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Old 06-06-2016, 06:24 PM   #1
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Now I really did it, car's never gonna drive the same again...

Yup, I cut my stock springs. All 4 of 'em.

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Pics don't do it justice, and I wish I would have taken before & after measurements, but I cut one full coil off the front springs and 1.5 coils off the back. Wanted to lower/level it, and I'm really happy with how it turned out, both how it looks & drives.

While I had everything apart I put in some Koni Orange struts/shocks, J&M LCAs, and J&M Adjustable Panhard Bar. (LCARBs are on the way from AM). It rides just like stock, albeit a slight bit firmer. Not harsh at all.

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That little bit makes a big difference.
Do you think you will need an alignment.
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K, looks great. But without sounding like a jerk, why not just buy some lowering springs? You have an amazing sports car. Seems like you are cutting yourself a little bit short on the performance it's capable of by taking this short cut. I can't imagine it's not going to bottom out quite a bit with the mushy stock springs even cut. Did you look to see if you are riding on the bump stops in the rear? There is only a few inches of travel to begin with.
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Yes, definitely needed an alignment. Got it done this afternoon.

Actually the reason why I chose to cut the stock springs is because they're linear and I wanted to keep the ride as similar to stock as possible. Most lowering springs are progressive, and tend to contribute more to a harsh ride. I also don't road race, autocross, etc. I take it to the drag strip on occasion, also another reason why I didn't want firmer springs.

I did cut the bump stops down a bit to make sure I don't bottom out. Our roads here suck (plenty of bumps), and haven't had an issue at all. Honestly guys, the thing rides like stock. The only added bit of firmness I attribute to the new shocks/struts and the poly bushings in the LCAs & PHB.

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Couple pics that show the drop a little better...



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I am likely going to snag a set of springs from another convertible GT and cut them rather than buy springs that I don't need.

If Mustang springs were progressive you would have to buy re-engineered springs to compensate for the ride height.

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I've ridden in 2 very track capable 5.0 cars, and one of them i even drove back from the track same day. Both felt super comfortable, even with aftermarket springs. Just because a spring is linear does not mean you will not lose performance or comfort from cutting it. I would daily drive either of these cars on harsh roads any day.

You would be very surprised at how well a proper spring will do against a cut spring. My motto is do it right, and do it once.
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I've ridden in 2 very track capable 5.0 cars, and one of them i even drove back from the track same day. Both felt super comfortable, even with aftermarket springs. Just because a spring is linear does not mean you will not lose performance or comfort from cutting it. And if you are riding on the stock shocks and struts expect those to not perform as well, and wear out quicker as well.

You would be very surprised at how well a proper spring will do against a cut spring. My motto is do it right, and do it once.
I agree, but sometimes you have to stick with the options before you.


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I agree, but sometimes you have to stick with the options before you.


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.....and improper shocks will beat you to death. Shocks are extremely important.

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I've ridden in 2 very track capable 5.0 cars, and one of them i even drove back from the track same day. Both felt super comfortable, even with aftermarket springs. Just because a spring is linear does not mean you will not lose performance or comfort from cutting it. I would daily drive either of these cars on harsh roads any day.

You would be very surprised at how well a proper spring will do against a cut spring. My motto is do it right, and do it once.
Thanks!! Those cars do look like they would be fun!

So far I'm happy with my setup. If that changes, new springs are easy enough to swap in.

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.....and improper shocks will beat you to death. Shocks are extremely important.

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I was about to say the same thing. Doesn't the stock shocks start to fail when lowered?

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I was about to say the same thing. Doesn't the stock shocks start to fail when lowered?

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If you read his first post you will see he replaced them with Koni orange shocks and struts.
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I was about to say the same thing. Doesn't the stock shocks start to fail when lowered?

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Supposedly. I'm at 27k miles on stock struts/shocks but added eiback springs 24k miles ago. Like op said, struts/shocks are easy enough to swap in...or something like that.
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