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Old 06-14-2006, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Need Advice, on Cutting Springs

Hey, these forums have been nothing but helpful to me, so I figured I'd ask some advice, and see what we come up with.

Problem: I lowered my car using H&R Racing Springs, 2 inch drop in the front 1 inch drop in the rear. I have 19's staggered BBS Wheels. The car now rubs to the point I havent driven it since lowering it.

What I have tried: Buying new wheels, but realized I'm wasting more money on more rims and still dont know if it will fix the issue. Returned the rims.

What I'm going to do is put my BBS back on, and put my stock springs back on. The car looked sick as it was, however there is a nice gap between the fender and the front wheels.

What I wanted to do, but dont know if I can was cut a small section off the oem springs only in the front to lower it about 1 inch.

I've seen people on here talking about they lowered there car 30MM, I dont know how you guys did that, did you cut the spring, if so does your car bounce at all?

How do you lower a car by Milimeeters, are we cutting springs or are we buying new springs. I need some advice guys, let me know, thanks!
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Old 06-14-2006, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cutting springs is a no-no. The springs were designed to act as a unit. Those who have lowered their cars by amounts different than you are using different springs than you.

BTW, just in case: 30 mm = 1.18"
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Ya I cut my Neuspeed sport lowering springs on my Scirocco and the Billstein shocks were shot in about a year. I would look for some progressive springs that give you the amount of lowering you need, or the more expensive adjustable height suspension.
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H&R Race lower your car too much. Look for a more subtle drop with H&R Sports, Eibach pro-kit, Dinn springs, or go with height adjustable coilovers.

Have you rolled your fenders yet?

When people say they lowered their cars in milimeters, it's usually a non-stateside thing. We measure in inches, they measures in mm.
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Don't. You're welcome.
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Thanks for all your advice, I was thinking just a lil off the front spring, just to get a lil lower. I already wasted money on the H&R Springs...

With my factory suspension the rear looks sweet however if you look at my pictures you will notice a nice gap in the front. How did you lower your car, did you cut the factory spring a bit? Cause thats what I was debating about doing. Not a lot like a half coil maybe a 1 inch drop or a half inch, just in the front. Let me know what you think, thanks.

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Jason, please set him straight. I dont have teh energy for this right now.
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.... dont cut your springs....thats my advice....


however...... uggh i hate myself for giving this information out.... but if your gonna do it regardless.. you might be safe to cut 1 coil or less out of them, the hard part is making sure you cut each spring the exact same.

just so you know once you cut your springs you loose the integrity of the original design, and your going to subject your ride to some real harsh rides. in all honesty either sell your springs and buy a set of coilovers or buy a set of springs that will give you the look your wanting...
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just so you know once you cut your springs you loose the integrity of the original design, and your going to subject your ride to some real harsh rides. in all honesty either sell your springs and buy a set of coilovers or buy a set of springs that will give you the look your wanting...
What he said.

Oh, and one more thing: don't cut your springs.
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anyone say, dont cut your springs?
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umm...dont flame me....i lowered my car by heating the springs, not cutting...the ride feels a bit different, not too much, everyone told me not to cuz it would fuck up the rest of the suspension, but im planning on adding all new stuff anyways, so this is just a temp solution for me, but havent had any weird stuff, ride isnt harsh, doesnt quite feel like a bmw, but its not bouncy or anything...just my 2 cents
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sell your H&R race springs to some one with smaller wheels. Now go to bimmerworld.com (drunk forgive me) and buy their height adjustable coil overs. You will use your same struts/shocks and you will get to play with the height. I will be buying a set at the end of the summer. Good luck
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Hey thanks thekid, I'm selling a set of Barely used H&R Racing Springs, for 150. Anyone want to buy? I am going to put my stock springs and cut a little off the front. Just enough to get close to an inch lower in the front.
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