Consider These 5 Things Before You Decide To Lower Your Car

The idea of “spicing up” and modifying a regular series car has been around for quite some time. In this day and age, it is a cultural thing. Generations have been doing it and the automotive scene as a whole is thriving, and we could not be happier to witness it.

Things Before You Decide To Lower Your Car

Lowering a car is one of the most common and affordable car mods out there. Not only does it make the car look good, but it also improves handling.

But what exactly is the point of lowering the car? What must be considered and what are the advantages and disadvantages of lowering? You will find out all this and much more from us! Are you ready? Then let’s start right away!  

Pros And Cons Of Lowering Your Car

As the name suggests, lowering your car simply means dropping the body of the vehicle closer to the ground. And like all things, this comes with certain advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the bright side first.

Pros of lowering a car

  • Handling and driving dynamics are improved
    In the racing world, lowered cars are the norm. And it makes sense for streel legal cars as well. Due to a lower center of gravity, the handling is significantly more precise and predictable. It also means the car is better at taking tight corners which is not only more enjoyable for the driver, but also safer.

    Another factor, along with the lower center of gravity, is also the fact that most suspension upgrades (springs, dampers, or coil overs) that lower the car tend to be stiffer. This minimizes body roll and improves driving dynamics.
  • The car looks more dynamic and aggressive

When it comes to daily-driven cars and street-legal cars, lowering is also popular due to the fact that lower cars just look better. That alone is reason enough why lowering a car makes sense!

Cons of lowering a car

Unfortunately, there are quite a few cons when it comes to lower a car. But in our honest opinion, none of them are bad enough to outweigh the benefits. But still, we want to be honest so here are all the cons of lowering a car.

  • Uncomfortable entry and reduced drive comfort
    The first reason is self-explanatory. As the car gets lower to the ground, so does the seat. This makes it a bit more uncomfortable to get in and out of the car.

    Once in the car, the lack of comfort continues: Every manhole cover, every pothole and every stone on the road gives the driver clearly noticeable feedback. Back pain is therefore often unavoidable on long journeys in lowered cars.
  • Increased suspension wear
    One of the alleged cons of having a lowered car is increased suspension wear. And while it is true to a certain degree, we tend to disagree when the lowering of the car is done by professionals. Like us for example.
  • Reduced all-round visibility

By lowering the car you also get a larger blind spot in your side mirrors and thus less all-around visibility.

  • Reduced ground clearance

This one can be annoying, if you go really low, get ready to scrape. It is not as bad as it sounds, however, a lower car is not as practical so you have to keep that in mind around higher curbs and steep driveways.

Options For Lowering a Car

There are multiple ways to lower a car. You can also choose how much you want to lower a car. Here are your options.

Lowering springs

Compared to your stock springs, lowering springs are smaller and they come with higher spring rates in order to compensate for the lower ride height. Because they are smaller, the cars naturally sit closer to the ground. They represent an easy and affordable option that simply replaces your stock spring to achieve the same visual result as some more expensive lowering options.

Lowering spring + performance shock absorbers

Many companies like Bilstein for instance offer sport suspension kits that include lowering springs and performance shock absorbers. Compared to just using lowering springs on stock shock absorbers, this option highly improves ride quality and handling. We definitely recommend it if you want good handling without making a big sacrifice to the ride quality.

Coilovers

Next on the list, the highly popular: coilovers! Coilovers are a high-performance suspension option that offers manual damping force control and simple ride height adjustments. The ride height adjustments are done by adjusting the screw thread on top of the coilover. As we mentioned, you can also manually adjust the hardness of the damping, rebound and compression damping. 

Coilovers offer amazing handling benefits with simple at-home adjustments.

Air suspension 

Imagine adjusting the ride height with a touch of a button. Well, you can with air suspension. By replacing your vehicle’s standard suspension with a set of air springs and a compressor/air pump the amount of air that is sent to the air spring dictates the ride height and ride quality. This adjustable suspension allows you to raise the vehicle when facing rough terrain or lower the car when you are after an aggressive look.

Air suspension also comes in a track-ready set-up which allows for stiff damping, adjustable camber, and more.

We Got You Covered

If you ever decide to lower your car, you came to the right place. At Artire Automotive, we handle everything suspension related, from installation to servicing. Whether you need a set of lowering springs, coilovers, or air suspension, we do it all.


Head over to our appointment page to book your FREE consult call today! Our team will gladly answer any of your questions.

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