parking deck clearance

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A nifty trick instead of going all the way up to the cab is to:
1. Park truck on level ground.
2. Measure max height of truck
3. Find antennae. Using a scribe or some dark colored tape and mark your height on to the antennae.

Next time you drive up to the bar, you'll be able to tell once you're antennae gets to it. Of course, my antennae is not stock, and I can't remember if the stock SD antennae goes up high enough.

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Stock antenna is higher than 7ft. I whack mine on every sign and beam in the parking deck I park in at work. Hit it so much that the round tip is worn flat.
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Be Careful!!! My dad's E350 just cleared the bar with less than an inch and the attendant said he was good to go, so my dad drove in and hit a sprinkler head going up a ramp to the next level, scrapped the top of his van real good and sprayed water everywhere. The bar is supposed to be the lowest point but that doesn't mean it is.


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I mentioned watching out for sprinkler heads... I've been in garages where the sprinkler system was clearly retrofitted more recently, and where they didn't go back and update their height bar at the entrance. Usually the heads hang down the lowest, so those are what you have to steer clear of.

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My 06' 4x4 350 is 77 inches high at the highest point on the roof. I layed a piece of wood across the roof and took a measurement on both sides.

My tire are not stock so that makes a difference from others. Even tire air pressure would make some diff. And allow for vehicle bounce since some garages are not smooth.
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Re: Parking deck clearance

Mine clears 7' garage door by ~2 inches. I only park in open parking lots or 8'clearance ones. My brothers' friend scrapped the top of his F350 so much he had to air down the tires to get out of the parking garage.
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Mine also clears 7' parking garages with no issues. Just be wary of not your trucks height but the piss poor concrete forming of the garage itself. These guys have to grade the concrete for water and other structural items. I have seen a couple garages that are "7 foot" but in a couple areas you see the telltale sign of someone scraping the top part of the concrete support beams/roof itself. 9 times out of 10 a 7' garage is built to be 7' 2" clear.
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i had a scary moment in a garage...before i even pulled up to the bar i thought i was good, but later realized i was 12' off when converting feet to inches...when i pulled up to the bar the antenna hit and i had a line of people behind me already...long story short, people benind were pissed bc i was crawling through and on some of the angles it was so close...if i hit i would think that the roof would have been crunched...never again
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