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Old 04 Jun 2004, 06:30 pm
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Default Dangers of Spring clamps

i'm very new and know jack **** about cars. My friends are encouraging me to use spring clamps to lower the rear of the car and soften the profile.

First of all: Are there any dangers to doing this either to the car's alignment, or safety. What would be the long term affects?

Is there a better way to do it other than new lowering springs.[:I]
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Old 04 Jun 2004, 07:13 pm
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i talked with a shop about spring clamps on the rear springs to take the "rake" out of the car. they prefer not to use clamps. they are concerned about the springs bottoming out against the clamps and after time, perhaps breaking one of the coils. but they will install them all the same. another idea is to trim the coil the amount you want to lower the car. the shop figured that 1/4 coil will drop the rear end 3/4" -will cut more if necessary to get the car where i want it. cutting the spring or installing clamps will increase the spring rate so that it will ride a little rougher--just like installing lowering springs.
good luck with whatever option you use.
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Old 05 Jun 2004, 12:16 am
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I would strongly suggest you not cut the springs, or heat them. The springs are made specifically for the PT's weight and ride. Cutting or heating the spring reduces its ability to "carry" the car, and can get you into some serious danger.
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Old 05 Jun 2004, 02:32 pm
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I would avoid cutting or clamps. Shop around and you can find springs quite cheap - I did. The rears are VERY easy to replace. Search the classifieds on this and other forums.
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