Five Common Myths About Using Lowering Springs to Lower Your Car.

If you've already upgraded to performance tires, the next step to improve the handling of your vehicle is to upgrade to a better suspension set-up. Typically, the most cost-effective way to do this is to replace your vehicle's Original Equipment springs with a set of performance lowering springs. Lowering springs lower your car's center of gravity for better handling, but there are many other benefits to using them. To read more about the benefits of using lowering springs, read "Springs for Spring!"

Vehicles also benefit from an improved sportier appearance when lowered. So what stops many drivers from lowering their car? Here are five common myths that often stand in the way. 

Myth 1: If I buy lowering springs, I can't use my original shocks.

Fact: Springs that produce mild lowering of about an inch work well with newer factory shocks. In fact, Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set and even their more aggressive Sportline Spring Set are designed around a vehicle's original suspension. 

Myth 2: I will need an expensive alignment kit if I install lowering springs on my car. 

Fact: According to Eibach, a leader in spring engineering and production, most vehicles do not require an alignment kit after installing a set of lowering springs that result in mild lowering of about an inch. 

Myth 3: Lowering my vehicle will hurt the ride quality of the car and make it ride like a truck.

Fact: Some spring sets, like the Eibach Pro-Kit, are designed to maintain much of the car's original suspension travel distance and are only about 15% higher in spring rate to preserve quality. 

Myth 4: Lowering springs will sag and settle in, making the car too low to be practical.

Fact: High quality springs from H&R and Eibach are pre-compressed down to full coil bind and tested before they are shipped. They do not sag. In fact, Eibach warranties their springs for one million miles. 

Myth 5: Upgrading my vehicle's suspension with lowering springs is expensive.

Fact: The price of lowering a vehicle can be as inexpensive as a set of lowering springs, plus the cost of installation. For current pricing of lowering springs for your vehicle, check out our suspension page.

Comments

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Ted Coppock

Bought lowering springs for my 2002 Chev Trailblazer. Only problem is the installer did not or was not able to realign the front end properly. After getting this corrected lowering provided much more stable ride, more resistence to side winds and truck blowby and because of lowering profile increase gas mileage an average of two mpg. When ready for my next Trailblazer I had customers standing in line for my used car (106,000 miles)(I admit I do keep my cars in showroom condition and always sell them at top retail with no milage deduction.
Monday, September 22, 2014 by RISLER GUZMAN

Hello;i want to buy eibach sportline lowering springs for my 06 Chrysler 300c v8 5.7 with srt replica 22 inch wheels, I'm afraid that the wheels will rub do i need to buy anything else?or am i ok with just the springs.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by japheth

If i wanna remove my lowering springs do i need to change the shocks. i have a passat FSI engine
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Gary

japheth,

Are the shocks the original shocks? What year Passat are you referring to?
Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laith Forster

I am Lowering my AUDI TT quattro MK2 3.2 would it effect my wheel alignment many thanks
Monday, June 22, 2015 by Gary

Laith,

A wheel alignment will need to be done after installing springs.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by allan

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if I install lowering springs on my 2002 m roadster, will they also lower the bottom of the car? In other words, will it lower the car so it will scrape the road? or do springs just lower the body closer to the frame? thanks - allan
Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Gary

Allan,

Lowering springs will indeed lower your entire vehicle which will reduce the vehicles ground clearance.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by David

I just picked up a 2013 vw jetta 2.5 se with the 5 speed it looks gorgeous but def have some body roll around corners. I would love to lower it giving it an aggressive stance and I proved handling for the daily driving of the average joe. Was thinking of going with H&R (keeping it German) can I still use my stock shocks/struts?
Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

David, Assuming you would use the H&R sport spring, we would recommend going to performance dampers like the Bilstein or Koni Sport: http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/Susptabl.jsp?autoMake=Volkswagen&autoModel=Jetta&autoYear=2015&autoModClar=SE&affiliate=GF3
Monday, April 11, 2016 by Toni

What's the lowest I could take my 2007 FJ Cruiser using lower springs?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Toni, Unfortunately we do not have any recommendations on lowering your FJ Cruiser at this time.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Fred

Hello,
I have a 2013 Honda Accord coupe with 27k miles. I want to give the car a more sporty feel and appearance while not hindering the ride quality too much. I'm honestly not sure how to describe the look I'm going for but it's lowered without looking slammed (I think it's called a square set up, but I'm not sure). I plan on keeping the stock 18 inch wheels and upgrading to piolt supersports. Are there any kits you could recommend for me to achieve the look I'm going for?
Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Remi

I did H&R Sports on my 2012 BMW 335, and it dramatically improved the look and handling. I replaced the shocks & struts with OEM spec Bilsteins, and the ride was marginally stiffer. I always wondered if I should go with a specialized shock & strut combo if lowering 1 to 1.5"? I'm considering doing the same thing with my 2017 ATS, and would like to know if there's an aftermarket shock & strut combo for that range of drop I should use that would be better than the OEM. The car is new.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Remi, we do recommend using performance upgrade dampers when you lower the vehicle. Unfortunately, the 2017 ATS doesn’t currently have any aftermarket dampers available (yet), at least, not from the manufacturers we carry.
Friday, February 2, 2018 by Jordan

Would I need an alignment if I were to put Tein Street Basis Z coilovers on my 04 Infiniti G35 Sedan? I want to lower it solely for aesthetics but plan on keeping my stock tire and wheel setup. Would I run into any issues of rubbing if I were to lower only about an inch or so?
Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jordan, anytime you adjust the suspension an alignment is a good idea. We do not carry that brand of coilover so we cannot speak specifically to that question but generally, a one-inch lowering should be fine without changing the stock wheel and tire sizing.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Dan

I plan on installing lowering springs on a 2014 mustang gt. Thoughts on the whiteline lowering springs on stock shocks and struts? From what I read, the whiteline lowering springs are engineered for OEM shocks and struts. I also plan on installing adjustable panhard bar and purchased camber bolts but have read the bolts may not be needed if front drop is less than 1.5 inches. Advice?
Monday, February 26, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Dan, we do not stock the Whiteline lowering springs for your car. They do offer a kit designed to work with OE dampers per their product information but they do not mention anything about the need for camber bolts with that kit.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Victor Allen

I want to buy lowering springs for my 2015 Honda civic si. I found eibach lowering springs online. Someone old me coilovers are better for suspension than lowering springs are. Now my question is which would give me a better ride coilovers or lowering springs?
Monday, March 19, 2018 by Patrick Watters

Just bought H&R springs for my '03 Odyssey. Do you have a "ball park" cost range for installation? Sounds like an alignment won't be needed, so just springs install. BTW, my original Showa/Honda shocks and struts are beasts! Like new at 135K. Thanks.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Victor Allen, the Eibach Prokit would be the best lowering springs for ride comfort. Generally, coilovers are for more aggressive setups, adjustability for track work, or more extreme lowering.

Follow the link for current pricing on the Prokit if you have the Coupe Si:

https://www.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?make=Eibach&model=Pro-Kit+Spring+Set&group=Pro-Kit+Spring+Set&partNum=4088.140&autoMake=Honda&autoModel=Civic+Si+Coupe&autoYear=2015&autoModClar=&affiliate=GU9
Friday, March 23, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Patrick Watters, pricing varies with different regions so it would be best to just call a couple places locally for cost estimates. Any time you lower a vehicle you should have the alignment updated and they should be used with new performance oriented or heavy duty shocks to handle the increased frequency they will be working.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 by John Cutrer

I am thinking about lowering springs on 2011 Dodge Durango crew 3.6l v6, red, 18 inch rims. Any recommendations?
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Jeng Lee

Hello
I just bought a set of H & R lowering springs for my 2006 infinitifx45~~ ! The H & R describe on their web site that tgeclowering springs works well with the original parts n the aftermarket parts ~~!! But also some ppl said that the more pressure is added if I changed only the lowering spring but not the shocks !! What do you think , do I have to replace the stock shocks with the lowering shocks as well ~??
Monday, April 2, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

John Cutrer, unfortunately, we do not have any manufacturers that make a lowering spring kit for your 2011 Dodge Durango.
Monday, April 2, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jeng Lee, mild lowering of an inch or less would most likely be fine with new stock shocks, if not wear a bit faster, but with an original equipment replacement series aftermarket shock, it typically voids the warranty when used with lowering springs.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 by Marcus G

I want to install lowering springs on my 14 Focus ST. Looking at no lower than 1' front 1.4' rear. Are new shocks/struts needed? I did change out the shocks when I lowered my 02 Focus and noticed a stiffer ride but I've heard the stock struts are fine on the ST.
Friday, April 13, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Marcus G, we do not have any manufacturers making front dampers that are compatible with the Ford Focus ST yet, but if you lower it mildly you would likely see the stock dampers wear a little faster. That may be a good question for your Ford dealer or check on the forums to see what others have experienced with the same car.
Sunday, April 15, 2018 by Marcus

Hi if I lower my car which is on 16 inch alloys would I need to change the alloys or just need different tyres thanks
Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Marcus, most of the time with a mild lowering of 1 to 1.5 inches you can keep the same size wheels and tires.

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