You always hear them coming before you see them.
Shiny and rumbling, they turn heads wherever they go.
From the paint job to custom dance moves, lowriders growl their way into parking lots, side streets, and even down Main Street, USA.
As long as people have been modifying and customizing cars, they have been raising or lowering the suspension to change the way a car looks and/or performs. This hobby in the 1940s and 1950s gave birth to the hot-rod culture.
Lowrider hydraulics enables the body and wheels of the car to be electronically lifted off the ground completely with a remote control. This evolution introduced a class of modified cars that remain one of the most popular and recognizable automotive customization.
How Does it Work?
Car hydraulics are responsible for raising or lowering the height of the vehicle.
With the right pieces in the right places, lowrider hydraulics today can make it possible for automobiles to bounce up and down as well as jump or hop up to six feet off the ground.
Pros and Cons
The most coveted type of suspension is a hydraulic suspension because it can raise and lower the car quickly, making it hop and jump or even dance. However, it has its own set of pros and cons to consider.
- Maintenance and DurabilityLowriders have some special needs, including checking suspensions regularly for leaks. Raising and lowering a car can cause a lot of leaks, which can be quite costly and messy to fix.
- DrivabilityBecause of their modifications, rough roads and even speed bumps are hard on lowriders. They often don’t have the clearance necessary to smooth over even the smallest bump in the road.
This is why hydraulic kits can make such a huge difference, giving the instant clearance lowriders need to drive around public areas.
- HandlingLowriders are a little more difficult to drive than other cars. This is partly due to their modifications, but also due to the fact that most of them start out as bigger older cars that don’t handle very well to begin with.
But driving isn’t always the point of a lowrider. Most of the time they are made to be cool, not to commute.
- InstallationWhether you’re looking to install a brand-new system, or simply replace hydraulic fittings, most of the work is no more complicated than changing your oil. Any type of adjustable suspension in any type of vehicle or machinery requires the same basic car hydraulic parts.
If you know what a wrench is, and you’re willing to get a little dirty, you’re ready to go.
Hydraulics vs. Air Ride Suspension
It’s a constant debate among car enthusiasts between performance and comfort — hydraulics or air. Juice or bags.
Both systems can perform similar functions, and everyone you talk to likely has his or her own opinion. We support both parties and can customize any suspension system to work for you.
- Air Ride Suspensions
In the beginning, air ride suspension parts were preferred because of ride quality, but the real advantage to air ride parts is cost. A simple setup is significantly less than a hydraulic kit for comparable vehicles.Air ride suspension also result in improved towing capabilities. If you’re not trying to hop it, and you’ve got the right setup, you can enjoy a smooth ride all day long with an air ride suspension.
- Hydraulics SuspensionHydraulic suspension cars typically don’t ride as smoothly as an air ride kit, but upgraded acculumlators and additional modifications can help with that. No doubt, a hydraulic system is likely going to be more expensive, but they are also easier to install and easier to use.
The response time in hydraulics is faster than air, making them more preferred for hopping, jumping, and low riding.
It’s not just a car, it’s a way of life.
Lowrider culture started out in Southern California and spread to urban communities around the country.
Lowrider hydraulics are used so that the vehicle’s ground clearance is less than its original design.
- Popular Models
Truthfully, almost any car or truck can be converted into a lowrider with the ride skills, budget, and time. However, popular models are Chevrolet Impalas from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The Chevrolet Monte Carlos, El Camino, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremes, Buick Regals, and Classic trucks from Ford and Chevy.
- Competition Use
Once hydraulic lift kits were introduced, it allowed anyone to have a completely adjustable height for their vehicle. From there, the possibilities only got bigger.These kits gave way for systems with enough power to make the car actually hop down the road. Just like that, car hopping competitions were born.
Today, cars can hop up to six feet off the ground. The more pumps, the more batteries, the more power you can fit into a setup, the better it gets.
Lowrider is now much more than an automotive term, it’s a lifestyle brand with cars, culture, slow cruising, cool posing, and a three-wheeling attitude.
The Cool Cars Engineering Difference
The basic hydraulic suspension is made up of a few different car hydraulic parts, each one provided by CCE gives you ultimate performance, reliability, and budget consciousness.
Our expert technicians are trained and have the knowledge to answer any questions you may have about your current lowrider hydraulic parts or installing a new system.
Our lowrider hydraulic parts from pumps and motors to hydraulic fittings and hoses offer the best combination of technology and reliability that translates directly into unbeatable performance.
Unsure where to begin? We offer kits that have the bare bones of what you need for a hydraulic car fitting and our experts can help you customize any kit to get the performance you’re looking for.
Whether you need a single part or a fully customized solution, our expert technicians have the industry experience and latest education to find exactly what you need when you need it most.
We work with the best brands in the industry combined with unbeatable customer service to trust with your car hydraulic parts. Give us a call today!