There is something mesmerizing about a car that drives close to the ground. Heading down the road in a low vehicle is like a tradition in a few places around the world and even drivers outside the low-riding community like to take the plunge sometimes. However, with so many different ways of lowering a ride, what is the correct way of getting the job done, without damaging any of the components?
Technology – Old vs. New:
Before technology became popular, car owners would simply cut off a part of the suspension coils in order to lower their vehicles. Minor cosmetic changes such as dropped fenders, sheared rooflines and side skirts were also implemented. These cosmetic changes, however, do not lower your ride. They simply leave an impression that it has been lowered.
This might work for people who are looking for the feel, but if you are looking for performance gains, you’ll have to work harder than that. While lowering your ride improves handling, performance, stability and speed, the cosmetic changes often add more drag to your ride. Hence, the trick is to know what’s important. So, let’s a look at some of the essentials!
Aftermarket body kits are available for almost every type of vehicle out there in the market, and these can either enhance the way that your vehicle looks or can add some serious value to the performance. You don’t need to be an expert mechanic to replace the stock springs on your ride with lowering blocks or drop springs, as most aftermarket manufacturers keep the original specifications in mind. Hence, these mods are generally plug-and-play.
Your car’s suspension is what keeps it firmly balanced on the ground. Without suspension play, you would lose control, every time you hit a pothole. Like I mentioned earlier, custom body kits only lend an impression of a suspension drop, without adding any actual performance advantage. If you are on a budget, you might want to consider this option.
Wheel camber can also be used to lower your car’s ride height, and this is often a one-step modification. Less height may throw off the camber due to uneven weight distribution and make you feel like you just lost your spine on hitting a speed bump.
Lowering your ride needs articulate planning and careful execution as even a minor adjustment flaw could have catastrophic results. You need to have a visual conception of what you want and what your actions will yield, before proceeding with a suspension drop. Remember that this could be a very expensive fix. Hence, you need to be 100% sure you want this, before going ahead with the plan because once it’s done, there is no coming back. Plan ahead!