People in lowriding have their own lingo. Here are some examples. Please contact us if we missed anything.
Adel – 1. Original dump valve from aircraft hydraulic brake system used in some hoppers. 2. A brand of aircraft pump sometimes used.
Adex – A perfect reproduction of a Adel dump valve from aircraft hydraulic brake system used in some hoppers.
B – Body – Reference to a early 90’s Chevrolet Caprice or Impala.
Bagged – A vehicle with an air adjustable suspension is said to be bagged.
Banging On Plaques – Lowriding as a fad.
Bounce – The act of jumping the car off of the ground.
Bow Tail – A Buick Riveria from the early 1970’s that are known for their unusual rear section.
Box Chevy – A Chevrolet Caprice or Impala from the late 70’s and through the 1980’s.
Candlestick – 1. The solenoid on a square dump. 2. Generic term for a square dump.
Caddy – A Cadillac.
Check – A check valve.
Clowning – Hitting switches, showing off or playing around with a lowrider.
Corners – The act of moving a individual corner of the vehicle with hydraulics.
D – Body – Reference to a early 90’s Cadillac Fleetwood.
D’s – Slang for Daytons.
Daytons – 1. Most desired brand of radial laced wire wheels for a lowrider. 2. Sometimes misused as a generic term for any wire wheel.
Deadhead – Hitting switches after the car has already been lifted all the way with hydraulics.
Deuce – Slang for a 1962 Impala.
Dog leg – Same as three wheel motion but one rear wheel is off the ground.
Dump – A valve used to control the downward movement of a car with hydros. 2. Slang to drop a car with hydraulics.
Etching – Talking about designs put on automotive glass.
Engraving – Designs put on chrome or gold surfaces on a lowrider.
Five O – A cop.
Flex – Hitting switches.
Foe – Slang for a 1964 Impala.
G – Body – Reference to a Regal, Monte Carlo, Cutlass or Grand Prix from the 1980’s.
Gate – Slang for a modern lift gate style pump used in lowriders today.
Glass House – A Caprice or Impala from the 1970’s.
Hop – Same as bounce.
Hydraulically Challenged – Someone who is new to lowrider hydraulics or clueless.
Hydros – Hydraulics.
Inlet – Where hydraulic fluid enters a hydraulic circuit.
Jacked Up – A car lifted all the way with hydraulics.
Juiced – A vehicle with a hydraulic adjustable suspension is said to be juiced or have juice.
Key – Another name for a coupler on a lift gate style pump had goes between the pump head and DC motor.
Lifts – Hydraulics.
Locked Up – When a vehicle with hydraulics is lifted to it’s highest point.
Low Low – A lowrider.
Monster Green – A reference to a large Hydro-Aire aircraft hydraulic valve.
Nose – Talking about the front of a car.
O-ring – A seal used in hydraulics.
Outlet – An opening that hydraulic fluid comes out of.
Pesco – A popular brand of aircraft pump used in early lowriders. Stands for Pump Engineering Service Corporation.
Plaque – A metal club logo put inside a lowrider used to represent a lowrider car club.
Pump head – A lowrider term for a hydraulic gear pump.
Queen – 1. A short version of trailer queen. 2. A car that isn’t driven.
Rag – A convertible top car.
Rivi – A Buick Riveria.
Rooster – Also some times called a mini rooster it is a slang name for a Pesco aircraft pump. This term comes from the sound of a Pesco pump in operation.
Rooster Tail – The trail of sparks when a lowrider is scraping on the ground.
Scrape – 1. The act of dragging a car while driving and shooting sparks. 2. A term for a lowrider.
Screaming Mimi – A slang name for a Pesco 280 aircraft hydraulic pump.
Shaw – Slang for Crenshaw Blvd. in LA, a famous lowrider cruising strip.
Slowdown – A adjustable valve used to control how fast a car with hydraulics comes down when dumped.
Spokes – 1. A generic term for wire wheels. 2. Referring to the metal spokes on a wire wheel.
Square – A heavy duty dump valve originating from aircraft hydraulics and used on serious setups.
Stratopower – A brand of aircraft pump sometimes used.
Supremes – The original choice wheel of early lowriders and looks like a deep dish five star rim.
Tank – A hydraulic reservoir on a pump.
Three wheel – Lifting a car with hydraulics so that one front tire is off the ground.
Tray – Slang for a 1963 Impala.
Unibody – A car without a true frame such as a import.
Valve – Shortened term for dump valve, check valve or slowdown valve.
Waterman – A dump valve used on some lowriders known to have pressure lock.
Whammy Tank – A setup where two pumps are sharing a large tank.
Whittaker – A dump valve used on some lowriders.
X – Block – A hydraulic part that equalizes pressure in a hydraulic circuit.
X – Frame – A strong frame for hopping that came in early Chevrolet Impalas.
Y – Block – A hydraulic part that can take two pressure inputs and has an output or vice versa.
Zeniths – Old wire wheels with cross laced spokes used on early lowriders.
Zig Zag – A old school slowdown valve.