Vehicle Lowering Suspension

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Lowering Suspension
Lowering Suspension

Lowering a vehicle's suspension has become increasingly popular. By lowering a vehicle, fuel economy is increased, as well as performance. There are several methods, which can be used to lower a vehicle's suspension. One method, is to add new springs, which is reliable, and ensures that the vehicle is level after being lowered, however, this method is more expensive than other methods. Another method used for lowering vehicle's, is the use of lowering blocks. Lowering blocks, lower the vehicle's suspension with the use of shackles, and blocks. This method is less expensive than the addition of new springs, however, may not be as reliable.

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Vehicle Blocks & Accessories- Lower

Blocks & Accessories- Lower
Blocks & Accessories- Lower

Lowering blocks are a commonly used method that can be used when trying to achieve a lowered stance on a vehicle. These blocks are placed in between the leaf springs and axle which in turn will move the axle closer to the body and higher in the wheel well. The amount that the vehicle is lowered is dependent on the on the size of the blocks. For example, a 1 inch block will lower the vehicle 1 inch while a 3 inch block will lower the body 3 inches. It is only a good idea to only lower the vehicle an inch or 2 with the use of blocks because it can become unstable and effect handling if the blocks are stacked to high. These lowering blocks will have a round protrusion on one side which is there so that the block can be firmly placed in the spring pad on the axle. Once the blocks are in place, they are secured with u-bolts and nuts so that they can’t slide out of place which would cause the vehicle to not sit level. Continue Reading -->

Coil Spring - Lowering

Coil Spring - Lowering
Coil Spring - Lowering

Lowering a vehicle with the use of a different coil spring is one of the most effective and simple ways to lower the vehicles suspension. Instead of using inserts which can be unstable at times, shorter coil springs will only increase vehicle performance and not limit the things that the vehicle was able to do with the stock springs. Lowering the vehicles with the use shorter coil springs will be especially noticeable when taking sharp turns because the shorter springs are stiffer and bring the vehicles mass closer to the ground which will reduce body roll. It is important when buying new springs to get ones that will fit the vehicle and the spring housing which holds the spring in place on the suspension. Buying and installing a spring is very cost effective and simple because it uses many of vehicles original parts for installation instead of needing numerous new parts which would need to be installed. Installing shorter springs will bring the body closer to the axle which is what lowers the vehicle. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Leaf Springs- Lower

Leaf Springs- Lower
Leaf Springs- Lower

Lowering a vehicle by changing out the leaf springs is a cost effective and sturdy method to use. Changing out the leaf springs is more cost effective than many other methods because it still incorporates the use of many original parts so that only the new springs will have to be purchased for most setups. Installing new leaf springs may be more money and work but it is way sturdier that other methods that use blocks or shackles. The difference in the new leaf springs that will be used to lower the suspension is that they are not as thick as standard springs which means that they will get compressed more as the vehicles weight is lowered on it. Springs that are designed for lowered vehicles tend to be flatter as well so that there is some cushion in the suspension, even with the vehicle being close to the ground. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Leaf Spring Bushings - Lower

Leaf Spring Bushings - Lower
Leaf Spring Bushings - Lower

A leaf spring bushing is a component that is fitted to the end of the leaf spring so that it can be properly secured in place. The bushing is cylindrical in shape so that it can fit snuggly into the end of the leaf spring. This bushing provides some shock absorbing cushion to help make the ride smoother. The material that most leaf spring bushings are made out of is rubber but other materials such as polyurethane have started gaining widespread use. The reason why rubber is slowly being replaced is because it degrades over time which can cause rattling in the suspension, extra wear on the springs/components, and a rougher ride. Many of these new materials that are being used to make bushings won’t break down when subjected to the elements which is essential since the leaf spring are under the vehicle and will get allot of mud and grime kicked up on them. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Lowering Kits

Lowering Kits
Lowering Kits

Lowering kits are available in many different configurations so that a vehicle can be lowered to achieve better handling and an enhanced look. These kits come in many different configurations and sizes so that the right kit can be purchased for any kind of vehicle. Some smaller kits may use low cost and simple methods such as blocks and shackles while more expensive and complex kits may incorporate new springs throughout the vehicle. While all of these kits will work to lower a vehicle, some will perform much better than others because of the way they are set up. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Shackles- Lower

Shackles- Lower
Shackles- Lower

Shackles are used on a suspension to secure the end of a leaf spring to the vehicles frame. Shackles are usually only used at the back side of the leaf spring while the front side of the spring is directly connected to the frame. Vehicles that are designed around off-roading will likely have a shackle on the front of the leaf spring as well because of the rougher terrain the vehicle will likely be subjected to. The reason why a shackle is used is to help the spring with its tendency to elongate when compressed which will make for softer springiness. The material used to make shackles is normally steel but other metals may be used depending on the vehicles size and application. The bottom of the shackle has a bushing which can be made out of many materials such as polyurethane which will stand up to the high amounts of pressure without allot of friction or noise. These bushings on the bottom of the shackle are recommended to be lubricated with something like grease which will prevent wear. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Spindles

Spindles
Spindles

A spindle is a component of the suspension which carries the hub for the wheel and attaches to the upper and lower control arms. The design of a spindle is very important to its structural integrity. Since this component is subject to very powerful forces, its first priority should be performance and strength. There may be various different spindles on a vehicle to account for the changing forces on the wheels. For example, the drive wheel spindles have to stand up to horizontal and vertical forces while the non-driven wheels only have to stand up to horizontal forces. Taking this into consideration, the spindles on the drive wheels will more than likely be allot thicker and better designed than the other wheels which can use a lighter and simpler spindle to get the same results. Continue Reading -->

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