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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-01-2004, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need a lesson in spring cutting...

Hey guys, I'm looking to get rid of that ugly wheel well gap on my Bird. I'm looking to do it for as little cash as possible so I'm going to pick up a set of SC springs and cut em down a touch. Anyways, I have no clue how much to cut off the spring or how to measure how much to cut off. I checked out wes's ride and that's what I'm looking for but with stock rims. I don't know if that drop would be the height I want. Can someone shine a little light on this for me, thank ya...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-01-2004, 10:23 PM
 
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We cut a total of a spring and a half off of Wes's car.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Is that a spring and a half all around? How did you measure how much to cut off?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 07:09 AM
 
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Start from the end of the spring, and count 1.5 coils down, and cut, couldn't be easier.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 03:16 PM
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it's important to note that you should NOT use a torch. it will heat the springs, change their rate, and make the car bouncy. Use a good cut off wheel.




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Measure with the car weight on the springs. From the base of the spring perch to the height you want to remove. IE 1"
Then move the ruler around until the height mark intersects with the bottom of a spring coil. Mark and cut. Give yourself a little extra spring in case you need to grind it flat or something to get it to sit right on the perch.
This is pretty accurate. Now as far as left and right go, cut the same way. Chances are just as good that measuring the coil length IE 1.56 coils, is just as balanced.

The spring coils that are closer together are the softest coils on a variable rate spring. If you want a little more tightness cut that end off.

SC springs cut off are still a little soft so be prepared to put in a stiffener later to get the ride you want.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2004, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks richard, I was going to go with cutting SC springs as a cheap method of lowering my bird... These stiffeners, what are they?
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