Are You Sitting Right?

We've brought up wheels in the past and how they can affect a multitude of things if not chosen correctly, but what about your suspension?

Suspension components from the factory are designed to have a long service life, rather than improve high-performance driving. It's something that can often be overlooked on many street machines but plays a vital role in how your car handles, many enthusiasts seek out stance foremost and the handling/ride quality tends to become an afterthought.

A cheap set of coilovers, bouncy lowering springs might get you the drop you're looking for but could make your ride unpredictable or even dangerous.

When choosing a set of coilovers, price shouldn't be the only thing to look at. Quality components from companies such as BC Racing, KW, Tein, Fortune Auto, and select others have countless hours of research and development behind them to ensure spring rates, valving, compression, and rebound are appropriate for your specific chassis and application.

Perfecting your stance isn't just about ride height though. The alignment can play a very important role in how your car handles, especially in cars with independent suspension. If your street machine is experiencing issues like increased tire wear or even drivetrain/steering wheel vibration, suspension components likely aren't aligned correctly after the vehicle has been lowered or had other aftermarket add-ons such as control arms or replacement bushings.

Additional components such as aftermarket control arms and eccentric hardware can help to bring a larger range of adjustments to ensure your street machines' tires are contacting the pavement properly

There are three main points of adjustment to manipulate suspension geometry.

The first is Camber, which is the inward or outward tilt angle of the tire/wheel assembly when viewed from the front of the vehicle.

The second is Caster, which is the forward or rearward angle of the tire in relation to the centerline of the wheel well when viewed from the side profile of the vehicle.

And finally is Toe, which is the tires being turned inward (towards each other) or outward (away from each other) from a birds-eye view.

Each of these points in a vehicles' suspension geometry can be adjusted to help correct or compensate so your street machine can handle like it was designed to. We recommend seeing a shop you can trust that can handle an alignment on modified or lowered cars.

Once your ride is sitting right with the proper components, it can tackle any apex you desire

-Team 604

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