Just because the manufacturer of your ride had their ideas about how she should sit does not mean you have to agree with them. How she sits, whether the factory look, or a stance more to your liking, is for you to decide. What About The Factory Stance? Because our early 20th century roads were […]
Ride Height & Stance Tech Articles, Videos, and More
Your vehicle's stance makes (or breaks) its look and performance. Make sure you get it right!
Below you'll find articles, videos, and tech questions provided to get your ride height where it needs to be. Need specific advice on your project? Ask us!
Why Lowering and Lifting Blocks Can Cause Axle Wind-Up
We all know the quickest and cheapest way to change the ride height of a leaf spring equipped vehicle is by using blocks between the axle and a spring. Heck, it can’t get any simpler. Remove the U-bolt, slip a block in, bolt her back up, and, wa-la, a new stance. But there’s a price […]
How Leaf Spring Lowering Blocks Cause Axle Wind Up
Lowering a leaf spring suspension should be done correctly to avoid handling issues. Here’s why lowering blocks aren’t the magic bullet. Last week, we explained how reversing leaf spring eyes can lower a vehicle. This week, we’ll explain how using lowering blocks is not a good way to lower or raise a vehicle. Where the […]
Measuring Ride Height Drop From Reversing Leaf Spring Eyes
Reversing your leaf spring eyes will provide a drop, but exactly how much of a drop? Here’s how to calculate ride height drop when you reverse your spring eyes. Ride Height Difference From Reversing One Leaf Spring Eye If you have one eye reversed, the drop will be one half of the diameter of the […]
The Difference Between Standard & Heavy Duty Springs
What is the difference between standard and heavy-duty springs? Quite simple! Heavy-duty springs are a bit stronger and will carry a heavier load than standard duty springs. A big misconception is that heavy-duty springs will set a vehicle higher. That is not true. Both standard duty and heavy duty springs will set a vehicle at […]
Do Lowered Cars Have Stiffer Rides?
Here, Mike explains why lowering your vehicle can cause a stiffer ride, how a vehicle can be lowered too much, and explains the safe threshold to lower your vehicle with new springs and minimal effect on ride quality. You’ve installed springs on your vehicle that will set it lower than stock ride height, and it […]
Why Unfinished Vehicles Tend To Sit Too High
Springs support weight, so if you measure the ride height of an unfinished vehicle, you won’t be measuring the final stance. You’ve just installed your new springs on your unfinished vehicle, and it sits too high. Keywords there were unfinished vehicle. Remember, springs support weight and all those things that have not been installed on […]
Measuring Ride Height – Don’t Use A Jack Stand
Mike Eaton explains why not to use a jack stand when measuring your ride height. The full weight of the completed vehicle, the wheels, and tires are all part of the equation.
Busting Suspension Myths Slideshow
Mike will be at the Kentucky Expo Center for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals this Thursday busting suspension myths to pieces. Preview his presentation below and be sure to catch it if you go!
Using Blocks To Adjust Ride Height
Has somebody suggested using blocks on your springs? Read this.
Cutting Coil Springs
Under certain circumstances, you can cut coil springs. Read on to find out how, why, and when to cut your coils.
How Much Will Springs Settle?
How much will springs settle shortly after installing? Learn how to judge your new spring installation by knowing exactly what to expect from a freshly manufactured set from EATON Springs.
Camaro Rear Height: Will New Springs Settle?
I ordered some springs but they don’t seem to be quite like the original. Why is this?
Stock Ride Height Is Too High, How Much Should I Cut My Front Springs?
Should I cut these coils, and how much should I cut them?
Camaro Wheels Rubbing Due To Sagging Springs
I heard that springs never wear out, but my Camaro is rubbing at the wheel wells.
How To Test Coil Spring Ride Height With Stock Springs
Will fresh factory coils or longer coils gain me some height?
New Mainplate Won’t Lower Your Vehicle
I bought a pair of cruddy leaf springs. What can you do to fix them?
Ride Height Difference
How do I know the springs I ordered will sit my car with the right stance?
Ride Height Problems
I put new shocks on my vehicle but it still isn’t at the right height. What am I missing?
Why Is The Nose of My Unfinished Vehicle High After Installing New Coil Springs?
Q – Mike, I bought both front and rear springs for my KR from Eaton and I am not happy at all. Just look at the picture. The nose of my car is sticking way up in the air. This is crap. I was sent the wrong springs. What are you going to do about […]
Extreme High Lift Springs
Mike, I am in need of some custom leaf springs made for a 20 Inch lift on my truck. Is this something you can do? I have checked with a lot of places and no one can help me. Can you? – Scott. Scott, You are about to add us to your list of those […]
Is There A Trade Off Between Comfort and Handling? (Also, Diagnosing a Leaning Bonneville)
Q – I’m interested in new springs for my 64 Bonneville. I bought new springs from XYZ Company 2 years ago and I’m not happy with the results. When I was having them installed the mechanic said one of the rear springs was bad so I got a replacement. I wanted a pair, but they […]
If Not Rear Springs, What Causes A Leaning GTO?
Mike, I purchased a set of new rear springs from you for my 1967 GTO and when I put them in the car leaned to the driver’s side about 3/4 of an Inch. The lean was there with the old springs but I thought the new springs would level it out. I even switched the […]
Do Lightened Front Ends Need Lower Springs or Drop Spindles?
Mike, I have a 1970 Firebird, Fiberglass fenders, hood and nose piece, no fender wells and the battery in the trunk. So I have lightened up the front end by about 175 – 200 Lbs. The car now sits up high in the front and what I want is for it to sit 2″ lower […]
Q -Mike, I just bought a ’54 Chevy 2 door. It has 3″ lowering blocks and is – in my opinion- exactly 1″ too low in the back. I’m really not a bubble gum things together kind of guy and I believe, in most cases, lowering blocks are a version of Bazooka Engineering. Agree? Aluminum […]
How Much Can Coils Lower My Resto-Mod, Should I Check The Alignment?
Mike, I have a ’55 Ford Fairlane Tudor Club Sedan that needs new front coil springs. I am going with a resto-mod approach. Better handling with a decent ride quality. The question I have is, can the front end be lowered by using shorter springs? Will this throw any alignment or other related issues off? […]
Lowering Mono Leafs
Mike, Good morning, I have a street rod shop and retail parts store. I am building a ’68 Camaro, and looking for a lowering mono leaf springs for the rear. Can you help? Thanks – Bruce Bruce, We sure can. We make F and X Body mono-leaf springs with up to a 3 Inch drop. […]
How Do Lowering Springs Affect Ride Quality?
Mike, I want to lower my ’54 Ford but still keep it riding good, can this be done? -Jerry Jerry, Whenever a vehicle is lowered, there is a reduction in the amount of suspension travel. Because of this, the spring rate (how much weight it takes to deflect a spring one inch) is increased. Suspension […]
How Much And When Do Coil Springs Settle? (Also, How To Choose The Right Mustang II Springs)
How much can one expect the springs to settle after installation?
Raising A 1966 GTO: Coil Springs Vs Air Shocks
Sir, I have a 1966 GTO with new coil springs installed; I have no idea what brand but the car appears to set to pretty much its stock height. I would like the car to sit a little higher in the rear verses the stock height. I thought about installing air shocks, but this car […]