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Who has ridden in a vehicle with cut coils on it.

  • Cut coils, then rode in vehicle

    Votes: 57 55.9%
  • Rode in vehicle

    Votes: 17 16.7%
  • Only heard that the ride was bad from others.

    Votes: 28 27.5%

  • Total voters
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Sometimes I'm mean...alot
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Be Honest....

How many folks here have actually cut coils then ridden in the vehicle?

I have a feeling that there are many people here who like to "jump on the bandwagon" and tell everyone about how bad the ride is with cut coils without ever experiancing it themselves...
 

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I have been stating my side on this story since before I was even on staff over this forum. I have done it years ago to my own rides. And use to do it for people after they would bitch and moan even after I told them how bad the ride was and the risk. But you just can not tell some people. They have to learn on their own. All I can say is if you do still want to cut your coils instead of spending the little money to do it right, then make sure you do not heat them up when you do it. And by all means do not heat the coils to drop it. That is even worse. Oh yeah and do not forget to try to find a shop to fix the camber issue after you cut them that will not bitch for what you did.


BTW that is one reason I gave up posting in this forum a long time back. You can not tell the current group of young people on this forum now a damn thing since they already know it all.
 

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Sometimes I'm mean...alot
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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
I've been cutting them since the early 80's.... usually no more than a full coil and have never been dis-satisfied with the ride quality of any of the vehicles.

I just wanted an honest response as to how many folks actually ride in the vehicles. I see guy's here that comment on so many topics that I know there's no way they can have that many experiances in 18-19 years of their lives yet they swear before god and everyone else that they know better. This is one of the topics I take acception with as I've known many people who drive vehicles with cut coils for years and never complain..
 

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^^^ x2, but i have never cut them myself, just rode in them with cut coils. i would have picked an answer but i was looking for a "never cut coils but have ridden on them and they ride good when done correctly" answer...
 

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the village idiot
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ive cut the coils in my beater cars cuz i didnt feel like spending money on them. they didnt ride too bad.... until you hit a big bump and smack the bumpstops
 

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ive cut them twice for customers..... coincidentally both were mustangs.... one hatch, and one 06 convertible. its surprising how well they actually rode. myself, id rather have the spring rate of performance ones
 

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I ran my truck with one coil cut off the front for almost a year. The ride was ok but i did hit the bumpstops on occasion. I recently bought drop coils and i personally think the ride was MUCH better with the cut coils.
 

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i have closer to the spring rate i want with my cut ones than the aftermarket provides.

i would never recommend cutting coils, but if you actually know what you are doing, its fine
 

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"if they are done correctly" <--??
As long as you dont use a torch, what's the difference?

I rode with one coil removed for a few months and could not even tell the difference in the ride.
 

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I have ridden in 3 trucks with cut coils, one basically has 1/2" suspension travel up front because they were cut soo much (with stock bump stops removed). of course it rode like crap but that was an extreme amount of coil that has been cut. its like someone wanted a 4" drop out of the stock coils so they just started cutting. (buddy of mine bought it that way)

The other truck just had 1 coil cut and you really couldnt tell the difference. (if it were my truck i might have been able to tell idk)

and the third one had his cut and would always hit the bumpstops, also his shocks were shot but you can definitely tell it was a little rough. I guess if his shocks were good it wouldnt be that big of a deal.

really if its just one coil its really not bad, but more than that and you may be sacrificing ride quality. Like ryo said its not a "bad" thing if you know what your doing. Personally i would just get the appropriate drop coil, its only $90 or so and you can always sell your stock ones if your really strapped for cash.
 

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I ran my truck with one coil cut off the front for almost a year. The ride was ok but i did hit the bumpstops on occasion. I recently bought drop coils and i personally think the ride was MUCH better with the cut coils.
I did the exact same thing, except I rode cut spings for about 3 1/2 years.
 

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Cutting the coils is fine. Mine are cut and ride's like it did before. Granted ppl that cut coils and ride in them probably forget to install drop shocks. As that has to do with the ride it self. If you take your time with a saw zaw or cut off wheel it shouldn't be a problem. Don't use a torch or hurry the process. Doing that makes the springs weak and loose the stiffness or spring rate effecting the ride quality. Now ppl can buy drop shocks with a higher spring rates.
 

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yup. ive cut a bunch of coils. my DD 87 is currently rocking 1 full coil cut out, and no bumpstops, at least until my summit order gets here. im also using stock bilsteings from a 2000 2wd blazer, and am not bottomig the shock. my LCA hits frame before the shock bottoms.

the ride and spring rate are right where i want it.

reccomended cutting method is a 4 inch grinder, dewalt cut off wheel, cut quick, and use a water hose to cool the non scrap side of the cut.

Michael
 

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i cut them in my grand am too..sat about 4 inches off the ground and i put roughly 20k on them. and i have cut numerouse others. mustangs,s10's,FS's ect..even a geo metro lol.


i cut coils...and nobody died

Truth
 

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"if they are done correctly" <--??
As long as you dont use a torch, what's the difference?
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if u have to ask, then you really shouldn't have access to a torch. . . i'm not saying you should or can't cut coils, but there is a huge difference in using a cold saw to cut them, and using a torch to cut them. . .its pretty a pretty simple concept of heating metals, and the characteristics that they have after you've done such a thing. ..
 
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