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Old 04-06-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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1in drop? can i just cut the springs?

If i were to only want a 1in drop on a SS, can i cut my springs without any rubbing or unusual wear on any parts?
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:23 AM   #2
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Springs dont cost that much, if you can afford an SS then you can spend 300 bucks on some springs lol
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:41 AM   #3
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Springs dont cost that much, if you can afford an SS then you can spend 300 bucks on some springs lol
Yea, i know what you're saying, but just because i splurged on a car, doesn't mean a s*** out money...

but is it possible just to cut them without any issues? Yea i know i may scrape a bump or 2, but I'm talking about wear on the car just from driving like previously stated.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:52 AM   #4
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I personally wouldn't run a cut set just for integrity issues from small fractures that could occur. If you don't wanna splurge on new cost... wait for someone to throw a good used set up on local market place/CL... just my opinion

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:53 AM   #5
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But a 1" drop is perfect & really awakens the responsiveness!

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Old 04-06-2014, 09:11 AM   #6
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But a 1" drop is perfect & really awakens the responsiveness!

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what does it do in terms of responsiveness? I'm just looking for a style, but performance is a good by product. also what did you get? springs cut or kit
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:50 AM   #7
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I think the biggest risk with cutting springs is digging in to the spring mounts. Coils have closed (flat) ends and if you cut them you will then have a point. You could grind it flat to some degree but you still wouldnt have the nice large area to distribute force.

I want to say lowering springs also have a higher spring rate which can help compensate for reduced travel...but check with manufacturers on that one.

Lowering brings the CG of the car down (and changes suspension geometry which is a whole-'nother mess). Ive got hotchkis lowering springs and they feel more firm than stock....but all i have to compare against is test drives. The springs were installed before i bought my car.

I recommend saving for springs if you can, but either way get an alignment afterwords! Lowering will change camber at least and you dont want to put odd wear on your tires. Tire$>spring/alignment$
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:11 AM   #8
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NEVER cut your springs, that is a very bad idea and you should just wait until you can afford the drop springs. As mentioned above, if you can afford an SS you should be able to swing $300 for springs.....eventually anyway.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:01 PM   #9
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No! Don't cut your springs.
Your car will ride like crap.
Your car will handle like crap.
I also believe the stock springs are progressive, so you can't cut them.
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Alright guys, yea I saw they were progressive. I will just get those soon then. I got a birthday comin up soon so I guess it wont be too hard
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:33 PM   #11
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Ditto to what Rocketrider807 said. Don't forget to index the new springs and suspension after installing the new ones - before you tighten the suspension bolts. Start saving for the alignment you'll need to get after lowering the car. If you don't want to pay for the alignment, start saving for the new tires you'll need sooner than normal.

Doing things right costs $$. Doing things wrong cost $$$$$
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Ditto to what Rocketrider807 said. Don't forget to index the new springs and suspension after installing the new ones - before you tighten the suspension bolts. Start saving for the alignment you'll need to get after lowering the car. If you don't want to pay for the alignment, start saving for the new tires you'll need sooner than normal.

Doing things right costs $$. Doing things wrong cost $$$$$
Yea, I will end up going with the kit. The cutting was just an idea.
Now, I got me a good deal on alignments, my buddy has a alignment machine. Like brand new. Maybe like 10 cars have been put on it. So im good on that for free
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:49 AM   #13
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Remember to have your bushings timed when you do your alignment after the spring install. And yes, the progressive spring rates provide properly engineered ride quality and fitment on the mounts. You can get a set of Hotchkis 1" lowering springs from JDP Motorsports for $229. http://www.jdpmotorsports.com/hotchk...amaro-ss-19110 It will cost you around $3-400 for a proper install, timing and alignment.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:43 AM   #14
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Cut springs is just flat out incorrect, wrong, dangerous and should not be done.

If you can't afford them...leave the car stock.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #15
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Remember to have your bushings timed when you do your alignment after the spring install. And yes, the progressive spring rates provide properly engineered ride quality and fitment on the mounts. You can get a set of Hotchkis 1" lowering springs from JDP Motorsports for $229. http://www.jdpmotorsports.com/hotchk...amaro-ss-19110 It will cost you around $3-400 for a proper install, timing and alignment.
+1 very affordable and will ride great! Save some money on the install and do them yourself. Just get a good alignment and time the bushings afterward. Suspension is not the place to save money IMO. After all; your whole car is riding on them.

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Old 04-07-2014, 08:19 PM   #16
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Awww, c'mon man.......thats a ricer way of thinking. I' m disappointed. :
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:38 PM   #17
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Player with no $......

Cut springs is just flat out incorrect, wrong, dangerous and should not be done.

If you can't afford them...leave the car stock.
Excuse me? My original point and question was that why would I buy springs if I could save a few $ and just cut them. But the answer was no. Thats what I was looking for. I dont need your smarta** saying I should "leave the car stock" and im a "player with no money."

You didnt need to comment on this, as my question had been already answered multiple times. The way I view your comment is that you are just trying to be a flat out snob. Thanks.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:45 PM   #18
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:49 PM   #19
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How can you have over 400 posts and been on here a year and a half and not know about springs and not cutting them?? I guess I just do alot more reading than posting.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:16 AM   #20
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Im mainly coametic. If you look at my posts its mainly in the washing and waxing area. Im not a suspension guy
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:14 AM   #21
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Nothing wrong with asking questions! We all were suspension newbs at some point! But I concur with the rest of the folks here, don't "skimp" on your suspension. Do it right the first time and you'll have a much better handling vehicle.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:25 AM   #22
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Excuse me? My original point and question was that why would I buy springs if I could save a few $ and just cut them. But the answer was no. Thats what I was looking for. I dont need your smarta** saying I should "leave the car stock" and im a "player with no money."

You didnt need to comment on this, as my question had been already answered multiple times. The way I view your comment is that you are just trying to be a flat out snob. Thanks.
My post was definitely sarcastic, but a guy with Playa in his name trying to save $ struck me as funny, however there was a 100% serious message at the same time.

This question of cutting springs usual comes up when enthusiasts cannot afford to do something so the mod gets 1/2 assed and is more often than not a danger to themselves and others. If you or other 1/2 ass a engine mod or stereo install, whatever, but a suspension modifications that is potentially dangerous will receive a comment. If you or anyone cannot afford to do it right is should not be done.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:13 PM   #23
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Christ. I thought we had FPFQ'ers over on ls1gto (I also own an 05 and 06 GTO). This shit takes the cake.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:16 PM   #24
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