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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 06:04 PM
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Oh ok, yeah I wish I was brave enough to shave it myself. I'll prolly buy that L&M spring next month.
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Oh ok, yeah I wish I was brave enough to shave it myself. I'll prolly buy that L&M spring next month.
I asked my local machine shop and they said they would do mine for $35. I just wanted a back up in case they f'ed it up

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Lets see, $200 or $35, $200 or $35, I got the answer, it wasn't that hard.
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Does that L&M spring tool not come with the lowering spring?
Yes it does.
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Just remember, cutting or grinding a spring's end causes a lot of heat... enough heat that if not properly cooled it can change the spring rate and the tensile strength of the steel.

Also, the lowered spring has a higher spring rate so that it will respond without bottoming out. The spring rate in the stock spring will bottom out harshly becuase it was designed to have an expected amount of give which has been taken away by cutting.

I'm no engineer, but I've worked on vehicles long enough (and have cut coil springs in the past) to know that cutting springs can have unexpected results beyond lowering.

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I asked my local machine shop and they said they would do mine for $35. I just wanted a back up in case they f'ed it up

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That's decent price. If they use a lathe and not a grinder seems like the heat would be very minimal. Does the machinist think that he can secure it well enogh to keep it in place and not move while machining it? Some people in here have said that many machine shops won't touch a spring.
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I understand the risk and the machine shop does too. They said cash only. No receipt and no warranty. They said they have a machine for resurfacing aluminum and it's wet. Figured that would keep the heat down. I've done lowering kits on cars and heated up spring to lower them and it takes a lot of heat. I'm comfortable with doing this mod. Others may not be.
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