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Old 08-27-2016, 10:27 PM   #1
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Cutting stock coil springs

Hey everyone,
I recently picked up a set of stock springs out of a 01 GT for my 1999 V6. My current springs have 247,000kms on them and are badly worn. I want a 1.5in drop all around but I cannot afford popper lowering springs as of yet. My shocks and struts are in decent shape and look to be newer than the springs.
So my question is: if I take 1/2 to 1 coil out the front and 3/4 off the rear will I get the drop I want and how much will it mess with my suspension/steering? Have any of you done this mod in the past and what were the results? I know my ride will be stiffer but I do 95% city driving and rarely on the highway. Thanks for your help guys. Cheers. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-28-2016, 12:22 AM   #2
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The springs are not progressive. The change in comfort and ride will be due to a shorter and more compressed shock.

1 full coil should put you where you want to be. If I had a set of spare springs I would cut a set and not worry about it.



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The current springs in my car have been blocked with pieces of 2x4 in the rear by the previous owner. I didn't notice this until I did a rear brake rebuild a couple of weeks ago. Cars been parked since. I picked up a set of GT springs to replace them and I would like a drop as well. I figured that a trimmed sprig would do the trick and has worked for my in the past.
A full coil front and back seems like a lot of drop. I'll try a 1/2 coil and see where that gets me. Thanks for the input.


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of course do what you want, but suspension (like brakes) is not something to do only 1/2 donkey. What about alignment, if you don't do it you'll go through tires. A drop is a luxury item wait till you can afford to do it properly.

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The car is in need of an alignment anyway. I've had decent success doing this in the past on other cars. Over the winter it's getting all new suspension from AM. This is a temp fix for the 4x4 look I currently have. I. Sporting almost 3in of wheel gap all around and it looks horrible.


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of course do what you want, but suspension (like brakes) is not something to do only 1/2 donkey. What about alignment, if you don't do it you'll go through tires. A drop is a luxury item wait till you can afford to do it properly.

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