Is It Safe To Lower Your Car?
March 24, 2021
The first thing most people think about buying for their cars is upgraded suspension, usually coilovers or lowering springs. Like most car modifications, there are some risks involved with lowering your car which is often overlooked. Do those risks make lowering your car worth it? What are the benefits of lowering your car?
Let's break down everything your need to know about whether or not it's safe to lower your car.
How to Lower Your Car
Lowering your car use to be a complicated process, and it still can be, but with new innovative technologies and improvements in design, installing upgraded suspension, like coilovers and lowering springs, is pretty simple.
- One of the most common routes for aftermarket suspension
- Completely replaces your stock strut and spring assembly
- Wide variety of bolt-on options for adjustable coilovers with damping and height adjustments
- Lowering springs replace the stock springs on your stock struts
- Lowers the car while slightly improving handling
- The most affordable option for lowering your car
Risks of Lowering Your Car
Lowering your car can pose some risks to other suspension components on your car, but most of these risks are caused by poor installation and/or poor quality of the product itself.
- With upgraded suspension, your car's alignment will be off which is why it's necessary to correct it with an alignment
- Can cause more extreme camber when lowered which required additional parts to correct
- Could potentially worsen handling and ride of your car, especially on uneven and bumpy roads
- Lowered cars sometimes run into rubbing issues where the tire hits the plastic wheel well
- Stress on other suspension components
- Possible uneven tire wear
Benefits of Lowering Your Car
There are so many benefits to lowering your car which is why it's one of the first modifications people make to their cars.
- Lowered appearance enhances the look of your car
- Lower center of gravity which increases performance
- Improved performance and handling with coilovers
- Adjustable coilovers give drivers control over comfort and handling
- Most common aftermarket suspension upgrade so there are many brands and coilover kits available
- Easy install with bolt-in kits
- Ideal upgrade for enthusiast cars, autocross drivers, other track drivers, and daily drivers who want better handling and performance
Lowering your car on coilovers or lowering springs has a lot of awesome benefits whether it's related to the appearance of your car or the ride and performance of your car.
There are risks to making any modifications to your car, but with a proper install and possible other upgraded components, lowering your car is safe and can make a world of difference in the way your car looks and feels.
What You Need to Know:
- Don't skimp out on poor quality coilovers or lowering springs, buy from a reputable brand
- Properly install your upgraded suspension and if you don't know how to do that, pay someone else who is experienced
- Make sure to measure how low you can go before your tires start rubbing
- You must account for your wheel and tire size; the bigger wheels and tires, the less you can lower your car
- Also account for the conditions of your roads where you live; bad, bumpy roads = painful driving experience with a lowered car
- Check out SD Wheel YouTube videos and blogs for reviews on suspension brands and specific products
Have you run into problems when lowering your car? What did you do? Let us know in the comments.
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