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Old 06-25-2013, 07:25 PM
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i have a 1970 f100 ford truck. i was wondering how can i lower the front end say up to 3 inches or so with out any real modifications?? change springs?? thanks,...bill
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Best way to do that is to remove the springs, and cut one coil off at a time until you get the stance you want.
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I was wondering about cutting a coil off. Want to lower about 2" in front......while I have everything else laying in the floor why not?
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Best way to do that is to remove the springs, and cut one coil off at a time until you get the stance you want.
This isn't a Chevy so that's really, really bad advice.

Cutting coils may lower the front end but at the expense of negative camber, increased tire wear, and crummy handling.

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I was wondering about cutting a coil off. Want to lower about 2" in front......while I have everything else laying in the floor why not?
Read above.

Before cutting coils, determine how much suspension travel remains. The way to do that is to measure the distance btwn the I-beam and the bump stop.

Not very much, right? I figure between 2.0 and 2.75 inches, right?
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Chevy has nothing to do with it. i lowered the same truck with the same method i described. He doesn't want to do major mods. Even if you use a complete lowering kit you will still need the allignment fixed on top of the $1000 kit. Cutting coils is free and effective and it only cost me $275 for new shocks and getting it realligned. two years and 22000 miles my tires have normal wear.
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Chevy has nothing to do with it. i lowered the same truck with the same method i described. He doesn't want to do major mods. Even if you use a complete lowering kit you will still need the allignment fixed on top of the $1000 kit. Cutting coils is free and effective and it only cost me $275 for new shocks and getting it realligned. two years and 22000 miles my tires have normal wear.
You neglected/ignored/forgot to state that a realignment to bend the stock beams to reduce the negative camber was required after cutting coils. Your post above made it sound like cutting coils was all that was required. Please be more thorough in your responses.

And how much wheel suspension travel remains? That's the distance btwn the top of the beams and the bump stop.
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Twin I beam suspension , no cheap way to lower it correctly .
Yes you can cut coils but with no camber adjustment the tires will wear on the inside quickly .
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Scary, ain't it?

And I'm calling BS on lowering three inches simply by coil cutting and a beam bend.
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Yea, I read some other threads and decided that is not what I want to do to my front end...
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lowering a front end with out modifications is like getting a peanut butter sandwich with out the bread...... both ways you end up with a mess.....
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lowering a front end with out modifications is like getting a peanut butter sandwich with out the bread...... both ways you end up with a mess.....
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