How To Lower your C5 Corvette
The Corvette C5 is an excellent choice of sports car for the driver who is looking for power, speed, performance and overall aesthetic quality. The vehicle is truly unique amongst other vehicles on the road. However, if you wish to make your car even more distinctive, you'll need to go about modifying it with the help of some custom kits and other accessories. One of the best ways to do this is the use a lowering kit with new suspension springs to change the appearance and feel of the C5. This will effectively lower it down closer to the ground. When you do this, you can install the kit relatively easily at home and with the help of an assistant, which saves you quite a bit of money over installing the kit through a professional service.
Step 1 -- Gather the Materials
You'll need the following materials and tools in order to properly lower your Corvette C5:
Jack stands (two tall ones)
New suspension kit with lowering springs
Socket wrench with spare sockets of different sizes
Step 2 -- Prepare the Corvette
Begin by parking your Corvette C5 in a flat, wide open space where you'll have the room to easiliy maneuver around it and to work comfortably. Ensure that the emergency break is activated and that the vehicle is in park, if it's an automatic transmission. Use the hydraulic jack to lift up the front end of the car, and mount it on the two jack stands so that they are on the outside portion of the vehicle and you'll be able to access the underside of the car easily.
Step 3 -- Remove the Front Springs
Use your torque wrench and sockets to loosen the lug nuts around the wheel so that you can access the breaks. Once you've accessed the suspension springs, you'll need to carefully use your breaker bar to cut the caliper bolt. Before you do this, it's important to turn the steering wheel according to which side of the car you're working on. The steering wheel should go all the way to the left when you remove the passenger's side spring, and all the way to the right when you remove the driver's side. Set the caliper bolt out of the way and then begin to remove the spring. You'll need an assistant to help you to decompress the spring so that you can safely remove it. Be careful, as the spring is very powerful and can cause great injury to you if you don't use proper caution.
Step 4 -- Replace the Front Springs
Once you've removed both front springs, hold the A-Arm on either side of the vehicle open so that you can insert the new suspension springs into the top isolators in their place. You'll also need an assistant to do this. The springs are interchangeable, so it doesn't matter which one goes on which side of the car.
Step 5 -- Remove and Replace the Rear Springs
Next, mount the rear end of the vehicle up in the same way as the front. Be sure that a good portion of the vehicle hangs off the end of the jacks so that you'll be able to access the underside once again. Next, you can remove the rear springs in much the same method as the front springs. The rear springs are less difficult and dangerous to remove, but they still require your extreme caution. Replace them in the same manner as well, although the rear springs are not interchangeable and must be fitted into the top isolators, not the bottom ones.
After you have completed this change, tighten up all of the lug nuts on the car and lower it from the jack stand in order to see and test out the feel of your newly lowered C5. For more information about how to complete this process efficiently and safely, speak with a recognized and certified custom car body specialist in your area, or consult with a nearby Corvette authority for added advice and guidelines instead.