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Old 03-29-2009, 06:03 PM   #1
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has anyone cut there stock springs to drop their car?

i am thinkin about trying it

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Old 03-29-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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Do not cut your springs. Cutting springs changes their 'spring-rate,' or the frequency at which they absorb shocks and coil or uncoil. Springs on a car are progressive springs. The more you compress it, the harder it becomes to compress it. If it takes 30lbs to compress the spring a half inch. It would take 100lbs to compress it another half inch. The next half inch might take 500lbs. Why is this important? When you hit a small bump, the springs and shocks are suppose to compress allowing the wheel to move smoothly over it. If you cut the springs, now that small bump isn’t enough to compress the spring so the car will now jump over the bump. Remember a car in the air has less contact with the road.

Also, in general, when it comes to suspension mods; the cheap way out is never the way to go, in my experience. Save your money for some nice lowering springs and a set of quality shocks.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:16 PM   #3
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do not cut your springs. Cutting springs changes their 'spring-rate,' or the frequency at which they absorb shocks and coil or uncoil. Springs on a car are progressive springs. The more you compress it, the harder it becomes to compress it. If it takes 30lbs to compress the spring a half inch. It would take 100lbs to compress it another half inch. The next half inch might take 500lbs. Why is this important? When you hit a small bump, the springs and shocks are suppose to compress allowing the wheel to move smoothly over it. If you cut the springs, now that small bump isnít enough to compress the spring so the car will now jump over the bump. Remember a car in the air has less contact with the road.

Also, in general, when it comes to suspension mods; the cheap way out is never the way to go, in my experience. Save your money for some nice lowering springs and a set of quality shocks.
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as far as I can tell the stock zx3 springs are not progressive. And yes ive messed around with spring theory a bit.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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you'll mess up your car bad if u try that man
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Cutting springs is a bad ideal. I had a 5.0 Stang I bought with cut springs. It looked good but it road like $#*t and it would not handle at all. Your best bet is to pick up a cheap set of springs. If it was me I would not cut at all.
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ive heard u can cut off dead coils and be ok if done right tho?
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iirc only the wagon's stock rear springs have dead coils
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yea, i think ur right. i have been looking into it for my h&r race springs tho. i want them just a little bit lower to the ground and ive also heard that it will up the spring rate as well.
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the stock springs are not progressive. you don't want to cut them as you will bottom out. you can cut progressive springs to get a stiffer spring rate. but you should put a spacer in there like on a basic 2 inch lift on a cherokee. but do not cut stock springs.
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