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This is a discussion on lowering springs within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; will putting lowering springs on my car add time to my 1/4 mile time if so how much can i ...

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    will putting lowering springs on my car add time to my 1/4 mile time if so how much can i expect

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    Depends on the springs and the rate. The stiffer they are, and the lower they are the less weight transfer you'll get. Might not hurt times at all, might hurt them badly. Can't say because I don't know how much traction you have now.

    If someone has a magic answer, they're lying. Nobody can know. Of note, there is a reason that "drag springs" are very tall and soft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Strano View Post
    Depends on the springs and the rate. The stiffer they are, and the lower they are the less weight transfer you'll get. Might not hurt times at all, might hurt them badly. Can't say because I don't know how much traction you have now.

    If someone has a magic answer, they're lying. Nobody can know. Of note, there is a reason that "drag springs" are very tall and soft.
    To what Sam said this is why you have to test and tune the suspension for what you’re doing. If you drag racing then you want max weight transfer front to rear and the most anti-squat you can make with a higher center of gravity. This set up is not good for cornering or autocrossing where you normally want balance from front to rear and good weight transfer from side to side and a lower center of gravity. For street and auto crossing you well see benefits from lowering the car a little, but might see a little less traction on the strip.

    A way to fix this is to put adjustability in to your suspension, they make adjustable ride height coil over shock and springs. This well allow you to set your ride hieght for what you are doing.
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