|Originally posted by TXGOOD:|
He also states about reforming the cut end.
I would guess that most people who cut springs do just that,cut.
Without reforming the end to fit correctly back into the pocket I could see where it might cause the spring to try and compress to one side more.
If the very end of the cut rides in the pocket as opposed to a larger part of the coil.
The upper spring perch on the 88 front suspension is perfectly flat and the stock springs are somewhat squared off, they are not ground to a square end like coil overs, so there will always be a stress riser from the corner of the end of the spring resting on the flat surface.
The 88 lower a-arm spring pocket is not flat. It has a coiled groove with one portion about 1/2" lower (thickness of the spring wire) than the other for the spring to rest in so the entire bottom coil is almost entirely supported by the lower a-arm. When you cut the front springs, I suggest placing the cut end down into the recessed groove in the lower control arm and make sure the edge of the spring is placed in the lowest portion of the spring pocket. This will help reduce any additional stress risers from the end being coiled vs. more flattened.