This is a discussion on Coils within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; hey guys im a broke hs student and i was thinkin bout lowering my car..is it ok to just cut ...
11-10-2008, 08:14 PM #1
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hey guys im a broke hs student and i was thinkin bout lowering my car..is it ok to just cut the coils?? will it hurt anything or lose handling? has anybody done it on here if so how is it?? let me know please
11-10-2008, 08:27 PM #2
not a good idea to be honest. I've seen a lot of things go wrong like actually cracking your springs and bottoming the car out.
11-10-2008, 10:10 PM #3
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11-11-2008, 09:25 AM #4
Definetly wouldn't cut them, for reasons already posted.
There is an old school technique I've been told about, but I also wouldn't recommend it. Use a blow torch and heat up a small section of the coil until it's hot enough to bend then have some buddies add a little weight to your car.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS EITHER.
11-12-2008, 03:20 PM #5
definitely not... I've seen many ppl take that route and it NEVER turns out good... might seem ok at first, but their cars always ended up being f'ed up
11-12-2008, 05:05 PM #6
if you want to test drive my DD '96 Escort with a broken coil youre welcome to it...just to see what its like. just dont go over 15mph (its not really my DD again until the strut assy gets replaced)
what happens when you hit a pot hole?
Last edited by transAMchubby; 11-12-2008 at 05:08 PM.
11-12-2008, 08:30 PM #7
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dont heat that coil if that comes out by mistake u better duck ive personally seen my friend get a broken nose cause he didnt know what he was doing and didnt want my help
11-18-2008, 07:52 PM #8
like everyone else already said...cutting is a bad idea.
If you do decide to cut them though, I would recommend using something that can slice through fairly quick like a portaband or something. From what I've heard its the heat that cutting causes that is bad for the spring since they are heat treated. The spring rate gets messed up and can cause cracking, etc
11-19-2008, 03:57 PM #9
The problem with cutting them is you're taking away from their performance... They're designed to that certain length to absorb so much pressure/weight... If you cut their length down, its gonna bottom out and just continue to get weaker from there... then you'll be bouncing all over the road... And I'd probably shake my head and laugh like I do when I see the rest of the cars on the road like that....
11-20-2008, 07:04 AM #10
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