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Old 01-08-2010, 01:18 PM
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I would say it's time for some different springs, ANY TIME you have to cut that much. Also, springs get stiffer the shorter they get, so it's not "linear".

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Old 01-08-2010, 01:36 PM
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I would REALLY advise you DON'T cut them again or you may end up buying another pair in 4-6 months. the ones you have now need some time with the weigth of the car on them and some bouncing up and down on the road to "settle in" to their final installed height. This is why a lot of people hate messing with springs.

After they have settled you can then determine if they need to be cut more, but it is still a trial and error(or is that trial BY error LOL)process, there is no formula that is going to give you the "miracle cut amount" to be perfect, you just have to sneak up on it 1/4 of a coil at a time.

Reassembled suspensions always sit high when freshly put back together, even with the original spring as the spring "relaxes" in the time it is out and free, still needs some road time to settle it back in. Also, any rubber bushed areas can't have the bolts tighten while the car is up in the air off the suspension or they will "pre-load" the suspension to set high. Don't fully tighten any suspension bushing hardware until the entire vehicle is reassembled and setting on the ground.
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The spring guru at Eaton said they will only settle about 1/2" over a short period and that's all

As for getting different springs--it took me 2 months just to find something that would fit and be a little stiffer than the stock corvair springs I knew they would be too tall The old ones were corvair HD and they are a
11 1/2" when new these were 14" I cut them to 12" I'm thinking maybe I should cut these to 11" they are heavier than my old ones and I liked the way it set before,just had one weak one--so had to change and didn't want to go with corvair springs because of frontend weight
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Sounds like a plan, just don't be too disappointed if they wind up not being right, I've never had good luck cutting that much off a spring.
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At this point I agree with Rick, at worst you end up buying another set and starting again. You are kind of on your own here and will have to experiment to get the result you want.

If they are heavier it makes sense that they are going to have to be shorter in free height than the original Corvair spring to get you back into the ride height you are looking for.

Good luck, hopefully you get it on the first try
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Well,I cut a little more off (little more than 1/2 coil) and its sitting pretty good now. Have room if they settle some and even if they don't it looks ok where it is. Been bouncing up & down on front and they seem like they are just right as far as stiffness
Thanks for all the input and advice!
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