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  • ksport
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    It does not matter if you torch off or cut off sections of a spring, both will increase spring rate on any spring. It is not same spring rate and less travel, it is higher spring rate and less travel. Less coils basically means higher spring rate.

    A spring with wire size of .5mm and 11.4mm long with 10.5 coils for example is for a civic, if you remove 2 coils spring rate increases about 3-5kg.

    Do not ever cut your spring, unless you do not want your shocks or like bouncing around in your vehicle.

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  • gtune4
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    same spring rate, just less travel, and less coils of the same rate= shitty springs

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  • X-nobody
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    I wouldn't recommend taking the bumper or bumper rebar/support off for ANY reason... its just not a safe thing to do...

    the only thing between the vital parts of the car is the bumpers and rebar.. besides they're cheaper to replace than rads, a/c pumps, engines.. etc..

    There's always the off chance something may go wrong an you'll hit a light post, another car, a wall.. something... besides it'll be pain to take off and on at the track all the time..

    Just maintain the stock car with good fluids, routine check ups, replace worn parts asap..

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  • jboss
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    Originally posted by gtune4
    cutting springs will only change the rate if it is a progressive rate spring duh, but then your springs suck and you drift like my grandma on crack
    WRONG WRONG WRONG!!

    Cutting springs with a saw or cutoff wheel WILL increase the spring rate.......unless you are simply cutting off "dead coils" which only exist on some aftermarket wanna-be road-weenie "race springs" like nuespeed....

    Spring rate is a function of wire diameter, coil diameter, and number of coils. Cutting off coils (obviously without changing the wire or coil diameter) means stiffer springs---but shorter...

    I still dont reccomend cutting stock springs to make them stiffer or lower....

    Acctually, most macpherson strut cars handle WORSE when significantly lowered (even with stiffer springs) because of changes in front suspension geometry. Lowering the car lowers the roll center of the car faster than it lowers the center of gravity causing the car to roll MORE than before.....

    If you need more of physics lesson use google. Look up roll center, lowering, macpherson strut, calculating spring rates etc etc....

    I'd be happy to provide some breif explanations here but dont expect me to reproduce some of the huge wealth of knowledge already on the web----not on websites like this.

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  • JunpoweR
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    Re: how to fix my car up for driftng

    Originally posted by injun
    I was wondering what changes I would have to make to a stock AE86 to prepare it for drifting. Thanks!
    Free mods:
    Remove all useless interior parts and sound deadning materials..
    Remove stereo system.
    life hood for venting engine bay.
    Remove both bumpers and take out bumper supports behind covers..

    Cost mods:
    Suspention
    Some type of roll cage.
    Seat and harness.
    Lexan Window panels.
    Brakes and Rotors.
    Steel braided lines.
    Full exhaust, cams, airfilter,ecu upgrade.
    ECT

    there ya go

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  • gtune4
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    cutting springs will only change the rate if it is a progressive rate spring duh, but then your springs suck and you drift like my grandma on crack

    a good start, save some money

    then buy springs and struts and swaybars and some good tires for the f and r depending on what you want to start with. some hp modifications would help too.

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  • QuickStyle
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    just take the springs off. you dont need them....

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  • Menchi
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    more importantly for handling is the anti-roll bars, they make uch more difference than a lowered ride and stiff sprigs ever will, and when you learning, and from post http://www.drifting.com/forums/showt...8778#post38778
    I know you are. it is better to be able to feel the weight transfers, anyway, there is alot of good advice on the forum regarding suspension setups, which are key to drifting rather than HP, which you might already know if you want a hachiroku, the second upgrade I would consider, would be springs, I don't like messing with camber or toe. good luck with the drifting and don't get yourself killed before you have your license for a week, work on grip first then take it to some empty lots to practice going sideways, believ me you don't want to run out to some winding hill before you know what your doing, you ive cali so there shoul be some tracks around, and the best way to learn is from someone who does it already, so stay active in the forum, and you will be drifting in no time

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  • Nemesis
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    Originally posted by nedinic
    ^^^^Ghost of Duluth ur completlt right.
    every post i see u post is right

    you know ur sh!t lol good job

    yea if you cut the springs the would get stiffer
    butt muncher....lol....
    Ghost of Duluth teh owns you
    omg....i jus noticed that the acronym for Ghost of Duluth is G.O.D....freaky yo....

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  • banged240_drift
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    yeah i guess i didnt think of that
    just be sure and do it right if you do, do it
    cause man it sucks having a bouncy ride
    it was ok though cause i had the money for springs i just tried cutting mine to see if it would save a few dollars
    in my case it didnt

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    ^^^^Ghost of Duluth ur completlt right.
    every post i see u post is right

    you know ur sh!t lol good job

    yea if you cut the springs the would get stiffer

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  • Ghost of Duluth
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    You are both half right. Cutting your springs with a torch is not good. That does throw everything off.

    But cutting them with a bandsaw or any other non-heat device will not throw it off, it will actually make the spring stiffer. So in a way, cutting your springs can do the exact same thing as buying springs. A lot of race teams do this to play with spring rates. Only thing now is that springs are so cheap that it really doesn't warrant taking the struts apart 2 times to cut then install.

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  • banged240_drift
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    dont cut your springs

    its one thing to do it for looks but for drifting your gonna want the car to be as controled as possible.....and when you cut the springs you acctualy take control away... i know from experience,
    just save your cash, and install em yourself its not hard
    you can rent the tools from autozone and if theres not an auto zone where you live im sure theres another place that rents tools out

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  • driftfreak
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    DO NOT CUT SPRINGS!!!!!!!
    thats the worse thing you can do..
    lower center of gravity is not what its all about. stiffer springs are to limit the body movment...so less weight transfer
    when you heat a spring by cutting it you will throgh off the spring rate and your cars handeling will SUCK ASSS!!!
    do your self a faver save the money and do it right the first time

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  • Nemesis
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    ^ agreed, but i'd say, if you don't got the money for lowering sprinds, jus cut'em....its a sin in the import world, but shoot, when your short on cash and need to lower the center or gravity....why not?....but please do save up for better shocks and eventualy a nice suspension setup(preferably coilovers)....suspension and all of its components should come first then the LSD....afterwards....its up to you...

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