Questions and Answers about Lowering Springs
Q: How much can I lower my car?
A: This depends on how much gap you have between the top of the tire and your fender lip. It is best to measure this before you choose the level of drop.
Q: Do I need new shocks or struts when I add Lowering Springs to my car?
A: If your stock shocks /struts are in good working order it is not necessary to change them.
Q: Will I lose some ride comfort when I add Lowering Springs?
A: Yes you will lose a little ride comfort but the gain in handling will far outweigh the loss in ride comfort.
Q: What brand of lowering springs should I add if I do not road race or track my car and just want the lower look?
A: We recommend the DropZone springs for this type of customer.
Q: I want to track my car on weekends but I still want a comfortable ride what brand spring should I use?
A: You are safe with any of the lowering kits from Eibach, Tein or B&G. They are all designed and engineered for this type of use.
Q: Do I need a camber Kit when I add lowering springs to my car?
A: Most cars are safe with a 1.5 inch to 2 inch drop without the need of a camber kit. Camber Kit use also depends on the vehicles level of suspension adjustment.
Aftermarket Lowering Springs to Change Vehicle Height
The suspension of a vehicle provides for handling, control and comfortable ride of the car, truck or SUV. Lowering springs are an aftermarket product which can be added to control the height of vehicle and provide for better control and less chance of roll over by lowering the center of gravity on the vehicle. In additional to providing better control, the use of adjustable height suspension parts and equipment can allow a person to raise or lower the vehicle for appearance purposes.
The first adjustable suspension systems appeared in 1954 on certain models of cars and were included during the original manufacturing process. As a result of the popularity of adjustable height systems, several aftermarket products were developed including lowering springs for people to add to their vehicles when this new feature was not available with a new car purchase.
Lowering springs can be used to lower the car closer to the ground, but other products like air shocks, coilovers can raise the height of the car. Some systems can even be installed that allow the person the ability to automatically control the height of the vehicle using air canisters which feed air into the shocks or remove it to raise and lower the car. These systems can be used with coilovers and lowering springs as well as a combination of the two, such as one type in the front of the vehicle and another in the rear.
It was quite common during the 1970s and early 1980s to see cars that used lowering springs in the front and coilover or other suspension raising equipment in the rear of the car. This gave the car a unique appearance with the front end being lower to the ground to provide better handing on rear wheel drive systems, which the back end was raised higher off the ground.
During a short period of the use of lowering springs and other height adjustable suspension systems was prohibited from 1974 until 1981 due to government regulations regarding bumper height imposed by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The ban was lifted after 1981 after further studies concluded that the lower the vehicle was to the ground, the lower its center of gravity, which reduced roll over as well as increased handling.
Aftermarket lowering springs can be used to give a custom appearance to a personís vehicle. Low ride vehicles often include multiple systems which a person manually controls to make the vehicle bounce up and down as well as raise and lower. Air bag systems are another type of aftermarket system which can be used to control the height of the vehicle.
Aftermarket lowering springs and other suspension equipment is available from Slick Car, www.slickcar.com. In addition to carrying suspension products, Slick Car also has aftermarket accessories to outfit the interior and exterior, custom wheels, electronic components, engine enhancements parts, and custom lighting kits. Slick Car requires no minimum ordering amounts and also accepts PayPal as a form of payment. For questions or assistance with placing an order call 800-780-1409.