Lower Murcielago





Lower a Murcielago on factory coilovers



First, measure the ride height of your car. I measured dead center from the bottom of the front bumper cover, and the rear frame under the exhaust. Then the wheel wells, directly over the hubs. Decide how low you want to go, then by loosening the spring perches, adjust ride height to a lower setting.

Tools needed:
2 spanner wrenches (coilover keys)
17mm socket
Breaker bar
½” extension
PB blaster
Brake cleaner

1.     Break loose lug nuts (17mm)
2.     Raise Nose Lift & shut car off
3.     Use jack to lift car & rest car on jack stands (or use 4 post lift)
4.     Lower Nose Lift
5.     Remove wheels
6.     Spray spring perch & lock ring with PB blaster (go overboard)
7.     Spray coilover body threads below perch with brake cleaner & wipe down
8.     Spray coilover body threads below perch with PB Blaster
9.     Using a spanner wrench, loosen the lower lock ring
10.   Spin the lock ring down the coilover body
11.   Spin the spring perch down to lower the car to a desirable height
        (I measured from the bottom of the coilover body to the spring perch)
12.   Tighten the lock ring to the spring perch
13.   Using two spanner wrenches, hold the spring perch in position and tighten 
        the lock ring to the spring perch
14.   The rear suspension has two coilovers per corner, use the same method as 
        the front
15.   Put the car back on the ground and measure ride height of both sides.

After the ride height is where you want it, drive the car for a few days. The springs will settle and the car will sit a little lower. After this happens, go get an alignment. 
*Fun Fact* I have never aligned my Murcielagos after lowering them and have not had abnormal tire wear. 

I lowered my car as far as the stock springs could expand while the car was in the air. DO NOT go this low unless you are aware of almost any incline that you traverse while driving. The nose will scrape. 





Make your car do this.



Front Left Coilover:
The coilover at factory ride height. 

Coilover key on Lock Ring
Loosened Lock Ring from Spring Perch.
DO NOT go this low with the Spring Perch.


Tighten Lock Ring to Spring Perch.


Rear Coilovers







 Stock

Lowered 


Stock
Lowered


2005+ Coilover Distinctions

The 2005+ coilovers are different from the 2002-2004 coilovers. The rear lower the same as the earlier cars, as discussed above. But the front have a completely different design. To further confuse things, there are two different style coilover bodies for the 2005+ cars.

Style 1: Standard Coilover Key Body



1.     Follow steps 1 through 8 above
2.     There is a plastic collar over the bottom of the coilover body. Loosen this by 
        twisting it up the coilover body. This accesses the lower coilover body key
3.     Put a spanner wrench on the coilover body key (now accessible) and second spanner  
        wrench on the perch lock ring
4.     Loosen the lock ring while holding the coilover body in place
5.     Loosen the spring perch while holding the coilover body in place
6.     Spin the spring perch down lowering the car to a desirable height
        (I measured from the bottom of the coilover body to the spring perch)
7.     Tighten the lock ring to the spring perch
8.     Using two spanner wrenches, hold the spring perch in position and tighten the lock ring
        to the spring perch


Style 2: Circular Coilover Body



1.     Follow steps 1 through 8 above
2.     There is a lower ring on the coilover body that has circles in it
        (Use a circular style spanner wrench for this style coilover body)
3.     Put a circular spanner wrench on the coilover body and second spanner     
        wrench on the perch lock ring
4.     Loosen the lock ring while holding the coilover body in place
5.     Loosen the spring perch while holding the coilover body in place
6.     Spin the spring perch down to lower the car to a desirable height
        (I measured from the bottom of the coilover body to the spring perch)
7.     Tighten the lock ring to the spring perch
8.     Using two spanner wrenches, hold the spring perch in position and tighten    
        the lock ring to the spring perch



Comments

  1. where do you place the jack to lift the front??

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    1. Directly behind the front wheel wells are the front lift points. There are no markings, but you should be able to see scuffs in the bottom of the car where it has been lifted before.

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