4th Gear Poster
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Cutting rear coils on Mark VIII conversion kit
The rear of my Mark sits waaaay too high for my liking. It has a dumb raked look, which maybe belongs on a pickup or old muscle car, but not the Mark. The rear is really soft and floaty, almost bouncy. Feels like a bowl of jello back there.
I bought the car with the coil spring kit already installed, so I have no idea what brand it is, but from my research, it appears to be the Monroe kit.
It has rear lower spring cups that bolt through the center of the LCA, all the coils are black, and the shocks all say made in Mexico, with spanish warning stickers. Strutmasters have red springs, Arnott's seem to sit nicely, and I haven't heard of any others, so Monroe?
I'm going to try cutting the rear springs. What I'm unsure of is how much I should cut the coils in the rear to make the car sit level, or just a lot less raked.
I'm thinking 1/2 a coil might not be enough or even noticeable, but 1 full coil could be overkill. I don't wanna do this twice, so if anyone has any experience here and could chime in, that'd be great.
See the pic below showing the stance.