Pros and Cons of Lowering Springs and Coil Overs:
The vehicle roll is vastly reduced. Vans are designed as commercial vehicles and a high percentage need good ground clearance and to be capable of carrying large loads, so they tend to sit high in the air to facilitate this.
Easier entry and exit
It’s surprising how much difference 40mm or more makes (most women would say it makes a massive difference!) but it really does. Jumping in and out of various vans at work ,we can tell if a van has been lowered or not just by simply getting in or out of it.
Vehicles often look so much better when they sit lower to the floor – especially if they have had bigger wheels added.
Reduced vehicle height
Gives better clearance for access into garages and car parks with height restrictions.
Lowering a vehicle does decrease the amount of suspension travel and can make the ride harsher when hitting bumps. Done correctly, and on good quality springs, the ride is not as hard.
Less ground clearance
Ground clearance can be an issue with curbs, speed bumps and those bumpy roads down to the beach. However, I must say that we have used vehicles which have been lowered by 40mm and with a full body kit, and had very few problems with ground clearance.
Cost can be quite expensive
At Exploria we lower a lot of Transporters on H&R 40mm springs. You can get this done cheaper by using non branded or cheaper makes of springs. We have found problems with spring breakages, end ride heights and handling issues on less expensive products. Our advice would be to use high quality products from recognised brands; such as H&R. They offer high quality products, great warranties and have the biggest range of spring options to suit your vehicle. Often, as with many things, paying that little bit more at the start saves you having to pay extra in the long run.
Without a doubt (and taking budget out of the equation) VB Air is the best performing and functional suspension upgrade available for a Transporter.