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.


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


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


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

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


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:
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

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.

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