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Jacob_Royer
02-21-2014, 08:41 AM
Hey Micahdog how many coils do I need to chop?



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Old vs new rears.


17x9 cobra R's with 275/40/17s on the back and 245/45/27s up front. Man I gotta lower this thing asap!!

Jacob_Royer
02-22-2014, 11:28 AM
Im going to try cutting 1.5 coils off the front and one off the back and see where I'm at

good to doo
02-22-2014, 01:21 PM
Just curious why you went with a 40 series and not a 45 like the front? A 45 on the rear would fill the gap better imo. thanks

Jacob_Royer
02-22-2014, 01:47 PM
275/40/17 and 245/45/17 are virtually the same height the 275 is just quite a bit wider.

David Neibert
02-22-2014, 02:07 PM
Something is screwy, because it shouldn't have that much gap with stock springs. This is how mine looked on the stock springs with 17" x 9" wheels and 255-45-17 tires front and rear.

http://www.sccoa.com/member/images/neibert2.jpg

David

Jacob_Royer
02-22-2014, 02:11 PM
Something is screwy, because it shouldn't have that much gap with stock springs. This is how mine looked on the stock springs with 17" x 9" wheels and 255-45-17 tires front and rear.

http://www.sccoa.com/member/images/neibert2.jpg

David

It might be because I haven't got it out and drove it yet and the suspension hasn't stretched back out from the wheels being off the ground (if that makes any sense)

old_coot
02-23-2014, 06:06 PM
I'm going to start with a quarter loop off the rears and go from there a quarter at a time, until I'm happy there...then do the same on the front....I believe we cut a whole loop off Anthony's and it was too much. You have to look at where the spring attaches to the lower control arm and realize it's a lever with a lot more drop at the end than there is in the middle where the spring mounts....Ratio matters.

TSC89
02-23-2014, 07:15 PM
I installed Vogtland 3/4 " lowering springs on my 90 SC and run BFG 255/50/R17's on 17X9's on all 4 corners.
Here is a pic of the wheel gap I have.

Micahdogg
02-24-2014, 12:49 PM
Hey Micahdog how many coils do I need to chop?

About 100. :)

Jacob_Royer
02-24-2014, 12:57 PM
About 100. :)

That's a good one lol

Jacob_Royer
02-24-2014, 08:47 PM
Well i just broke down and ordered a whole bunch of crap from RockAuto !

New LCA's
New UCA's
New Inner/Outer Tie Rod ends
New gabriel NON arc shocks
New Gabriel NON arc struts

Already have :
New strut rod bushings
New Sway Bar end links

So..... i figure i'll just put all this crap on AND cut the springs at the same time then take and get it aligned and have a good look and a new car ride! My white SC has the same treatment and rides/drives like a brand new car! This one is kinda scary all original crap with 105k lots of funky noises pulls to the right when you brake (right inner tie rod end shot) etc.

XxSlowpokexX
02-24-2014, 10:13 PM
Its been said before..You have mustang height tires on your car. Thats the gap.WHy not buy new lowering springs. Allthough some have done it, you just shouldnt cut progressive rate springs.

Micahdogg
02-25-2014, 11:29 AM
That's actually a pretty popular tire combo for those 17X9 Cobra R's. Many people have run them (including myself) and not had a lot of wheel gap with "name your brand" lowering springs.

Here is Doug Williams car back in 1998 with H&R springs and same rim/tire combo:
http://www.sccoa.com/member/images/williams1.jpg

Ben Wishners back then
http://www.sccoa.com/member/images/wishner2.jpg

I would just do the 1.5 front and 1.0 rear chop like many others have done and forget about it. You can even place a jack under the front spindle and jack the car up to compress your spring, then remove the retaining nut, etc... and slowly lower the jack down to pull the spring from your shock. No need to fuss with dangerous spring compressors or pay a shop.

Jacob_Royer
02-25-2014, 11:35 AM
That's actually a pretty popular tire combo for those 17X9 Cobra R's. Many people have run them (including myself) and not had a lot of wheel gap with "name your brand" lowering springs.

Here is Doug Williams car back in 1998 with H&R springs and same rim/tire combo:
http://www.sccoa.com/member/images/williams1.jpg

Ben Wishners back then
http://www.sccoa.com/member/images/wishner2.jpg

I would just do the 1.5 front and 1.0 rear chop like many others have done and forget about it. You can even place a jack under the front spindle and jack the car up to compress your spring, then remove the retaining nut, etc... and slowly lower the jack down to pull the spring from your shock. No need to fuss with dangerous spring compressors or pay a shop.


Sounds like a plan! Finding tires that are taller to fit a 17x9 is insane they want crazy $ for them 245s and 275s are so damn common they are easy to find! I'm running 17x9 cobra R's on my cobra with the same size tires and love the look

Jacob_Royer
03-07-2014, 09:48 PM
Before

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b250/jacobroyer/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140220_180322_317_zps37a4249a.jpg (http://s20.photobucket.com/user/jacobroyer/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140220_180322_317_zps37a4249a.jpg.html)

After

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b250/jacobroyer/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140307_173118_766_zpsc70846d7.jpg (http://s20.photobucket.com/user/jacobroyer/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140307_173118_766_zpsc70846d7.jpg.html)

Thats 1.5 coils off the front. I still have to do the back i FINALY got all the new parts on the passenger side and have the driverside almost done. Saving the back (easy part) for last new shocks in rear front got new lca's new UCA's new inner tie rod ends new strut rod bushings new struts and i just did the sway bar end links back in the summer. I hope it drops more after it settles but i can tell a little diffrence!

BlkBirds
05-06-2014, 09:32 PM
Any updates on this? I've been contemplating the chop and drop myself. It'd be great to know how to get the ole' girl down 3/4"

Jacob_Royer
05-06-2014, 10:42 PM
I have no regrets rides like stock handles 5x better

Tim Groth
05-07-2014, 09:46 AM
I have no regrets rides like stock handles 5x better

How much did you cut off...if I recall when I did mine I did 1.5 front, 1 coil in the rear (or vise versa) and it came out perfect....sure its documented in an old thread.

-Tim

Jacob_Royer
05-07-2014, 02:14 PM
How much did you cut off...if I recall when I did mine I did 1.5 front, 1 coil in the rear (or vise versa) and it came out perfect....sure its documented in an old thread.

-Tim



That's exactly what I did!

Scott Long
05-20-2014, 01:43 PM
I did that on my 90 and it sits low. It has stock 225/60/16's though.