There is a new era in hot rodding--the appearance of your ride. In the '50s, the nose was up and the rear was down. The thought was it aided in traction. In the '70s, the nose was down and the rear was up. The thought was... apparently, we all thought it looked cool because it definitely didn't aid in traction. Now, the trend seems to be keeping your ride as low to the ground as possible. More and more cars are cruising around on suspensions that are "dropped," making the car's rocker panels now a skid plate. But dropping your ride does not mean you have to sacrifice ride quality.

We went looking for a reputable company that could handle the process of lowering an '05 Dodge Magnum. We found Hotchkis performance offers what they call a Stage 1 TV S system. This system consists of coil springs, which drop the car approximately 11/4-inches, and their Sport tubular sway bar kit. According to Hotchkis, the sway bar kit improves cornering by reducing body roll, and the bars feature lightweight hollow construction and include greasable polyurethane bushings. What's more, the bars are powder-coated for durability.

But, how hard is the kit to install? Because the rear cradle has to be lowered for spring removal, Hotchkis recommends a trained professional handle the job. But if you're like us, you'd would rather tackle it yourselve. So get out the jackstands and let's get busy.

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