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Old 02-13-2008, 08:36 PM
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cutting coils on mustang II susp

Ive got a mustang II front suspension that is sitting too high. i want to lower it but im not famialir with the setup. can i cut a few inches out of the coil wihtout changing the spindle? how much? when do i need to use the 2" drop spindle?

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:04 AM
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Springs are different from one manufacturer to another, and the springs are available in many different rates , coil counts and free heights. , so there is no set rule to how much you can cut.

You can cut a 1/2 coil at a time until you get the front to where it needs to be, but you really should not cut so much out of the spring that the lower control arms, at ride height, are angled upwards from the center out more than 1"..
This means that the center of the ball socket should be no higher than 1" that the inner pivot bolts.

Any more angle than that and you need dropped spindles and put the higher springs back so you bring the lower control arms level again.

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good advice! I would only add, not to cut the springs until you have a few miles on the car, as the springs will settle (about 1/2 inch). you need to end up at the ride height you want with the lower control arms level with the pavement.
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I myself prefer not cutting springs. You can get many different MII springs with different rates/ coil thicknesses, etc. Check pick-a-parts or junkyards. If they are difficult to locate in your area I would suggest the aftermarket coilovers sold like in Speedway. That is what I did for my Henry J with excellent results and a great ride.
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