Whether it’s recommended or not recommended to have a static drop on your vehicle depends a lot on your social circle. Some people believe it’s just a step that you take on your way to airbags, while others look at it as the final destination.
But, like most things, there are PROS and CONS. So what are they, and how do they apply to your ride? We will know in this write-up.
The Advantages of a static drop.
Although airbags and hydraulics are very good, the fact is, they have problems as well. Lines can rupture, valves can fail, and compressors can stop compressing. The advantage is that everything is static, and there are no parts that will just break on you all of a sudden.
Another advantage of the static drop is its affordability when compared to your standard airbag setup. Now that’s not the case when you start looking at coil-over kits, but you get the idea.
The Disadvantages of a static drop.
You’ve read up the PROS of the static drop. What about the CONS? Well, for one, static drops are not airbags or hydraulics. Because you always know your ride height, you always know what you can and can’t get over — and that can leave you stuck, high centered on a speed bump somewhere. It means that you always have to take curbed entrances just right while making sure the incline getting into that parking garage isn’t too steep. It can be difficult to manage.
When it comes to turning, that too can suck with a static drop, particularly if you’re pretty low. Taking a sharp approach into anything can cause rubbing, and if you hit a bump during the turn, you can definitely screw up a tire and fender. And tire rub? If your wheels and tires aren’t set up to handle a decent turn, you’ll be peeling rubber off your fender lips all day long. And that’s a drag.
Another thing? Tires. With airbags or hydraulics, your tires will cycle up and down from negative to positive camber and everywhere in between — but it will generally do it in a fairly regular pattern. With a static drop, your truck is likely always in some form of negative camber up front, and on a car that can apply to all four corners. Negative camber will burn out a set of tires pretty quickly, so keep some extra cash on hand to buy a set of three.