The Virtues of a Lower Ride
If you are looking to improve the drivability of a modified vehicle, Springrates.com carries the best lowering springs to upgrade your ride. Lowering springs are shorter and stiffer springs that are engineered to improve the handling of your vehicle by lowering the center of gravity. Most sports models are already low to the ground to hang tight in those wicked corners. When you drop any stock vehicle with lowering spring, stiffer shocks, and add a sway bar, you are instantly activating the engineering that the manufacturer neglected.
A stock vehicle has a balance of virtues that are ideal for people who look at driving as more of a task. Consumers are fickle. There is always one crowd who is going to complain that a stock vehicle is too low for their liking. Lowering your vehicle may not be the best idea if you plan on taking it off-roading or have to deal with a lot of unplowed streets. However, if you are a tuner or simply want a vehicle that you really love to drive, lowering springs are a strong upgrade that the engineers who designed your vehicle left out for you to pursue as an option.
Lowering springs are perfectly safe to use even if they slightly alter the steering geometry of your vehicle. Would you rather feel like you are driving high on stilts and ready to fall over or simply feel a little more wheel-resistance in hard turns? Having a firm wheel is not a bad thing. Many people who upgrade their suspensions and add lowering springs also like to upgrade their vehicles with stiffer bushings to make the steering more accurate.
Why You Can't Cut Your Stock Springs
The reason why you can't simply cut the springs already in your vehicle down to turn your car into a sporty low-rider boils down to spring strength. A stock spring is designed to flex too much and will not provide you with the ride quality you are seeking. You will feel, instead, like you are driving a boat with sloppy handling that has a mind of its own.
What is the Ideal Height?
The lowering spring sets drop your entire vehicle to a predetermined height, typically 1". Some tuners like to have different heights of springs on the front and back to obtain different styles of rake. Our spring sets are value-priced to give you factory quality springs that are reliable and defect-free.
Some tuners like to drop their vehicles to ridiculous levels that make them practically undrivable. The mild drop spring kits we sell are guaranteed to keep your undercarriage problem-free if you don't drive your vehicle off-road. In many cases, the vehicles are lowered to stock Volkswagen height. Radical lowering kits that aren't adjustable can actually do more damage than good. At a certain point, excessively lowered vehicles become more of a styling statement. They are problematic to drive on anything but racetracks and the smoothest blacktop surfaces. For example, road debris can easily throw out a thousand-dollar exhaust system. This is why our lower springs are the most popular choice for many owners of these vehicles.
If you are simply looking to enhance the handling of your daily driver without spending way too much money, a simple set of performance springs is exactly what the doctor ordered. Some spring kits are so poorly fitted that they are sold as universal sets that have unpredictable effects on your ride. Our performance spring sets are matched to specific options like all-wheel drive, or cars that are not typically known for heavy modifications such as Infiniti, Nissan, Mazda, and the Prius.
Performance Spring Kit Installation
Always be sure to inform any car shop doing any alignment on your vehicle that you have lowering springs. They change how the laser computer calibrates your vehicle, so technicians need to know what they are dealing with before they start kicking your tires. We suggest using a camber kit with any lowering springs to prevent premature tire wear. The technician doing your alignment will be able to adjust the camber on the kit to ensure a problem-free ride. When people ask you, "how low do you go?" you can tell them that you like to drive at a practical street car level that is geared for performance.
Until you install a pair, you won’t know exactly how it affects your vehicle, even if you are equipped with all this information. Always consult the factory manuals for information before attempting to install lowering springs. You may need special tools. It is important to know the torque specs because the front mounts typically have bearings that may be damaged if the securing fasteners are overtightened. If you have some mechanical skills and have prepared for the swap, the switchover may take as little as one afternoon to finish. You will always need an alignment after you remove your suspension to make sure it tracks perfectly straight again.