Lowering your vehicle will not only jazz up the appearance of your ride, but it can also improve its overall performance. For instance, it can give your car better aerodynamics as less air will be passing underneath, improving the wind drag of the vehicle. It can also reduce the risk of rollovers with a lowered center of gravity. Plus, it can provide you an added level of comfort every time you drive. One good way to lower a vehicle is by using lowering springs, which can decrease your car's height by as much as 3 inches. In general, they are made stiffer than stock springs, so you can expect them to last for quite a long time. They can also improve your vehicle's responsiveness, making it quicker during transitions. And lastly, it can lead to less roll when cornering, giving you better handling.
Lowering Your Car via Lowering Springs
Step 1: Before you begin, raise your vehicle using a jack and support it using jack stands.
Step 2: Once the vehicle is secure, use a tire iron to remove its wheels and set them aside.
Step 3: Start with the front suspension and open the hood. Use a ratchet and socket to remove the bolts that hold the strut in place.
Step 4: Remove the pinch bolt that connects the strut to the lower fork using the same ratchet and socket. Then, take the strut out completely.
Step 5: Put the strut compressors on the springs of the strut, spacing the clamps far from each other to increase the compression room while installing the lowering springs.
Step 6: Use a ratchet and socket to tighten the spring compressor, making sure that you alternate this from one side to another. Repeat this step over and over until the springs are compressed by 2 inches.
Step 7: Put the Allen key at the top of the strut and then use an open-end wrench to loosen up the strut cap bolt. If there's still any pressure in the spring and you are about to reach the end of the strut, don't forget to slow down when turning the wrench.
Step 8: At this point, you should be able to remove the strut cap and spring before you use a ratchet to uncompress the spring compressors.
Step 9: Remove the plastic cap and rubber bumpstop on the strut shaft. After that, cut the bumpstop in half and replace and reassemble it.
Step 10: Put the lowering springs onto the struts and reattach the strut cap. If they don't fit well, compress them using the spring compressor.
Step 11: For the rear suspension, open the trunk of the car and remove the bolts that hold the strut.
Step 12: Use a ratchet to remove the strut from the control arm and the vehicle.
Step 13: Just like the front suspension, compress the spring and remove the strut, making sure that it will be easy to reassemble the whole thing back.
Step 14: Use the tire iron to bolt the tires back in the vehicle and remove the jack and jack stands to see if the lowering springs work.