Lowering Springs

Lowering Springs Explained

Lowering springs are special springs used to replace stock springs that are initially installed by the vehicle manufacturer (OEM). They are normally shorter in height, reducing the height between the frame and the suspension system. This way, the body of the car can rest further downwards and closer to the wheels to reduce the centre of gravity. As a result, the vehicle becomes more "planted", and the lower rider appearance creates a more stanced look. Lowering springs reduce the car's arch gap, i.e., the distance between the edge of the wheel well and the top of the tire. If you can fit your head in between the arch and the tyre you need lowering springs (unless you are going for the lifted look in a pickup)

When buying Lowering springs measure the distance between the top of the arch and the car's tyres to see how low you can go without rubbing. Buying a spring whose lowering is greater than this distance is will cause rubbing of the arch liners and from experience it sounds awful driving around in a car that rubs. Add an extra inch to allow for movement and body roll (unless you are going for the superlow look). When purchasing Lowering Springs, bear in mind that over time the shock may wear as it's not operating normally. Some companies like KW have adjustable lowering springs, these are ideal as you can set the ride height up perfectly. These are great for cars with active dampers like the Nissan GT-R.

Types of Lowering Springs

Lowering springs come in different types designed for specific performance needs:

  • Linear Springs: Provide a constant spring rate, which is ideal for consistent handling and predictability, often preferred for track and performance-focused vehicles.
  • Progressive Springs: Have varying coil distances, which offer a softer ride at lower compressions and stiffer handling as more load is applied. This makes them suitable for daily driving where comfort and performance are balanced.

Benefits of Lowering Springs

Beyond enhancing a vehicle's appearance by reducing wheel well gap, lowering springs improve aerodynamic efficiency by decreasing undercar airflow, which reduces drag. This modification can also lead to a firmer ride, reduced body roll, and improved handling characteristics. Considerations after installation include:

  • Opting for high-quality springs from reputable manufacturers.
  • Avoiding cutting stock springs as it can lead to unpredictable handling and potential safety risks.
  • Being mindful of increased susceptibility to road obstacles like speed bumps, which could damage lower parts of the vehicle.

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