Lower Your Car with an Axle Flip Kit
One way to upgrade your car is by flipping the rear axle. It's a common modification that allows you to lower your vehicle, giving your car a new sporty look. The axle flip kit requires customization of the suspension system, and it can get damaged due to the road impact your car receives. To repair a faulty axle and lower your vehicle, use an axle flip kit that's suited for your car.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Materials to be used:
- Jack and jack stands
- Wheel chocks
- Socket set
- Wrench set
- Air-powered ½” drive impact wrench
- Safety glasses
- New axle flip kit
Step 1: Use wheel chocks to block your car's front wheels. Set the transmission to “park” or 1st gear, whichever is applicable to your vehicle, and engage the parking brake.
Step 2: Loosen the lug nuts of the rear wheel, and raise your car with a floor jack. Support it with jack stands, and remove the wheel.
Step 3: Remove the leaf spring by taking out the rear shocks. Use a 21mm socket to uninstall the U-bolts that hold it in place. Then, get your axle flip kit, and uninstall the upper shackle bolt, front spring hanger, and both leaf springs from beneath your car.
Step 4: Uninstall your vehicle's factory shackle, and set the new shackle onto the leaf spring. Don't tighten the shackle's connection yet, as this should be done when your car is lowered from the jack and stands. Do the same on the other leaf spring.
Step 5: Lift the axle upward into your car, so that the springs go under the axle, allowing you to bolt them onto the chasses.
Step 6: Start with one side of the leaf spring, and put it in the front spring hanger. Install the bolt, and turn the spring back. Place the shackle bolt in the rear hanger. Then, torque the front spring hanger bolt according to your car's specs. Leave the rear shackle bolt loose, as this will be tightened once your vehicle is off the jack stands. Repeat the same process for the other leaf spring.
Step 7: Place the 2 axle saddles onto both leaf springs using the 2 locating center pin openings on the saddles. Put the axle into the saddles, making sure that the 2 tabs properly situated inside the stock spring mount.
Step 8: Insert the new U-bolts, as well as the U-bolt plates, onto the axle and tighten them. Attach the shocks to the shock mounts.
Step 9: Next, remove the factory bump stops from both sides, and install the new bump stops to the plates before setting them up onto the chasses. Take note that the bump stops should be installed facing the inner part of your vehicle directly above the axle tube.
Step 10: Reinstall the wheels, and torque them according to your vehicle's specs. Inspect all connections and fasteners to ensure that they're properly installed, torque, and tightened. If necessary, take your car to your trusted shop for 4-wheel alignment.