|Vehicles with a Lowered Suspension
When looking to purchase a shock or strut for a lowered vehicle, it is
important to take into consideration a few things:
What the shock or strut manufacturer says about using their units for
that modification, and what the lowering-kit / spring manufacturer
recommends for use with their product.
Any REPUTABLE spring company
or lowering kit manufacturer can tell you exactly what brand / type
shock or strut to use with their products. Their Engineers would have spent a great
many hours designing lowering parts and kits to function and work together
with a specific shock design and valving in mind. Some companies who
make lowering parts build their own shocks or units specifically for use with
their own kits. In cases like that, because they are custom and specific, you may be forced to use their
Some of our shock companies make units specifically for a lowered vehicle. If you use a unit
that is NOT designed for a lowered vehicle, chances are that unit will
fail prematurely or you may have a problem in the future. It is
critical you use a shock with the correct lengths and valving
for a lowered suspension. If you do not know the amount
of lowering you have in your suspension modification, you must
check with the manufacturer of the lowering kit or the vehicle. Not every manufacturer of a
lowering kit makes their kits or products the same way. Only
they can give you the correct information and specs.
On cars, there are a few ways of lowering the vehicle: Some cars are lowered using
simply springs, or a kit that includes springs and units together. This usually drops a car around
a 1/2 an inch, up to a 1 1/2. Another way is to use a coil-over setup, which includes height adjustable
coil-overs with springs. A Coil-Over setup can lower a car as much as 3 to 4 inches. Airlift also offers Air Suspensions kits,
which can raise and lower a car at any time, and are controlled by the driver.
Note that just because a vehicle is sometimes lowered, especially from the factory (such as a Ford Lightning, and many others), that does not mean the units are
always shorter. Some of the modern lowering kits are designed to reuse stock shock / struts, and the stock length. Many times this is done simply by
modifying the spindles, while retaining the stock geometry somewhat. Again, if you are not sure about your own vehicle, always check with the lowering kit
manufacturer or the vehicle manufacturer. The end result is to choose the right shock / strut.
Cars - Edelbrock IAS Shocks (when specified by
Edelbrock or for use with their spring sets).
Cars - Bilstein Sports (or Bilstein Heavy Dutys
when specified by Bilstein).
Cars - KYB AGX (KYB specifies up to 1 1/2, and not for use
with any coil-overs).
Cars - Bilstein BTS Kits. (These include 4 Bilstein units and 4 springs).
Cars - Bilstein PSS Coil Overs. (Height adjustable Coil-Over kits, with 4 units, collars,
and springs. The PSS9 units are als adjustable at the valving level.).
Cars - Edelbrock Coil-Over. (Includes the unit, spring, and coil-over collar).
Cars - Edelbrock Springs Sets.
Cars - Airlift Easystreet Air Kits.
Trucks - KYB Monomax (when specified by KYB. They will be listed in our online catalog).
Trucks - Edelbrock IAS Shocks (when specified by Edelbrock). They will be listed in our online catalog)
Trucks - Bilsteins (when specified by Bilstein). They will be listed in our online catalog)
Cars - Airlift Easystreet Air Kits.
Shocks and struts are not available for every lowered car or truck, so sometimes your fabricator or mechanic may need to custom fit a unit to the vehicle's
modifications. The shock companies we have do not always publish the size of their shocks
and mounts configuration. However, from the companies we do have, some size and mounting chart specs are available.
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