How To Lower A Truck

Lowering a truck can be done in several ways, each with advantages and disadvantages. This article will discuss the different methods of lowering a truck, its benefits, and how much it costs to lower a truck.


Methods of Lowering a Truck

Springs, drop spindles, and suspension arms can be adjusted to lower a truck. Still, these can affect the vehicle’s ride quality and ground clearance. Rear flip kits, coil-overs, leaf springs, and shackles can drastically change the truck’s appearance, with leaf springs and shackles lowering the back of the truck and flip kits and coil-overs lowering the front of the truck. Finally, some people replace the chassis with a custom one lower to the ground. However, this is usually only done for show cars, as it significantly alters the vehicle’s handling.

Why Lower a Truck?

People may want to lower their trucks for aesthetic reasons or to improve their vehicle’s performance. Lowering the center of gravity can make a truck more stable while improving the suspension can make it handle better. Ultimately, it is up to the truck’s owner to decide why they want to lower it.

Costs of Lowering a Truck

The cost of lowering a truck depends on the chosen method and whether a professional is hired. Hydraulic suspension kits range from around $1,300 to over $10,000, with professional installation adding anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000. Lowering a truck independently can cost about $600 for a quality kit. Although lowering a truck is a significant investment, it can significantly impact its resale value. Many experts believe that lowering a truck is one of the best ways to improve its value.

Effects on Ride Quality

Contrary to popular belief, lowering a truck’s suspension is only sometimes done for show. Lowering a truck can improve its aerodynamics by reducing air resistance, leading to fuel efficiency and top speed gains. It can also improve traction and handling by lowering the center of gravity, making the truck more stable. Lowering a truck’s suspension can also provide comfort by improving ride quality.

Other Considerations

Lowering springs and coil overs are two options for improving a car’s handling. Lowering springs are cheaper and easier to install. At the same time, coil overs can improve the car’s handle with more adjustability. Lowering a vehicle on its stock suspension is possible but can result in a rougher ride. Upgrading to aftermarket shocks is often necessary to compensate for the lowered ride height.


Lowering a truck can provide numerous benefits in terms of performance and comfort. However, it is essential to consider the cost, method, and potential effects on the truck’s resale value and ride quality before changing its suspension.

About the author, Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins is the passionate car enthusiast behind the blog My Auto Machine. With over a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Perkins has knowledge and experience with a wide range of car makes and models. His particular interests lie in performance and modification, and his blog covers these topics in-depth. In addition to his own blog, Perkins is a respected voice in the automotive community and writes for various automotive publications. His insights and opinions on cars are highly sought-after.