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Old 02-01-2011, 04:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes, but they won't have a soft beginning of travel and harden up very sharply like cut coils. In most cases, cut coils ride like crap. It works, but is far from ideal.

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Old 02-01-2011, 04:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Have you ever cut coils? Have you ever ridden in something with cut coils?

I have. I cut the coils on the Coupe. I have the exact same car with stock springs too. The lowered car does ride stiffer- totally expected. Part of that is the new struts on the lowered car vs the old ones on the stock car. But ride quality is still quite acceptable to me; I don't feel it was excessively compromised. But above all I don't feel that commercial lowering springs would perform better in any way, shape, or form.

Scared of the notion of cutting them? Do what I did: take the stock springs out and squirrel them away in the garage. Get a set of springs from a scrapyard for free or next to it. Cut them. Run them. Change them out if you don't like it. I never changed mine out...

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that's why i wish they weren't coil overs, they would be a lot easier to swap out, chances are i would be too lazy to swap the stock ones back in
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Joe, you might look at some Jeep Liberty or Dodge Nitro forums (maybe dodgetalk or dodgeforum) and see what people are using to lower their vehicles. In the past, I have run lowering springs, which were stiffer, and that was fine in my book. For my truck there are lowering springs, drop spindles, or I can cut a coil (only 1/4 turn at a time). The best ride seems to be with drop spindles, but they are HEAVY.
My vote is for cutting the coils, at least for my truck. Yes, it might ride a little stiffer, but it is a truck!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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torch them

If you have a set of torches, and are good with them, you can heat the coil, and it will compress. Be careful If you do this wrong you will create a coil of scrap steel.

Another thought. Some manufacturers used different spring rates for different engines. There may be a stock spring available with a slightly different ap.
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I've got some factory springs that I took off my wrangler that I"ll give to you andyou can do whatever you want with them...
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:25 AM   #17 (permalink)
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dont heat the coil, I cant remember what the metallurgy is but its baaad.

Cut it with the thinnest cutting disc you can find to keep the heat to a minimum. I dont own a car that doesnt have cut springs haha.

If its a subtle drop I doubt you'd notice a great difference. If you are going much lower youll need stiffer dampers. Dont cut so much that the spring dislocates.

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