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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-29-04, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering an XF

Hey guys.... im getting my XF lowered soon... might be cutting the springs as i can not afford to buy pedders lowered springs...

i just want to ask how many coils do i cut so that the wheel arches/gaurds are right on top of the wheel? and would it be too bouncy if i cut them?

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seriously start with 1 coil only. doesnt sound much but a mate cut 2 coils off on his EL and it was that low even the lappers laughed!!

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Hey guys.... im getting my XF lowered soon... might be cutting the springs as i can not afford to buy pedders lowered springs...

i just want to ask how many coils do i cut so that the wheel arches/gaurds are right on top of the wheel? and would it be too bouncy if i cut them?

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So if you can't afford $100 for the springs, you can't afford short bodied shocks and a wheel alignment then can you?
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Re: Lowering an XF

yeah, couple of good points. i ended cutting off 2 coils, 1 at a time, it sat with about 1/2 an inch between the guard and the tyre. if u go more than an inch u will need the wheels aligned, camber adjusted etc, as the inside of ur tyre will wear out real quick. As for the shocks, i have about an 1 1/2 inchs of travel. short bodied shocks are a must.

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You still need an alignment.
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any change in ride height and you will need an alignment so cut as many coils as you like it will not go any lower than the bumpstops or the shockers bottomed out height xbgs351 you are right cheers
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Why Dont You Save Your Money And Get It Done Right The First Time. You Would Get Change Out Of 250 Bucks For Pedders Springs And A Alignment.
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xbgs351 im a newbie at this stuff and i didnt know u would need alignment after cutting springs...

and do i have to get different shocks if i wanna cut my springs?

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Re: Lowering an XF

josh, cut springs do the same thing
all my cars have been cut, a friend had "professionsal" but the broke after 9 months or sumthing, so F that idea.... why pay that much, where the angle grinder does the same job?
they were broken at the same spot each side, and one was broken in 2 places

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xbgs351 im a newbie at this stuff and i didnt know u would need alignment after cutting springs...

and do i have to get different shocks if i wanna cut my springs?

It depends on how much you lower the car. The last thing you want to happen is to have the shock bottom out, or more likely loose captivity of the spring. You could try what Ford did with the ESP's, which was to add a plate between the shock tower and the shock absorber mount.

Ofcourse you need an alignment. Any change in ride hide will cause a change in camber, castor and toe. I raised my car by 10mm and needed an alignment!
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