How to Lower Your Car’s Suspension

How to Lower Your Car’s Suspension

Picture of my Chevrolet Impala 1964 Lowrider

Picture of my Chevrolet Impala 1964 Lowrider (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a lot of things that a car owner can do to change up the way his or her vehicle handles. Many drivers wish to lower the suspensions of their cars, either for cosmetic purposes or otherwise. In addition to looking a certain way, your lowered suspension will actually give you a few benefits when it comes to driving. Typically, cars with a higher suspension will enjoy a smoother ride, but this comes at the cost of decreased handling. If you wish to seriously boost the way your car handles, and aren’t concerned with a rougher ride, you can lower your car’s suspension. This will lower the center of gravity and might wind up making your car a lot more fun to drive. Lowering your car’s suspension, however, is no simple task. If you’re going to attempt something like this, you should make sure you’re familiar with the parts and tools that you’re going to be working with. You also might want to have a friend nearby, for safety’s sake.

Before you get started, you’re going to need a few things. You’ll certainly be needing four new strut assemblies, and they should be shorter than the ones you already have. You will also need a tire wrench, a three-ton jack with stands, and a 3/8-inch socket wrench with socket set.

The first step is going to involve loosening the wheel lug nuts. Do this by turning them one quarter turn counterclockwise with your tire wrench. Jack the front of your car up with the floor jack. You will use the front jack joint to do this, which is an extension of your car’s frame located right near the radiator. Get your car off the ground and put the jack stands underneath the front pinch welds, which are directly underneath the driver- and passenger-side doors. Lower your vehicle onto the stands.

Now place your floor jack under the lower control arm. Jack it up to remove the load from the upper mounting nuts on the struts that you’re going to be replacing. Remove the lug nuts and take the front wheels off. Now you’re ready to detach the brake hose from the bracket on the strut. Do this with a socket wrench to turn the mounting bolts counterclockwise. Once you’ve done this, you can remove the steering knuckle pinch bolt with your socket wrench. This is located at the base of the strut. When this is done, you can lower the jack slowly, which will detatch the strut from the steering knuckle. Unbolt the strut’s mounting nuts and washers from the top of the strut tower (which is under the hood), and guide the strut assembly out of the wheel well.

Now you’re ready to install your new strut assembly. You can essentially follow the directions for removal in the reverse order to do this easily and efficiently. Bolt the mounting nuts and washers to the top of the strut tower once you’ve gotten the new assembly into the wheel well. Reattach the strut to the steering knuckle, and replace the pinch bolt. Reattach the brake hose brackets, and replace the wheels to enjoy your newly-lowered suspension. Worth noting is that the rear strut assemblies will only require you to unbolt the control arm from the bottom of the strut, as there is no steering knuckle. Your rear towers are located in the trunk, above the wheel wells.

It’s smartest to look through the wide selection of Timbren SES kits that are available online when you want to do something like lower the suspension of your car. This will ensure that you get the best possible value. Pick the kit that is best for you, and install it in for a lowered suspension. This type of process can be pretty labor-intensive, but when you follow these steps, you’re guaranteed to have an easy time modifying your car the way you want to.

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