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I currently have the Mcgaughy 2/4 economy kit for my 2009 CC. I would like it just a tad lower. I was thinking maybe a 3/5. Is there anyway I can do that with the kit I have now? Maybe cut a coil off the springs? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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You can cut coils to make it lower, I was wanting to add McG spindles to my belltech kit to get 4" in the front and shorter coils in the back for 5-6"
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There are three types of coil springs, and only one type is "safe" to cut. Sure you can cut any coil spring and it may be ok for some time but it is not generally accepted as safe. The three types are tangential, square, and pigtail. The only type that can be safely cut are tangential. In another case though square types can sometimes be cut safely, depending on whether or not they are progressive or not. For example, the stock RT springs I know for example are progressive square type, and can safely be cut up to a certain point. Here check out this page it has some good info:

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You can cut coils to make it lower, I was wanting to add McG spindles to my belltech kit to get 4" in the front and shorter coils in the back for 5-6"
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There are three types of coil springs, and only one type is "safe" to cut. Sure you can cut any coil spring and it may be ok for some time but it is not generally accepted as safe. The three types are tangential, square, and pigtail. The only type that can be safely cut are tangential. In another case though square types can sometimes be cut safely, depending on whether or not they are progressive or not. For example, the stock RT springs I know for example are progressive square type, and can safely be cut up to a certain point. Here check out this page it has some good info:

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Are the Mcgaughy springs Tangential?
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I don't know, post a picture and I can tell you. I haven't looked at the stock front springs so can't comment on the fronts. The stock rears on my quad cab were pigtail at the bottom and square at the top. I picked up a set of RT springs (which are also pigtail at the bottom and square at the top) and used them to cut. The reason they are safe (not technically, but close enough) to cut is because they are progressive springs and at the top (near the square end) the coils wind tighter and tighter, and are almost square for the first about 2 whole coils or so.
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I don't know, post a picture and I can tell you. I haven't looked at the stock front springs so can't comment on the fronts. The stock rears on my quad cab were pigtail at the bottom and square at the top. I picked up a set of RT springs (which are also pigtail at the bottom and square at the top) and used them to cut. The reason they are safe (not technically, but close enough) to cut is because they are progressive springs and at the top (near the square end) the coils wind tighter and tighter, and are almost square for the first about 2 whole coils or so.
I'm not home right now, but I'll post a pic once I get back to the states next week. Thanks for the input
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