If you want to lower your car, there are only a few ways to do so: lowering springs or coilovers. Lowering springs, rather obviously, are just springs that provide a lower ride height and typically higher spring rates. Coilovers replace your entire factory strut and typically have height and dampening adjustment. Each system has its pros and cons, but how do you know which system is right for you? We know it can be tough deciding, so we put together a short article to help you out.
As we briefly explained above, lowering springs are designed to simply lower your car. This is typically achieved by using slightly smaller springs with slightly higher spring rates to compensate for the lower ride height. All springs aren’t equal, and the saying “you get what you pay for” applies. Lowering springs are great if you’re on a tight budget and just want your car to sit lower. If you plan on racing in autocross events or track days, however, lowering springs may not be the best option.
Since many lowering springs uses higher spring rates than the OEM units, the dampers have to work extra hard to keep the car under control. Although you may not be able to tell on the road, your OEM dampers may not be able to properly control your car with the higher spring rates. This problem is unique per vehicle and per spring, but it can occur with almost any car, especially with low quality lowering springs.
Coilovers theoretically fix the problem listed above by combining a higher rate spring with a damper designed to work with that spring perfectly, however, that doesn’t mean all coilovers are better than the OEM suspension. Really low-end coilovers, which Vivid Racing avoids selling, can actually make your car handle much worse than stock. This happens when a coilover isn’t properly tested on and off the track, resulting in incorrect dampening. We do not offer these kinds of coilovers, as we believe in selling parts.
Most coilovers include a way to make minor adjustments to the spring rate, and many coilovers use a system which allows ride height and spring rate to be adjusted independently of each other. On top of the ride height and spring adjustability, many coilovers featuring adjustable dampers which can be adjusted via a rotating knob on the top of the coilover. All of this adjustability allows you to fine-tune your car for the type of driving you like to do. It can be really easy to adjust your suspension improperly, so taking your car to a suspension tuning expert is always a good idea.
This was a very brief overview, but there are a few key points to remember. Lowering springs are great if you just want a cheap way to give your car a better stance, and possibly better handling. Depending on the car and spring, however, handling car actually be hurt by lowering springs. Coilovers are the much better option as they control your car much better and give you lots of adjustability.
If you’re looking at purchasing some lowering springs, coilovers, or air suspension for your car, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can be reached by phone at 1.480.966.3040 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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