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Old 03-15-2009, 07:19 AM   #1
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07 SES Springs...

Yet another question on MY car...

A mechanic friend of mine has been telling me for a while I need to lower my car... etc.. I am sure you would all agree. However, he suggested we cut my springs. Now I know you guys are probably going to blow up at me and light me on fire while throwing me into boiling hot acid... But... He suggests we just 1/2 or a full coil of the springs... hes done this before with his wife's old cavalier, his mirage and a few other cars in the past that have never had problems. How would the focus react to this? I know it will shorten the life of my struts in the front and shocks in the back but beyond that what else could this affect? Also, have any of you done this in the past? Let me know!


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It doesn't fix body roll or anything- It only manipulates the height. It should be a comfortable ride though, just don't hit any extreme bumps cause that spring is meant to flex easier than an eibach spring.

If you love your car, i'd just buy new springs for now. I'm in the market for new ones anyway. Summit racing has some good prices on suspension. If you find better than $245, hook up the link.
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Can't afford springs... Just wondering if cutting the springs will cause the car to break or anything along those lines in the short term... I know in the long term my struts and shocks will be shot
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Cutting springs has never been an acceptable solution. The actual cutting de-tempers the steel around the cut and can promote sagging. Some other things to think about....rarely can you cut just a half coil. The spring seats dictate how much can be cut. Usually that mean a full coil or nothing. Cutting a full coil usually results in more drop than is desired, and as mentioned, will cause the stock shocks/struts to quickly destroy themselves either from bottoming out or from the increased spring rate. If your spring has, lets say, five live coils (dead/bound ones don't count), cutting one increases the spring rate 20%. Also cutting a full coil will cause the spring to be excessively loose in the seat, be very noisy, possible damage the bearing plate or the strut itself, and even possibly fall out (rear). Save up and do it the right way so that you do not cause expensive damage to the car. It's not worth it for looks alone.
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you can usually catch a good used set for $100 on the marketplace.
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