I know this is an older thread and I don't have any immediate plans to remove my OL springs but it interests me and it's still something I would consider eventually doing. That being said, Sean and anyone else interested in this thread please check out this thread that I started a while back. Not only does it have photos of my "misshapen" springs but my second post kinda explains my thoughts and questions on what the OL springs do or don't do for the rest of the spring pack. I'm not saying I'm right, just throwing those thoughts out there for conversation.
At this point, I'm very apprehensive about removing the OL springs and losing the support that they at least appear to give the rest of the spring pack. I have considered replacing my nine year old spring packs with new ones and then removing the OL springs but that's more $$$ and I still don't know if that's the answer.