How To Lower your C2 Corvette
A Corvette C2 lowering process is relatively easy to complete at home with a few basic tools and sets of equipment. Many people who own Corvette C2s wonder how they can modify their vehicles in order to make them truly unique in appearance and style. Lowering your vehicle with a specialized springs kit is a fantastic way to do this for a small amount of money and without avoiding the hassle of dealing with a professional auto body custom shop, which can be very expensive and time consuming. However, the process of installing a lowering kit in your vehicle is not entirely free of risk, and it’s important that you exercise appropriate caution at all times while you work to install a kit of this type. Read on for a basic overview of how to go about lowering your C2 Corvette.
Step 1 — Gather the Necessary materials
You’ll need the following items in order to lower your C2 Corvette at home:
- Torque wrench
- Hydraulic jack
- Two tall jack stands
- New suspension springs set
- Assistant to help with the project
- Socket wrench and spare sockets
- Ratchet system and breaker bar
- Cro bar
Step 2 — Prepare the Car
Start out by parking your Corvette on the flattest, most open space that is available to you. You’ll need sufficient space all around the outside of the vehicle in order to work properly, so be sure that you’ll have this before you mount the front end of the vehicle up on the jack stands. Place the jack stands on the outer edges of the vehicle on the front so that you’ll be able to access the underside of the Corvette C2 easily and without any trouble.
Step 3 — Remove the Front Springs
Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right before you work on the driver’s side spring set. Use the breaker bar to cut the caliper bolt so that you can move it out of the way and to the side of the spring. Decompress the spring before you remove it manually in order to avoid the dangerous situation of having a loaded spring which could potentially cause harm to your vehicle or injury to you. Next, turn the steering wheel to the left and repeat the process of cutting and displacing the caliper and then removing the front spring on the passenger’s side as well.
Step 4 — Install Replacement Front Springs
Line up the springs with the stable A-Arms at the front portion of the vehicle. Place them in the bottom isolators and secure the bottom isolators into place using your socket wrench and ratchet set. Because the two front springs are actually interchangeable, it doesn’t matter which one of them you use on which side of the car. You may find that it’s helpful to loosen the lug nuts before you install the new front springs in place. You’ll need an assistant to help by pushing the bar of the A-Arm out of the way before you can install each spring in place.
Step 5 — Remove and Replace the Rear Springs
Removing the rear springs is actually less dangerous than removing the front springs, and the process should be easier as well. Lower the vehicle off of the mounts and replace the jack stands at the rear of the car so that the edge is hanging freely. Loosen the lug nuts again and remove the springs in the same manner as you did the front springs. Replace the springs in the same manner as well, being sure that you have the correct spring for that side of the car and that you have a friend hold the caliper system out of the way while you install the rear spring in the top isolator. As always, take precautions to decompress the springs before you remove them, in order to prevent injury or other damage.
Before you lower the car and drive it once again, check to be sure that all of the different component systems are in place properly.
If everything seems to be in order, remove the vehicle from the stands and test drive it to see how you like the new, lowered feel.