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Different Ways To Lower Your Vehicle

Fitment Industries Author | | May 28th, 2018 |

  • - Hey guys, what's going on, it's Alex from Fitment Industries and today we're going to be talking to you about different ways you can lower your car. So I know there's a lot of people out there that wanna get different style looks, whether they're looking for track-oriented purposes, or the whole fender to lip stance game. There's a ton of different ways that you can achieve that look. But, you know, there are certain things you have to remember, especially cons when it comes down to different ways you can do it.

    So we're gonna just jump right into it. Now I'm sure if you're watching this video, you think the first thing that we're gonna talk about would be lowering springs, but you're wrong, actually there are a lot of fundamental things that you could do with your basic OEM air suspension for the European owners out there. So there is a piece that you can buy called lowering links. And what that allows you to do, and this is only exclusive to vehicles that have automatic OEM air suspension, but the lowering links just allow you to lower your vehicle straight from the factory. Because what ends up happening, is your OEM air suspension works off different pressures and height sensors. Those lowering links essentially lower that, so that you can actually get lower with your OEM air suspension than your stock would allow you to do. One of the pros of having this is it's probably the cheapest modification you can do to an OEM air suspension vehicle, because it only costs probably about two-to-three hundred dollars. On top of that it gives you that Fitment look that you want, and allows you to look like you've got something like Air Lift or Accuair, except you only spent a few hundred bucks and it took you about two hours. They are affordable and easy to install, and uninstall if you're looking to sell the vehicle at a later time. But something you have to remember about lowering links is they don't actually increase any sort of performance part of your car, they're just pretty much aesthetic only pieces. Lowering links aren't really that adjustable, they are to a certain extent, but not as much as one would hope. OEM air suspension is pretty restrictive in what it can and can't do. Lowering links isn't gonna automatically turn your car into something like Accuair or Air Lift 3P, but it's gonna get the job done, if you're looking for a quick and easy solution. So, going right into the basics, lowering springs.

    Now if you guys have been a part of this scene for a while, you know that lowering springs used to be a lot more common than they are now. But they do play a pretty fundamental part in the aftermarket car community, most notably because they're a very easy and efficient way to lower your car. On top of that, they're very cost-efficient, they only cost a few hundred bucks. Eibach makes a pro kit that's extremely good spring setup, but lowering springs are just that, they're springs, they don't really do any sort of adjustment or anything that's crazy in terms of adjustable dampening, or anything like that, they just lower your car. But the great things about them: they're cheap, they're easy to install, they're easy to find, and there's plenty of applications for them. Almost every single year, make, and model has some form of lowering spring that you can install on your vehicle, which is great because there's so many different vehicles right now in the aftermarket car community that everything can potentially be modified, and you see a lot of different stuff at car shows. Lowering springs allow you to modify something that you wouldn't normally expect for a pretty good price. But we're gonna go into the next subject, which is coilovers.

    So, coilovers were, and probably still are, the most common modification that a lot of people do to their car when dialing in their suspension. Coilovers are insanely versatile, they allow you to adjust dampening, adjust your overall ride quality, your ride height. Allows you to dial in your suspension, if you're looking to actually take your car to the track, and so, so much more. Coilovers are like the full package of a video game, whereas lowering springs are like the free beta. It all comes down to what you wanna do, and what are willing to do and put into your car to make it the perfect ride. Coilovers consist of a shock absorber, which is wrapped around a coil spring, that's pretty much all it is. And they usually come already installed, and ready to roll. Coilovers aren't terrible to install. From the basis of it, it allows you a lot of customization and allows you a lot of availability to really dive into your car, and understand how suspension works, and how coilovers work. And they greatly, greatly improve your overall ride quality, in terms of performance, and not necessarily in terms of comfort. Coilovers are kind of plug and play, but at the same time, if you're looking to dial into your suspension, they're definitely not. There's so much you need to take into consideration when installing coilovers including dampening, including actual ride height, and where you want each one to sit at in terms of front and rear. If you're planning on launching the car, using drag, or drift, or autocross, or HPD, you need to actually set up your coilovers specifically for how you plan to drive the car to make them work effectively. If you don't, it's pretty much a waste of time and money. And with that out of the way, we're finally on to the top dog, the one that's probably gonna be the most popular style suspension in the coming years, air suspension.

    Air suspension has existed for some time now. AMG's had it for a long time, M Series had it for a long time, Audis have had it for a long time, especially in their A8 models. They've now really gotten into the aftermarket customization stuff because that's just the way this community works. They want more customization, they want more options, and they wanna be the cool kid on the block. Air suspension does that for you. Air suspension is probably the most versatile out of everything that we've chosen, because everything is at a click of a button. And honestly, air suspension allows you to do what I did when I first installed my coils, is where I'd max the whole thing out to see how low I could get the car to go. I stared at it for a couple hours, I took a few pictures of it, and then I had to raise it back up because I had to drive the car down the road. Air suspension allows you to get those pictures and get that look of being slammed on the ground, and then you can air up, go over bumps, go over you know, any sort of potholes, go through a Walmart parking lot with speed bumps, and do everything as if your car was on stock suspension. But, air suspension isn't all hunky dory. So, in case you're new to air suspension, usually the way that it works is you have a compressor, a tank, airlines, you have a management system, and a few other goodies that pretty much allow you to pressure and put air pressure into bags that are in your front and rear struts, that allow you to raise and lower your vehicle. So the higher the pressure, the more air that's in the bag, the higher the car lifts up. Obviously when you dump that air out, you lose pressure, it allows the car to come back down onto the ground, and you get that slammed look. And there's a lot of great things that you can do with air suspension. Your ride quality dramatically improves in terms of just overall cruising, compared to something like coilovers, where if you have them oriented toward more of a sport function style.

    Air suspension is gonna allow you to air up, it's gonna allow you to go through any sort of rough roads, anything like that, and handle pretty much anything that's on the road with ease. It allows you for complete customization options, and there's a bunch of different styles that you can make your air suspension do for your car. It allows you to slam it, it allows you to lift up, it allows you to have that perfect Fitment. It also is generally considered a pretty good option for track use, as long as you dial it in correctly. But there are a couple things that aren't so good about air suspension. Most notably, the price. Air suspension is by far probably the most expensive option out of all of them, especially if you're looking into the 3H system by Air Lift, or you're looking into Accuair's more progressive lineup. They have a lot of new tech that allows them to be more function oriented, rather than just form. But, you are paying a very heavy price tag, anywhere between three-to-five thousand isn't uncommon for air suspension in most vehicles. So which one do you guys plan on installing? If you have any questions or concerns, drop them below, but we actually do carry all those things, including lowering springs, coilovers, and Air Lift. Www.fitmentindustries.com. Let us know if you guys have any questions or comments below because we read every single one. So we wanna hear from you what you would like to see us cover next. But I'm Alex from Fitment Industries, thanks for staying tuned, we'll see you later. Peace.