|[B]Originally posted by Blacktree:[/B|
That said, cutting the springs is a viable alternative, if done properly. Don't cut them with a torch, and don't heat the end with a torch to bend it. That will ruin the temper of the steel. Instead, cut them with an angle grinder or something similar, and drape a wet rag on the spring to help keep it from getting too hot. Just don't snag the wet rag with your angle grinder, that would suck.
I have cut more than my share of springs. Once I was curious as to how hot the end would get when a cut off wheel was used. Within 1/4" of the cut, the wire never got above 100 degrees. So there is no need to use a wet rag or any other type of heat sink. Just make the cut quickly with a cut off wheel.