This is a question we get all the time – What is the best coilover ride height for my car? Before asking any other questions, you should be familiar with the aspects of this question. Ride height is usually defined by the distance between the bottom of the car and the ground. This question depends greatly on what you are looking to accomplish with your car. There is no correct answer to this unless you know what you want to get from your car. Are you looking to use your car for motorsports? Are you looking for that super cool stance? Are you somewhere in between? Is this vehicle a daily driver? These are extremely important questions to answer prior to settling on a ide height. The ride height will impact your car’s center of gravity, aerodynamics, and many other factors that will be noticeable the second you take the wheel!
Ride Height for Motorsports
When considering what the best ride height is for motorsports, you traditionally want to go as low as you can without impeding the suspension from working properly. With a motorsport only vehicle you don’t have to worry about potholes or bad road conditions, but you do still have to consider bottoming out or going so low that your suspension cannot function properly. The lower you go, the better center of gravity which means better handling and cornering. At the same token, the lower you go the more likely you are to bottom out or rub against the wheels which will reduce your times and more importantly create an unstable environment. It is also important to note that ride height effects nearly all suspension factors and adjustments previously made. It is recommended to adjust your ride height first, then move onto other adjustments such as the wing angles. If the front suspension is lowered, you should increase the angle of attack on both wings. The opposite is true for raising the front suspension.
Ride Height for Stance
In regards to the “low life” crowd, and by that I don’t mean losers :-), these enthusiasts tend to go as low as possible. This is considered to be safe as these cars don’t undergo any actual racing but are rather entered into shows or lifestyle rather than motorsports or performance. There is no right or wrong approach when looking for the best stance, it comes down to personal preference. I should mention, a super low ride height is alright for shows or appearance, but if the vehicle is ever driven on public roads, say to and from a show because you don’t have a trailer, extreme caution should be taken as any small bump or pot hole can cause major structural damage. Other than that, the best recommendation to alleviate this issue would be to use air cups. Air cups allow you to raise your vehicles ride height by 1-2 inches on the fly. This is quite useful if you are leaving a show or meetup and need to raise the ride height to commute and you are without a trailer.