Originally Posted by fastal_12147
so does it end up looking the same as lowering springs?
No, not at all. Shortened springs would be exactly line filling the engine compartment with bricks, or put a big fat friend on the each fender, that is doing the same thing as shortened springs.
Depending on the car it can play havoc with the suspension geometry. Often causing negative camber where the top of the wheel comes in dramatically, leaning the tire. Sometimes it isn't a real big deal but dropped spindles keep it all correct.
See how in the drawing the control arms going out to the spindle remain horizontal? When you cut the springs that all changes with them going up hill to the spindle.