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Do-It-Yourself High Performance Car Mods: Rule the Streets by Matt Cramer

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Lowering Done Right

Many beginners want to start off work on their suspension by lowering their cars. Some want to lower their cars, hoping it will improve handling, while others simply want the slammed look. There are several ways of lowering a car, depending on your goals.

By itself, lowering can make an improvement, although it will not give you the same grip as R-compound tires or reduce body roll as much as adding stiffer springs or anti-roll bars will. Lowering will drop the car’s center of gravity, meaning less weight will shift from side to side while cornering. This helps somewhat, but lowering also can create several handling problems. The control arms will be angled differently, which will put the car on a different part of the camber ...

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