Lowering your car is a must do for those who want to achieve a low ride stance and stiffen up the handling when it comes to cornering and general handling. There are a few different options when it comes to lowering your car or improving the handling.
For those who are looking for a hardcore stance and want to improve their overall handling then a set of adjustable coilovers could be an option for you.
Coilovers are available for most makes and models of vehicle as well as having different ride height options, some even adjustable dampening and camber depending on the brand you choose.
Don’t be confused by all the options, just do your research and you will find the right kit for your car.
One of the best things about adjustable coilovers is that you can change the ride height of your vehicle as often as you like. Going to a show and want to put your car on the floor, then you can!!
Planning a long trip and need a little more comfort, simple just make a quick adjustment and your away!
Many people are still using lowering springs on their standard shockers which over time depending on the height can cause unnecessary damage, always seek professional advice before just lowering your car!
Leading suspension designers Eibach have just released details of their latest upgrade for the new Golf Mk 6: Their Pro-Street S adjustable coilover kit.
The latest kit, designed specifically for the car, uses the latest materials and construction techniques to give the VW a wide range of ride-height adjustment, while still retaining a fantastic ride quality. As the name suggests, Pro-Street S are designed with road use in mind, although their stainless steel construction, precision damper units and unparalleled build quality mean that they will also be a pretty effective upgrade on track, too.
The adjustable spring seat can be easily wound up or down in order to achieve the perfect stance – or corner weighting, before being easily locked off with a stainless allen bolt. Eibach actually uses the hugely respected ERS range of race springs on the Pro-Street units, which goes a long way towards explaining their race pedigree. Although not designed as a race-spec unit, there are numerous club-level competitors using them to great effect in various saloon series around the UK.
Ride height cab be adjusted from almost stock level to drops of around – 60mm. Damper rates are computer matched with the springs at the Eibach factory, making the Pro-Street S a true ‘fit and forget’ proposition once the desired ride-height has been set. The entire set of 4 costs just £702.61 plus VAT.
For more details on the Eibach range, please click to www.eibach.co.uk or call the team on 01455 285851.
BMW may have created ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’, but owners of the superb E36 and E46 3 series models can make theirs even better still, thanks to Cobra Suspension.
The respected manufacturer has released details of its new Evo III Suspension set-up for both cars. Most engine variants are covered, from the 316 upwards, with special kits developed for the much vaunted M3 models.
Whilst the standard cars are hugely capable, chances are that the standard suspension is getting a little tired and ready for replacement. The Cobra kit offers adjustable height, damping and rebound to endow the 3 series with grip and traction beyond even its original capabilities. The Evo III kit also offers both inboard and outboard damping control.
The Evo III kit utilises a twin tube gas pressure system and offers up to 80mm of controllable height adjustment. The stainless steel bodies use polyurethane bushes and a specially designed bumpstop to give the car a precise feel with improved turn-in and driver feedback. The kit also comes with a fully comprehensive 12 months warranty.
Prices start at just £1,169. + VAT for the E46 kit rising to £1,709 + VAT for the M3 models. For more details please visit www.cobra-suspension.co.uk or call Cobra on 01530 517920.
Subaru tuning supremos PowerStation have been busy honing their suspension range for the latest Impreza models. The new 2009 AST line up offers a beautifully engineered solution for every model of the new car, offering a balance between capability, comfort – and cost!
The AST Sportline range is a traditional coil-over type unit that incorporates ride height and damper force adjustment. Although manufactured in the same factory as their race ranges, the Sportline weighs in at a fraction of the cost, making it a superb choice for the fast road or track driver that wants ultimate control, tempered by comfort and reliability. Damper rates have been carefully matched to spring rates to give a sublime package.
A 12-point adjustable damper can be quickly set by the driver, via a single knob to allow for different ambient conditions, road types or driving styles. Bump and rebound are adjusted together in one movement to allow for instant fine tuning.
The units are monotube, and are nitrogen filled to eliminate the problems of aeration found in cheaper non-gas units. Prices start at just £1195 for the ‘08 cars. PowerStation also offer a huge range of units for the older cars, going right back to 94 model year.
For those looking to spend more time on the track, the Raceline range should need no introduction. As the suspension that took PowerStation to the overall victory in the 2006 Time Attack Championships, the Raceline range boasts an impressive list of features. Each unit is height adjustable and has 3-way damper adjustment, allowing changes to both and low and high speed compression and rebound characteristics. The compression circuits are located on an externally mounted reservoir, which allows an increased level of oil capacity and higher internal nitrogen pressures to eliminate aerating. Each damper has 12 positions allowing for infinite fine tuning to tweak pitch, dive, roll balance and to allow for all weather conditions at the circuit.
With AST’s high quality top-mounts as standard, it’s no surprise that AST Raceline Dampers are the choice of many of Europe’s top race teams – and with great success. Prices start at just £3750 For the ‘08- models and again go back through the range to cater for most early models.
The German manufacturer has just released details of its latest fitment for the much vaunted hot-hatch and couth coupe. The Pro-Street S kit uses a rust-proof stainless steel body and adjustable spring platform to give a height adjustment of between 10 and 70mm lower than stock. With damper settings and spring rates all computer matched at the factory, The Pro Street S gives a surprisingly compliant ride, even when wound down to its lowest setting.
It’s not all about creating a killer stance of course, the springs used on the Pro Street S come straight from Eibach’s race proven ERS range, endowing the car with sharper cornering response and flatter attitude through the turns. Turn-in is greatly improved, and thanks to the car’s lower centre of gravity and improved airflow, stability, braking and speed are significantly enhanced.
Priced at just £808 and £849 + VAT for the Golf and Scirocco respectively, The new Eibach kits make a big difference at an extremely sensible price.
For more details check out your local car accessories store or find a stockist using the MaxxDirectory