Lowering springs are a very popular option for those that are looking to improve both the appearance and handling characteristics of their vehicle. By lowering the centre of gravity on the car and winding the coils closer together, lowering springs can make the car feel more “planted” to the road for better cornering. Lowering springs will also give the car a more aggressive stance and reduce the vehicle’s fender-well gap (the distance between the top of the tire and the edge of the wheel-well). The “downside” of lowering springs is that the tighter coils will have less travel to them and take away from the ride comfort of the vehicle.
So what to do? A good rule of thumb to follow is the less the vehicle is lowered, the less the ride comfort will be affected!
Eibach Springs and H&R Springs offer options that provide the required spring rates using progressive rate springs that minimize the effect on ride quality. Remember, the lower you go the higher the spring rate required.
It is also important to note that lowering springs will change the ride characteristics of a vehicle and maintaining the proper balance ensures your car’s handling and ride comfort are not altered.
When fitting your car with lowering springs it is always recommended to fit uprated shock absorbers. It is essential when lowering the car over 40mm that an uprated shock absorber is fitted and even better so, a shortened shock absorber. Bilstein Suspension offer the highest quality shortened shock absorber – the ‘Bilstein B8 Shock Absorbers‘.
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