It is probibly not a good Idea to cut your old springs. First off they are old and the spring rate is not what is used to be.2nd stock springs are formed with the specific rate to each coil. If you decide to do this you will probibly be ordering the lowering springs anyway.What I did is I got suspention techneics progressive rate lowering springs.At first they were great.I used my stock shocks and in about 3months the shocks were shot.So I learned my lesson there.I ordered Tokiko blues from shox.com pretty cheap. Man I love the way my car is set up now...It handles very good. It rides goood just avoid potholes and steep bumps.here is what it looks like! http://www.zdriver.com/rides/detailride.php?cat=2&relIdx=5&vehId=91
Good luck man and let us know what you decide! Z ya.
I wouln't chop old springs either. I took 1 1/2 coils off my Pacesetter springs and in retrospect I probably should have taken only 1 off. It lowered the car which is what I wanted but it also changed the handling characteristics and I am still not sure if I like it.
I cut 1 1/2 coils off my old 240 Z front springs a couple years ago and it worked out great.
The car sat lower and handled slightly better and the tires still have good even wear patterns.
Try it you'll like it, and if some reason you don't like it then you can go and pay the bucks for new performance springs later on.
You will fine cutting them 1 to 1.5 rings. I cut mine and it rides on rails. I used my stock shocks and had no problems. It rides rougher just like lower springs and handles better like lower springs. Just so if you do decide to cut them that u may cut one more then the other slightly to get them all the same height. I actually cut mine all down 1 rings at first and then a little more and adjusted all the rest to match the lowest spring height. Had to pull it out and re-install a couple of times to make it all the same height. I would recomend getting lowering springs but if that $100+ is enough for u to keep then just cut it for $0 and use the money on bigger sway bars. That's where your handling will improve noticeably.
Thanks Good Luck,
You could cut the springs, but it's not recomended. If you get one slightly shorter than another, you may end up with different corner weights, and may cause you to get out of controll if you lock up your wheels. This advice was given to me a while ago by a mechanic and friend who seen the adverse side effects. Plus, the propper lowering springs ar'nt just shorter, they are also stiffer. A car with cut springs won't feel like a properly lowered car, it'l only look like it is.