Cutting Springs

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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby SLOSpider » Tue May 04, 2010 4:54 pm

What wheels are those and size of rims and tires? Did you buy them or were they already on the car? Looks good!
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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby meangreenspider » Tue May 04, 2010 8:11 pm

SLOSpider wrote:What wheels are those and size of rims and tires? Did you buy them or were they already on the car? Looks good!



Thanks,

I actually found the wheels and adapters on ebay last fall. They are 15x9 Mora wheels with 195/ 50 tires. The adapters convert from the stock 98mm to 108mm. I have not been able to find an extra wheel for a spare. There is some Italian writing on the back of the wheels but that is all I know. They are not the ideal wheels that I would choose but bought for $350 delivered to my house and I think that was a steal.

I am looking for a spare wheel if anyone has one they would want to sell.

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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby wikkid » Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:14 pm

Continuing an older thread:

Having read all 11 pages here, I am looking at lowering my '84. Here are my thoughts so far - please chime in with comments and/or criticism:

I am going from stock to bumperless, which will raise the car even further before I cut springs.

1. I will measure clearance at rubber stops before starting;
2. I will take the bumpers off, which will raise the car up more;
3. I will start with 2 coils off front, one in rear, and check the "look" as well as the difference in clearance height at the rubber stops.
4. I will check angle of lower control arms, to be sure they are level, or not pointing upwards going toward the wheels.
5. Adjust further, little by little, if required/desired.

I do wish the original images were still on the early pages of the thread, where the OP asked if he should cut at point A or B. Now, no one has any idea of where those points are, and yet several later postings refer to them.
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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby azygoustoyou » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:37 pm

If you cut too much, I have an extra set cheap.

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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby SLOSpider » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:43 pm

Id start with 1 in the front and half in the back.....but thats just me. Can always take off hard to add.
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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby jfrawley » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:02 pm

Wikkid,

I went back and looked for the original pics but they are long gone. As it turns out, you can cut those springs in any location because the upper spring seats in the rear rotate to any position to match how you cut them. I left the bumpers on my '82 and ended up cutting off 1.5 in the rear and 1 in the front, if that helps.

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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby Carlito » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:22 am

Hi again, guys! :-)

Still working on my '77 Fiat 124 Spider.. as time permits..
I have a simple question.
Have replaced shock w. KYBs
Front # 343 141
Rear # 343 142

However, I have also LOWERED the car (shorter springs) and now the rear shocks seem to be TOO LONG... front is OK.
Meaning that if I hoist the car up, the rear axle drops down and the springs fall off their upper perches as there is too much play now. As long as the car sits on the ground.. everything is fine.
So my question is.
Is there a shock absorber identical to the rear ( KYB # 343 142 ) but with a SORTER LIFT (about 2- 3 inches should be fine!)???
Possibly fitting another car, model, year... etc.
Thank you very much in advance!
Carlito

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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby So Cal Mark » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:55 pm

that's one of the issues when cutting springs rather than replacing them with progressive rate springs
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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby njspider » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:58 pm

Somewhere along this tread FiatColumbia1 talks about cutting a coil off the rear springs without removing them from the car. Has anyone else tried this?? Sounds too good to be true. Let me know if you have done it and what were the results. Thanks

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Re: Cutting Springs

Postby carlospena96 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:34 pm

njspider wrote:Somewhere along this tread FiatColumbia1 talks about cutting a coil off the rear springs without removing them from the car. Has anyone else tried this?? Sounds too good to be true. Let me know if you have done it and what were the results. Thanks

You can do it, but it is uncomfortable to work, i decided to remove the spring from the car, it not that hard to do on the rear


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