Re: Cut Springs???
Yes it is illegal, no it isn't unsafe if done properly.
It also does not make the spring softer, it actually makes the spring stiffer.
Do a search here on 'clipping springs' to get a better understanding of how it effects the integrity of a coil spring.
Note, that I don't necessarily condone doing this, but only because of the legalities/liabilities issue.
Something to consider about a cut spring is what have you actually done.
A coil spring is simply a piece of spring rod, wound up into a coil.
Imagine cutting 10% off the length of the steel rod, what happens to the integrity of the rod? Absolutley nothing, it just shortens it, which in turn lowers the leverage.
Same rule applies to the coil, it has been shortened by say 1/2 an active coil, which in turn gives it less leverage, which in turn crates a now stiffer spring.
Cutting springs is illegal because many of the 'butchers' used to heat a coil spring whilst it was still on the car and of course it eventually failed because the coil would be brittle along the heated area.
Simply cutting a piece off the end of the coil will have no such effect on the coil at all.
In fact, if you measure the rod diameter and do a count of active coils of some aftermarket coil springs, you may very well find that they have the same wire thickness and active coils as a standard spring whih has had a coil cut off.
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Last edited by Soxx; 12-24-03 at 03:38 PM.