How to Lower a Honda Civic

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Lowered cars handle better and have a more aggressive stance. This is true with every high-end sports car and can be true with your Honda Civic. Lowering a Civic brings the body closer to the ground, reducing body roll and improving the handling and performance. Automotive shops can lower a Honda Civic, but will charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars for parts and labor.

Lower the front end

Jack up the car, place a jack stand on each side of the car just behind the front wheels. Remove the wheels/tires from both sides.

Remove the two bolts that hold up the brake line, then remove the bolt on the shock. You have to step on the rotor and brake caliper to dislodge them from the shock. You may also use a rubber hammer.

Pop the hood and remove the two bolts holding the shocks in from the top. Place the top of the coilovers into the holes where the shocks fit. Tighten them from the top first. You may have to use a jack under the rotor to push the coilover up enough to seal it in to tighten it.

Replace the brake lines though the bracket on the shocks. If there are no brackets on the new shocks, use zip ties to keep the brake lines up.

Bolt everything back together, replace the wheels/tires and lower the car to the ground.

Lower the rear

Jack up the rear of the car and place a jack stand under each side of the rear of the car. Remove both wheels/tires.

Place the jack under the shock to remove the bolt holding it to the control arm. Remove the bolt on the brake drum also.

Remove the bolts on top of the shocks, pull the control arm down and then out.

Install the new shocks with the built-in-bolt at the bottom of the shock facing the front of the car. Bolt everything back into place, tighten all of the bolts and then lower the car to the ground.

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