Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lowering the Front End by Cutting the Coil Springs

My Corvette's front end looked like a 4x4 truck, and I hated it. 

I searched online in order to find a set of lowering coil springs, but came back empty-handed, so the only other option was to cut the springs in order to drop it a bit.



After reading lots of forum posts on the advantages and disadvantages of this approach, I decided to go ahead and cut away.

My reasoning was that if it did not work, I could always buy a new set of coil springs and go back to the four-wheeler front end look. But frankly, I wanted this to work.

Removing and replacing coil springs can not only be dangerous but also a royal pain in the rear, so I decided to have a local shop handle this, with the understanding that they would cold cut the coil springs. In other words, no torches allowed, as the heat will weaken—and most likely ruin—the springs.

Cost for the whole deal was $160 which was a bargain.




The shop removed exactly one coil from each spring, and this resulted in approximately, a 2-inch drop. I believe it can still drop another inch, but I will wait for a few weeks before deciding what to do next, as the car will most likely settle a bit.




The rear-end is borderline okay for now, although a 1" drop would make it perfect. But I do not want to risk having the exhaust drag over speed bumps and such, so no changes will be made. For now.



Thanks for following my restoration, repair and improvement adventures.


UPDATE: 1/11/2016

Here's a photo I shot today at the local post office's parking lot. The front of the car has settled a bit which looks perfect in my opinion. The rear still sits an inch or so proud of—what I would call—the ideal stance, so that will have to be addressed in the near future.