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Old 09-25-2017, 06:47 PM   #1
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Why do people lower the springs

Why do people lower the springs ?
What are the benefits ?
Do you get a smoother ride, god knows it rides like a log wagon.
Wife and I both love it.

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Old 09-28-2017, 03:40 PM   #2
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Most often I see people raising the ride height instead of lowering it, but I believe lowering to be more of a ghetto thing, that they don't intend to ever take it off-road, haul loads, or tow anything.

Regardless, with all else remaining equal you lower the center of gravity for more stable handling, but usually reduce cargo or towing capacity unless the springs are so stiff as to become painful when not loaded.

Ghetto reason is that lowering it reduces the gap between the tire and wheel well so the big bling rims look even larger.
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:14 PM   #3
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Ghetto reason is that lowering it reduces the gap between the tire and wheel well so the big bling rims look even larger.
24 inch rims with tires with about 3 inches of side wall should ride real comfortable.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:04 PM   #4
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OK... it has new tires on it, not sure the size,
I don't see new rims or tires in the future.
I can see the point of the center of gravity thing.
No plans of hauling big loads, just a daily driver.
No plans to make it "ghetto" I am a redneck.
Just wondered what you get by lowering the thing.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:34 AM   #5
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lower center of gravity would be the main thing. That would make it corner a little flatter. Maybe a little less wind resistance.
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Old 10-04-2017, 07:28 PM   #6
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You might also put CV joints at a greater angle so a bit faster wear, or a lot faster in extreme cases. You also get confusion if you have anyone work on it, wondering what parts are stock and what aren't, and on what aren't, what the right replacement would be.

For example if you have shorter strut towers, nobody else knows what replacement is needed when they fail. "Maybe" the new part is identifiable, or maybe not. It may take a specialist to figure this out so higher expense.

You also get higher insurance premiums. Practically all insurance companies ask or have fine print about disclosing modifications, so if you tell them the rates go up or if you don't, your coverage could be denied if they make a plausible argument that the mod contributed to the incident of your claim.

However this situation would be more likely if you have a rollover accident in a lifted vehicle, but there are all kinds of bad mods, like not leaving enough suspension travel then your springs wear a bit and suddenly your tire rubs going fast around a curve, or the extra stress on the suspension breaks something.
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