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Has anybody tried cutting the springs on a 2nd gen? My step-bro is in the process of cutting the springs on his Mustang, so it made me think... I have an extra set of 2nd gen springs in the basement, so maybe I'll try it out and see what happens. One thing for sure, can't beat the mod price of zero dollars! What do you think?
 

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Do it up! If it doesn't work out, you're not down any money. So, what costs nothing can't hurt, right? :p
 

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Yeah, used to have Intrax on my '99. Only problem I had with them was the car didn't sit level. At least if I cut my own they'll probably be right on! I'm wondering if there are any safety or structural integrity issues involved with doing such a thing to our cars though?
 

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Are the Intrepid springs a "straight rate" spring or "progressive"...not even sure if thats an issue or possibility on cars but I know it is on motorcycles....as in the first part of the spring will compress under XXX pounds, and the more it compresses the stiffer it gets and the more pounds required to compress.
Just something to think about B-4 you start cutting
 

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Ummm, rent a spring compressor for taking them out and re-installing them. It can be done without one, but it's a hell of alot easier with it. Also, since the springs are gonna be out, might as well replace the bushings with some better-than-factory ones :p
 

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ES_Squared said:
Are the Intrepid springs a "straight rate" spring or "progressive"...not even sure if thats an issue or possibility on cars but I know it is on motorcycles....as in the first part of the spring will compress under XXX pounds, and the more it compresses the stiffer it gets and the more pounds required to compress.
Just something to think about B-4 you start cutting
I'm pretty sure the factory springs are just straight rate. My concern is that I would just hope that the fitment would still be OK in the strut assembly subsequent to chopping.
 

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Ummm, rent a spring compressor for taking them out and re-installing them. It can be done without one, but it's a hell of alot easier with it. Also, since the springs are gonna be out, might as well replace the bushings with some better-than-factory ones :p
whitey said:
good idea bus hell i got the spring compressors here
Thanks whitey, I actually have access to spring compressors at the shop though. I've installed two sets of lowering springs already without any difficulty. Would be a nice time for some new KYB's too, but the originals still seem to be in great shape believe it or not.
 

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whitey said:
it wont work the fronts atleast wont
What won't work? The KYBs?

As for cutting, yes there are safety issues with it. If you do some reading you'll find quite a bit of info about the hazards of just cutting springs down. Of course you'll also find plenty of "I've done it hundreds of times for people" or "I've been riding with them for years and never had a problem". In the end, it's up to you. But personally, if I wanted shorter springs I'd buy a lowering kit. And no, the OE springs are not progressive rate springs...
 

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if you cut the front springs, you'd want to remove a full coil, correct? Wouldnt that cause the spring to no longer fit inside the spring seat? The spring Itself is tapered on each end and wider in the middle.


Correct me if Im wrong of course but I think cutting a front spring would cause excessive noise in the front end...
 

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As for cutting, yes there are safety issues with it. If you do some reading you'll find quite a bit of info about the hazards of just cutting springs down. Of course you'll also find plenty of "I've done it hundreds of times for people" or "I've been riding with them for years and never had a problem". In the end, it's up to you. But personally, if I wanted shorter springs I'd buy a lowering kit. And no, the OE springs are not progressive rate springs...
Very true. Cutting springs is a very bad idea. Depending on the method you use to cut them, you're going to apply varying amounts of heat...which can and will compromise the integrity of the spring as far as rate and strength. Yeah, you may get what you want out of it temporarily without spending money, but in the end, you'd be much better off doing it right and buying a set of lowering springs.

I can't tell you how many Mustangs (and TBirds) I've seen with cut springs that have seriously messed up front end geometry!! They sit funny, and they ride like crap! But.....it's up to you! :)
 

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I think you guys are right, my step-bro is 17, so I can't imagine there's a lot of integrity in his mod ideas. lol. So, anybody want to buy a spare set of 2nd gen springs? lol again! Probably should have swapped out the new intrax and kyb's before selling my '99, but then again if my car were any lower I probably couldn't put it in my garage. Now, if I end up getting that Integra from my PA Title Question thread, that one will have to get the drop!
 

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Do what you want (noone has a gun to your head), but cutting springs is a completely bad idea. There is some good reading on the internet about this. I don't remember the sites off the top of my head. If I did, I would post the links. A Google search should get you on the right track.
 

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Never cut springs!



Ever.



Period.
 

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Cutting springs is GHETTO. OK for a junker I suppose (but could be dangerous).
 

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Before you toss those springs, think about this. In those areas where there are alot of custom cars, racers (not ricers), off roaders, etc. there are often shops that specialize in making and modifying springs. These are professional shops. I have seen them heat, reshape, retemper and refinish springs as well as changing spring lengths. They know how to do this safely. You may want to check in your area. I have seen them do it to a Mustang and on one of my family's trucks (they stiffened the spring to compensate for a camper shell).
 
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