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PostSubject: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:31 pm

im gettting new struts i might cut the front springs to lower it............. i know that it needs to be cut PERFECTLY below where the spring starts..... ANY INPUT??
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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:09 pm

I've heard bad things about cut springs. There are a couple other options out there that don't cost that much plus you would get new springs and not your possibly worn out ones. Somewhere I saw a thread leading to a shop that will custom make springs and they seemed to be fairly helpful when I made inquiries to them (you could even order them in a heavier duty version to stiffen things up). I'll try to look it up for you.
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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:13 pm

BTW... if you go lower, do all four corners. Buick has the rake perfect on these cars. I would not want to see an ass end up car or one of the "old school Cali" cars (low back end).
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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:35 pm

you can use a die grinder with a cutoff wheel. Do ->NOT<- cut a spring with a torch. EVER. The heat will ruin the spring steel temper. The die grinder should make very short work of the spring and not heat it up.

Do not cut the springs if both ends are specifically shaped.
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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:28 am

As far as I'm concerned the Eibachs are rare and extinct and the only other way to drop this bitch is to cut some springs or have a scientist make you set.
I.E. www.coilsprings.com

From what I've read, cutting springs is fine as long as they are tangential end springs and you follow the equation of not cutting more than the height of the compressed spring + 1 inch off the uncompressed spring. And to NEVER USE HEAT NO MATTER WHAT.

Our front springs are Tangential End springs, correct? The back springs are pigtails, right?
http://www.eatonsprings.com/cuttingcoilsprings.html

I'm not sure how to drop the back if the springs are pig tails.

Anyone have any firsthand experience with this? Either the Eibachs will magically come my way, I will cut a pair of Moogs, or I will pay Coil Spring Specialties to make me a set.
It's just a matter of time.
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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:51 am

I don't know why you'd need to lower the rear. Just let some air out of the ALC shocks.

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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:37 pm

Lol, charlie you keep going back to suspension things... Don't waste your time money and energy, save up a grand, and do robo's coil over set. It will do all you want and more, and is really a hell of a bargain.

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PostSubject: Re: cutting the front coil springs on struts   Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:56 pm

Karma wrote:
Lol, charlie you keep going back to suspension things... Don't waste your time money and energy, save up a grand, and do robo's coil over set. It will do all you want and more, and is really a hell of a bargain.
I will either get custom coil springs made or I will consult with Robo. It's only a matter of time. This will happen before any intercooler sits in my car.
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