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Old 07-03-2006, 03:52 PM
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cutting the front springs

i've got a 1980 transam and i just swapped out a pontiac 350 cast iron anchor for a sbc with aluminum heads and manifold. i was wondering if anyone had suggestions as too how much to cut off the springs. This is just going to be a temporary fix until i get (more) money to buy some... i have no idea how much to cut off. thanks!

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A 1/4 turn at a time till you get it right. You can always cut more off...you can't add it back.
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yep, thats the way to do it, 1/4 at a time, reassemble ans check your ride height, its a trial and error process (more trial than error if you do it a 1/4 turn at a time) 2" drop spindles are typically quite reasonable and only take about an hour to install (barring that you dont have to change ball joints)
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:51 AM
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I agree with the 1/4 cut suggestion. Also, make sure the spring is properly seated in the control arms when everything is bolted back together. If the spring isn't seated you will think more needs to be cut and be totally screwed with measurements.
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ok thanks you guys, i figured id have to go that route.
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Why not just use a set of like year Camaro front coils?
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eh i dont wanna spend any money on it for now, im gonna buy new springs and shocks eventually.
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If you cut them to the right ride height etc and it rides and drives good...I see no need to get new springs later on....shocks maybe.
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