Why Do People Lower Their Cars?

Why Do People Lower Their Cars?

When we see a car on the road with its suspension lowered, we may wonder why someone would do such a thing. After all, lowering your vehicle can make it more difficult to drive and cause problems like bottoming out or scraping when going over speed bumps. However, for some people who use their cars as an expression of themselves and their personality, lowering their cars is actually one of the most important things that they can do. In fact, many enthusiasts will lower their vehicles even if it means sacrificing other aspects of the car’s performance. They want to be unique while still being able to have fun driving around town or take long trips in comfort!

Enthusiasts who lower their cars usually do so because they believe that the appearance and stance of a lowered car is more attractive than an unmodified one. Of course, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there are plenty of people who think it looks awesome. In fact, some companies even build the lowering process into their cars from the factory.

Some people think it looks cool or gives them an advantage on the road course or drag strip. However, many enthusiasts who lower their cars do so as much for appearance as they do for performance reasons. The general consensus is that you want to run as low as possible without compromising structural integrity and/or safety (be sure to talk with your mechanic about how safe your car would be if you lowered it). Generally speaking, most people agree that lowering your car more than 2-3 inches can compromise handling and comfort, but if you take good care of your car and do a little research, you can lower you car as much as 5 or 6 inches without any problems.

Though lowering your car is sometimes done to improve the car’s performance, it should not be confused with a spring upgrade. When you lower a vehicle, all four corners must be lowered evenly and ride quality suffers as a result. The springs that you use when dropping the vehicle must be stiffer in order for this type of modification to work safely . However, doing an upgrade at the same time as lowering your car may give even better results

What’s Body Roll, Squat And Dive In A Car?

Body roll, squat and dive are three terms that you might hear a mechanic or auto enthusiast discussing when talking about how a car handles. Though they may sound like complicated things, they actually refer to specific moments during a turn where the weight of the vehicle shifts from one wheel to another as it turns. Understanding these three movements can help you learn more about your car’s handling characteristics and configure them for better performance.

1) Body Roll

Body roll is perhaps the easiest of these three terms to explain, because it doesn’t refer to a specific car movement. When you hear somebody say that there was body roll in a turn, they are simply referring to how much weight shifted inside the vehicle when the car turned. If you were driving on uneven ground or over bumps, you would note more body roll than if you were driving on completely flat ground with no bumps at all. Body roll can be minimized by using stiffer suspension components and buying sway bars for your vehicle. However, most people prefer some degree of body roll because it provides them with better handling characteristics when cornering quickly.

2) Squatting

Squatting refers to how much weight was transferred from the rear tires to the front tires when you turn. If you’ve ever driven a heavy old farm truck, then you know that it squats heavily when turning because there is no weight in the bed. However, if you’ve driven a car with less squatting while cornering, then you know what we mean by the term “squat” when we say that your car should not squat excessively during corners. Excessive squat can cause stability problems and make the vehicle harder to control while driving on uneven ground or over bumps.

3) Diving

Diving refers to how much weight shifts from the front tires to the back tires when steering into a turn quickly. Most people never need to add extra components such as bars or struts in order to prevent diving. However, if your car does dive too much while turning into a corner, then you might want to check out what your tires are doing while driving on uneven ground or over bumps. You can fix excessive dive through suspension upgrades and sway bars that work to limit how much the weight shifts inside the vehicle during turns.

2-3 Inches of Lowering Can Improve Your Car’s Handling? What To Do Next?

The lowering process usually starts by removing the springs that came with the vehicle when it was manufactured. After removing these stock springs, you can replace them with coilover kits made specifically for your make and model of car. Installing coilovers is not very difficult because they come preassembled (all you need to do is bolt them up to the knuckle).

Are there any pros to lowering your car?

There are many pros to lowering a car and the number-one reason why people like it is because it improves their car’s handling (and safety). When you lower your car, you allow the suspension components that were hidden underneath extra ground clearance to be exposed. This makes working on them much easier and gives you an opportunity to upgrade them with stiffer springs and better shocks for more control over how the chassis of your vehicle handles when turning.

When doing this type of modification, however, it’s important to make sure that all four corners of your vehicle get lowered evenly. If one corner gets lowered significantly more than another corner or if they don’t get lowered equally at all, then ride quality can suffer and this will cause problems with handling as the vehicle speeds up.

Are there any negatives to lowering your car?

As long as you do not lower each corner of your car by an different amount, then the answer is no. For example, if you lower your front end 2 inches and then raise your rear end 3 inches (instead of lowering all four corners), then the vehicle will not handle correctly because it does not have a low center of gravity anymore. However, so long as each wheel on the same axle is lowered evenly , altering ride height can be very beneficial for improving how well your car handles.

Best Ways To Lower Cars (With Their Cost)

There is a variety of ways to lower a car. You can do it by going to a body-shop and have them replace your springs with coils or struts that have been cut down for you. Not only does this cost more money because you must pay labor fees, but it is also time consuming as well as unsafe. When removing the stock coilovers from your vehicle, they will likely go flying out from underneath which can cause damage to both the suspension components as well as body panels.

1) In addition to removing the coils manually , there are other methods such as using air tools (powered by an air compressor) or a hydraulic jack/stand . Depending on what type of car you drive and how difficult the suspension components were to remove, then you can expect to spend anywhere from 5-30 minutes lowering each wheel.

On the plus side, not only is it a very safe way of lowering your vehicle without damaging anything, but it also gives you time to clean off dirt and mud that may have been collected on the undercarriage . You would be surprised at how much better a car can look after it has been cleaned as opposed to allowing all that filth to stay underneath as well as on top of your suspension components.

2) Air Tools (Powered by an Air Compressor) For those who do not want to go through the hassle of removing their coilovers manually , there are air tools/springs available on the market specifically designed for vehicles with suspensions and lube locks. With this type of tool, you attach the air compressor to the lube lock (similar to how you would when airing up an ATV tire/wheel-mounted sand blaster) and then insert it into one of your wheel wells where you can use the built-in drill bit to spin against the top nut that’s holding in your springs.

This method also has its risks because if you are turning too fast or not enough, then the threading in which your nuts are mounted in could shear off . This means that after putting all your money in a nice set of coilovers, you may find yourself stranded because instead of removing them manually , they were removed by sheer accident while trying to make things easier on yourself.

3) Hydraulic Jack/Stand Using a hydraulic jack and stand is one of the best ways to remove your coilovers from your car because instead of using an air compressor, you use hydraulics. In other words, it’s similar to when professionals remove suspensions from race cars in order to inspect them after a race.

What separates this method from the aforementioned method(s) is that it’s much safer and does not take nearly as much time or effort either. You can expect to spend anywhere between 3-10 minutes removing each suspension component depending on how well they were installed by a professional shop .

Once you lift up your vehicle with a jack, the bottom portion where the hydraulic stand is inserted will become level with the ground. All you have to do is adjust the height of each stand accordingly, insert them into all four corners , then lower your vehicle . Because this method uses hydraulics rather than an air compressor, there are no worries about breaking or stripping threads.

Final Thoughts:

Whichever method you choose is entirely up to you, however the safest and quickest way would be using a hydraulic jack/stand as opposed to air tools or removing them manually. In addition, remember that if you don’t have a hydraulic jack/stand to do it yourself, then any professional car shop should be able to do it for you at a reasonable price. Do your research and make sure they know what they’re doing before telling them how and where you want your suspension components installed!

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