How To Lower your C4 Corvette
The Corvette C4 is one of the sleekest and most attractive vehicles on the road at this point in time. Still, many people wish to alter the appearance of their vehicle in order to truly distinguish it from every other car around it. One of the most affordable ways to do this is by lowering your C4 Corvette with a new springs kit. These are relatively expensive, but they are easy to install on your own, provided that you take proper care to avoid injury and to work carefully. Read the following steps to help you lower the C4 Corvette safely and as efficiently as possible in your own home.
Step 1 — Gather Your Materials
You’ll need the following materials in order to properly lower your C4 Corvette:
- Two tall jack stands
- Hydraulic jack
- Cro bar
- Ratchets and socket wrench
- Torque wrench
- Breaker bar
- Spare sockets
- Additional person to help
- Lowering springs and kit
Step 2 — Prepare the Car
The first thing that you should do is to prepare the car for your project. Park it on a flat and even space with lots of room around it. Use the torque wrench to loosen the lug nuts on your front rims without fully removing them. Open up the hood and be sure to set the emergency break on the car. Jack up the front end of the car so that it is evenly off of the ground and you can access the underside of the car with ease. Place the jack stands toward the front end of the car on both sides so that you’ll have plenty of room. Support the jack stands underneath the frame of the car to keep it secure.
Step 3 — Remove the Front Springs
Turn the steering wheel all the way to right before you remove the driver’s side spring. Use your breaker bar to cut the caliper bolts on the driver’s side so that you can remove the spring. Then turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and repeat the process for the caliper bolts and the spring on the passenger’s side of the front end of the car. Be very careful while you work, as the springs are highly compressed and can be very dangerous. It’s helpful to decompress the strings before you work so that they’re less likely to cause damage.
Step 4 — Install New Front Springs
Line up the front springs with the A-Arms in the car and place the springs in the bottom isolators. Use the springs in the A-Arms with the help of a friend. The friend should push the A-Arm out of the way while you install the spring in place. Be careful as you do so, as the spring will be highly compressed and may cause damage. Secure the caliper and the struts back into place to allow the front springs to lock into the position that they should be in.
Step 5 — Replace and Install New Rear Springs
Next, you’ll need to repeat the same process for the rear springs of your C4 Corvette. This is essentially the same task as the front springs, but there are a few important changes. Begin by removing the vehicle from the jack stands on the front and mounting it up on the rear instead. You can then be sure that the vehicle rear portion is overhanging enough that you’ll be able to access the underside of the car easily. Remove the rear springs in the same manner as the front springs, once again ensuring that you take all safety precautions necessary.
The rear springs are not interchangeable, so it’s crucial that you mount them in the A-Arms in the proper order. They should fit into the top
isolators in the same way as the front springs did. Once you’ve replaced the springs, tighten up the lug nuts all around the car and remove it from the jack stands. You can then decide about the final appearance and feel of the vehicle, now that it’s been lowered.
If you have any questions about how to complete this process with the most efficient use of your time, speak with a professional custom body shop worker or a Corvette specialist for more advice.