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    Default Cutting springs on 190E, how do I go about it

    I have a 190E with Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs, but the drop this setup gives you is pretty canadian. Most people run cut springs on the old Benzes... I want to cut maybe one coil, but I was wondering which part to cut. The top has the end flattened and ground down, and the bottom only has the end flattened. If I cut the bottom, I won't have the flattened end anymore. Is that the "right" way to do it (obviously cutting isn't the right way haha...) Thanks!

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    I've heard lowering springs are pretty useless, because they are progressive, they just won't be stiff.
    I'm running E36 coilover shocks in the front and 3.5" coils cut from original spring. It slammed the hell out of it, but the ride is great.

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    Nah, the Eibachs I have are linear rate. Which end did you cut? Top or bottom?

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    Cut the bottom of the spring. Flattened side will sit in the upper spring cup. Here's a pic of mine for reference. I think 3.5 coils up front and 3 in the rear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dc4dave View Post
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    So you're telling me I need a wood blade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocambolesque View Post
    So you're telling me I need a wood blade?
    I used an angle grinder. I lowered my 190E too much in the front. 2 coils is decent, but after that go with half a coil at once, if you cut too much, you can easily get thicker spring pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay92 View Post
    Cut the bottom of the spring. Flattened side will sit in the upper spring cup. Here's a pic of mine for reference. I think 3.5 coils up front and 3 in the rear.


    Are those 17" wheels ur running ? Did u keep the stock shocks or upgraded ?


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    Also wouldn't it just be best to get the h&r lowering springs ?


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    Yes. because those will have specific spring rates for the lower ride height.

    Cutting stock springs will eventually increase the spring rate compared to when they were the original lenght. So when you keep stock shocks, you'll end up with very stiff springs, but really soft damping.
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