Lower A Front Wheel Drive

There are several options for lowering your front-wheel-drive vehicle, including lowering springs.

Despite the inherent complexity of the front transaxle of a front-wheel-drive vehicle, they are actually the simplest drive layout to lower. Whereas drivetrain-alignment issues can arise with rear- and all-wheel-drive setups, a front wheel drive’s entire drivetrain is on the front axle, thus eliminating risk of alignment issues when lowering. As such, front-wheel-drive vehicles can be lowered with conventional methods.


1. Cut the stock springs of your front-wheel-drive car if you’re looking for a free method of lowering. This is done by removing the stock springs and cutting a portion of the spring’s coil. While this method will achieve the sporty, lowered look for your car, it will actually hurt performance. Cut springs often make for a bouncy, slow-handling ride. Therefore, this method is only suggested for budget-minded enthusiasts only concerned with looks.

2. Lower your front-wheel-drive car on conventional lowering springs if you’re looking for the cheapest method of lowering that doesn’t hurt performance. Stock shock absorbers are tuned to work with the stock spring setup, therefore putting lowering springs onto the stock shocks isn’t the best method for improving performance. Nevertheless, a good set of aftermarket lowering springs can slightly help your front wheel drive car’s handling while giving it a lowered stance.

3. Buy a full coilover kit if you want to lower your front wheel drive while maximizing its handling potential. Coilover kits include full shock absorber sets with matching lowering springs. Many kits are tunable, allowing user-defined heights and ride-stiffness, among other parameters. This is the most expensive method of lowering your front wheel drive car, but also the most effective.