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Cutting 2 coils tri5?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lt1tyrell, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. lt1tyrell
    Joined: Sep 7, 2009
    Posts: 87

    from Canada

    Hey just wondering if it is possible to cut 2 coils on stock tri5 springs? Or is 1 as much as you can go with these cars? Thanks
  2. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,609


    Two is too much. MHO
  3. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,878


    Cut 1 coil... reinstall... drive it a bit and let it settle, then go from there!
  4. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,243

    from wash state

    Cut one if it does not rub cut one more cut till you rub a littel

  5. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,331


    1 1/2 max for me-wifes black 55 in album is 2" spindles and 1 coil
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
  6. lt1tyrell
    Joined: Sep 7, 2009
    Posts: 87

    from Canada

    I didn't know you could cut half coils on these cars. Thought they would not sit properly inside the pockets unless whole coils were cut?
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,326


    you can cut partial coils. I cut 2 coils off one set, was too much, cut 1.5 off the next pair, worked good.
  8. Rule of thumb, cut half as much as you think you want, try it, cut more if necessary.
  9. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,103

    Kiwi 4d

    Cut a little then try it. 2 coils sounds way too severe. You can cut more , but can't put it back. Caution .
  10. lt1tyrell
    Joined: Sep 7, 2009
    Posts: 87

    from Canada

  11. texoutsider
    Joined: Jul 6, 2005
    Posts: 826

    from Frisco, Tx

    One coil is about max depending on what tire and wheel...maybe 1 and a half...but remember, every time you cut a coil the spring rate goes up.
  12. I used to buy new springs and cut 2 coils off them immediately. The last set was in a '65 Chevy and it sat great. Up to 1 coil in old springs is a safe bet.

  13. I would start by cutting ½ coil. Thats all I cut on a Corvette and it dropped it a full 2 inches. Your results will vary but its best to do it little by little or you've ruined your coils.
  14. chopped
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 2,063


    I cut a full coil on mine but I think as long as you set the lower end in the pocket a half would work.
  15. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    whack it that is what snubbers are for...
  16. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    Go in 1/2 coil increments. As was mentioned, you can always cut more, but you can't put spring back if you cut too much!
  17. Depends on the spring and how saggy it is. If I remember correctly every 8" of outside circumference drops it 3/4".
  18. MAD 034
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 775

    MAD 034
    from Washington

    To get my '55 down in front I used 2-1/2" dropped spindles (Williams Classic Chassis) and cut 1 coil from a stock 6 cylinder spring. The first half coil typically does not make a huge difference. Things start to move at the 1 coil mark.

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