We all can agree that a lowered 86 looks much better, but it doesn’t just help with looks. A lowered car has a lower center of gravity which aids in weight transfer during hard cornering.
And if you lower your ride with stiffer springs, it can also reduce body roll and help the car stay flat around the twisties. So let’s get go over the different ways to lower your BRZ/FRS/86.
The first and most popular route to a lower ride height are with lowering springs. They’re the most popular choice, simply because they are the most affordable way to get a moderate drop.
Spring rates range come anywhere from slightly stiffer than stock, all the way to almost twice the stiffness of the factory set up. If you want to learn how to install lowering springs check out this video.
But if you want a lower car with fully adjustable suspension, you’ll want a set of coilovers. Coilovers are a full spring and damper system that replaces the factory struts, and they allow adjustments to the ride height, damping, and front camber alignment.
Those three suspension settings open up many options. A driver can corner balance the car, tweak oversteer and understeer characteristics, run a wider tire without rubbing, as well as having a stiff setting for the track and a softer ride for the street. If you’d like to see how easy it is to install coilovers, watch this video.
Now let’s take a minute to talk about camber. For those of you who are unfamiliar, camber is the tilt the top of the wheels have. For performance driving, we always want negative camber, which is when the tops of the wheels are angled in towards each other.
A few degrees of negative camber will help increase grip on the outside tires under hard cornering. And as you lower your car, the suspension geometry will naturally give a small amount of negative camber, but there are a few other ways to adjust negative camber.
The easiest way is with the front camber plates that come on most coilover systems, and they can be used to add an additional three degrees of negative camber.
Another way to adjust camber without spending much money, is with camber bolts. This simple modification uses an eccentric bolt and goes in place of the bottom knuckle bolt, allowing for 1.5% of either positive or negative camber.
ADJUSTABLE LOWER CONTROL ARMS
However if you’d like to match that negative camber to the rear of the car, you’ll need a set of adjustable lower control arms. These use a turnbuckle and lock system that varies the length of the lower control arm and pushes the bottom of the tire out, creating more negative camber to the rear tires.
ADJUSTABLE TOE ARMS
The only problem with lowering and adding negative camber to the rear in these cars, is the rear toes becomes way out of alignment. Therefore a toe correction kit is needed to get the proper alignment out back. We highly recommend aftermarket toe arms that adjust toe to ranges outside of the OEM capabilities, so your rear tires don’t scrub themselves to the belts on the next drive to the grocery store.
Now that you know what you need to lower your car. Head over to our website to get the parts you need to lower your BRZ/FRS/86.