Lowering your C5 Corvette

This is a picture by picture crash course in lowering the front of your C5 yourself. These steps are necessary to cut the front bushings or to remove the lowering bolt all together.

-Note- before hand you will need to make some ramps that are at least 3″ tall so that you can remove your jack from under your car once it is lowered.

The first two pics show what the suspension looks like before anything is done.


At this point I jacked up the suspension so that I could unbolt and disconnect the upper a-arm

This pic shows after the a-arm has been disconnected and the suspension has been lowered down again.

Then unbolt the lower part of the shocks (2 bolts) and you will need a deep socket wrench to reach the bottom of each of the bolts.

Then disconnect the sway bar (next 2 pics)


Loosen the top part of the sway bar bolts to swing the bolt out of the bottom part (next 2 pics)


Finally now you can remove the lowering bolt or raise it to its highest point to cut the bushings. It has a reverse style thread pattern, so to lower the car rotate it counterclockwise. (Note to remove the bolt you may have to jack up the leaf spring to gain clearance)

(Be careful not to damage the leaf spring by using a small piece of wood to protect it)

When putting everything back together, reverse the pattern that was used to take it apart. To reconnect the top A-arm use an allen wrench when tightening the bolt to keep it from just spinning.

Optional for removing the shock absorber totally

If you can do the front, the rear is so easy I won’t even have to explain it. (I also forgot to take pics ) I did mine with some longer bolts than stock to get a 2.5-3″ drop in the rear.

lowered pics
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***New*** Lowered With bolts in front completely removed…..


***Newer*** New I-Forged wheels. I didn’t have to make one adjustment to the suspension. In Fact I found out that even though the new wheels are 18/19’s where the stock were 17/18’s, that the new wheels are the same height as the stock wheels. This is due to lower profile tires in both the front and rear of the car.


4 responses to “Lowering your C5 Corvette”

  1. Henry says:

    right side of the pictures are all cut off

  2. Michael says:

    Hello,
    Just wanted to say thanks for posting the “DIY” directions on how to lower the corvette. I actually did not lower mine, but I wanted to know how to get to the spring adjustment bolt because the rubber pad is wore out and I think the metal part was rattling on the lower control arm. Your pictures are great!

  3. joe says:

    hi, did i read correctly you completely removed the front lowering bolts and left it that way.

    I lowered my 98 and i have the same 18/19 wheels but my back looks good but my front needs to come down more.

    maybe another inch. i hate the large gap i have in the front. i need ideas.

  4. gbrown4x4 says:

    So lowering the rear of a C5 is basically the same as the front ???

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