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Ok, there is enough discussions on this. I know that is not a good thing to do. It changes the spring rate, etc, etc.

Most guys who do that want to because they want to drop their car super low, and/or don't want to spend the $$$ on springs.

I'm not looking to drop my car to the ground. I just want the rear to drop a tiny bit. Just like if my chubby friend was to ride in the backseat. I think the car looks "balanced" instead of the rear hike up.

With my friend in the back, the ride is not bad. Just like stock.

1. What do you think?

2. What if I was to take a few mm off the rear coil spring?

3. Do I take off from the top of the spring or the bottom?
 

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My springs are cut, front & rear... yeah, my car is pretty low (gonna go lower in the front soon-maybe the back, idk) but that's how i want it. Ok, so every1 says not to cut them... ive been doin the spring-cuttin thing for a long time & ive never had issues... BUUT anyways... one of my friends did my cuttin for me & i cant give you specifics b/c i wasnt there, but i can prob get up w/ him (he lowers all kinds of cars/trucks-minitruckin guy) and get you some info... my car rides great, no popin, sure it bounces a bit, but no worse than my lowering springs on my other car--which to a lowrider-girl like me, springs are a waste of money, lol... If i remember right, i THINK he cut from the bottom... BUT DONT QUOTE ME ON IT, OR DONT DO IT B/C I SAID THAT, lol... I could b wrong, but when i had my rims off the other day to paint my drums I noticed the bottom looked cut... if i remember right... haha
 

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wow thats cheap! how are they?
 

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I have sportlines on my car and I love them. They cost me $130.
 

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I have dropzones too they are good so far no complaints wanna go lower though wanna see how it looks with 18's then go from there
 

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Yes, you can cut coil springs with no ill effect, in fact the results are superior to the marketing spiel lowering springs. I don't mean to step on anyone's toes that likes their lowering springs, just stating facts. If you enjoy your lowering springs, more power to you.

As with anything there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. If you do it the wrong way, yes of course it's not a good idea. Just like if you try to rebuild your engine but you've never ever rebuilt one before or have the slightest clue what you are doing, the results will be predictable. However, that doesn't mean rebuilding engines is a bad idea. The same goes with cutting coil springs. I knew someone once that almost drowned while swimming, but does that mean swimming is a bad idea? Of course not. Again, there's a right way and a wrong way.

But before I go on, I must warn you to never make any modifications to a vehicle that will impair the vehicles safety and your life. If you only lower the rear of the vehicle, the handling will be unbalanced and could become dangerous, especially in inclement weather conditions, i.e. rain or snow.

Moving on, there is a suspension engineer named Herb Adams who developed the Pontiac Trans AM WS6 high performance suspension package for Pontiac. In other words, this engineer knows what he is doing. Herb has been cutting coil springs for years with great success. His high performance suspension company, "Herb Adams VSE", located in Carmel, C.A. does this work for their customers too. Herb wrote a book called, "Chassis Engineering", where he discusses cutting coil springs. His race cars have competed in the 24 Hours of Datyona race and other races. If a race car doing over 150 mph for 24 hours straight doesn't have a problem with coil springs that have been cut, then it only stands to reason that your street car puttering around town wont either.

I have a suspension book from Herb Adams that details how to correctly cut coil springs, but I have recently moved and this book is somewhere in storage with thousands of my other books. However, below is a link to a BMW forum discussing this very topic and how to correctly cut coil springs per Herb Adams. You will note that forum members are admitting they stand corrected and correctly cutting coil springs has no detrimental effects -

cut coils springs - Bimmerforums - The Ultimate BMW Forum

If it will make you feel better after you cut the coil springs, you can paint them any color you wish to make them look new. :)

As Herb Adams says, save your money on lowering springs and simply use the springs you currently have. :)

-- B.F. Goodrich T/A Certified Tire Specialist




Ok, there is enough discussions on this. I know that is not a good thing to do. It changes the spring rate, etc, etc.

Most guys who do that want to because they want to drop their car super low, and/or don't want to spend the $$$ on springs.

I'm not looking to drop my car to the ground. I just want the rear to drop a tiny bit. Just like if my chubby friend was to ride in the backseat. I think the car looks "balanced" instead of the rear hike up.

With my friend in the back, the ride is not bad. Just like stock.

1. What do you think?

2. What if I was to take a few mm off the rear coil spring?

3. Do I take off from the top of the spring or the bottom?
 
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