IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED...Lowering truck right now.... - Page 3 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #51  
Old 07-05-2009
Smakes's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: nowhere
Posts: 235
goodluck with a 4 in the front, you could cut 2 coils out like i did ( wucg was the biggest mistake ive done to my truck), but it will be IMPOSSIBLE to allign lol
Reply With Quote
  #52  
Old 07-05-2009
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Waterford, MI
Posts: 31
my bad, I meant 2/4 or 2/3.5, so only 2 in the front, and another 2 in the rear from what I have right now.
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 07-06-2009
Johnbaum13's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 2,343
Shoulda just started with a 4/5 in the first place, then you would be happier. You could still do a flip kit on the back for cheap, then get a longer shackle to raise it back up after undoing the hanger flip.
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 07-07-2009
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Waterford, MI
Posts: 31
I don't want to go THAT low. I just want 2 inches in the front and like I said, another 1.5 or 2 in the rear. Is there anyway to do that without a flip and undoing what I just did?
Reply With Quote
  #55  
Old 07-07-2009
Johnbaum13's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 2,343
longer shackle?
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 07-08-2009
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Waterford, MI
Posts: 31
Will that do it in the rear, and be safe bending my leafs like mad crazy-go-nuts style? lol. And then obviously cut the coils in the front about 1 coil and call it a day?
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 07-08-2009
Smakes's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: nowhere
Posts: 235
yea one coil max, ask me about cutting two coils I DARE YOU lol
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 07-08-2009
morris's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South Detroit.
Posts: 7,833
don't cut any. period. it's gonna ride like crap. plus the stress your putting on a coil from the heat when you cut messes up the strength.


i'm hope others will chime in about it. it's unsafe reguardless of what anyone says.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 07-08-2009
Smakes's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: nowhere
Posts: 235
mine are a little bouncy ( because im missing the flat part at teh top) and if you cut them right (with a wet rag wrapped around them) they dont heat up at all
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 07-08-2009
Johnbaum13's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 2,343
Cutting coils does two things. It lowers the ride height, and it increases the effective spring rate (makes it stiffer). So if you want a firmer ride and lower stance, it does that.

That said, if you aren't careful, you can get the spring hot and lose it's temper, making it weaker. the best way to cut them, is (as Smakes said) either wrapping a soaked rag around the spring right where you plan to cut, or submerging it in a bucket of water up to the cut area. Basically keep it cool. Also, never use a torch to cut a spring. I find a cut-off wheel on a die grinder works best. The cut off wheels on most full size grinders are thicker, and therefore create more heat in the cut. Still, if you are careful, you can get away with the thicker wheel. Also, be conservative, if you're not sure how low you want to go, cut a half coil at a time, because once you go too far, you can't go back. The time it takes to test install the spring to check ride height is well worth not having to buy new springs and start all over.

There is no inherent safety issue with cutting your springs, any more than there would be with any suspension mod. As far as "crappy ride", I assume what you mean is stiffer, which some people like. A stiffer spring 'can' considerably improve handling, though too stiff a spring can hurt it.

BTW, my '67 Fairlane Wagon, when all was said and done, had 4 1/2 coils cut out of the front springs for a drop of almost 7". The stiffer spring rate on that heavy beast really improved the ride (no more sea sickness), and helped the handling considerably.

All this info is from someone who cuts metal for a living, and previously worked in a automotive customizing shop (me).
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
~Immediate help required!~ tabernacle SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 44 02-22-2011 09:35 AM
My Truck Right Now: smorrison1 Snapshots 10 04-01-2008 09:22 PM
immediate help needed 1poorracer 2.3L & 2.5L I4 Tech 9 07-05-2007 10:44 AM
Immediate opinions needed!! sniper_101 Drivetrain Tech 11 02-21-2007 11:12 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:29 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.