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    '99 WS6 and '73 Z-28

    lower springs by using heat???

    Has anyone heard of heating the stock springs with a torch to lower them??? My WS6 is not my daily driver and I'm probably going to sell it in less than a year so I don't want to dump $1000+ into it for springs/shocks/install. But on the other hand I wouldn't mind lowering it a bit if I can get away with it for cheap.

    I know there is a right way and a wrong way and obviously lowered springs/shocks are the best way to go.

    My mechanic offered to do it for nothing and he has a history of working on race cars...even mentioned he's do it with me in the car and set on scales so the height is even on all four corners with me in it.

    Any opinions?

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    worst two things u can do to lower car are heat or cut... if u heat... it has to be in the sameeeee exact way or each spring will sit diff giving it a completely screwed up ride and possibly crack one

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    that and the springs rebound and compression rates are screwed. give you the crappiest and bounciest ride ever.

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    Both your responses are good enough for me...I'll keep it the way it is unless I do it right (springs/shocks).

    Thanks guys.

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    no problem

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    the rear can be lowered w/ the hose mod.
    but the dilemma still exists for the front... you can try finding used springs... I would leave it as is.
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