Lowering Springs vs. Coilovers

In the never-ending quest for style and performance, one of the main ways to increase both is by lowering your vehicle. As they say, “decrease the altitude, increase the attitude.” Not only do lowered vehicles look more aggressive, but also numerous handling benefits can be found by dropping your ride height a few inches. There are different ways to achieve this, each with their own unique benefits and drawbacks. So what are the differences between lowering springs vs. coilovers? Quite a few. But with a side-by side comparison and by answering three simple questions, you’ll be better able to determine which route is right for you.

While lowering springs and coilovers both serve generally the same purpose – making your car lower – they achieve this end in very different ways and provide noticeably distinct handling characteristics.

Lowering Springs

Lowering Springs Provide


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KW Coilover Shocks

Coilovers Provide


Lowering springs and coilovers are two different means to largely the same end. Each have their own benefits and drawbacks, but both are more than capable of hot lapping at the track and getting you home afterward. Which route you choose all depends on what you’re willing to sacrifice for performance and how much you want to spend.


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Mike Cote
My 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road Access Cab 4x4 offers bed space to camp in, haul my dirt bike around, and it's been done up to take on the trails. Favorite mods include my Icon coilovers to soak up the bumps. My Walker Evans 501 Legend wheels wrapped in Toyo RT tires give me the clearance from my upper control arms to fit (and they look darn good) and the over-sized tires take on rocks with plenty of traction. My Rigid Industries fog lights have kept me out of a ditch or two when night wheeling. Growing up going to car shows and helping my dad work on the family vehicles ignited my passion. My best memory was the first time I flushed the coolant. My dad forgot to tell me to keep my face out from under the drain plug. Never made that mistake again!


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