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Old 11-06-2003, 19:07   #1 (permalink)
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2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

Hello, There are no lowering kits for the E-250, so any thoughts about cutting the springs about 4.5 inches?

I need to do this to get under parking garages.

thnx for any thoughts :)
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Re: 2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

It can be done but ride will probably suffer as well as your payload capacity
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Re: 2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

I certainly wouldn't do it myself, but you can also slowly heat the springs with an acetylene torch and the weight of the vehicle will lower the overall spring height which would lower the vehicle. If that's the way you want to go, have someone who has done it before do it for you. Use too much heat, and your springs will "go flat" after a short period of time.

It's a quick and dirty solution but it has to be done right!
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Re: 2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

have you thought of using the equivilant F series springs? I would have to look again, but they should be close to the same size. Not the same spring rate mind you, so you will notice the lowered affect that you are searching for. I will look again later tonight when i get to the other machine with my data on it.

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Re: 2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

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I certainly wouldn't do it myself, but you can also slowly heat the springs with an acetylene torch and the weight of the vehicle will lower the overall spring height which would lower the vehicle. If that's the way you want to go, have someone who has done it before do it for you. Use too much heat, and your springs will "go flat" after a short period of time.
It's a quick and dirty solution but it has to be done right!

Never, ever use this method!
The heating of the spring will have it break in a very short time.

Cutting the spring is the only way to shorten the coil without changing the integrity of the spring.

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Re: 2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

We've done it on our mini-stock car to lower it on the left side for the circle track as well as many other vehicles without any trouble.....

As long as you do it slowly and don't use too much heat, the steel will not get brittle and break. Have someone do it that doesn't know what they're doing and they will break.

However, I will agree that cutting the spring is a better way to go.
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Re: 2003 E-250 van, cut the springs to lower?, 4.5 inches needed

Like you said, you'd really want to know what you're doing as it doesn't take much to overheat it.

I've always frowned upon having coils professionally lowered using heat as well, mainly because the spring is too soft for the height of the vehicle and it typically bottoms out to easy.

Cutting springs increases the springs stiffness which is what's needed to help eliminate bottoming.

I think in this guys instance, cutting is the best option.

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replacing the springs with F springs....sounds like a good idea....but just have to compare tech specs of the van and the truck springs....

That info not really avail on the net...'less I buy tech manuals?
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