How to Build a Low-Rider


A car is like a rolling work of art for some people. Making the car custom to have a personality all its own is something many car enthusiasts do. Learn how to build a low-rider so your car can become one in a million.

  • Purchase the proper suspension parts after deciding what type you like (see Resources). Hydraulics can get your car bouncing off the ground, air rods are push-button and adjust the height up and down and an airbag suspension gives you the flexibility of hydraulics without all of the hoses (and are more durable for everyday driving). Lowering kits are another option and will lower the car, but it must stay at that height and can only be adjusted by hand.

  • Install the suspension kit on your car. Some lowering kits are easy to install in your garage. Adjustable suspension systems are elaborate and will require extensive work on the frame and suspension of your vehicle. It is best to find a reputable shop to install these suspensions on your car.

  • Put the correct size rims and tires on your car after the suspension is installed. Lowered suspensions call for aftermarket rims and tires because the ride height has been altered. If big rims are on the car, low-profile tires are needed.

  • Learn how to drive the car with the new suspension. Lowered cars require patience when driving on bumpy roads, through parking lots and over speed bumps.

  • Spend some time learning all of the controls and levers of an adjustable suspension before leaving the shop. Remember that in most states it is illegal to adjust the suspension for driving on public roads.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't jump in the car with the new suspension and take off like normal. Vehicles that are very low require you to relearn how to drive in some cases.

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