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If you're planning on custom-lowering your ride, then you've probably done your research about this subject. You know that the best and safest way to lower your vehicle's gravity center is through a great set of Lowering Springs. But at the same time, you also have articles telling you that you can attain the same low-slung racecar look by cutting or heating your OE springs. Now, looks-wise, you're probably not going to have a problem when you "modify" your current springs. But performance-wise, you won't be getting the same benefits as when you buy a good lowering spring kit. In fact, haphazardly heating and chopping your OE springs can mess with the stability of your vehicle, making it harder for you to stay in control of your ride. So if what you really want is great looks combined with precision handling and steering, then we suggest getting your car quality Lowering Springs. With the right performance lowering spring kit, you can get better cornering speed and improved turn-in response while reducing body roll. Some kits are also proven to help enhance your vehicle's fuel efficiency. So while you may spend a bit on a quality spring kit, you'll be saving a lot more on gas in the long run. Specialized springs can even help improve your suspension's performance by eliminating unnecessary and uncontrollable vehicle movements and vibrations. Bring out your car's best performance while giving it a customized appearance by using a topnotch lowering spring kit from Auto Parts Warehouse today.
Getting the Right Lowering Spring for Your Car
A lowering spring is a replacement part for your stock suspension springs. It lessens the drag of your vehicle with a lower center of gravity. Plus, it gives an aesthetic appeal because your car will almost hug the surface of the road. If you're interested in giving a new look to your sedan or pickup, then read on to know more about a lowering spring.
Lowering spring measurement is the key
Before you buy a lowering spring, determine how low your car can go. Do this by measuring the distance from your car's tire and the top of the wheel fender. A lowering spring that gives a longer measure will not fit. It will just stiffen you car because the suspension will be too strong. You should give an extra inch allowance in your measurement to be sure.
The different lowering springs
Lowering springs have three different varieties: normal, step linear, and progressive. Each one is designed specifically for performance. Check which one is appropriate for your driving style below:
- Normal spring
- Step linear spring
- Progressive spring
Imagine a spring which has 10 coils, and the distance for each coil is 2 centimeters. In a normal spring, the distance of every coil will remain the same regardless of the weight. Hence, the compression rate in a normal spring is specific.
If a normal spring has an equal distance between every coil, a step linear spring has its half with shorter spaces. This is a good choice for race cars because of the high spring rate. The performance of a vehicle will be enhanced because of two distinct responses from the short and long coils.
A progressive spring has coils distanced differently from each other. This characteristic causes it to be sensitive to small road bumps, but it's very responsive to when you brake or turn hard. This type of spring is advised for street cars driven every day because it will give more comfort than a step linear spring.
Some helpful tips to consider
- Since your car will ride close to the pavement, consider the roads and the bumps on the way. They can scratch the layer of protection underneath your car or the parts themselves.
- Never cut your stock springs to lower your vehicle. The compression rate will be uncertain and it will only risk the other parts of your car.
- Choose lowering springs that come from the best brands. They offer the best performing springs in the market.
Time to Get Down and Attach Your Lowering Springs
It may sound difficult to lower a car's height, but with this step-by-step guide along with the right tools, and a set of new lowering springs, you will definitely look like a veteran mechanic. Read on to discover how your car will become more attractive and how your driving performance will dramatically increase.
Difficulty level: High
Tools you'll need:
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Socket set
- Impact wrench
- Spring compressors
- New lowering springs
Step 1: Park your vehicle on a level surface, and engage the parking brake.
Step 2: Jack the car in front until it is possible to slide under and work comfortably.
Step 3: Use the impact wrench to remove the lug nuts and the front wheels of your car.
Step 4: Place the jack stands on opposite sides underneath the car. Disengage the floor jack afterwards.
Step 5: Again, use the impact wrench to remove the bolts that attach the front struts to the front wheel hubs.
Step 6: When the struts are already removed, attach the spring compressors before you remove the old springs. This will help avoid any part to shoot straight away when you remove the springs.
Step 7: Fit the new springs to the front struts, and use the spring compressors to help you seal the struts. Use the impact wrench to seal the bolts of each strut.
Step 8: Once the strut assemblies are complete, bolt them back to the same position.
Step 9: Use the floor jack to lift the car and remove the jack stands. Do the same lifting procedure in Steps 2 and 4, but this time, for the rear.Step 10: Remove the bolts that hold the rear struts using the impact wrench until the current springs slide down.
Step 11: Place the new springs in place, bolt the struts, and disengage the jack.
Step 12: Test drive your car with the new springs. You should have a better feel for the steering because the car's center of gravity is closer to the ground.
The entire process will take an expert DIYer around an hour and two hours for a newbie.