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Old 02-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Chopping springs

So I'm planning on chopping my springs here in a couple days, I was wondering how much of the coil do I need to cut off to get about a 1.5" drop in front and roughly the same in back?
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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I've heard you only cut half a rung each time until you get the drop you want.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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I would suggest NOT cutting them, do it wrong your going to end up buying new ones, save the hassle and they really aren't to expensive. BUT that's just my opinion.
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I've heard you only cut half a rung each time until you get the drop you want.
That's what I figured I would do.

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I would suggest NOT cutting them, do it wrong your going to end up buying new ones, save the hassle and they really aren't to expensive. BUT that's just my opinion.
I'm going to use a cut off wheel, make sure to deburr any edges and primer the end I cut off. I haven't heard of anybody messing anything up with them. I have the money to buy new springs, however, if I cut the springs then that will allow me to buy something else like subframe connectors.
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Re: Chopping springs

It's not so much doing the cutting wrong as it is changing the overall load characteristics of the spring. Cutting is the best way, NO heating up the springs.

The stock springs are linear, meaning they retain the same rate throughout the characteristic band of the spring. When being pushed they simply apply the same rate as just cruising down the road. When you cut the spring, you change that rate which the shocks and rest of suspension are mated to...it could cause other suspension pieces to wear quicker. Your camber might be altered as well.

Most guys will cut their springs as a temporary look until they by progressive lowering springs. I know a few guys who have had their cut ones in for years and haven't had major problems, just a stiffer ride and some grinding/noise.

There is a rough ratio out there but I can't remember where I saw it..another forum years ago. I'd say your best bet is to cut one coil, then drop the car and see where it sits. I think cobra guys were cutting 1.5 coils to drop theirs ~2".

Keep in mind the rears probably need slightly more to even the car out..unless you're going for a raked look.
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It's not so much doing the cutting wrong as it is changing the overall load characteristics of the spring. Cutting is the best way, NO heating up the springs.

The stock springs are linear, meaning they retain the same rate throughout the characteristic band of the spring. When being pushed they simply apply the same rate as just cruising down the road. When you cut the spring, you change that rate which the shocks and rest of suspension are mated to...it could cause other suspension pieces to wear quicker. Your camber might be altered as well.

Most guys will cut their springs as a temporary look until they by progressive lowering springs. I know a few guys who have had their cut ones in for years and haven't had major problems, just a stiffer ride and some grinding/noise.

There is a rough ratio out there but I can't remember where I saw it..another forum years ago. I'd say your best bet is to cut one coil, then drop the car and see where it sits. I think cobra guys were cutting 1.5 coils to drop theirs ~2".

Keep in mind the rears probably need slightly more to even the car out..unless you're going for a raked look.
I'm doing it as temporary thing. I'm going to order H&R race springs sometime this year, but the stock stance is really mugging me right now so I don't mind cutting them. My tires are pretty bad already so I'm not worried about camber wear. My goal this year is suspension components, so if they break then I'll replace them as they do.
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Re: Chopping springs

1/2 rotation until its enough.

I however and strongly against this and everytime someone gets ready to do this. I will keep myself from ranting in this thread though. I will leave my insight and leave the common sense aspect alone. thanks
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1/2 rotation until its enough.

I however and strongly against this and everytime someone gets ready to do this. I will keep myself from ranting in this thread though. I will leave my insight and leave the common sense aspect alone. thanks
I'd like to hear what you want to say if you'd like to pm me
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