As you know, the rear shocks are McPherson struts. There aren't a lot of options to lift a car with a suspension like that. At least not economically.
Most obvious, would be replacing the springs with new ones. This may give you some extra ride height, as the original ones are likely sagging and the progressive resistance has diminished some.
When you increase the rim size, you get a lower profile tire so that the overall outside diameter doesn't change. At the tire store and some websites this is known as your car's +1 (or +2, +3) tire size.
If you don't change the tire size you'll run into several issues from minor annoyances like the speedometer being wrong to major issues like rubbing (...
Building off of JPhi's answer, a few tire options.
180/55R15 - same width, 1.7% smaller diameter
180/60R15 - same width, 1.3% larger diameter
185/55R15 - wider, 0.9% smaller diameter
190/55R15 - wider, exact same diameter
Some of these sizes may be more common than others. All of these sizes exist theoretically, but if it ...
It's not possible to prepare a Virago 535 so that both short and tall riders can ride it comfortably.
After investigating a lot into this issue, and even after trying a few other motorcycles, I concluded that it's not possible to prepare the small Virago so that both me and my wife can ride it comfortably. The size and ergonomics of the ...
"Ride stiffness" refers to the spring rate, or road feel, of the entire vehicle. Does a rough road jar your teeth?
"Roll stiffness" might be created by anti-roll or anti-sway bars, and refers to the resistance of the body vehicle to "leaning" over due to weight transfer when cornering.
It's worth noting that nothing can be done to prevent weight transfer; ...