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Old 01-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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cheapest way to lower

I have done zero to my suspension and have 18x9 and 18x10 saleen wheels. I wanna lower it but $ is tight right now. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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cut your springs...i've done a lot of cut sets and for a few hours of work you'll be very happy
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both of these i cut 1.25 coils off the front an 1 coil off the back and i did remove the ISOs...but you can leave them in if you want to raise it by about a 1/4"
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:19 PM   #4
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What do I use to cut them?
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:22 PM   #5
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Yea cheapest it to cut them but still springs aren't that expensive.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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There has to be something bad about cutting them. Otherwise why doesn't everyone do it ?
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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There has to be something bad about cutting them. Otherwise why doesn't everyone do it ?
nothing bad at all acutally...i've cut i think 10 sets now. the reason most buy lowering springs is

1. have heard horror stories but have no rear experience
2. want a stiffer riding car for handling
3. don't have the patience to cut
4. just like the ease of popping new springs in

cut springs are great for drag racing btw...really good weight transfer when you launch

now i will say idiots that heat springs to lower them are the root to alot of cutting confusion...heating a spring will ruin its temper. so always use a angle grinder with a metal or bi-metal cutting wheel to cut the coil off
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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Is it difficult to actually take the springs out and put them back in ? Also would a shop do all of this ? Cut and install oem springs
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #9
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i don't think shops will do it...but it's not hard..my first time me and a friend took all four corners out, cut, and installed in 3 hours...that's with us not knowing a thing about how to remove anything. now i can do it in half that time...

here's a good general write up for ya...

The Complete How To Cut Your Stock Springs Thread - SVTPerformance
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #10
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Thx a bunch
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no problem...if later down the road you decide you want a stiffer ride then upgrade to lowering springs
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:59 PM   #12
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btw i'd say with your wheels to be safe cut 1 coil all the way around and leave ISOs till you know you can pull them
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #13
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It wouldnt hurt to paint them red while I'm at it would it?
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The springs?
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Yea you can if you like
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I just figured why not, my brake calipers are red. Maybe add somethin lol
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Yea just careful when cutting
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Ya it won't be for a while. Wait for it to get warmer.
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I don't want to hijack the thread... But if you lower say about 2 inches on all 4 then how long would the stock shocks last? I know that for a smoother ride you should change the shocks, but will you be able to lower it a lot without changing the shocks for a while? And would it be best to take out the ISOs or leave them in?
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I don't want to hijack the thread... But if you lower say about 2 inches on all 4 then how long would the stock shocks last? I know that for a smoother ride you should change the shocks, but will you be able to lower it a lot without changing the shocks for a while? And would it be best to take out the ISOs or leave them in?
take the ISOs out and wrap tape around them. But with a 2 inch drop I'd say leave them in.
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Your stock shocks won't last too long with two inches
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I don't want to hijack the thread... But if you lower say about 2 inches on all 4 then how long would the stock shocks last? I know that for a smoother ride you should change the shocks, but will you be able to lower it a lot without changing the shocks for a while? And would it be best to take out the ISOs or leave them in?
i don't see them holding up to well..on 1.5" though my last cars oem shocks held up for over a year...which at the time they are between 5-6 years old so not bad for old shocks
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