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Postby ChevetteKid » 24 Jan 2005, 06:32

im taking out my springs this week and cutting about 2" out of the front and 2 1/2" out of the rear anybody have any suggestions??
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Postby Doive » 24 Jan 2005, 22:47

I've been told by suspension people in the past that cutting springs is a bad idea for a couple of reasons.

1) A spring will have been designed with a particular application in mind and certain loading forces over its whole length. When you cut it the whole force is now acting over a much shorter length, so reducing the 'springiness' of the spring. Its unlikely to snap or fail, just may change the handling.

2) If you cut a few mil too much from any one side, the car may sag or lean over.

Of course this could all be cobblers, but its what I've been told in the past by people in 'the know'. I'm sure lowering springs can be bought that drop the car between 35 - 75mm (1.5 - 3 inches).
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Postby Neilyman » 25 Jan 2005, 00:12

The other thing is lowering springs are not usually physically shorter than standard springs, it`s the way they`re wound & the diameter of the `wire` that`s different.
If you ever get airbourne in your motor, which I do regularly on a level crossing near here ;), your `short` springs can/will fall out as the suspension drops to it`s full extent! We once put a Corsa on the `wheel free` ramp at work & as it was lifted, the rear springs fell out & rolled off down the workshop.......I nearly p***ed my self!! the ned owner Had cut 2 coils off :lol:
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Postby Shellysowner » 25 Jan 2005, 00:27

Actually I think you'll find the kid had been amazingly clever as he'd realised that he'd never be able to get his corsa in the air due to the lack of power, the weight of all his speakers and the fact that even if he did his £5000 bodykit would smash to smitherines on landing. Speaking of 5 grand bodykits there's this pug 205 near one of my friends houses that always makes me laugh. It's really townified, massive wheels, stupid bodykit etc. on an F plate and a sign in the window just says 1.6gti, £5000 and a phone number. Been there for months now. Sorry to hijack your thread Chevette Kid, but hey, welcome to the forum!
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Postby ChevetteKid » 25 Jan 2005, 03:54

yea my car has much added weight probably around 300lbs or more.... so i dont plan on it flying at all....
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Postby Doive » 26 Jan 2005, 23:02

300 pounds? What on earth have you done to it? Tasteful modifications only I hope! :P Send us a few pics and we will stick them on the photo gallery for you.
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Postby GJUK » 08 Apr 2005, 07:48

where can you order lowering springs from?

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Postby Shellysowner » 08 Apr 2005, 13:10

The best thing to do is to ring Tim at TJ Motorsport and discuss your requirements. He'll sort you out.
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Postby iety2004 » 20 Apr 2005, 12:33

I've seen a Spax set at

http://www.needforspeed.co.uk/pages/sbv ... Type=SUS10

80 notes tho, plus postage :?
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Postby penski » 09 Aug 2005, 11:44

Neilyman wrote:The other thing is lowering springs are not usually physically shorter than standard springs, it`s the way they`re wound & the diameter of the `wire` that`s different.
If you ever get airbourne in your motor, which I do regularly on a level crossing near here ;), your `short` springs can/will fall out as the suspension drops to it`s full extent! We once put a Corsa on the `wheel free` ramp at work & as it was lifted, the rear springs fell out & rolled off down the workshop.......I nearly p***ed my self!! the ned owner Had cut 2 coils off :lol:


Wire them into the cups :)

Cut springs should work fine, nothing you need worry about. 'lowering' springs would be better but sometimes budget dictates actions.

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Postby spyke » 01 Oct 2005, 10:27

i cut out 4 coils on the front and 2 on the back. runs fine, sits on the bumpstops on the front but the back can go even lowerLook here!
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Postby space kadett » 04 Apr 2006, 18:30

its ok to cut springs its a common misconseption that cutting them is a bad idea you can buy standard rate lowered springs which are just properly cut springs if the spring are lower they are shorter simple as that really stiffer spings are even shorter but give less drop , only thing you need to be carful of when cutting them yourself is to make sure you reset the ends (spring should be flat at the top and bottom) properly and dont heat to much of the spring in the prosess
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Postby kw107 » 04 Apr 2006, 20:56

I cutted my chevette rear ones. Every time when I have to remove the wheel, then I have to hold the spring, because otherwise it will fall out. But the rear end was very high when I bought the car (VERY HIGH). Now it seems normal and now I'm happy.
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Postby jbowman » 12 Aug 2006, 21:57

Ive cut springs in the past, to not much amusement from the MoT tester, But the Nova did look shweeet :D
Apart from Spax are there any other suspension makers I can call on, coil overs would be ideal if my budget was stretched.
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