Basic Suspension Lowering.

This article deals with lowering typical model car front suspensions.

The simplest solution (if the wheel pins on the stock spindles are not centered) is to swap the spindles left-to-right or upside down.


If the spindle has the wheel mounts centered, as above, the mounts can be cut off. After cutting them off, move them to the desired position. Then, reattach them using super glue, epoxy or liquid cement


Sometimes it is hard to align the pieces for gluing. Starting with the same kit pieces.... ...drill a hole into the spindle and through the wheel mount, after establishing the desired ride height. Cut a length of music wire, or old kit axles, to insert in the drilled holes The music wire will help align and reinforce the finished spindle


Find two pieces of sprue, or unused kit parts, that looks somewhat like the image above. Trim as needed. Figure out the desired ride height of the model, then cut the sprues accordingly. Drill a hole through the long part of the sprue, sized to fit a kit axle or piece of music wire. The wire will act as the pins to hold the finished spindle in place on the suspension.

Revell/Monogram models tend to have a different sort of front suspension. On these models, the spindles are molded to the rest of the front suspension assembly instead of being seperate parts.

For these, I just cut off the pin that the wheel mounts to and move it higher. If that isn't enough, the "spindle" can be removed and replaced with a bit of plastic. I use the "flags" from sprues, the little tags with the part # or the manufacturers name.

This is the front suspension from Revell's 1978 El Camino. I did this before it was available as a make a lowrider. Good thing it wasn't difficult!