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Old 05-19-2006, 03:35 AM
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I have a question I want to improve my suspension I know lowering springs is a good start I just dont want to deal with scrapes and broken body kits puncured ac condensors ect. High speed stabilization is the goal here any suggestions would be appreciated thanks
Old 09-19-2006, 12:12 AM
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OK quick lesson time on springs.

a short spring is stiffer than 1 that is the same guage (thickness) and longer

Sooo if you cut 1-3 coils out of your springs they will be stiffer.

at a cost of height

here is what i did with my 88 2 door legend 5 inch drop on the front 6
inch drop in the back. That left me with a smashed oil pan and a
pinched off exaust but man it looked cool 2.5 inches off ground
clearence and it couldn't be alighned. Then i built a spring ride
height adjuster onto my shocks that allow me to (with the use of shims)
raise my car back to stock height in 1/4 inch increments. At
stock height i noticed a massive difference in the way the car handled
(shorter springs are stiffer) added 5mph on my intown corners and
10mph to my off/on ram speeds...

Final results after much messing was;

LF spring lowered 2.75 inches

RF spring lowered 3.00 inches

LR spring lowered 3.50 inches

RR spring lowered 3.75 inches

left side is higher by a 1/4 inch so when im in it it sits level.

that left me with a alighnable vehicle that looks good and with the
stiff springs man it handles nice...i still stop for speed bumps and
them big *** dips but at least i dont leave parts behind.

Old 10-01-2006, 05:08 PM
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Make sure you get quality shocks for whatever springset you decide to use, and ask the seller if the shocks will handle the springrate, etc/. Dont cut your springs man.Edited by: GS-Teg00
Old 11-10-2006, 02:45 PM
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I agree, spring cutting is a bad idea. I'd go with a 1.5" drop, it gives the control and gives a nice look. You need a camber kit obviously and an alignment or you can kiss your tires goodbye. I'm having trouble with my camber being out of alignment after I used had it professionally aligned yesterday.
Old 12-10-2007, 02:40 AM
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Don't cut your springs. I had a bad time with that. My old vehicle was a 97 Ford Ranger and I dropped the back and the front. Cut half the coils off the springs. Yeah, it sat low, but the camber on the front tires was horrible. Needless to say, I was in the shop replacing my springs in a week to stock height.
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