Stance Lifted or Lowered Part II – Bippu, Hellaflush & More
Why would someone want to lower their car?
- Tired of people hiding under there
Let’s take a closer look at better handling. To understand handling it is important to grasp the concept of “center of gravity”. If you lower the center of gravity on a car you find that the car is steadier and you have a smoother ride.
Picture a stack of blocks. The more blocks you stack, the more apt the entire stack is to fall over. This can be compared to a car’s roll. The lower the center of gravity or the shorter stack of blocks, the less likely to tip.
If you take a look at race cars, they are low to the ground for several reasons, chief among them being lowering the center of gravity, improves the cornering ability.
A suspension lowering kit then lowers your center of gravity, which can improve handling. It also makes the car look lower and resemble a race car instead of a stock car.
However, like other car modifications, too much of what seems a good think can cause problems. You really don’t want to lower a stock car more than an inch or inch and a half. If you do, the body can contact the tires and lead to other problems.
Making our cars (or trucks) look better is a billion dollar industry. Traditional beauty is all about the ideal balance, symmetry, and corrects proportions. How we conceive beauty in 2014 is by individual taste.
What is Bippu? VIP Style, which translates directly into Japanese as ‘bippu’, refers to the modification of Japanese luxury automobiles to make them lower in stance and wider looking with wide aggressive wheels, suspension, and body kits. VIP Style are typically large, expensive, rear-wheel drive sedans, though automotive enthusiasts use other cars like minivans and Kei cars. Once associated with the yakuza, VIP Style modifications now are a subset of automotive modification.
We are not the experts in lowering and lifting, but we know it can look sexy as hell when parked, but not so much when the tires wear and you end up with a roll out problem with your wheels. So give it some thought and seek out the best advice from a local custom shop.
A cautionary note: Anytime you change your vehicle from manufacturer specs you will be moving outside of the tested safety settings and you run the risk of voiding your warranty. We at Alignment Simple Solutions do not encourage you to be unsafe, change your vehicle from the manufacturers’ specs or do anything to put yourself or others at risk. That being said, boys and girls will be boys and girls, no matter what age.
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