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Old 12-09-2008, 10:19 PM   #1
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im thinking that when i have my control arms out, i want to drop the front another inch. after taking all the weight out of the front, and adding more to the back, it looks like one of those 70's tail dragging loriders.
so, ive currently got belltech v6 1 inch drop coils in it, that are sitting at mostly stock height. how much should i cut? like i said, only looking to drop it an inch. that, and it'll bump the front spring rate a hair. yay!


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Old 12-09-2008, 10:28 PM   #2
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you shouldnt cut any. you should buy the necessary parts to do it the right way.
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You should buy the right parts.

with that being said, I cut 1/2 coil to gain 1" on my springs using a cut off wheel. no problems.
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Re: cutting coils

just cut the both the coils in half that way you will have two extra drop coils duh
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by NCsDIME98
just cut the both the coils in half that way you will have two extra drop coils duh
Twice as many drop coils = twice the drop....
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by 2Lo4aFatHoe
you shouldnt cut any. you should buy the necessary parts to do it the right way.
That's the ONLY way to do it


Buy a set of 2" or 3" coils and sell the 1" ones.
Old 12-10-2008, 02:23 PM   #7
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Re: cutting coils



this kinda stupidity makes me wanna stab myself in the face with a pickle fork.
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Re: cutting coils

but if you did that everytime someone asked this question then you'd be Scarface!
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Re: cutting coils

Come on.

If done correctly, you can gain a mild drop from cutting coils. I 100% agree you should purchase drop coils. But you can cut your stock coils and have no problems....ever. I know there are others on this site that agree with me.

I would never cut coils for any of my customers. I would tell them they should buy drop coils, and I will not cut coils for them. However, I have cut my own coils in my daily, and have had no problems.
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Re: cutting coils

What about the ride quality though?

I've seen them cut that bounce bad, settle a lot, or do both. I don't know I've just seen about 4 or 5 trucks with cut coils so they might not all do that.
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Re: cutting coils

It really all depends on how much is cut. 1/2 or one coil to gain 1-2" is fine. providing it's cut using a cut off wheel and kept as cool as possible. Cutting any more than 1 coil, cutting with torches, or heating the coils will cause horrible ride quality, screwed up suspension geometry, and possible catastrophic failure of the whole coil.
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ok that makes sense. These trucks were all really low like 5.5 -6.5 up front and I'd say they used the stock coils too so that explains a lot.
Old 12-10-2008, 04:55 PM   #13
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by jstblzn


this kinda stupidity makes me wanna stab myself in the face with a pickle fork.

that's sig material

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Old 12-11-2008, 10:13 PM   #14
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Re: cutting coils

yea man if your goin through the trouble of tearing everything apart, might as well gett the right springs. i cut the coils on my truck earlier this year, looks dam clean, but rides like shit. i got 20's with 35 series tires, so it makes it alot rougher. i also got 3in blocks in the back and minus one leaf. so that shit bottoms out all the time even with my nitro drop2 shocks. my plans 4 next year are drop spindles and springs. heres a pic of my cut off coil. i keep it in my room.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:22 PM   #15
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Re: cutting coils

well if you know physics, and you know the spring rate of the coil before you cut it, you can find roughly what the new spring rate would be, and how much shorter you would need the spring to be to get it dropped where you want it

so its not necessarily a bad thing to cut the coils, but its way easier to buy new coils

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Old 12-15-2008, 08:32 PM   #16
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Re: cutting coils

cut 1/2 of the ring... on my truck i cut 1 1/2 and removed my bump stops and add some smaller ones and ride is perfect, and ive done it so meny times to other trucks and customers ar happy, and the rode is like shit and i have had no problem with it as long as ur shocks are good thers no problem, and if u ar running big rims its alot difrent, the ride is alot ruffer
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by wantasyclone
yea man if your goin through the trouble of tearing everything apart, might as well gett the right springs. i cut the coils on my truck earlier this year, looks dam clean, but rides like shit. i got 20's with 35 series tires, so it makes it alot rougher. i also got 3in blocks in the back and minus one leaf. so that shit bottoms out all the time even with my nitro drop2 shocks. my plans 4 next year are drop spindles and springs. heres a pic of my cut off coil. i keep it in my room.
i cut the same as you and change the rubber stops to smaller ones and i have no problem
Old 12-18-2008, 05:59 PM   #18
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Re: cutting coils

can u use the stock spindles with 1\2 cut coils?
Old 12-18-2008, 10:24 PM   #19
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by BagAndSag
can u use the stock spindles with 1\2 cut coils?

Yes you can.



Cutting them is fine as long as they don't get too hot in the process.
Old 12-18-2008, 10:43 PM   #20
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Re: cutting coils

lol i cut 1 and a half coils and my blazer was sitting on the lower control arm so i got my friends stock springs and only cut just over a coil and i would still bottom out on the lca so i dehumped my lowers cuz its gonna get bagged one day anyway. ride isnt bad. just as bad as a bought lowered suspension big dips and bumps suck. my shocks are leaking now so i need new ones but i think they orignal 1987 blazer shocks so that could be why also lol. i think i got around 4" form cutting maybe 1.25 at most. good luck only use a sawzaw or cut off disk. and theres always a junk yard if it rides like shit lol.
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by wantasyclone
yea man if your goin through the trouble of tearing everything apart, might as well gett the right springs. i cut the coils on my truck earlier this year, looks dam clean, but rides like shit. i got 20's with 35 series tires, so it makes it alot rougher. i also got 3in blocks in the back and minus one leaf. so that shit bottoms out all the time even with my nitro drop2 shocks. my plans 4 next year are drop spindles and springs. heres a pic of my cut off coil. i keep it in my room.
if its bottoming out.......nitro shocks or stock shocks....you need a notch.
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Re: cutting coils

what about doing a 1/4 of a coil? that possible? or is half a coil minimum if doing such?

reason im asking ...do they sell 1inch lowering springs for the 2.2L?

i have 2inch spindles going on in the morning but it wont be enough since i allready have the rear lowered and im on dubs with 35 series tires

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Question Re: cutting coils

anybody?
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Re: cutting coils

just buy the right ****ing springs.....
Old 03-04-2009, 09:40 AM   #25
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Yes, they sell 1" coils for the 4cyl.
Before you went and bought "dubs", you should have done the research to know how you were going to go about lowering the truck so it didn't look F'ing retarded.
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yea i have cut springs in the front of my truck. Not gunna lie rides like shit but what eve. i like how it looks.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Drewchillin
yea i have cut springs in the front of my truck. Not gunna lie rides like shit but what eve. i like how it looks.
It would ride a lot better with proper springs, and it would look exactly the same. Just a lot safer.
Old 03-25-2009, 10:49 PM   #28
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Re: cutting coils

I cut a full coil on my '94 S10 longbed,rides great,very smooth.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:03 PM   #30
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Re: cutting coils

I cut one full coil off mine too and it dropped it exactly 2"s. rides like it did when it was stock.
Ive had a bunch of dropped s10's with drop springs so I didnt do it because Im a dumbass..
I figured I do it and see how the outcome is and I like it... I got it aligned and have been driving the heck out of it..

cut springs are just as safe as drop springs.. heated springs on the other hand are a different story
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by Mcfly Minis
You should buy the right parts.

with that being said, I cut 1/2 coil to gain 1" on my springs using a cut off wheel. no problems.
how do measure half a coil? I have some ground force 2" drop coils and I want to get one more inch drop for a 5/5.5 drop.
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Re: cutting coils

Congrats, this thread is just barely year old when you drug it out of the grave.
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zomg cutting coils is a hack...o wait how am i 6/7
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rather dig up a yr. old thread than start one that answers in less than 2 posts and takes up server space.
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Re: cutting coils

I have cut coils and my truck rides fine and I cut one coil off each side and I looked the other and and could probably get away with cutting off another half a coil but then I will have massive rake
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by littlejeff27
I have cut coils and my truck rides fine and I cut one coil off each side and I looked the other and and could probably get away with cutting off another half a coil but then I will have massive rake
I want an exact 1" drop, how much did you cut and what size engine do you have? I'm wondering if it matters.
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I cut half a coil and got a one inch drop.
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Re: cutting coils

well I cut one whole coil off and got a 4'' drop
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Re: cutting coils

i bought a 3 inch coil and got a 3 inch drop.
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lol

I just need one more inch off and I'm done.
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from the sounds of it just cut half a coil off and you should get that one inch.
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Quote: Originally Posted by littlejeff27
from the sounds of it just cut half a coil off and you should get that one inch.
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Trucks are never low enough. I hate it

I haven't even got done dropping mine 5/6, and I'm already getting everything lined up to go 6/7 lol.
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Re: cutting coils

I don't know why people disagree on cutting a spring, when they would chop up the whole damn truck up to get the look they want.

When the spring is being manufactured they are cold cutting the SOB there. So basically your doing the same thing using cut off wheel on a purchased drop spring or a factory spring.

I seen a thread in this forum making a point about building your own parts.
That should be words for anyone with this passion to live by.
Make it when you can, spend money when it cannot be made by you.
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LOWL!F3, those are words to live by
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Takes a bow .
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Re: cutting coils

Quote: Originally Posted by Lowl!f3
I don't know why people disagree on cutting a spring, when they would chop up the whole damn truck up to get the look they want.

When the spring is being manufactured they are cold cutting the SOB there. So basically your doing the same thing using cut off wheel on a purchased drop spring or a factory spring.

I seen a thread in this forum making a point about building your own parts.
That should be words for anyone with this passion to live by.
Make it when you can, spend money when it cannot be made by you.
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and thats what "built not bought" means to me. I try to do everything to my truck myself or with help of friends but there is somethings I dont know how to do so I pay for them to get done but so far my truck is all me ha ha.
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Re: cutting coils

if 5/7 is the lowest i can go static (dont count tire size) then thats the lowest ill go.. i wouldnt cut coils or heat anything to go lower. why not just bag it?thats just me though
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I've already had bagged rides, I haven't done anything that's static or even kept a ride static, it's also ways been bags or juice for me. Also my ride has already been bagged, but I had to sell the bags to help out my older brother. With static, it's less expensive for me in all honesty and very easy from what I have been reading (although there are still tips/no no's etc. I have to learn about).
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