How do you lower a car with coil springs?

What’s the best way to lower a car with coil spring suspension? It’s a little high for my taste. I’d like to bring it down a little for aesthetic reasons.

Lowering a car with coil springs is a big process that takes dedicated time and effort. But if you’re eager to take on a new project, follow these steps to lower your car with springs:
  • Step 1: Lift the car with a jack to give you easier access.
  • Step 2: Take off the tire and strut.
  • Step 3: Remove your current spring. This is where the method diverges. You can either cut the coils or replace them with new coil springs. Since coil springs hold a tremendous amount of energy, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions. You’ll need to use a spring compressor tool when removing your coil springs.
  • Step 4a: If cutting, measure and cut your spring to the desired size. Make sure they’re all equal, or your suspension may feel uneven as you drive.
  • Step 4b: If replacing, purchase new coils to replace your old ones.
  • Step 5: Install your new coil using the spring compressor tool.
  • Step 6: Reattach your tire and strut.
  • Step 7: Repeat each step for every coil spring.
Remember, this process looks easier on paper than it is in real life. Before starting a project like this, make sure you’re ready to invest the time and energy, as you won’t be able to drive your car until you finish replacing the coils. If you’d rather leave it to a mechanic, lowering your car can cost anywhere from $100 to $700.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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