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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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I Saw Chip Foose Cut Springs

Ok now, this thread is not for starting crap, so please do not do it.

I was watching Overhauling, and Chip Foose was not satisfied with the ride height of the car they were building. They ended up cutting a coil out of each back spring on "D" day.

So, the question is, if you are conservative with the cutting is it possible to cut spring to lower a stock balt about 1.5 - 2 inches, and not "F" up your ride? Remember I am NOT talking about slamming it to the ground.

My thought is that if Chip Foose will cut springs, maybe the problems are a little blown out of proportion...

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He cut the springs because it's TV and they had their "deadline". It's all about the drama.

Springs are engineered to compress within certain tolerances, all of this based on the actual size/tension of the springs themselves. Changing any variable ****s up the whole equation. This is ESPECIALLY important with the springs on modern cars, because they're variable rate! 1 inch of initial travel does NOT equal 1 inch of additional travel. For example, I've been told the TC's springs are 600+lb at their maximum, but they sure as hell aren't in minor corners.

Cutting springs is retarded, plain and simple.


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Yup i saw that to. I shook my head. lol

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People have been cutting coils for a LONG time - as long as you don't go extreme, you'll be just fine.

That's with solid rate springs...variables are a total different animal.

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i cut my rear springs a tiny bit just to even it out with the front....im such a ricer :P

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always thought that wasnt a safe route to go

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Yeah don't take any car show on T.V. as automotive gospel. I couldn't have said it any better than Force. If you cut your rear springs, which are variable rate, you are going to see a decrease in both handling and ride quality.

Note: For anyone who has done this, don't go thinking that stiffer spring rate automatically equals better handling.

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Yeah don't take any car show on T.V. as automotive gospel. I couldn't have said it any better than Force. If you cut your rear springs, which are variable rate, you are going to see a decrease in both handling and ride quality.

Note: For anyone who has done this, don't go thinking that stiffer spring rate automatically equals better handling.
The car Foose did it on was likely a '60s or '70s American vehicle - which didn't have variable spring rates.

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The car Foose did it on was likely a '60s or '70s American vehicle - which didn't have variable spring rates.
Did he not swap basic suspension components? They normally do. New parts would almost certainly be variable.

Still not as dumb as my friends brother who just torched the springs on his 90's Tacoma and had a fat guy jump up and down in the bed.

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