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Just wondering if anyone has cut the coils up front for just a 1" lowering and in the rear cut the coils to lower it 2" to 2 1/2"? I really don't want a 2/4 look just something maybe 1"/2" lower stance from the stock look? If so how much of the front coil should I cut to lower it 1" and how much of the rear coils should I cut to get 2" or 2 1/2"?
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I wouldn't cut any. Reason why is cutting your coil will affect your ride and will also put more strees on parts. Your best bet would be to save a lil cash and replace the coils with a proven lowering kit of some sort.
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Some coils are ok to cut, some aren't. The factory springs in the ram are not. That said, I cut my rears for a 1" drop in the back. I used RT springs as they are progressive and are nearly flat at the top, so there is no issue with cutting them.

I've seen others cut the regular springs(non RT), and although they haven't had any issues, it is very dangerous. The stock springs are not a type that is safe to cut.

There are also a few companies that make 2" rear drop kits. Maybe you'd be happy with that look?
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Explain the theory why the stock springs are dangerous to cut?
I've seen no reason at all not to cut them for a mild drop.
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This explains it pretty well:

http://www.eatonsprings.com/cuttingcoilsprings.html
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Thanks for the info Sean, I knew not all but that article sure makes it easy to understand, Reps to you when the site lets me LOL
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It's safe to cut off the top of our springs both front and rear.
Many here have done it and I've done it for years on front springs of similar design.
Obviously you'd never cut a pigtail spring but maybe that's not obvious to everyone.
Use a chop saw or cut off wheel...never a torch.
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^that's really an opinion. It's not really "correct", but many do it. I wouldn't because the spring does not sit the same in the spring pocket/perch like it's supposed to. Whether you will have an issue, maybe or maybe not.
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Front springs will be fine (1/2 coil is about 1" on front, FYI). Rear springs are where it starts to get sketchy, if you want 2" or more of drop. I would cut the fronts, and get McGaughy's 2" rear springs, cutting them to taste if necessary. There are many threads on this site discussing this topic, search for them and read up!
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It may be an opinion but its based on years of experience on personal projects, friends projects and time spent running a custom shop. I've never seen a failure in 27 years of doing this stuff....not including idiots bringing stuff to me to fix after they heated or cut a coil with a torch.
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