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  • I probably wouldnt recommend cutting the springs as the springs may be designed for a particular ride height. Lowering the car overall can improve roadholding but you normally get a harsher ride. The better way would be to fit after market shocks which may lower the car or if you can afford it perhaps shocks which you can adjust. This way as the car is lowered by adjusting the suspension, you can make them stiffer. Cut springs may lead to the car bottoming out as they may be too 'soft' to cope with the shorter length. Also the body of the car, wheel arches etc. may comeinto contact with the wheels aswell.
  • This is a BAD idea; your spring rates will be all wrong. Lowering a car is more than just short springs. It's short springs with the proper spring rate, stiffer dampers to compensate for reduced suspension travel, and different alignment settings to compensate for the fact that the suspension is further up in it's travel.
  • I'm going to add that it is best to buy adjustable springs, so that you can play around with them and get the right settings
  • no no no, you need weaker springs so the car sags more, if you cut the springs you just made your ride a lot worse, kits are out there specifically for that reason
  • If you lower a vehicle it can never be aligned PROPERLY as this changes the ride height specs.The best way to lower a vehicle though is with adjustable shocks.
  • cutting is always wrong. shocks do not set ride height, only if you have sophisticated coil -over shock system. after- market dropped spindles and or proper lowering springs are the only way to do it.
  • No my friend did his and the front end is all wrong. he cant even past inspection because its to low, and because the front end wont line up right. So no dont ever cut the prings unless you never want to get your car on the rode. :( bad idea
  • i wanted toa sk a question if i lower my 1990 mazda protege by cutting the springs and setting them back on is it a good idea.... or will my car have problems
  • you can cut the springs but you will have a rought ride and the aligment will be off. or you can heat the springs and let the car drop but make sure the car lowers even this is better than cutting the springs and they are still as strong........good luck
  • you can but the ride will be rough and wont pass a roady again,if you do caut them its agood idea to wire each end of the spring into its housing.safest and best way is to buy the kits,springs and shocks good luck.
  • Sorry to be a thread hi jacker .but i have an 80 chevy pickup and the driver side of the coil has broken off. and it was only like 2-3 coils . a local muffler shop said they can cut the other coil the same length and install it. just so the ride height is the same on both side is this a bad idea .. also see there is a lack of cash to throw on springs .. he said it would be $10 - $20 bucks what does everybody think. thank you all .
  • I know for a fact, that if you measure out the amount of spring you want to cut, then use a "cutting wheel" on a grinder, instead of a cutting torch, witch can distort the spring and, weaken it. You can lower the ride height of most coil over suspensions. But there are two important things to remember, other than alignment and camber or caster problems, is will the spring still fit in its perch properly, especially when it comes to struts, this could cause a serious bang up, if the spring rolled out of the perch. And ride quality, most of the cars that I've seen with cut springs, end up with a really bouncy, and rough ride. Something to think about
  • There are reasons cars are designed the way they are, mostly legal reasons. Your question is evidence that Darwin was correct.
  • do not cut the springs is bad idea car bounce in road by lower kit springs

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