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Old 12-24-2013, 12:33 AM
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Hey guys just curious, I have mcgaughys rear springs and it only dropped the truck about 3/4". I would still like to go a little lower since i want to run 285/50 or 275/55 with stock 20's. i dont like wheel gap at all. Has anyone had any experience with the ride quality with cut coils. I only want to drop the front about a 1" and the rear another 2", trying to get really close to level. the closer the better. Here is my truck now.
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Dumb question, but you did install them the correct side up right, they aren't upside down? I read people getting a flat out 2" drop from those springs.

I did however cut my rear springs on my '11 when I had it. No issues at all and couldn't tell the difference from stock.
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Nah i put them in there right side up, I don't think they could go in another way. I thought they would settle more. You can tell it sits more level but not enough. But thanks for the info.
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I cut 1/2 a coil on my McCaughy's rears. It sits more level. I did not notice a ride difference. I would not recommend cutting stock springs.
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I cut factory coil 2/3 a coil and removed a full coil from my BT rears (I have drop spindles up front). Still has rake....I'm cutting a second coil out of the rear.
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Just to ask the other dumb question, but you removed/trimmed the factory bump stops, right? The 2wd McG's rear 4" springs gave my 4wd a 6" drop but I had to cut out the bumpstop brackets.

Also, have a look if you have any binding of the control arms or panhard bar. I'm very surprised you've only got 3/4" from those springs.
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What are you guys cutting the springs with? A cutoff wheel? Just curious, doesnt cutting the spring change the rate and make the ride firmer? thx.
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Yes and yes. Cut the springs with something that won't generate a lot of heat, so a sawzall or a cutoff wheel, NEVER use a torch. You lose minimal spring rate as the portion of the spring that's being cut is the tightly wound section at the top. If you have a set of drop coils, then you can only remove the side that is not a progressive rate wrap or you'll SIGNIFICANTLY affect the spring rate.
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Heheh, thx, trust me, im old school, as in, we purposely changed spring rates with torches back in the 80's.....hence the reason I asked.
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If you have a set of drop coils, then you can only remove the side that is not a progressive rate wrap or you'll SIGNIFICANTLY affect the spring rate.[/QUOTE]

A progressive spring is longer then a linear spring,with more wraps on one end,that's how you get a progressive rate.
A spring is a heat treated bar,the longer the bar the less leverage it takes to twist it,so i'm failing to see your theory Kurtis.
You have to twist the spring to flex it,that's the principle behind ride quality
Cutting the progressive side is usually the only side that is cut-able.
Cutting the progressive side won't adversley affect ride quality,also won't give the same amount of drop for the same length of spring cut off in comparision to a linear spring.
1 coil cut from a linear spring will adversley affect the ride quality as you've noticably shortened the bar,but 1 coil cut from a progressive spring won't affect ride quality as much as that same 1 coil cut off a linear spring,as the bar is significantly longer to start with on a progressive spring.So a 7" to 9" length of spring cut off a progressive rate spring is a smaller percentage cut,then that same 7" to 9" cut off a linear spring
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