Lowering your vehicle does not only drop its center gravity and make it look sleek and mean. You can experience a noticeable difference with handling and drivability when you use a lowering kit on your vehicle. A lowering kit can be used for cars, vans, trucks, SUVs and even more for four-wheel drive trucks. Almost all of these vehicles are equipped with coil springs in front; hence, lowering kits are as simple as a swap to shorter coil springs. A premium lowering kit is tuned to withstand a precise drop in road clearance. Reducing your vehicle's road clearance helps the vehicle give off a sportier, tougher look, while making the vehicle easier to drive. And you know what? You are now at the store where you can get a premium lowering kit at a much cheaper price.Carparts offers a wide array of parts, auto kits and accessories. Great deals await you at our catalogs!
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Easy Lowering Spring Installation in Four Steps
Lowering your car gives you that street racer vibe that is very popular these days. The process also imparts much better handling characteristics due to the lowered center of gravity. Before you rush off to have your ride lowered, know that it is a fairly complicated process. The step by step of it is easy enough, what makes it challenging is the actual tuning of the springs to the specifics of your vehicle. One thing those snazzy Hollywood movies do not tell you is that all those advantages mention come at a price: the lower your ride, the less comfortable it is! This guide will show you how to install, and includes a small section to help you choose the spring for you. The whole process will set you back a half an hour.
Required skill level: Expert
Needed tools and materials
- New lowering spring set
- Coil spring compressor
- Socket set
- Pickle fork tool
- Car jack
- Jack stands
Preparing for the process
Start by picking nice, level surface to park your vehicle on, and then disconnect the battery to prevent inadvertent electrical shocks. Make sure the car is parked, and the parking brake engaged and secure. Carefully slide the struts under your ride to secure it in place.
Removing the old spring
Remove the lug nuts securing your vehicle's wheel in place, and pull the wheel off the hub. Locate the strut tower holding your shock absorber in place, and take out the securing nut from the top mounting bolt. Using the pickle fork tool, you should remove the ball joint and control arm from the strut. Once that is done, pull out the tower from under the car and slide the compressed spring off.
Putting a new spring in your car's step
Install the lowering spring onto the strut tower, and carefully slide the tower back into place. Secure the mounting bolt on the tower's top, and remount the removed ball joint. After that, it's a simple matter of re-mounting the wheel, and lowering the vehicle to the ground.
- If you want to achieve levels of comfort closes to what you would experience with the stock springs, springs that lower by a 1-inch drop should be your choice.
- For the best handling, go for springs with as much a 1.75-2 inches of drop-note, however that this will come at the cost of comfort.
Getting the Right Lowering Kit for Your Car
One surefire way you give your car better handling and an attention-grabbing, racecar look is by getting lowering springs. Just by lowering your car's center of gravity, you will experience improved driving precision as well as much lower risk of vehicle sway or body roll.
A lowering kit saves you both time and money by providing you all the right parts you will need to lower your ride. By giving you one package with all the components that directly fit into the particular model of your car, you won't have to split hairs looking for every little, specific component. While lowering kits vary, you can usually expect to get some or all of the following:
- Coil and/or leaf springs
- Stabilizing bars or brackets
- Control arms
- Shock absorbers
- Mounting hardware
- Installation instructions
- Warranty period
Considerations to make before getting a lowering kit:
- Modifying your vehicle's suspension may void your vehicle's warranty. You may want to contact your dealership before proceeding with any modifications.
- Lowered vehicles are not ideal for driving in rough roads or on snow. Although lowered suspension gives you better car control, it also gives you a stiffer ride, thus compromising some comfort. Make sure the modification suits your driving needs as well as your environment.
Now here are some things to consider in getting a lowering kit for your car:
- Compatibility: As mentioned earlier, lowering kits contain components that directly fit specific vehicle models. Make sure the lowering kit you purchase is tailored to your car's specific year, make, and model.
- Sway bars: We recommend getting a lowering kit that includes replacement sway bars. By reducing vehicle sway, they prevent stress that may eventually damage your car.
- Performance-oriented springs: If you prioritize better handling for intense driving applications, performance-oriented springs are the way to go. However, they sacrifice a lot in terms of riding comfort. If you're a casual driver who just wants the lowered look, you can get normal lowering springs that lower your vehicle without taking away too much when it comes to ride comfort.
- Shock absorbers: We recommend lowering kits that come with heavy-duty shock absorbers. Your regular shock absorbers won't be calibrated for your new springs, which will be lower and stiffer.
- Ground clearance: Make sure you have a good idea of how much ground clearance you'll have with your lowering kit. If your car is too low, you may not be able to drive safely on the street-especially one with speed bumps.
Fitting Lowering Springs to Your Car
If you want give your car better maneuverability while giving it an exciting, racecar look, lowering your car's suspension is definitely the way to go. By lowering your vehicle's center of gravity, you will experience better driving precision and much lower risk of body roll. A lowering kit will save you both time and money by giving you the right parts for your vehicle and making the process an interesting project you can manage yourself with the right tools and knowhow.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Here's what you'll need:
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Wrench and socket set
- Pickle fork tool
- Lowering springs kit
- Work gloves and other personal protective equipment
- Vehicle owner manual
- Make sure your vehicle is on a level surface - it might roll or lean when jacked up.
- Never rely on just the floor jack to hold up your vehicle. Be sure your jack stands are properly placed.
- We recommend working after your vehicle's engine has cooled down.
- This is a general guide. Refer to your owner's manual for any specifications.
- Place your vehicle in "Park" or "Neutral" before you begi.
Here's what you should do:
- Loosen the lug nuts on your wheels (without removing them).
- Use the floor jack to raise your vehicle. Set up the jack stands.
- Fully remove the lug nuts and the wheels of your vehicle.
- Using your pickle fork tool, remove the control arm and the ball joint from the strut.
- Pull out the strut tower from under your vehicle. You should find the suspension spring attached to the strut tower.
- Slowly slide your old spring off of the strut tower. Take care not to damage the strut tower while doing this.
- Install your new lowering spring onto the strut tower. You should hear a clicking noise, which tells you that the spring has been securely fastened.
- Put everything back together in the reverse order of disassembly.
- Repeat steps 4 to 8 for the other wheels.
- Lift your vehicle a bit higher using the floor jack so you can remove the jack stands before lowering your car to the ground.
The whole process should take a little over an hour for an experienced DIYer. Refer to your vehicle's owner manual for specifications that may require you to deviate from these general instructions.