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sals54
07-27-2009, 02:58 AM
My son and I decided to lower the Coupe again. We had discussed this here on the forum some time ago. I was sure that we had cut one and a half coils out of the front springs to get it as low as you see below. When I got the springs out, I found that I had actually cut 2 coils out to get down that far. Hmmmm. That's weird. Well, I have a couple sets of coils, so I figured, what the heck... I'll cut three full coils out of the spares, so if it turns out to be too much, I can always put the current set back in. A couple hours later, we have the coils replaced. Now the car sits almost as low as I would like, but its probably as low as is reasonable, given the fact that I already had to negotiate speed bumps quite carefully. I thought a side effect of the 3rd coil cut would be the bottoming out of the A arm, but that hasn't happened. The worst of it has turned out to be nothing but a little camber. I expected a lot of camber, but was pleasantly surprised with how little was the result. I had gambled that the cut springs would be short enough to drop the front end, but would also be much stiffer to still provide support for the car. So far, its proven to be the case and has been quite nice. I drove it to a car show last night. The improvement in handling is remarkable. It handled very nice before, but this is something I was not ready for. I'm thinking that the stiffness of the spring, coupled with the slight camber has combined to give the car some added grip in the corners. I am thrilled with the results so far. Pics in the next day or so.

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wcarroll@outrageous.net
07-27-2009, 04:21 AM
You'll likely have to give it a few more days before it will settle into it's final ride height -it'll probably end up right where you want it.

I replaced the rear leafs on my truck a month or so ago, and they're just now settling in. They've dropped 1-2" since they were installed.

I'm hoping they're done 'cause I really don't want to have to split the pack again to install add-a-leafs.

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clonelark
07-27-2009, 07:38 AM
I've always wondered if going to a smaller diameter of wire spring and removing a coil or two would give a softer ride and lower the car also. Are 6 cly front coils smaller wire than v8's?
I'm talking about 64 Larks here.

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sals54
07-27-2009, 07:29 PM
My car is a Champion, so it had the 6 cyl coils when I first installed the V8 many years ago. I found the ride to be too soft with those. I imagined that cutting them would exacerbate the problem. I never did. Perhaps someone else has experience with cutting the smaller coils???

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