Small mod today. Attempted lowering the rear of my truck about 1.5" to 2" by cutting the RT springs. Some good, some bad lol. Everything went well, I started by cutting one complete coil off the springs and got almost no change in ride height. Then cut another half coil, and ended up with about 3/4 inch total drop. Almost not even noticeable. I can cut more, but the problem is I'm not comfortable with it because the springs are "loose" now when the axle is completely extended. What I'm going to do is make some limiting straps to keep the axle from extending all the way and then cut a little more to get it to sit where I want it.
If I were starting from scratch and didn't have these extra set of RT springs I would probably just get the otto-max kit, but since I already started and got the extra springs almost free of charge, I'm going to finish with the experiment lol. Total cost with springs and limiting straps should be around $40 or less(I don't remember what I paid for the springs, I think it was like $20 it was shipping charges only). Will post back when I finish the project, as always it's slow going and will be awhile haha. What I like about doing it this way is I'll be able to swap between these lowered springs and the stockers if I ever want/need to for hauling or towing (it only takes like 1 minute or less to remove each spring once the truck is jacked up).
Here's a few pics, I don't know why I didn't take an after pic I'll get one another time and post it...
*Will update later*
Stock rear RT coils
One coil cut off:
Total cut off to get 3/4" drop:
I cut about 1/4 way through then stopped for about 2 or 3 minutes to let it cool then cut about another 1/4 way through, etc...(don't want to get the springs very hot).
Next saturday I'm going to a freind's and we are going to be tinting the tail lights, third brake light, and partial debadge. Still haven't ordered the ram air materials yet, that is the next project (money's always tight at the end of the month lol).
Anyone ever make axle travel limiting straps before? What'd you use?