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Your Step-By-Step Guide to Lowering Your Vehicle’s Suspension

Posted by Switch Suspension on 30th Sep 2021

Belltech Shocks Lowering Kit

So you want to lower your vehicle. Nice. Well we know all about that, but not every vehicle has the same setup. Trucks are different from cars and there are differences between makes and models, too. So how do you figure it all out? You ask us, obviously. But let's figure out where you can start.

Take a look at your front suspension.

First off, obvious question: Do you have a car, truck or SUV? Cool. Now if you have a car, pop the hood. Look directly above the wheels, under the fenders, and look to see if you have something that goes vertical. Now follow that to where it would go in the engine bay. Are there bolts sticking up there? If so, chances are you've got struts of some kind. And for that, you'll want either lowering springs or coilovers.

Now trucks or SUVs. We're gonna tell you right now that you've probably got coil springs. Most trucks do, it's just a matter of if they have struts or not. There are exceptions, however. Four-wheel drive trucks have torsion bars, as do older mini trucks like Nissan Hardbodies and Mazdas. Either way, there are options.

Take a look at your read suspension.

Now go out back and look under your ride. Do you have an axle? That would be a large object that runs the width of your vehicle that has a tube running towards the engine. If so, then you've either got long leaf springs — which look like stacks of curved metal — or coil springs.

OK, so let's talk about if you don't have that kind of axle. Do you have struts? Look for the same kind of setup that you have up front except in your trunk or hatch. If so, again, you'll probably want coils or coilovers.

Give us a call.

See, here's the thing: You can look all over your car and figure out how to lower it, but what if you don't know what you're looking at? If that's the case, then give us a call instead. We've got guys here that've been building rides since they could turn a wrench. They know what you need to lower your ride. And if they don't, they can look it up and set you up with the parts you need. It's just one of the many cool things we do here.

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