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Old 04-06-2013, 12:05 AM
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Parking garage clearance

Hey guys, I am the new proud owner of a 2013 F-150 XLT 4x4. One thing I am a little concerned about is the height of the parking garage where I work. Based on the listed height of the truck and the height of the parking garage, I will only have about an inch and half of clearance. In your all's experience, do you think this is cutting it too close and I should try to find somewhere else to park, or should I be alright as long as I go slow? There are a lot of crossbeams, and I am just kind of paranoid that one could be a little lower than the others.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:34 AM
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Make sure you cut your antenna!!

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Old 04-06-2013, 02:45 AM
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I use the antenna as a gauge, its only a tad taller then the cab, so if it hits the crossbeams, then you should worry. Much easier to cut it later or replace the antenna then fix the cab.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:35 AM
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What is the posted height of the parking garage? I have a 2" level and 34.5" tires and the highest point on my cab is a hair under 6' 6".
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:43 PM
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Do not cut the antenna! It is great for measuring clearance before you get to the cab.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:50 AM
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drive slow and watch out for speedbumps. If you hit a bump too hard/fast it can cause the truck to jump and put a big scratch on the roof.

and for the antenna - if it does rub, it will look bad after a few years. At my old house the antenna bumped the garage door on the way in... after a couple years all the paint was rubbed off and it was shiny at top. So I replaced it with a shorter antenna
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:58 PM
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i find myself ducking my head when i enter garages. Some kind of self preservation reaction. LOL. antenna hits all the time. Take it slow. i wonder if there are some kind of standards for garage roof heights. I have been in half a dozen local garages and still have all my paint!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:24 AM
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An inch and a half is cutting it too close in my opinion. Find another place to park.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:39 AM
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I use the antenna as a feeler gauge. If it hits then I know there's only an inch or two of clearance. It it looks really close I'll open the sunroof and check it out. The things to really watch for are sprinkler heads, pipes etc that hang down. The only thing to watch is when the elevation changes. This will put the center of your cab higher than normal. This almost got me in one garage. I caught it in time and backed up before it made contact.
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