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3/02/2004
23:16:47

Subject: Cut front Springs on an R/T???
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ok I have read in the forums here that you can cut 1/4 of a coil off of a spring in the front to drop it by 1 inch.

I have also read that you can cut 1/2 and even 3/4 of a coil off to get the same result.
That doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Can anyone explain that?

2nd thing...Does this lead to the front end bouncing more than with uncut springs?

I have seen alot of cars with cut springs and they look like they don't even have a suspension.

3rd thing is this...Can the front springs be changed to an aftermarket spring by compressing it and not having to seperate the ball joints?

Thanks for any help.

-Rich



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3/03/2004
10:23:00

RE: Cut front Springs on an R/T???
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You will only need 1/4 coil cut for 1" drop. If you drop it more, watch the snubber clearance (that's why that guys Honda looks 'bouncy', it's riding on the snubbers)
There is no way you will get the spring out without separating the lower ball joint. Don't sweat this as it sound more difficult than it is. Take your time, make sure you chain the spring so it doesn't fly out and hit you in the face, make sure you have the right tools; jack stands, trolley jack, etc.
Hope this helps.



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3/03/2004
12:40:53

RE: Cut front Springs on an R/T???
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Oh ok, So basically when a honda has a cut spring, its not actually riding on the spring. it using the snubber for its suspension?



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3/03/2004
21:02:15

RE: Cut front Springs on an R/T???
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Well, those that are cut too far. When you see that tell tale bounce (and I know we all have) you know it. It looks kinda like it's solid suspension, bouncing dramaticaly over every little bump and pebble in the road, like a dragster sort of. I just used kid in the Honda to illustrate, as there are plenty of those types around (and it just happens that most of those punks don't know how to lower a car properly, and don't care too, as long as it looks cool to thier buddies)
When I dropped my R/T last year I had to cut the snubbers about half off to get it to ride OK. Still handles, left to anti-sway bar on, of course and I used the DJM springs. They were supposed to give 2", but it was more like 1.3".



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