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Lower your 1984-96 Corvette for Better Handling

Tech Article - Lowering a C4 Corvette

Are you looking for quicker response and improved handling from your 1984-96 Corvette? Well, look no further. Lowering your Corvette will give you the advantage of a lower center of gravity which offers better road handling and cornering ability as well as a more aggressive stance.

Lowering any 1984-96 Corvette can be accomplished with the addition of a Suspension Lowering Kit. Mid America Motorworks offers an inexpensive kit that allows any C4 owner to lower the ride height of their Corvette approximately 1 inch. The lower center of gravity is very beneficial in reducing body roll and increasing cornering capability.

The Suspension Lowering Kit consists of a pair of extended length rear spring mounting bolts, two locking nuts, and a pair of thinner-than-stock Urethane wedges to replace the stock rubber front spring mounting cushions.

By replacing the stock rear spring bolts with longer bolts the rear suspension height can be lowered accordingly. The longer bolts have 4 inches of thread for adjustment that allows fine tuning of the rear suspension height.

Most 1984-87 Corvettes have stamped steel retainers that clamp the rubber front mounting cushions and the spring in place against the frame member. The 1988-96 Corvettes utilize cast aluminum retainers to clamp the cushions and spring in place. Replacing the rubber front spring cushions with thinner, urethane wedges repositions the front spring closer to the frame which effectively lowers the front suspension height.

On most 1984-87 Corvettes, the stamped steel retainers must be replaced with the later model 1988-96 aluminum retainers. On all models the retainers should be trimmed down to allow the thinner wedges to be clamped securely with the spring to the frame.

Mid America Designs has formulated a kit which provides the upgraded 1988-96 aluminum retainers and mounting hardware necessary to install the lowering kit on 1984-87 Corvettes. The Spring Mounting Upgrade Kit should be ordered when installing the Suspension Lowering Kit on any 1984-87 Corvette that has stamped steel front spring mounting retainers.

We highly recommend referring to a GM Service Manual for the procedure to remove and re-install the front spring, as it is compressed under extreme force and could cause serious injury if not properly handled. After the lowering kit is installed the car should be driven a short distance and re-aligned.
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Part Year Description Price Availability  
602-7121988-96Corvette Suspension Lowering Kit, 12 Pieces, Car Set
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