Handling Mods, Part 2: Springs
Replacing the springs is a common modification for Aston Martins. From the factory, these cars have a bit more fender gap than we’d like. Reducing that gap gives the car a better look while also lowering the center of gravity.
There are two main options for lowering springs: H&R and VelocityAP. I’ll cover each in this section, but a quick note before we begin… Astons have somewhat inset wheels. That is, they’re tucked in a bit compared to the outside edges of the fenders. Lowering the car makes that inset a bit more obvious. I mention this because lowering your car may make you want to swap out your wheels. Of course, I’m happy to help you with that!
Also, keep in mind that replacing your springs requires disassembly of the factory coilovers to remove your original springs and reassembly of the coilovers with the new springs. That means extra labor time compared to just swapping out complete coilover assemblies.
H&R Lowering Springs
I’ve been using H&R springs the entire time I’ve owned my grey V8 Vantage. They do give the car an awesome stance and they do perform well on track while being comfortable enough for street driving. However, they lower the car quite a bit and that can cause some issues. Here’s a pic showing how low the car is (note: this is with spacers to bring the wheels out flush with the fenders).
H&R springs with proper fitting wheels do make the car look amazing. But I highly recommend paying attention to the real-world aspects of lowering your car.
I’ve scraped the front lip, the chassis, even the exhaust pipes going over speed bumps and raised manhole covers. I’ve gotten stuck in a parking garage with a too-steep declining exit. I have to use ramps just to get my car up enough to get a floor jack under it - or planks of wood to raise it up enough to get the arms of a lift under the sides.
Living with a super-low car can be a huge pain, and the number of times I’ve cringed going over something has probably taken a few years off my lifespan.
The other thing to keep in mind is that H&R’s springs are not made to be compatible with the Sport Pack dampers. It’s been widely reported that pairing the two together results in a “pogo effect” wherein the car keeps bouncing a few times after going over a bump. So, if you have Sport suspension on your Aston, I’d rule these out right away.
These springs are supposed to lower your car by about 1”, but I’ve found it to be slightly lower at a little more than 1.25” of a drop. Having taller tires, like the 245/285 setup I used to use, helps raise the car a hair to compensate.
VelocityAP lowering springs
Given the complaints about H&R springs, especially from people with Sport suspension, VelocityAP set out to make their own. VelocityAP’s springs lower the car about 0.75”, though I’ve heard from some people that it’s actually a little more in reality, closer to 1”.
These springs are made with both comfort and performance in mind. They’ll give a more planted ride but keep things smooth and comfortable. And, if you have Sport suspension, you’ll be able to use them without a problem.