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Old 01-02-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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Cutting stock springs?

Has anyone ever cut there stock spring on a new mustang? I was watching overhauling and chip foose cut some spring to give an older mustang more of a drop.
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

You can do it... but I don't recommend it.
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Well I was gonna do it an save up for lowering springs
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Yeah don't do it. Just save up money. You can do it but it's not recommended
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

Yea I hear ya, I'm looking at eibach pro's right now since I hear there pretty popular
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

The stock spings are variable rate and cutting them causes them to be too soft and causes more body roll and could cause some dangerous handling issues.
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The cars on overhaulin hardly get drivin because they are made for show so cutting the springs won't hurt plus they're not variable rate like the newer ones.
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

if the springs are linear then cutting isnt that bad if they are cut with a cut off wheel or similar (not with a torch).
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

Well I'm definitely not going to but of I did I'd only want a 1" drop
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

many cut their stock springs the issue is just to not cut to much you can always cut more cant add it back nearly as easily lol
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

Well I mean would cutting a coil be bad? Or would thy be way to much
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

hmmm it depends most seem to say 1 coil is 1-1.25 inches. If it was me I would cut 3/4 or a half and install and see then after a week if I was not happy cut some more etc. It sounds like a pain to reinstall them more than once but its really not that bad.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:25 PM   #13
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

I used to cut springs or even heat them to lower my Mustangs, but I would not do it today. The ride is horrible with a cut or heated spring.

The quality of ride plus the handling you get from a designed progressive rate spring is awesome. It is worth the investment... of course thats my opinion, so take it for what its worth.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:51 PM   #14
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Well I mean it shouldn't be that bad I you only cut a bit like he was saying before but heating would be bad for sure since I did that with my 240 before I got coilovers and they looked sooo horrible when I took my springs and struts off!
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If it's not broken please don't break it D: buy a lowering kit you'll appreciate it in the long run
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LoL trust me I've learned my lessons playing the my old car I'm getting my wheels soon then saving for some eibach pro lowering springs.
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There is nothing wrong with cutting stock springs for a budget lowering job. I cut 3/4 coil off the front of my Mach for about a 3/4 inch drop. With alot of aftermarket lowering springs you will benefit from a stiffer spring rate better for the curves. Not sure what year your talking about but factory mach1 comes with a stiffer spring than most so cutting a coil would not cause me to bottom out but with a factory gt spring I wouldn't cut to much. You can also take out your spring isolators for about a 1/2 drop. Just my opinion.
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

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Yeah don't do it. Just save up money. You can do it but it's not recommended
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I have never done it but it just doesn't sound safe
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Re: Cutting stock springs?

I've been working on cars for 40 years, We uesd to cut springs all the time. Things have changed alot and you should not do it now. New cars have different spring seats now, they are made with a slot for the end of the spring to sit in, You must cut a complete coil ! you should never cut a half or 3/4 of a coil. older springs were longer and the same rate for 3 or 4 coils before changing ( 69 covette front springs were over 2 feet long ) just wait, you will see when you get the Eibach
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