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Re: Cutting springs etc.... (archive)

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Posted by Barry on July 14, 2000 at 02:10:11:

In Reply to: Cutting springs etc.... posted by KevinS on July 13, 2000 at 22:15:24:

: I didn't buy the springs just for their lowering effect which is why I'm not about to cut a set that I had to fork out around $500US to get. Cutting them will also change the spring rate (not the dead coil though, I think).

: But the 1.6" drop that they're talking about seems more like 1.6cm. I just think that the car was not lowered evenly which is why I was asking whether the H&R (brand or model) spring sets sag or settle with time.

: I just find it odd that the overall lowering was not dramatic as I had expected. Mind you the ride is really good (may be I just come from a background of really harsh cars), and the back is lowered perfectly... now if only the front was 1/2" to 3/4" lower...

: Kev

Cutting an inactive coil shouldn't change the spring rate, otherwise it'd be an active coil. The M3 was already lower than standard E30's so aftermarket springs aren't as noticeable. They also tend to lower the front more than the rear to make the car LOOK more even. The H&R Race springs lower the car pretty evenly around, keeping it closer to factory spec-just lower and stiffer. Of course the front fender arches are taller than the rears so there is more of a gap left over. I'd look into cutting an inactive coil on top of the front springs. BTW, a friend of mine has Turner's Road Race springs which are very similar to the H&R Race, just alot stiffer and bouncier, but his car appears to be even lower in the rear with the same gap in front as the H&R's.

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